Thursday, May 21st, 2015


This is a small part of sewing that I’m doing for the camper van..mattress protector, bolsters, tie backs, lap blanket..all to augment the lovely curtains that Susan had made in the winter for the camper, and that are making the old camper get all homey looking and feeling.


Frank loved  working on putting up curtains and seeing the changes to the interior unfold. It’s all coming together slowly…outfitting the camper van so that we can “live” in it, and so can five others when we leave it in Alaska.  Wonder if we’ll be “hooked” by the end of July.



Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


It was funny to see the Disney cruise ship in port today..another foggy day, and I thought of the guests going out for their prepaid tours on this kind of day. Nova Scotia is so lovely so I feel bad when it doesn’t get the rave reviews from visitors who were looking forward to seeing the iconic sights. …but what was funny was the Disney symbol, on the smoke stacks, which I’m so used to seeing at the Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California, when we see Tish and family….not here in Halifax.  It made the world seem smaller..

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


Frank is saying “yikes!” as he contemplates reading up on and acquainting himself with “Miss Daisy”..the name we’ve given our neighbours’ new-to -them (27 year old!) camper van. We will be driving Miss Daisy (as in the movie “Driving Miss Daisy”…and yes, I’m being chauffeured by Frank)…out to Anchorage, Alaska, where we will pass it over to its owners, who will have flown to there from Switzerland. We will then fly home after some extra time in B.C. , and Miss Daisy will be driven back by Matt about a month and a half later. So….we have a big learning curve before we set out. It’s daunting and exciting too. Blast off time is June 1st.

Monday, May 18th, 2015


Daddy’s girl..


Mummy’s girl..


the nature lover…


.. boy in his element..

Sunday, May 17th, 2015


Lovely to have a difficult Globe and Mail Sudoka to get into when your body is aching and the day is overcast. We make copies so that Frank and I can compete for fastest completion time. Alas, sometimes we are both daunted…then Frank puts it aside, and I fester over it all week until the next one appears on the weekend. Always interesting how each of us reacts to our world in our own unique way.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015


Frank and I worked sooo hard today to take out all the rocks around our gardens, remove grass growing between them, edge away the grass in front of them, replace the rocks, weed the garden itself, then add mulch! whew, makes me tired just thinking about it again.


It doesn’t look like much now, but it will, and it was necessary. So this is what I like about gets you engaged, it’s physical, you take pride in your efforts, and the results continue into the future (until such time as you need to press “repeat”)…and it was such a relief to tackle the garden with two good feet this year!


After all the fatiguing work, we couldn’t resist an invite from Val to sit on her front deck, enjoy the view and the warm setting sun, and have a BBQ (if grilling asparagus counts for that)…A real feel good spring day.

Friday, May 15th, 2015


… a brace of pheasants, (a couple) the base of the bird feeder…the really noisy cock and one of the quiet hens. I actually love hearing the’s such a sign of spring, and I also love that connection to wildlife living amongst us, though actually, I think it’s the other way around.


And higher up on the feeder, a male purple finch..though red in colour, that’s what he is. Another reason I embrace photography…it brings you that extra layer of enjoyment of what’s there in front of you.

Thursday, May 14th, 2015


We’ve returned to our ocean and to our wildlife. We wake up to the male pheasant crowing and fluttering his wings outside our window…when we open the blinds we see him and his harem and also see the deer eating their way over to our lilies and hostas. Here those dear deer are hoping we can’t see them, but thinking that maybe we do…


…and they especially don’t want us to notice the sweet youngster near by.



Wednesday, May 13th, 2015


A wild ocean today at Lawrencetown Beach..


..the waves looked like slushies..


..and off our beach line, there was Jockel, enjoying an evening’s surf. How great to be able to work in the day, and surf in the evening. You can’t do that everywhere!


Tuesday, May 12th, 2015


Despite returning at 4:30 a.m., I was off early with Val, for a tour of a cruise ship in Halifax. Val fit right in with the decor, and she would love to become a cruiser. Everything about it suited her. Me, I guess I’m less sociable.  Good that we know who we are, what works for each of us. Especially by a certain age…