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JDeQ
Burlington, Ontario
eating, drinking, laughing, travelling . . . living life to the fullest!
Interests: Travel, food, drink, books, current events, politics, art, theatre, movies, music - life really!
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Teachers in Ontario are almost at the finish line for another year. I wonder how many will receive a t-shirt like this? Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Life, Lived
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June 21st is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. In 1996, t he former Governor General of Canada, Romeo LeBlanc, proclaimed June 21 to be known as National Aboriginal Day. This is an event growing in importance in Canada when the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Life, Lived
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A number of years we ran an AQ course in France. I got to travel with the candidates for a short period of time to see that everything was up to our standards in the program. It was a tough... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Life, Lived
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This is a big year for us here in Canada - our 150th birthday. Of course the land has been around and people have been eking a living on it for far longer but from a legal perspective we turn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Farro, also called Emmer, is an ancient wheat strain similar to the very first wheat cultivated by ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Farro dominated the fields of the Near East, northern Africa and Europe until early farmers of Ancient Rome crossed wheat... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Three years ago we had said good bye to our friends and ventured north to Verona for the second part of 'Jerry's 50th birthday trip'. Verona was fabulous but HOT! So hot that we'd find ourselves standing in front of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Something remarkable happened last week and in true Canadian style few people noticed. On Tuesday the Foreign Affairs minister stood up and gave a significant speech in the House of Commons. In it, without mentioning Trump by name once, she... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Yesterday was National Rosé Day. You can see from the pic above that we celebrated appropriately. North Americans are slowly starting to appreciate a nice Rosé done in the true style - black-skinned grapes are crushed and the skins are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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When I was act the farm last week to buy flowers i spotted a sign saying that the last of the rhubarb was on sale. I bought two bunches. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Three years ago we were preparing to leave Tuscany after celebrating my 50th birthday year. My mind wanders often back to that amazing trip. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Have you seen this picture making the rounds of social media right now? Last week a tornado touched down in Alberta. This guy was in his back yard cutting the lawn when the twister touched down. Rather than run inside... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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I am sure this comes as a complete shock to you given that I am in Victoria for meetings! :-) Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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The city of Nanaimo is not far from Victoria. Nanaimo is famous for many things but many Canadians would quickly list Nanaimo Bars as one of the city's happiest contributions to the Canadian culinary scene. These are a popular Canadian... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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The National General Secretaries meeting is in Victoria BC this year. When I was making my arrangements I decided to tack on two extra days so that I could explore the city a bit before I was stuck in meetings.... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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So the last few weeks have been sucky and today I'm feeling sad. :-( We said goodbye to this guy last Tuesday morning. Dante hadn't been himself for the past 6 weeks. The vet suspected kidney issues but didn't think... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Last week was our anniversary and we had a min-getaway to Niagara on the Lake. One of Canada's more historic towns, Niagara on the Lake was once the capital of Upper Canada. Unfortunately, the town's close proximity to the US... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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The first long weekend of the summer season . . . Victoria Day is in honour of Queen Victoria (duh). Canadians gather around the BBQ, drink beer, and light fireworks. We invited mom over for a BBQ but she is... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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This was another of the menu items from our Cinco de Mayo dinner. It is a LONG way from those tacos in a crispy shell which we would have when we were younger. These tacos are fresh, with an interesting... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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It is sort of weird. Today is both our 19th anniversary and our 1st anniversary. We met 19 years ago and always celebrated the day we met as our anniversary. Then last year we decided to do something special on... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at A Life, Lived
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Friends of ours are in Venice right now. While I love following my friends on their travel adventures it certainly gets me hankering for a return visit. The closest I will get to Venice this year is pouring through my... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at A Life, Lived