Day 5 of Beauty: Water, Light & Sky

I’ve always  to live on an island. I like islands a lot. They’re defined, yet infinitely diverse. As a kid, I would design my own imaginary islands and archipelagos, drawing maps and adding beaches, coves and volcanoes where necessary, or blueberry patches, treeforts and south-facing pastures. The treehouses came with floorplans and rope ladders,  the pastures…

Pussywillow Postcard

Dear Sally, We interrupt this program for an official announcement: the pussywillows are out! Just like last year, the first personal sightings were in Vanderhoof. J & I stopped to see swans on the river and stretch out legs. We ended up discovering the pussy willows too. We cut a branch to bring home to her mom and…

sanctuary

sanc·tu·ar·y ˈsaNGk(t)SHəˌwerē/ noun 1. a place of refuge or safety. refuge, haven, harbour, oasis, shelter, retreat, hideaway 2. a nature reserve reserve, park, reserrvation, preserve.  “a bird sanctuary” 3.  a holy place; a temple or church. the inmost recess or holiest part of a temple or church. the part of  a church containing the high altar. I…

Feesh!

I’m writing this high on happiness and short on time. I need to fall asleep to be awake again in 5.5 hours. But I need to tell you – I went fishing. Not just off the dock. Real fishing. In a boat. Where all we did was fish. It was fun. Before I left, I…

Throw-Back Thursday or Fish Lake Friday?

Due to a Generator Failure, I was unable to post this on Thursday. Sooo we’ll just call it a “Flashback Friday” this time.   The smell of forest fires hangs in the air here, adding a  flavour of summers at home to our day here. It’s hot. And muggy. So, so muggy. The air is grey…

How the Days Begin

Mornings come early when you’re the cook. Summer solstice was yesterday and I still managed to greet each bookending sunrise in person. Some days I wake up even while the proverbial island ‘streetlight’ is still on. (The only light run by a darkness sensor.)    

A Day Off: Pulling a Roosevelt

  Back again? Still interested in the Day of Solo Exploration? Are you ready to enter with me into the dark woods of shifty shadows and skeletal trees, invisible strings, and deep padded moss the colour of jealousy ogre snot avacado-limes? I’ll warn you: There’s even an almost-surprise almost-attack by a creature of great size…

A Day Off: The Prelude

Big news: Recently, I had a day off! But I have to pause and say I wanted to start with the words “Friday, I had a day off.” Then I realized I have no idea if it was Friday or not because I hardly have a clue what day of the week today is, let…

A Selfie Interview: So How’s Manitoba?

An article in which the Annalist’s editor –in-chief, Ms. A. Louise Brown, conducts an interview with authour of this site, one Miss Anna Brown, approaching the topic of “So How’s Manitoba?” Editor-in-Chief: First of all, Welcome back to Canada! I know it’s late but it’s been a while since we’ve talked…Mongolia, was it? And now you’re at…

PP: Vanderhoof

Hi Mom.  Vanderhoof was lovely! Made a Saturday trip last week. Tires were fine, sorry to worry you. Didn’t make it to Woody’s for doughnuts b/c of delayed start (still bitter about the tires) but had a great time regardless. Saw Caryn’s horses, nice to smell them, haha! and just seeing the barn cats made…

Postcard Pretend: Rain

I’ve been looking through the photos on my phone recently. I learn about myself by the things I like to capture. These days, there are a lot of fairly unexciting photos, but there’s always something that made me pause or appreciate. There’s a lot about nature, weather, and seasons changing these days. Take this one,…

Postcard Pretend: Explore

Dear Mom, Let’s pretend this is a postcard. You’ve been very hard to catch on the phone. So let’s resort to some new-school old-school communication techniques. If this was a postcard, it would say,   Dear Mom, Went on a walk with Kate yesterday. Followed a creek and discovered a new trail that’s nice and long….