Life Is What Happens To You And Me

Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans. (Lyrics from Beautiful Boy, by John Lennon) We all have them - those times of indescribable chaos in our lives, when nothing seems to go according to schedule or plan.  It doesn't matter that things have been written on the calendar in 'super-indelible-never-comes-off-till-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-longer markers … Continue reading Life Is What Happens To You And Me

Ticking All The Boxes

Have you ever filled in a survey or a form that says 'check all boxes that apply'? I know I have, especially in filling out medical forms - yes, I'm a non-smoker (does that one cigar in Cuba count?), no bed-wetting (fully toilet trained since I was a year old), excessive worry ( OMG... one highlight, two … Continue reading Ticking All The Boxes

A Worry-ous Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

  Four thousands of years, dogs have played an integral role in the day to day lives of man. They were working dogs who pulled, carried, herded, hunted and protected, constantly assisting their human companions. Countless songs have been sung and books have been written about 'Man's Best Friend'-even Elvis with 'Old Shep' and  John Steinbeck … Continue reading A Worry-ous Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

A Tale of a Kitty, a Katie and Other Bits From Home -the Catch Up Continues

It's hard to believe how time slips by; the future becomes the past in the blink of an eye.

Winter and Wellies in North Luffenham

Like many Canadians who escape the cold months (fondly known as Snowbirds), I longed to be travelling south to a warmer climate for 6 months or the arrival of spring on the Avalon Peninsula - whichever came first.

Missing Places I’ve Never Been

I longed for the authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the world of my dreams. I'd close my eyes and breathe deeply, wondering what was wrong with me.

Italy – Tell Me What It’s Like (In A Nutshell)

"So, whats it like in Italy?"   Countless people have asked this question in the two months I've been here.  It's a perfectly normal question, but I can hardly begin to answer it.  Italy is such a vast country with many different regions and local cultures - seas, mountains, lakes, inland, cities, villages, north, south, … Continue reading Italy – Tell Me What It’s Like (In A Nutshell)


For years, my daughters boyfriend (and partner in crime) has been throwing around two Italian phrases at the drop of a hat - "Basta!" and "Ci Vediamo",  spoken with as much Italian accent as he could muster and always with the appropriate throwing out or up of the hands, overly embracing the Italian way of … Continue reading Basta!