Day Off And American Thanksgiving

A luxury yacht cuts through the water, slowly moving up False Creek readying to dock at the marina.  I watch it out my window.  The rain hasn’t stopped since yesterday and it falls in that typical misty weeping we get in Autumn.  I wonder where they’re coming from; whale watching on Howe Sound?  Perhaps up…

Christmas at Hycroft Manor – A Photo Essay

  Have yourself a merry little Christmas Make the Yuletide gay Next year all our troubles Will be miles away… Hycroft Manor is a 30 room mansion originally a family home. Built in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood in Vancouver in 1909, it now houses the University Women’s club.  Every year they do Christmas at the Hycroft, a…

Family Wreath Making Workshop

December 2nd, a very grey and rainy morning.  I got up feeling extra festive knowing that in a couple of hours I’d be meeting my family for our 1st annual wreath making workshop.  I truly love all things Christmas. Every year we all meet for an afternoon of iceskating at Robson Square followed by hot…

Turkey, Leek and Mushroom Pie

I stepped out on this gorgeous sunny November day to pick up stocking stuffers. I like to start my Christmas shopping early so that by the time the shops get busy, I’m done and able to indulge in a cozy month long Christmas movie marathon.   It was so much colder yesterday but today it…

December Favourites

  “When night comes on with song and tale we pass the wintery hours; By keeping up a cheerful heart we hope for better days. We tend the cattle, sow the seed, give work unto the ploughers. With patience wait till winter yields before the sun’s fair rays.” The Seasons by Loreena Mackennit   As the…

Whistler, British Columbia – A Photo Essay

Every winter my boyfriend and I spend a few days in Whistler before Christmas.  It’s a time to unwind, enjoy  nice meals and wine and for Seth, to snowboard.  The way up was a sunny day, cold but clear skies.  We arrived at the Four Seasons just in time for the 4pm daily wine tasting…

November Favourites

“Winter is the season of the imagination more than any other. The landscapes are magically transformed by the snow. That magic extends into everything about winter; the stories, the spookiness, the ghosts in the chimney, the silence of the snow.” It’s been a stormy month on the coast.  It rained 25 consecutive days in October and it…

20 Days of Must See Christmas Movies

A movie a day to watch until Christmas Eve! How the Grinch Stole Christmas – It just doesn’t feel like  Christmas until I’ve visited Whoville.  ELF – Funniest Christmas movie aside from my next pick.  It’s Christmas in New York, a great soundtrack and I will never get over the escalator scene. Lampoons Christmas Vacation – I am…

Surviving the Holiday Season when you have an Anxiety Disorder

  Christmas, aside from Halloween, is by far my favourite time of year.  The world transforms into a magical place at Christmas.  The streets are flooded with Holiday shoppers carrying colourful packages wrapped in pretty colours and bows. Party invites, family time and all around Christmas cheer.  For many, a time to don your Holiday best,…