Phillip Island, Great Ocean Road & The Grampians

After a week in Melbourne, this four day road trip was the sixth leg of our 2020 Australia trip. Copious wildlife and epic scenery were the order of the day. Whereas getting out of Canberra for Melbourne couldn't happen fast enough, I was almost reticent to leave the latter for this ... Read More →

Melbourne

A week in Melbourne was the fifth leg of our 2020 COVID19-shortened trip to Australia and Asia. I think Melbourne was actually our favourite city in Oz. To be honest, four ...

Canberra

2020: The COVID-shortened year of travel that really wasn't ... We got through an abridged version of our first trip to Australia and Asia before our government ordered everyone home. ...

Brisbane, Bundaberg & Noosa

Our second week in Australia was spent in Brisbane, Bundaberg and Noosa. A real study in contrasts, this leg of the trip saw a river city, sub-tropical beaches, turtles, Great ...

Blue Mountains & Newcastle

We’re doing some long overdue travel in 2020. After a year in Victoria, we decided to put our possessions in a storage locker and see some places. A week in ...

Sydney

Pre-COVID, 2020 was to be a year of long overdue travel. A week in the Sydney area was to be our first stop for a month in Australia and nearly ...

A Year in Victoria, a Brief Review

At the beginning of 2019 I wrote about our decision to move to Victoria. While we hoped this was going to be a permanent thing, we also knew we were ...

Wandering

When you come to a fork in the road, take it. -- Yogi Berra A little under a year ago we undertook a pretty sizeable life change. Around Christmas I was offered ...

When Human Vanity Endangers Dogs

Cropping ears and docking tails is not only unnecessary for a dog's health, but may even put them in danger. This Cane Corso appeared in my Instagram feed a few weeks ...

A Personal Philosophy

Philosophy: the beliefs you have about how you should behave in particular situations in life. I've tried to live with a few simple guidelines for some time now. I'm not ...

Entitlement

The belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment. The news is full of stories about American exceptionalism, international bullying and racist immigration policies. Daily, we see able-bodied ...

Island Hopping Part 2: Salt Spring & Galiano Islands

In my previous post about our little island hopping adventure, I wrote about a few days on the Pacific Rim, between Ucluelet and Tofino. That post was reasonably light on ...

Island Hopping Part 1: The Pacific Rim

This post will likely be of little interest to anyone other than us, since it's strictly to document part one of our week-long vacation up Vancouver Island to the Pacific ...

Building Better Habits

I've written about my desire to do more of this or less of that many times. I tend to get a little melancholy about the change I don't make but ...

The only thing 4/20 Vancouver is protesting is paying their way

Tomorrow will be April 20th, and that can mean only one thing. Weed. Or, more accurately, the celebration of weed known around the world as 4/20. In Vancouver, the 2019 ...

A new chapter, part 2

In my last post about moving to Victoria, I outlined the process of getting a new job and renting a place in James Bay. I'm happy to now report, we've ...

A new chapter

I didn't bother doing a year-end wrap up blog post for 2018. I haven't been journalling much at all, and it was a pretty quiet year for the most part. ...

Animal Arbitrariness

The past couple of weeks has been interesting to me, in that a few seemingly unrelated stories highlight just how arbitrary our feelings about animals can be. Puppy Love I was quite ...

Should Pit Bulls be banned?

With recent media coverage of dog attacks, municipalities such as Surrey are considering revisions to their dangerous dog bylaws. A June 20th attack on a senior there was the latest high profile incident. ...

Blogging renovation part 4; Contractor

It's between a little over eight months since we finished substantial kitchen and bath renovations. I waited this long to post my thoughts on the contractor, to remove (most of) ...

Blogging renovation part 3: Revelation

This post is long overdue. In fact, other than a couple small things being taken care of presently, our renovations have been finished for over a month and a half. ...

Blogging renovation part 2: Middle

In my first post about our renovations on May 24th, I wrote about the scope of the job and included a few pics of the areas to be renovated, the ...

Blogging renovation part 1: Genesis

I'm really doing this series of posts for my own benefit, so anyone else reading these may not get much out of them. It was a bit of a long ...

Off-leash

If there's one unfortunate byproduct of Vancouver's off-leash dog parks, it's clueless owners. Don't get me wrong. I love seeing a couple pooches hamming it up, running around like lunatics ...

The awkward relationship between the BC SPCA and meat

I've always had difficulty with the relationship our society has with animals. Most people I know feel real compassion when companion or wild animals are treated badly or hurt. We ...

Darby; a dog’s life in pictures

I've been grappling with something for ten months. It was August of last year when Darby was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, and only a couple short weeks later when we put ...

2014 Victoria Granfondo; riding ugly

Don't let the title of this post fool you. On most any count that matters, it was a great day. The ugly was pretty much all me and my legs. ...

Brody the rescue dog

After Darby left us in the fall of 2013, it was really hard thinking of adopting another dog for some time. We felt robbed of time we expected to have ...

The way she probably wanted to go

The most shocking thing was simply the suddenness of it all. A month ago, as far as we could tell, we had a healthy dog closing in on 11 years ...

Devastating news far too soon

As friends and acquaintances have asked, I've had to tell this story too many times now, and we're not yet at the final chapter. I'm writing this partly as reference ...

Ride2Survive

I tried typing with a sore, swollen wrist with Naproxen and Tylenol 3s in my system the day after the event - not the most effective way of writing. As ...

Roger Waters breathes new life into 33 year old Wall

I've been a Pink Floyd fan since I was 16. At one point in my teens, I owned 17 albums and probably listened to Floyd more than any other band ...

Why anti-cyclists have it wrong

As someone who both cycles and drives a fair bit, I've got no axe to grind with either side of the bicycle-automobile debate. I'm an equal opportunity hater when I ...

Expedia provides customer experience from hell

Expedia has horrific customer service.  My last experience with Expedia (which will truly be my LAST experience) began almost a year ago, on April 20, 2010.  I was closing in ...

Sled dog cull outrage reveals our complicated relationship with animals

Reaction to the Whistler sled dog massacre has been swift and strong. In case you are not up on your BC or Canadian news, it recently came to light ...