A So-So Ho Ho

It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it? Is there anyone who isn’t eager to see it end?

Like many folks, I’ve mostly stuck close to home this past year. All those trips to explore new towns and areas of Vancouver Island got put on hold. (As I wrote in my previous post, I did manage to hit the beach a few times—those were welcome outings.) Like everyone, I’m looking forward to more freedom next year (fingers crossed). There are so many places on this beautiful island I want to explore and share with you.

Until then…

I hope you enjoy some ho! ho! ho! this holiday season. It may not be the Christmas we’re used to or were wishing for, with dear family and friends absent this year—“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” has never sounded more poignant—but this is a time worth celebrating. Goodness knows we need some joy in our lives, however and wherever we can find it.

Let’s hope 2021 is a happier and healthier year for us all.

Merry Christmas!   

Dear Dad

From the time I started this blog, back in September 2017, my most supportive readers have been my mom and dad. Each post has been greeted with enthusiasm and generated a “can’t wait till the next one” response. Their encouragement has meant a lot to me. It’s a terrific feeling when your parents tell you they’re proud of you. Continue reading

Feelin’ Groovy in Coombs

About 45 kilometres northwest of Nanaimo is a small town (pop. 1,600) that has gained a reputation as a must-visit spot for tourists and islanders alike. How did Coombs manage to earn such status? Well, the goats are a big draw, as is the jam-packed country store stocked with everything you need—and a whole bunch of cool stuff you probably don’t. And of course there’s the food, from farm-fresh, healthy fare to tasty treats.

If you cruise into town from the south end, however, your first encounter with Coombs might get you wondering if you’ve just time warped back to the early 1970s. Kumbaya indeed.

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