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.…

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…