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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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Oddly, Canada might be having a more meaningful birthday this year than previously. This July 1, marking the 155rd anniversary of Confederation, Canada has challenges to be sure. It would be news if we didn’t. Everything in human affairs is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Life, Lived
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Someone is having another birthday today - I'll give you a hint . . . there are 47 candles on his cake. As is tradition, let's look back and see what was happening in Canada in the year Paul was... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Life, Lived
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The Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a former Benedictine monastery is situated in a picture-perfect setting just about 10 km south of Montalcino, just below the medieval hamlet of Castelnuovo dell'Abate. It’s one of the most important examples of monastic architecture of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Life, Lived
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It's been a minute since I have posted anything about the garden. This time last year was the start of the struggle against the deer. IN the end, they treated the garden as a buffet but I was left with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Yes, this is exactly how it would go. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Bagno Vignoni is very unique: nowhere else in Italy will you find its main central square has a pool filled with hot springs water. 49 meters long and 29 meters wide, the Renaissance-era piazza is built directly over the original... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Strawberry-rhubarb slab pie is a summertime crowdpleaser, especially with a hefty scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Sweet strawberries combine amazingly with the tart flavor of rhubarb, and your favourite pie crust takes this incredible dessert to a whole... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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This Rhubarb Martini is made with a simple rhubarb syrup that is mixed with vodka and lime juice. Make this easy summer cocktail by shaking the the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker for a refreshing pink vodka drink.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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When it was time to leave Verona we gathered our luggage (which was getting rather heavy) and took the train to Venice. Venice was crowded so we tended to stay clear of the popular spots and spent time wandering areas... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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In the Weber 'Time to Grill' cookbook this recipe is called 'Simple Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple'. I normally stay away from recipes like this as simple can have some negative connotations. In this case it just means super easy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Last week our cleaner texted Paul and asked if we'd like some rhubarb from her garden. We said sure, expecting a handful of stalks. Instead Nellie showed up with a big bag full of rhubarb. We gave some to our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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My facebook memories remind me that 8 years ago we loaded up our rental car in Montisi and drove to Verona. Verona was a new spot to explore. Even thought it was super hot we still managed to get out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Jake loves to roll around on the keyboard at critical moments. This is a big fear for me. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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The recent hot spell brought our peony plants quickly to bloom. Now these aren't just ANY peonies. There is a special story behind these flowers. It goes back more than 200 years ago. My grandmother's family (many generations ago) were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Asparagus season is in full swing here in Ontario. I am doing my best to eat it a few times a week. . . supporting local farmers and all of that . . . plus it tastes AMAZING! I made... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Back in the before times and prior to retirements I always travelled somewhere in Canada at this time of the year to meet up with the senior education union leaders from across the country. It was a time to share... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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We tend to grill salmon weekly now that grilling season is upon us. One of the secrets to success we've discovered is to use a grill mat. It allows the fish to cook without sticking to the grill. You still... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Friday was planting day at the garden plot. After a couple of hours work everything was planted and watered. I left the plot feeling good about things. This tiny bit of garden satisfaction likely caused Karma to kick me in... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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This is a very local travel post. The spring flowers are beautiful this year. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at A Life, Lived
Posted May 23, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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I had a half turkey breast (bone in) sitting in the freezer and decided to toss it on the grill. The recipe I selected had a brine and a rub that had an intriguing mix of sweet and savoury. The... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2022 at A Life, Lived