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In the Land of the Gazelle – December 2017
Post Date: February 3, 2018

Abu Dhabi. The name conjures images of horsemen charging across the desert … camel trains loping toward an oasis shimmering on the horizon. No more, for Abu Dhabi (named after a species of gazelle once common in the Arabian region), ruled by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is now a buzzing modern metropolis[…]




Savoring Montreal
Post Date: September 19, 2017

It is mid-September, and summer has finally arrived in Canada! Temperatures soar to 27C, the heat forecast to continue for days. Time to make the most of the weather and explore this amazing island city in the year of its 375th Anniversary. From late morning until the early hours, the narrow streets are thronged with visitors and[…]




Half-Century x Two!
Post Date: August 9, 2017

On a July morning, we came together in the ancient village of Corfe Castle, Dorset, to celebrate the 50th birthdays of my niece, Alison, and her husband, Brian. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle from which the village takes its name, towers over the Purbeck Hills between Wareham and Swanage.     Pictured left: The ruins[…]




In the land of artists
Post Date: July 7, 2017

As I look out over the island beach in St. Ives, Cornwall, my thoughts go back to those idyllic childhood summers which seemed to stretch into eternity as my two sisters and I ran around on the sand, splashing in and out of the water. My parents’ summers weren’t so carefree. After making tea and cooking breakfast on the primus[…]




Sand and Shingle … Trevaunance Cove, St. Agnes
Post Date: June 25, 2017

On the dramatic North Cornish coast, tucked away at the end of the pretty village of St. Agnes, lies Trevaunance Cove. Surfers flock here to ride the breakers as they roar in from the Atlantic Ocean.                                 Children and parents[…]




In the land of tin mines
Post Date: June 25, 2017

Standing on the cliff top close to the disused Wheal Coates tin mine, my imagination drifts back to a time long past when the air was filled with the noise of the steam-driven engine pumping water from the 600 ft. shaft, and the shouts of the ‘bal maidens,’ the women who worked on the surface crushing copper ore into smaller[…]




Eating Israel – A Culinary Adventure. A Few Highlights …
Post Date: May 31, 2017

  Our group  tour from February 27 to March 6, 2017, was led by friend and food writer, Bonnie Stern, and was an amazing whirlwind of visits to historical sites, hands-on cooking workshops and demonstrations, visits to food markets and food/wine operations, not to mention the delicious array of food served to us.     Caesarea[…]




Riding the Rails
Post Date: August 12, 2016

  Sunday, June 26, 2016, 7:30 a.m.  We board the Rocky Mountaineer at Vancouver North Station, and are soon settled in to our comfortable GoldLeaf class seats in the dome car.  We are on second sitting for breakfast but, while we wait, feast on delicious cranberry scones, fresh out of the oven, with lashings of butter, jam,[…]




Shiloh Run
Post Date: June 11, 2016

Shiloh Run.  The name invokes images of a skirmish between the US Cavalry and an Indian tribe across arid plains.  No thundering hoof beats and war cries at this Shiloh Run though, for this is the peaceful property, close to Owen Sound, Ontario, my husband and I owned for eleven years.  Sadly, two weeks ago we locked[…]




Floating through a cloud …
Post Date: May 24, 2016

Floating through a cloud … a cloud filled with the intoxicating scent of blossom … we drift as if in a dream, our senses immune to everything else around. We are in Japan.  It is cherry blossom time, the festival of hanami, when friends and family come together at parks, temples, shrines, for flower-viewing parties.  They gather[…]




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