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Homemade bread bakery style from a red Dutch Oven

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Highlight of the week! First time making homemade bread bakery style from a red Dutch Oven.

Flour, yeast, salt, water… and a Dutch Oven.  That’s it.  And the taste?  Incredible!  Take The Keg’s original bread (before they dumbed it down) and amp it by 4x, its that good.  Tracy ordered a red Dutch Oven on-line and this week made her first bakery style bread at home, and it was the highlight of the week for the family.  It’s obvious many of us are baking more because it sure is hard to find flour.  Took three tries until we found what was needed at The Monastery.  Comfort food for our new life!

Vancouver Sea Village Featuring Houseboat Homes Along False Creek

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People’s houseboat homes along Vancouver’s False Creek

Time to begin virtually traveling the world while we all take a pause and self-hibernate (sometimes I do feel like a bear hanging out in his den waiting for spring!) First stop is beautiful Vancouver and a look at Sea Village, a lifestyle community of houseboat homes along False Creek. These folks have the best of both worlds… living in the city and on the water. I gather keeping 6ft apart while walking on the dock to get groceries is difficult, however picture sitting at the end of the dock in front of your place watching life slowly pass by!

A Monashee Mountain Range Sunrise at Big White The Day Before Ski Hill Closes

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Sunrise after 7am on morning #1 of what we were hoping to be a 6 day ski trip with family. The conditions on this first day were even better than the sunrise – clear and sunny, -5 deg C, great snow – and so we thought far away from the COVID-19 developments occurring back home. Day 2 (another amazing day outdoors) ended with a thud when Big White announced it was closing immediately and we had to clear out. Now that’s a shocker! This was the same day provinces implemented limitations of groups greater than 50 people. In hind sight a week on now, it was the right thing as we all needed to get home and hunker down.

Socializing – aka drinking – at a London England sidewalk cafe and pub

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Back to 2016 for this moment in time at a London, England sidewalk cafe and pub. It caught me by surprise to see drinking allowed on the curbs and will admit I was jealous because it looked so social and inviting… why can’t we do this? Just stare at this picture for a bit and take in all the different conversations and mental thoughts happening all at once.

Johnny Reid My Kind Of Christmas Tour In St. Catharines

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Fantastic performance by Johnny Reid this past week in St. Catharines, singing only Christmas songs from his ‘My Kind of Christmas’ tour. This was my first introduction to Johnny Reid and will say he did not disappoint. More than any singer I’ve seen – ok similar to Sarah McLachlan – he has a way of involving the audience that makes you feel part of the show. Guess it helps there were a cozy 3,500 people in the arena 🙂

Cottage Life On North Muldrew Lake, Gravenhurst

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Can someone call up Cottage Life magazine and tell them we have their next front cover right here? Sometimes the lighting and mother nature just works in your favor… Very thankful to our friends for hosting us this weekend at their cottage on North Muldrew Lake, south of Gravenhurst.  Sunset was at 4:56pm and this is around 5:15pm Saturday, during a period called blue hour. It works particularly well when there is fresh white snow to reflect the light.  Going to print this on canvas as a thank you gift!

Notre Dame Cathedral Commencement of Mass: In memory of April 15, 2019 fire

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Watching yesterday’s fire at Notre Dame Cathedral was gut wrenching and brought back memories of our visit in 2015. This is the start of Mass… really like the contrast between the procession, the tourists, the smoke from the incense and the natural light coming in through the windows. Regardless of your faith, this Cathedral is stunning and the heart and soul of Paris and France.

Free ride: California Sea Lion sunning itself on stern of fishing boat

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Yeah, this is an everyday occurrence! At first glance, one is incredibly surprised to see this California Sea Lion on the fishing boat’s stern, with a few guys taking photos… not normal.  Then after 5+ minutes, you realize this might actually be a regular thing when the captain comes back with a fish for the mammal.  Trained you wonder?

Change In Colors, Thanksgiving weekend, Echo Lake

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Birch trees mixed in with the requisite vibrant fall colors on echo lake this past Thanksgiving weekend. Though never taking the change in colors for granted, it still is fun to see tourists arrive by motorcoach to look at what we Canadians see every year!

The Snow Ghosts of Big White

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This is the peak of Big White looking West to the Monashee mountains across what they call the ‘Enchanted Forest’. The previous day it snowed like crazy, and this next day it was powder top to bottom. The trees when covered with snow are locally known as ‘snow ghosts’ – great name!