Sunday, 31 August 2014

Museum Musings: Could I Live There?




When I visit museums with reconstructions of period rooms and when I tour restored homes and palaces, I often imagine what it would be like to live in that place and time.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

World's Smallest Museum


World's Smallest Museum, Superior, Arizona





North America is home to many unique and unusual museums. In Superior, Arizona you'll find a roadside attraction called The World's Smallest Museum.

Superior is approximately 60 miles east of Phoenix on U.S. 60. Superior is an old mining town. Just outside of town is Boyce Thompson Arboretum, which is what brought me into town.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Changing Home




This coming week my husband and I complete what we have spent the last 3 months working toward - moving house. Over the past 3 months, we've cleared over 20 years of clutter, downsized, cleaned, staged and sold a house, found a new home, packed, and took care of the many details involved with a change of address. While we are busy with the final stages of moving, I share with you some quotes about change and home.

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


Folklorama





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.