The Smell of Autumn

Autumn does not come gradually. Officially, it started today – at exactly 7:21 this morning, before I’d even had my first coffee. In reality, it came almost a month ago. Autumn came early this year. One late August day I was basking in the heat of summer, fiddling with the controls on the air conditioner.…

Wandering the Trails – Where I can

We’ve been coming to our little campground at Cultus Lake for about 25 years now. Our kids grew up here and we’ve seen a lot of changes over the years. There is a provincial park that surrounds much of the lake along with a number of private resorts and cabins clustered around the water. It…

Stretching the Soup

I love soup. There are so many different kinds and varieties of soups that I still have a universe of untried flavours to discover. Part of the reason for that is I tend to drift back to my old favourites. After all, soup is one of the original comfort foods. Soups are so adaptable. You…

Chainsaws and Other Hobbies

A few miles outside of Terrace, BC, to the west, just across the highway from the Skeena River, there is a little community tucked behind the trees. If you find it and drive down the gravel road between the houses you are very likely to spot some wildlife – a mountain sheep, a moose, a…

Cochinita Pibil

It all started yesterday when we came across the achiote at Ley supermarket in Puerto Vallarta. This blend of achiote seeds and other spices adds a deep red colour and an earthy, peppery flavour to foods. Nothing else quite like it. Our attempt at making Cochinito Pibil was inspired by the genuine dish from Mexico’s…

Buy low. Eat with abandon.

“The price of oil dipped today. And gold is up.” Margaret was scanning the financial markets, keeping her finger on the pulse of commerce. I’m pretty savvy about this stuff too. I’ve heard the horror stories of $24 heads of cauliflower in Canada. When the veggie truck rolled into the RV park here in Mexico…

The last couple in the world

In the last three RV parks we stayed at, we’ve been the only ones there. We rolled into the Mr. Moro Motel & RV Park in Playa Las Glorias, Sinaloa yesterday and had our pick of the sites. We picked one right on the beach. Nothing impeding our view. Wonderful! We found a handyman/caretaker who…