Hummingbird Feeder Wars

“So why are all the hummingbirds at your feeder and none at mine?” The afternoon was warm, the breeze gentle and the shrimp boats were drifting back and forth on the Sea of Cortez. A group of us had gathered, sitting and chatting, on Tom’s patio at his beachfront RV site. The comment had an…

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.…

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…

Waiting for you to write…..

Sometime around the middle of December I received an email from a long-time friend. Usually, we look forward to getting a pre-Christmas missive in the mail from him and his wife. It’s a summary of the interesting things they did over the year interspersed with photos highlighting their projects and activities, acquaintances and visitors, and…

Please deliver me from all this stuff

It’s morning and I am looking out the window of the farmhouse. My coffee mug is soothingly warm in my hands. There is nothing better than savouring your first coffee of the morning. Except maybe watching the rising sun turn morning into day over the fields outside. The forest on the other side is shrouded…

Clams. And Chowders.

It was one of those delightful but rare occasions. The whole family was available to get together. And we did. We gathered for a pub dinner at one of Surrey’s local watering holes. Lots of dishes and lots of sharing. The soup of the day was listed on the chalkboard as Manhattan Clam Chowder (that’s…