Still in need of a few gifts this year? These are my very biased recommendations! Below you will find something warm, pretty, useful, dreamy, fun and quirky.
Because lions deserve to live – help me cause an uproar.
I am hoping to appeal to any animal lover who reads this because when species disappear, whole chains of ecosystems change forever.
National Geographic has been working with communities in Kenya and Tanzania to implement a smart, affordable solution that is making a big difference. It’s called a boma.
Everyday lions are killed in communities that keep livestock. Livestock is the livelihood of many African communities. Because they live in such close proximity, lions kill livestock and then lions get killed. There is a solution and you can help. Continue reading
Welcome back to the safari party!
In case you missed the first post on the beginning of my African safari at Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda and stay at Paara lodge, you can catch up here. Basically I had to split the posts as I had so many images to share (these really are just the tip of the iceberg) and wanted to include as much of what was a wonderful adventure with you. Onto Day Two!
It never grows old … hearing stories of how travel inspires. Whether it be new found happiness, fresh perspectives on places or people, new or renewed passions, an influence in artsy or creative pursuits or even a career change, travel often has a knack for adding more than dimension to one’s life.
The most recent example of travel inspiring life change was evidenced when I visited the District Brewing Company (in Regina, Saskatchewan) during the day of their first open house.
It’s PARTY time in Regina! The 101st Grey Cup festivities get underway today and over the next few days, Regina will undoubtedly become more and more green! Are you taking part in the festivities? I want to give you a chance to join the rest of Rider Nation.
Its giveaway time!
I wish I could fluff up and keep warm from the chill of winter just like this little beauty from my backyard.
Happy Wildlife Wednesday!
Question of the day
Do you have any regular visitors to your backyard?
Have you ever brought fish home from your travels?
I wasn’t sure about taking walleye home that was caught this summer at the Women in the Wilderness getaway I attended. After all, I shared a few smooches here and there with some pretty sweet little fish and when it comes down to it, I hate seeing living things die.
This issue of mine aside I caved and brought four large fillets home. Walleye is a great tasting fish and I knew that I would enjoy it.
However, due to an extreme gluten sensitivity in the household, I had to swap out a flake based ingredient (usually bread crumbs) with a gluten-free option. Here is the recipe that I used to create a crispy, flaky walleye dish!
There are so many things that come to mind when I think back about my time in Uganda such as witnessing whole families on boda bodas, remembering the rich the taste of baby bananas and my failed attempts to avoid the red, red dirt that seemed to get everywhere. My iPhone ear buds are forever stained. But the chance to experience both a land and river safari are memories that will never be forgotten.
Which is a really good thing, because apparently I forgot to write about it last year.
My time spent at Murchison Falls National Park was brief (3 days in total) but I was still able to fit in some solid and incredible safari time.
About Murchison Falls National Park & Paara Lodge
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest park in Uganda. It is found in the northwestern part of the country and spreads inland from the shore of Lake Albert around the Victoria Nile. The park is home to the famous Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabarega Falls, where the Nile River squeezes into a narrow gorge, 7 meters wide before plunging 43 meters below.
I recently had the great honour to virtually chat with Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere and he agreed to answer five questions for a very special Wildlife Wednesday post!
If you read travel blogs or are part of the travel circuit chances are you are familiar with Gary. But for those of you who may be living under a rock (kidding), Gary Arndt is a passionate traveler who also happens to be one heck of a talented (and self-taught!) photographer. In fact he was just named The Society of American Travel Writers 2014 Photographer of the Year.
On the move is an understatement for Gary.
In 2007, he sold his house and has traveled the world ever since. He has been to all 7 continents, over 130 countries and 9/10 Canadian provinces. The only one he’s missing? SASKATCHEWAN! We gotta get him here. Continue reading
I can still hardly believe it. One of my photos will be in Canadian Geographic! I am really excited to share this supreme honour on my blog, as getting into a Geographic magazine has been a life long goal. In November, one of my images will actually be gracing the pages of the prestigious magazine.
Only thing is … it’s a pic of my dog, Benson. Hahahaha! I will take it though and celebrate regardless!
Canadian Geographic is publishing a special ‘pets’ issue, hence the dog pic.
Benson must be my lucky charm though because it’s the second iPhone/Instagram image of mine (with him in it) to be published in print within the last year.
This is the one they chose to include – it was the first picture I ever took of him. We had just met him and as soon as my husband picked him up, Benson hugged him which is something he still does to this day!