Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Pooh Gallery

On the second floor of the Pavilion at Winnipeg, Manitoba's Assiniboine Park you'll find The Pooh Gallery. How did a gallery dedicated to the beloved Winnie-The-Pooh, the central character in A.A. Milne's children's book series, wind up in Winnipeg, Manitoba? A bit of history about the inspiration for Winnie-The-Pooh explains that.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Chocolate for Dinner

Doreen Pendgracs
Doreen Pendgracs teaching about chocolate

What could be finer than an evening learning about chocolate over a three-course dinner, each of which features chocolate? 

Earlier this year, I interviewed chocolate travel expert Doreen Pendgracs about the "Exploring the Many Faces of Chocolate" dinner classes she hosts at the McNally Robinson Booksellers Community Classroom in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On September 20, 2014, I had the opportunity to attend one of these dinners myself. It was fantastic.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Nature Playground

Nature Playground

Open the red child-sized door just west of the Pavilion in Assiniboine Park and enter into a world of play. Adults need to duck. The Nature Playground in Winnipeg, Manitoba's Assiniboine Park offers unique spaces and structures for jumping, running, climbing, and imagining, set in a beautiful garden.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Jane's Not So Plain Dining

There is nothing "Plain Jane" about Jane's Restaurant in Winnipeg, Manitoba. From its elegant setting in what was once an early-twentieth-century banking hall to the artfully presented plates to each flavourful bite to the attentiveness of your servers, Jane's is a first-class experience.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Garden Refuge


Armstrong's Point is a small peninsula jutting into the Assiniboine River near the centre of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The residential neighbourhood was developed for well-to-do families in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today 123 homes exist in this peaceful enclave. The historic houses are nestled along tree-lined streets and surrounded with mature gardens. As part of a recent Heritage Home Tour, I visited several of these gardens.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Heritage Homes

Armstrong's Point homes
A sampling of homes in Winnipeg's Armstrong's Point
(These were not part of the tour)

The history inherent in hundred-year-old houses tells us things about the time period in which the home was built as well as something about the intervening years, when the houses were modified and adapted to meet the needs of the residents. Restoring hundred-year-old houses requires a respect for that history, a love of the past, and a lot of labour. This past weekend I got a glimpse into that history, respect, and labour at the Armstrong's Point Heritage House tour in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

English Garden

Assiniboine Park English Garden

The 1,110 acre Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba offers a variety of attractions. One of these is the English Garden. Its winding paths and free-form gardens are indicative of the English Landscape style, an approach to gardens that became popular in the eighteenth century. Irregular shapes and openness to the surrounding landscape were a bit of a backlash against the rigid symmetry of the Formal Garden.