Ice cream season is here!

Posted May 19 2017 in , , , , ,

As you may know, I like ice cream. Although I’ve indulged even when wearing my parka, it’s summer when ice cream comes into its own as my treat of choice. Ice cream features in my two “summer” books. Strawberry Sensation has special memories for the hero and heroine in The Cottage at Firefly Lake, and […]

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“You’re not from around here, are you?”

Posted Nov 4 2016 in , , ,

I often describe myself as linguistically confused. Although I grew up in prairie Canada, I haven’t lived there in many years. As Tech Guy would attest, and except when I’m speaking with old friends, any remnants of my childhood Midwestern twang have long since disappeared from my everyday speech. In various day jobs, I’ve written […]

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Gratitude and new beginnings

Posted Oct 7 2016 in , , , , , , ,

My small town has recently welcomed a Syrian refugee family. Soon after their arrival, the newspaper ran a picture of the mom, dad and their three young children playing in the local park. It was an ordinary, yet also extraordinary scene. Our new neighbours have spent the last three years in a refugee camp not […]

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Family reunited

Posted Sep 23 2016 in , , , ,

If you read my blog regularly, you know that when my daughter, English Rose, and I moved to Canada from England in July 2015, we left a very important person behind. For the past fourteen months, my husband, Tech Guy, has remained in England, working to support our family and waiting to be able to join […]

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Letting go

Posted Sep 9 2016 in , , , , ,

“You’re the writer. Spin it.” I didn’t appreciate it then, but those words, spoken by a sales guy with a swagger, a bespoke suit, and a Porsche, marked a defining moment in my life. Although I’d dabbled in fiction, I wasn’t writing it seriously. Instead, my days were filled with crafting sales, marking and PR copy. Or speeches where […]

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Canadian repatriation: Month 6

Posted Jan 15 2016 in , , , ,

It’s now six months since I left England to start a new life in Canada. As much as I love my new home and have put down roots here, I also find myself reflecting on what I miss about the place I left behind. Living in an old country I live in rural eastern Ontario, […]

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Lessons in community

Posted Dec 4 2015 in , , , ,

The small towns I write about aren’t perfect. Neither is the one I live in. There’s hunger and deprivation and, as a result of rural poverty and unemployment, there’s disenfranchisement and loss of hope. I’m reminded, though, how gestures large and small build a community, and make it a better place to live, renewing the […]

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Canadian repatriation: Month 3

Posted Oct 9 2015 in , , , , ,

I write about small towns. Both my parents came from small towns, and I spent much of my childhood visiting family and friends in small communities. Since August, though, I’ve lived in a small town. It’s a place where my roots run deep but, like every other aspect of our Canadian repatriation it is, yet […]

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The more things change…

Posted Sep 11 2015 in , , , , ,

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that my family and I have experienced some big changes recently. From a new country to a new house, from a new brand of washing powder to new shoe and clothing sizes, in the past two months almost every aspect of daily life has changed. […]

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Canadian repatriation: Month 1

Posted Aug 14 2015 in , , ,

It’s been almost a month since we left the UK for Canada. A time of change and excitement, but puzzlement too as we adjust to a place which is, yet isn’t familiar. It’s big Although Canada is a vast country in terms of geography, it’s also big in other ways. From car parks the size […]

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