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Wilderness lodges—two of the best (yet oh-so-different!)

Less than an hour’s drive from where I live in Southwest Nova Scotia, there are two wilderness lodges: Trout Point Lodge, located east of the village of Kemptville, Yarmouth County, and Birchdale, located north of the same village. Think: opulence versus bare bones. Oddly enough, as the crow flies, they are less than 10 km […]

HEARTSONG!

HEARTSONG!

As my travel memoir–Waking Up In My Own Backyard–seems to have struck a cord with readers,  Melanie (to whom I dedicated the book) and I decided to roll out the concept across Canada. We recently held a FB contest for a name and received 187 suggestions! We selected “The Heartsong Project,” submitted by Anna Mallin. […]

R.I.P. John Prout

When I was six, a guide by the name of John at Birchdale (a hunting and fishing lodge in Southwest Nova Scotia) taught me how to paddle. There were two guides there around that time: John Jeffrey (deceased) and John Prout. I had the good pleasure of meeting John Prout just over a year ago. […]

Voyageur Trip Ho!

Voyageur Trip Ho!

I’m giving an overview (and backstory) via slide show and talk about the Voyageur trip from Florenceville-Bristol NB to Saint John NB this past summer. It’s a free and fun program at Yarmouth Regional Library on Main Street next to Rodd Grand Hotel … Wed. Nov. 29 at 12 noon. Tea and coffee provided. Bring a […]

Need a 50-hour day

Need a 50-hour day

  I reckon if we had a 50-hour day I might catch up by year 2019. I am so far behind I feel as if I’m mired in a mud hole that’s thicker’n molasses and wading my way through in slow mo. So, any time now, I’m going to shift into high gear and leap […]

Obsessed

Obsessed

Oh my. I recently completed a photo/essay about my love for canoeing and how/where that originated. As a result, I seem to have become obsessed with taking photos of canoes. So I decided to upload a gallery of canoe shots which I hope to do tonight. Stay tuned! Oh yeah … and the photo/essay will […]

Days 17-19 Picture perfect

Days 17-19 Picture perfect

I’m on a three-day paddle with Carol and Gerald Jacquard, their dog Bandit, and my husband Barrie. We’re paddling in a region close to where we live that encompasses three lakes (Quinan, Big Gull and Great Barren), some still waters, and several islands. If I tried to describe the essence of this trip, I would fail. So […]

Day 12 … Two kinds of heaven

Day 12 … Two kinds of heaven

It’s been said that wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. If this is true, perhaps it’s because places in the wilderness provides that other-worldly feeling we sometimes refer to as “heavenly.” I know that word is clichéd, but Birchdale is such a place. And, although I’ve been there many […]

News!

News!

Finally. Author! Author! is back on track. It was great to have Laura Best come on board to lead the brigade this spring. See her interview below and be sure to check out her comments for more insights. There’s a great lineup ahead. Aiming to post interviews twice a month.   Also, I’ve started uploading […]

Surfacing #2

Surfacing #2

Well now. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. Or, when you are in such a spin you don’t know which way is up. Or down. Mercifully, I’ve come out on the other side … and seem to have most of my marbles intact. Have also been canoeing of late. Great trip with dear […]

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