Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Alive With Flora, Fauna, and Fun

Fort Whyte Alive

Fort Whyte Alive is a 640 acre nature preserve in south-west Winnipeg, Manitoba. On the site of what was once a cement quarry, it features prairie, forest, lakes, and wetlands. Fort Whyte Alive is dedicated to providing environmental education and outdoor recreation. It promotes awareness and understanding of the natural world and actions for sustainable living.

Although I visited Fort Whyte Alive many times when my daughter and step-daughters were young, this summer was my first visit back in a lot of years. The facility had expanded its offerings. There was a new building and restaurant. The natural beauty and appeal remained. There is much to see, do, and learn here.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Bucket Lists

I have mixed feelings about bucket lists, those lists of things people want to see or do before they "kick the bucket".

On the plus side, bucket lists help us become aware of what is important to us and can be used to live life to the fullest. On the down side, they can be pretentious and competitive. In the race to tick off accomplishments, we forget to enjoy the moments. The list can become an accusatory reminder of what we haven't accomplished. 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Around The World In One City


Imagine experiencing the food, culture, and entertainment of 40 countries without leaving the boundaries of one city. Folklorama festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba offers just that.

Every evening during the first two weeks of August, community clubs, schools, and other buildings throughout the city become home to cultural pavilions. Visitors can purchase traditional food and drink, view cultural displays, and watch ethnic entertainment. There are usually 3 show times per evening at each pavilion with performances typically running 30 to 45 minutes. Weekend late night parties at some pavilions provide dancing opportunities.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Manitoba Lake Life

West Hawk Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park
West Hawk Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park
Going to the lake is a Manitoba summer tradition. After surviving a long, cold, Canadian prairie winter, Manitobans are eager to take advantage of the many lakes and waterways in the province. 

Some head to their own cottages. Others rent time at a cottage. Sites accommodating tents, camper trailers, or RVs can be booked at provincial campgrounds. Many provincial parks have seasonal campgrounds, where you can lease a spot for the summer if your name happens to be one of the lucky ones selected in the campground draw. And there are privately owned parks where you can lease a seasonal spot for your trailer.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

St. Andrew's Rectory

St. Andrew's Rectory
St. Andrew's Rectory

St. Andrew's Anglican (Episcopalian) Church, built in 1844 - 1849, is the oldest church in continuous use in western Canada. Across the road from its location in the R.M. of St. Andrews north of Winnipeg, Manitoba is St. Andrew's Rectory, built in 1851 - 1854. Both the church and the rectory are designated Historic Sites of Canada.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Wait and Watch: Writer in an Airport

Photo Credit: David McKelvey via Photo Pin cc

I seem to have spent a lot of my adult life waiting in airports. Although the overall amount of time is probably not that significant compared to the total minutes of my life, given my natural impatience, the minutes in the airports feel longer. But I have finally  learned productive ways for a writer to pass the time while sitting in an airport lounge.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A Hitchhiking Robot?

Photo Credit: Desmond Kavanagh via flickr cc

In the 1960s and early 1970s, hitchhiking was an inexpensive, liberating, and almost romantic way for young people to travel. By the end of the 1970s hitchhiking was in decline. I missed the popularity of hitchhiking by a few years. I've never hitchhiked and I don't pick up hitchhikers out of concern, rightly or wrongly, for safety.

But a hitchhiking robot? That I would stop for.