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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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Yesterday was a strange day for us. It started peacefully. The smoke from the fires seemed to be dissipating which was a good thing. As I was sipping my morning coffee and thinking about how much I could get used... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at A Life, Lived
It is official - you are killing me here! We only have two more days in the area and there is just so much to do. I guess we'll just have to come back.
Toggle Commented yesterday on A Day of Fire and Fury at A Life, Lived
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Yesterday started peacefully and ended with 13 fires raging in the area and the humming of water bombers overhead as they fought the fires. Back to the beginning. The owner of our house provided an interesting self-guided tour of Naramata.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Life, Lived
Lots of perfect days in this area. I wish I had more!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on A Lazy Naramata Sunday . . . at A Life, Lived
I know exactly what you mean - we are starting to struggle with the things we hope to do before we go. In the end there will be plenty left for the next visit.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on 54 Looks Awesome at A Life, Lived
Yup, the stress has washed away after just 4 days in BC. By the time we leave on Sunday I will be a puddle of relaxed jerry! :-)
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Adulting is Hard at A Life, Lived
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When we were last in the Okanagan the furthest south we got was Penticton; we completely missed the wine regions of Oliver, Okanagan Falls, and Osoyoos. In fairness, back then we only had a day or two to explore and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Life, Lived
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It was wonderful to wake up in our house overlooking the vineyards and lake. The heat from yesterday was gone and it was decidedly chilly - so much so that I finally made use of that fleece jacket I dragged... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Yesterday started in Kelowna and ended up in the heart of the Naramata Bench. Paul walked to Starbucks so I wouldn't have to start my birthday with hotel coffee. We breakfasted on chocolate croissants that Val had given us and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Life, Lived
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We took off from Edmonton yesterday and had a short flight over the mountains to Kelowna. It was an uneventful travel day. Arrived in Kelowna, got the car, got to the hotel, checked in. All good. It is hot in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Life, Lived
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After five days of meetings we are leaving Edmonton today. We will wake up tomorrow in the Okanagan. To say that I am looking forward to a week in wine country would be a gross understatement. We didn't get to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Of course, given the previous few days it was not without a hitch. We were up at the crack of silliness on Sunday. Dressed, packed, and ready to go before the car arrived. We were at the airport in plenty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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The other day a colleague was talking to me about her kid. She was frustrated because her child was 4 going on 24 and desperate to be older. We both smiled and though 'wouldn't it be amazing to be that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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The Trumpster is visiting London next week. The London mayor, who has been on the receiving end of some Trump twitter storms, has approved protestors flying a giant Baby Trump balloon over the city. ha ha ha ha ha! Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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This year for Canada Day we did something different from normal. We celebrated with pink & white! Who needs fireworks when you can celebrate with an amazing meal provided by Toronto’s Smoked & Cracked restaurant overlooking the Stratus vineyard? Stratus... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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Oddly, Canada might be having a more meaningful birthday this year than last, even if the 151st birthday just doesn't have the same cachet as the 150th. This July 1, marking the 151st anniversary of Confederation, Canada has challenges to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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It's a big day here - someone turns 43. Paul was born in 1975. Here in Canada there was a bunch of stuff happening .. . Canada started to introduce the metric system throughout the year (and after 38 years... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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In a couple of weeks Paul and I will be jetting to Edmonton where I'll be in a meeting for much of the week and he'll be wandering the capital city of Alberta. In the 13th we have a short... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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We'll be heading to BC in a couple of weeks. I was doing planning over the weekend. Guess where this week's edition of Travel Tuesdays is heading? Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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Look at me - cooking again. I actually followed a recipe for the gill! This is simply a delicious meal on a stick. I have seen the idea of using sausages in kabobs and I thought it was ingenious. How... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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I know that based upon the last few months of posts you'd be left thinking that I had shut the kitchen down. The reality is that when the weather gets warm and the grill comes out I am not following... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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Some more shots from our wine adventure in Niagara last Sunday . . . Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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Last weekend Paul and I had friends from California visiting. We decided to take them on a tour of some Niagara wineries. Our first stop was a newish winery 9well, new to us for sure) called Westcott. I had heard... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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I didn't think it was possible. Trump declares trade war on Canada because he views us as a national security risk. Trump turns his back on the G7 and pivots towards autocrats. I know my American friends are very worried... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at A Life, Lived
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Four years ago we were in Venice. It was the last leg of my 50th birthday trip in Italy. We went for dinner at a restaurant off of San Marco Square. When we finished dinner a full moon was shining... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at A Life, Lived