We are off again! We seem to enjoy traveling together because we keep doing it.
There’s our bi-annual wellness week at Rancho la Puerta and hiking in Cinque Terre,
fondue in Switzerland and cafes in Venice,
lobster rolls in Martha’s Vineyard and Prince Edward Island. And lots of laughs, cocktails and various styles of glasses and hair along the way. We are heading to Nevis for a week and will be off the grid but we will let you know the highlights in an upcoming blog. And we are talking about where to next…the Shetland Islands and Norway keep appearing on our radar screen…we’ll let you know!
HAR & CJR
I stumbled on a travel blog called Traveling with MJ and her Jan 1st post was a travel reading challenge. It caught my eye since many of us tend to read more when we are on vacation and I usually try to read a book that takes place in a country that I’m visiting. The initial list has 24 different ideas, if you do the math that’s 2 books per month. Don’t let that scare you, feel free to make yours the 2018/19 travel reading list! Here’s the list. It’s a creative idea and our friday favourite.
THE 2018 BASIC TRAVEL READING LIST
- A book that takes place in the country of your origin
- A book that takes place in a destination you’d like to visit
- A book with a type of food in the title
- A book that takes place somewhere you’ve always dreamed of living
- A book that takes place in your hometown
- A book that is set in a period of history in which you are interested
- A book recommended by a friend
- A book that you read years ago and want to re-read
- A book with an animal in the title
- A book with a type of plant in the title
- A book set in the future
- A book set in your favorite country or region
- A book that is an adventure story
- A book by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as your last name
- A book by an author who is not of the same gender as you
- A book with a silly title
- A book that’s perfect for reading over lunch
- A book from a genre you don’t typically read
- A book with a purple cover
- A book published in 2018
- A book that is also a movie
- A guidebook
- A book that is written by or is about a famous person
- A book that inspires you to make a change
Let us know if you take the challenge, I expect ACC (Alison) to be the first one done!
I love cheese. Love locally produced cheese is even better. Some of my new favourites are Five Brothers from Gunns Hill, Baby Swiss from Stonetown Cheese and I will always cross the street for manchego.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada had a cool promo on before the holidays – giving away a maple wood cheese board in the shape of Canada if you sent in a photo showing five cheeses bought with the Canadian milk symbol. That was easy.
And this week – my new #CanadianCheese board arrived. I’ll be testing it out this weekend. It’s going to look even better when there is a slab of two-year-old Thornloe cheddar sitting on Saskatchewan, Woolwich goat cheese taking over Quebec and some olives all over the country.
Thank you dairy cows for making delicious milk!
I bought a beautiful pair of new mittens over the holidays. It was a cold day, and I was a personal shopper guide for a friend or relative looking for Christmas gifts. Which meant that I saw something I wanted, in between recommending a gift for someone else.
I stumbled on beautiful, handcrafted mittens by SLO. The tag told me they were made out of up to four carefully selected wool and wool blend sweaters, and that the were locally sourced and manufactured.
A quick visit to their website filled in the rest — “…use extra, unwanted and second-hand fabrics to make functional, useful, everyday products and accessories. Each item is made by hand using reclaimed fabrics when possible.”
I love wearing functional art.
How many boxes of waxy chocolate covered almonds and flimsy wrapping paper have you bought over the years…to support somebody’s school? Finally…a school fundraiser that’s tasty, healthy and supports local farmers.
This is the second year I’ve bought Fresh from the Farm – the yummiest way to support the whole community. There is a box of apples, and bags of sweet potatoes, onions, potatoes and carrots. And perfect timing for some hearty winter stew. A definite Friday favourite.
I saw a preview for the movie A United Kingdom months ago and made a mental note to watch it sometime since it was about Africa. Then I forgot about it. While on my recent safari trip someone mentioned the movie and the fact that it was about Botswana. I had browsed Netflix for movies about Botswana before the trip but somehow this didn’t pop up. I watched it this week. It’s slow but it’s based on a true story and explains the beginning of independence for Botswana from Britain. Prince Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) was studying law in Britain in the 1940s when he met Ruth Williams, a white British clerk. They married and received disapproval from all sides but persevered. (You can read more in the book A Marriage of Inconvenience by Michael Dutfield.)
Seretse Khama went on to become the first democratically elected President of the independent Botswana in 1966 and his son is the current President. It’s not gripping drama but it’s interesting history and would make for great viewing on some cold December night on the couch. It’s my friday favourite.
A sundowner (when you are on safari) means stop what you are doing, set up a bar with the best view of the sunset and have a cocktail! Having just returned from the most amazing trip on safari in Botswana, sundowners are my new friday favourite!
This first G&T was on a boat on the Zambezi River, near Victoria Falls, watching hippos.
The next one was on the Boteti River watching elephants splash.
This ‘bush’ bar magically appeared after a canoe ride in the Okavango Delta!
And this one was overlooking the Chobe River, at Chobe Game Lodge!