I’ve Declared War!

Normally a peace loving person, I draw the line at garden pests.

Death to the Scarlet Lily Beetle!

These voracious little sex machines were first spotted reproducing among my lilies last summer. My first sighting was of two of the little beasties doing the horizontal mambo in the foliage. Once I realized what I was looking at, it was war!

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Yup. It Must be Summer.

Happy Victoria Day!

It’s that long weekend so many Canadians look forward to. May long weekend, the unofficial start of summer. Since retiring a few years ago, I tend to lose track of long weekends, but it’s impossible to ignore this one. Continue reading

Another Bumpy Re-entry

Alternate title: Jet Lag is an Asshole.

Re-entry (or coming home) can be a bumpy ride. I’ve been to Europe a few times, but until recently returning to Canada from Australia, I had never fully appreciated the effect of jet lag. I’ve learned a few things about this physiological condition called desynchronosis since being smacked right between the eyes with it. This was a painful lesson.

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Playing House in New Zealand

Have you even wanted to temporarily slip into someone else’s life? Unless you’re new here, you know that my partner, Karen, and I regularly get the chance to do exactly that. Thanks to several online house sitting communities, we are able to connect with people around the world, move into their homes, look after their animals, and free them up for their own travels. It’s pretty amazing.

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I Have a Confession to Make.

This isn’t easy for me to put into words. I feel the need to explain myself. Please read this post with an open mind. I know this is going to be very controversial. I can already hear the gasps; I can see the heads shaking in befuddlement; I can imagine you questioning my sensibilities. Deep breath. Here goes. Continue reading

My Vocabulary is Lacking.

I Don’t Have the Words for New Zealand.

In this instance, how to describe the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island? How many times can a person use words like beautiful, stunning, breath-taking, and awe-inspiring before becoming repetitive? I really don’t have the words to describe all that we saw on this recent leg of our trip, but I’ll give it a shot. Continue reading

New Zealand Ramblings

The ramblings that follow are the stream of consciousness type about first impressions, but they do follow some driving and walking around type of ramblings, as well.

One constant with travel is learning. Even in English speaking countries with a history of British colonization, we feel a little like fish out of water and are pushed to learn a bit each day. This is good; it keeps the grey matter going! Continue reading