Christmas Beauty in Victoria, BC

As much as I brag about the mild weather on Vancouver Island, I have to confess there’s a part of me that misses the snow at Christmastime – its delicate sparkle in the sunlight and street lamps that echoes the sparkle of tinsel on Christmas trees.

I wonder if that’s why Victoria’s downtown seems so magical during the holidays. A bit of sparkle is added to even the most common places. This is what The Bay Centre mall looks like right now. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cheeky

I feel blessed to live on the west coast of Canada, a beautiful spot with beautiful weather (most of the time). Sometimes when many parts of Canada are experiencing freezing temperatures and snow, we Vancouver Islanders are strolling around, barely upgrading our footwear from flip-flops. I exaggerate a bit, but you get the idea.

In that spirit, I often cheekily share a “winter” photo like this from my little corner of the world to brag about our mild temperatures. So, since this week’s photo challenge through the Daily Post is to share something “Cheeky,” here’s my cheeky photo of an “I-bet-our-weather-is-better-than-yours” sunset on Dallas Road in Victoria, BC. Read more

La Mulți Ani – Christmas Memories of Romanian Dancing in Regina

It’s hard to express how precious dance memories are. It’s not just a sight, a sound, or a feeling… it’s all of them together.

It’s moments… fleeting moments where the beat of the music met the footwork…

Where the fabric of the costumes swirled…

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Snapshots from a Canadian Road Trip

This year, as we marked the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada, I realized that I haven’t seen a lot of our vast country. So I spent some time looking at my husband’s photo albums from the ’90s, when he went on road trips throughout Alberta and then all the way to Ontario.

The photos were taken with a film camera and have a beautiful soft muted quality I had forgotten about. My husband remembers spending a lot of time setting up these shots because film was expensive, plus developing the pictures afterwards cost a pretty penny.

Knowing that, each photo seems like a precious jewel that my husband found along the way.

I hope you enjoy these creative glimpses of beauty in Canada.

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A Stroll through Beacon Hill Park

As the summer winds down, I thought I’d share some photos from a previous summer stroll my husband and I took through another one of Victoria’s treasures – Beacon Hill Park.

Imagine a cool evening with the setting sunlight playing through the trees. You step onto a trail from Dallas Road or Cook Street and wind your way through to the centre of the park. Sit back and enjoy a few views of this beautiful place. Read more

Sweet Saturday and My Moose Jaw Home

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know that I like to talk about Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. As one of my good friends said, “You can’t not write about a place named Moose Jaw.” 🙂 The older I get, the more I appreciate this city on the prairie and my family’s history there. Read more