Because we need flowers in January in Owen Sound

Thinking about south sea islands

Australia redux: zoo treat for me

I was privileged to spend the night at Taronga Zoo and met a large resident the next morning.

Australia 2012: Day 9 – Not just a horse race

For my last day in Manly, I decided to just enjoy the flowers and birds on the patio and catch up on reading and knitting. By mid-afternoon it was time to find out what the Melbourne Cup madness was all about, so I watched the preliminaries on TV. Looks like a grand excuse to get […]

Australia 2012: Day 8 – Truly on vacation now

Monday of my second week in Australia was pretty relaxed. I had breakfast on the flower-filled patio, then headed off for a walk in the neighbourhood. Blooming trees are in almost every yard, but apparently what we consider spring flowers are well past. On the drive south on Sunday, I saw evidence of tulip foliage […]

Australia 2012: Wedding Day

This will be short because it is late. Claire and Steve’s wedding was picture perfect. She was gorgeous and just couldn’t stop smiling all day and evening. The day was warm and sunny and we watched the sun set over the bridge from the function centre at the reception. Lovely wedding for a beautiful couple! […]

Drive your own day

Today is my day for sniffling and wheezing with a head cold, rather than taking the road trip I had planned to Kitchener for a needlework show. Instead, I dropped into a recent tech conference in California via YouTube for Tim O’Reilly’s talk while I knitted a sweater ordered recently from the net, based on […]

As the tech turns

An old iMac (very old, but still runs OS X) found a new home today, from my mother’s basement into the hands of the seven-year-old daughter of a friend. My sister, the original owner, used it daily for years to do her work as a publicist for theatre, TV shows, films and assorted celebrities. After […]

A walk in the woods

Today I went for a wonderful hike in a nearby forest, not just for myself, but for my mother, whose declining health makes it impossible to do some of the things she loves. The woods were alive with sprouts of trout lilies and wild leeks, and there were blooming hepatica, bloodroot, and coltsfoot and even […]

Blogging for Ada

Commemorating 19th century geek Ada Lovelace is as good a reason as any to (1) start blogging again after a long hiatus and (2) honour two people I know who are admirable examples of women who embrace technology and science with enthusiasm. I am very blessed to know them personally – they are my mother […]