August 15, 2012
When buying a new tent, you look at the capacity, seam quality, waterproofness. After a two-night camping trip this summer, I suggest a new specification for determining what makes a tent worth buying: how loud the zipper sounds at 4 a.m. in a full and quiet public campground.
I was looking forward to a day with just me and the mister after a hectic week that included making Valentine’s cards with a 5-year-old and 3-year-old whose idea of fun is mushing together my expensive and brand new (unopened since I bought them 5 years ago) craft ink stamping pads (“Look Mommy! A new colour!”). Scratch that: I was looking forward to a day with just me and the mister because the last time we were together, alone, with no kids, for more than 3 hours was my third kid’s birthday 15 months, 5 days, 17 hours and 52 minutes ago. (more…)
I need some help answering a question I received from Tom in Vermont, USA:
“How would you compare the communities, weather and overall vibe in the Cowichan Valley with the Sunshine coast? Thanks.” (more…)
Crazy storms and grey weather inspired me to take the kids on an adventure Saturday morning. The Mister was in Victoria and the idea of being housebound due to cold and rain did not appeal. We were planning on going to Nanaimo later that evening, so instead of twiddling my thumbs with two whiny tots, I organized a trip up island on the E&N Via Rail train. (more…)
My husband and I left the Valley last weekend. We had tickets to the Sledge Hockey final at the Paralympic games, which happened to coincide with our wedding anniversary so we made a weekend of it in Vancouver. Except this time we did it Valley-style: relaxed and schedule-free. (more…)