This past week started off with my awareness that my name was mentioned in an online article in The Toronto Star. It wasn’t for something I did as a writer or blogger specifically, but for a tweet I made congratulating Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. It was nice to be mentioned anyway and you can see the article here: Proud Canadians tweet messages of support to new PM.

I also had a birthday and attended a touching Remembrance Day service in New Westminster, Canada. However, the week finished badly with the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday the 13th and Beirut the day before that left many of us saddened and in shock. Those events, especially Paris, have been covered in depth online, and will for the foreseeable future, so I won’t discuss them here. I really don’t have much to add except that I wish these attacks would stop, and peace would prevail in the World. I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon so I’ll try to brighten moods a bit with my photos of the week posted to social media.

A whole lot of Spring colour…
I thought this garden with the tulips, fence, and trees was beautiful!
From Roozengaarde Display Garden, Washington State, U.S.A. during the 2015 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

RoozenGaarde Garden Tulips Skagit Valley Festival Washington

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After I left Albergue Eskerika in the village of Pepiena, I was greeted by a cute donkey in a field. Well, maybe it wasn’t a greeting, but she looked at me in an inquisitive way. If I only had an apple. I really enjoyed meeting many of the farm animals along the Camino and they helped brighten my days when I wasn’t feeling well!

I left my last post, On the Camino del Norte, Guernica to Pepiena, Spain, at Albergue Eskerika, about 8 kilometers and a steep climb west of Guernica. I had a pleasant sleep but it was very odd having an entire dorm with about 25 beds to myself. I hope more pilgrims utilize the albergue and keep the owner in business (it was open at the time of writing but always check prior to arriving).

Now, let’s visit the donkey. Good morning!

Pepiena donkey basque camino del norte

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This weekly post of my photos shared to social media will be out of character. Sure, there are photos of flowers, critters, sunsets, and mountains, but at the end I have included three spooky Halloween videos from my Instagram page. If you don’t want to see them, just stop after the cute birds. Now, please join me on my photos and videos posted to social media this past week!

This tulip may appear to be all cream, but if you look closely, there are spots and streaks of pink. It really is quite pretty. Taken last Spring, somewhere in Vancouver, Canada.

tulip white pink pretty

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When I first started these weekly posts, my goal was to publish by Monday. Then it went to Tuesday, Wednesday, and now, Thursday. I hope to post earlier next week, as well as publishing a new blog post. In the meantime, please join me on my photos of the week posted to social media.


A rainbow of colour at the Tulips of the Valley Festival, east of Vancouver, Canada, this past Spring!

tulips of the valley festival fields

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This past week was highlighted by a trip to Whistler, Canada as I hoped to catch some beautiful Autumn colours. On Friday, it actually felt like Summer, as I wore shorts in temperatures that reached the low 20s (Celsius). The clouds rolled in for the weekend, but I managed a good morning walk on Saturday until it started to rain. That was okay, because I was hunkered down in my hotel room in time to watch Game 2 of the Toronto Blue Jays / Kansas City Royals American League Championship Series. Exciting, right?  The game didn’t go quite the way I had hoped, as the Bluejays sadly lost. No photos of baseball, but now, please join me on my photos of the week posted to social media!


Vibrant red of autumn in Whistler!

Whistler Canada autumn red leaves

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I will be honest. I had never heard of Sir Alfred Ramsay before. When I saw dahlia Sir Alfred Ramsay in the Ferncliff Gardens catalog, I was immediately intrigued and couldn’t wait until we met face to face. Most likely, it would be the most noble dahlia I had ever seen, both in name and in presence. Who is or was Sir Alfred Ramsay? I have no idea. The only one I can figure out is Sir Alfred Ramsey, the English footballer and manager, but his last name is spelled differently. I’ll leave it to a bit of a mystery because now I want to focus on the beautiful dahlias of Ferncliff Gardens.

Located in Mission British Columbia, Canada, Ferncliff Gardens is about a 1.5 hour drive east of Vancouver. I was fortunate to visit the gardens on a lovely afternoon in mid September. We’ll see Sir Alfred Ramsay soon but let’s take a look around. By the way, I have done my best with the names of the dahlias. If you feel I have mislabelled one, please leave a comment below.


Love the colours here. This is a large dahlia, AC F&P (yes, that’s the name).

dahlia large AC F&P canada Ferncliff

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