Blogging, Friendship, Hiking, Vancouver Island

Walktober — Holland Creek Trail

  Holland Creek Trail, in Ladysmith, BC, has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Today I finally hiked its 6.6 km loop. It did not disappoint. The trail is rated as 'moderate.' More accurately, it provides something for everyone. The north side of the creek offers relatively easy walking sections. The south… Continue reading Walktober — Holland Creek Trail

Blogging, Friendship

The Importance of Reaching Out

Have you ever thought about reaching out to someone...but then hesitated....and the moment was lost? If this incredible blogger had not reached out to say that her cruise ship would have a four-hour stop-over a short distance from my home... And if this engaging (and very observant) blogger had not asked if she could join… Continue reading The Importance of Reaching Out

Friendship, Vancouver Island

Day Trip to Tsawwassen Mills

When you check your iPhone for the day's weather forecast...and it asks you how well you can swim...that is not good news, not good news at all! Unless, of course, you already have plans for a day out with friends at a place where you know you'll be warm and dry. Enter our excursion to… Continue reading Day Trip to Tsawwassen Mills

Friends who blog
Blogging, Friendship

Birthday Bash and Friends Who Blog

This past Sunday, Richard and I combined our birthdays (131) and celebrated with Island friends. The feature photo shows two special guests who dropped by - Liesbet and Mark from Roaming About! As Liesbet, Mark and I are currently busy preparing their famous handmade vegetarian pizza, I promise to write more about the Bash and… Continue reading Birthday Bash and Friends Who Blog

returning home
Friendship, Gratitude, Retirement, Travel

Returning Home

For fourteen years my husband and I lived and worked in Beijing, China. It was an incredible experience that enriched our lives in ways too numerous to mention. Being part of a large international school (me) and a global law firm (Richard), we were able to meet and form deep friendships with remarkable people from… Continue reading Returning Home

Aging Well, Blogging, Friendship, Guest Posts, Reflection

Leanne from Cresting the Hill : ‘If We Were Having Coffee’

Donna has been kind enough to invite me to Guest Host for her again. I'm not officially a retired blogger, nor a travel blogger, so I can't fairly discuss either subject. Instead, I thought I’d try a different version of my 'If we were having coffee' post and provide a bit of an overview of… Continue reading Leanne from Cresting the Hill : ‘If We Were Having Coffee’

Blogging, Friendship, Grandparenthood, Lifestyle, Retirement, Trying New Things

Almost Wordless Wednesday: A Week in the Life of a Retiree

The most common question that I have been asked since retiring is "What do you do all week?" The short answer is "no two weeks look alike". Here's a sample from this past week using an Almost Wordless Wednesday format. (I do realize that it's Monday...and this post is not exactly wordless...thus the 'almost'!) I've… Continue reading Almost Wordless Wednesday: A Week in the Life of a Retiree