Recently I heard that Trailhead was moving. Literally,  the whole building. And that a Farm Boy was going in its place. Read the rest of this entry »

It seems like months ago that we pressed our faces to the glass facade of what used to be Raspberry Beret.

It’s now been replaced with another hair salon. Just what the neighbourhood needed … Not!!!


This year’s winter has been a bit of a yoyo so far. Some days I’ve walked the hood in a t-shirt. But today was bundle up and watch your step after last night’s flash freeze.
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The monkeys sent me the link for my year in review. This year I thought I’d add my own thoughts about the past year.

I meant to blog a lot more than I did. I walked or cycled almost every day in the hood, sometimes snapping photos with my phone to remind myself that something new had popped up or closed down. But then I would get busy with life and forget to post. Read the rest of this entry »

Yesterday, as I drove along Richmond Road (I know, it’s shocking because I’m usually on my bike or walking), I thought I would look sadly at the “Closed” sign where Expedition Shoppe used to be, across from Mountain Equipment Coop.

I was shocked to see a new store in its location. On my drive out to pick up my niece, I only noticed it had already been leased. And on the way back, I looked again, only to discover it was another outdoorsy store. I tried to remember the name, but what with driving and catching up with my niece, it was gone. Read the rest of this entry »

Today, I walked around Wellington West, partly because I knew I’d be posting about the upcoming Tastes of Wellington. But also because a neighbour had shared an interesting piece of gossip about a new brewpub opening in the hood. Read the rest of this entry »

So, now that I’ve finally visited Ireland, was it what I expected? Yes and no. I did expect the initial confusion caused by driving on the left side of the road. That awkward moment where as the passenger you try to get in the driver’s side. I did expect the rain, but more sunshine would have been nice, especially in Derry. Read the rest of this entry »

Ross Castle isn’t far from Swords, but it was far enough from Dublin Airport that we felt we needed another night close to the airport. So with some recommendations from Jackie, our B&B host, we set off to explore the area around Ross and on our way to Swords.

First up was theĀ Fore Abbey. Unfortunately our app delivered us to a private address. It was a nice house, but we didn’t think they’d invite us in for tea. We continued on and eventually saw a sign pointing us to Fore Abbey, but it was sending us back the way we came. So we continued on. Read the rest of this entry »

When we were planning our trip to Ireland, I told NosyNeighbour I’d really like to spend a night in a castle. He researched online and found us not just any castle, but a haunted one!

Okay, it wasn’t actually haunted, but it is supposed to have a happy spirit called Sabina living in it. Which coincidentally was also the name of the wifi network. Wifi was only available in the common areas, which is to be expected with an old castle with thick stone walls. Read the rest of this entry »

Our hotel in Kilkenny was meant to be a spa on the outskirts of town. Unfortunately for us the experience was rather less than expected due to the high volume of unattended children shrieking and running and bouncing off furniture in the lobby. We had booked into a hotel with an indoor pool on the week before school started. Every family in the middle of Ireland seemed to have had the same great idea! Read the rest of this entry »


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