Christmas, You’ve Changed!

Christmas, You’ve Changed!

  Although Britain and Canada share a language and a history stretching back beyond pioneer times, when it comes to Christmas our friends in the North do things in their own inimitable style. Back home every town had one or two residents who took it upon themselves to...
Paris – The Friendliest Place On Earth

Paris – The Friendliest Place On Earth

Paris, Ontario – population: 11, 763 at the time of the 2011 census.   We pull into the fresh-looking plaza on the outskirts of town, its clean lines and manicured verges incongruous amongst the trees and cornfields round about, like work shoes worn with jeans. It’s...
Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

The air is still, there’s no breeze. Expectation hangs dumbly like a first-grader trying to cut in at the school disco. Everything waits. The scene is set; bare branches beseech leaden skies, that familiar crunch of salt on concrete is underfoot, black rims...
Winter Warmer – Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

Winter Warmer – Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

  As a child my favorite dinner was Shepherd’s Pie. While the dish I was served wasn’t homemade or special in any particular way, the memories of how I felt at the time and my surroundings are. Funny how taste and food have a direct line to the past,...
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