Posted in Animals, Camping, Disney, Weekly Photo Challenge

Partners: WP Weekly Photo Challenge

Er Shun with Jia Panpan and Jia YueYue
Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue with Mom Er Shun Toronto Zoo March 2016
Marshmellows and campfire a perfect partnership


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Storm-troopers on patrol in Hollywood Studios
Posted in Disney, Photo challenge, Scope for the Imagination

Travel Theme: Entertainment (2)

If you’ve seen my posts over the past few weeks you’ll know I’ve recently visited Walt Disney World, Florida. I’ll always be in awe of the total commitment that Disney has, to entertain you. 20151214_153523They try very hard to engage all your senses in this experience.

During the afternoon parade we enjoyed seeing the detailed floats and the princesses and princes. But WOW when Maleficent came into view…. I was memorized. She appears to walk down the street as she observes the crowd. AND she breaths fire. She was the most entertaining part of Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy Parade.



Narrator: So you see, the story is not quite as you were told, and I should know, for I was the one they called “Sleeping Beauty”. In the end, my kingdom was united not by a hero or a villain, as legend had predicted, but by one who was both hero and villain. And her name was Maleficent. ~ Maleficent, 2014



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Posted in Camping, Grateful for

Grateful for ..rain

Warning.. This may be considered a “butterfly post” fluttering from thought to thought. 😉

I think I’ll share why at first blush this is funny/odd..Soon we’re heading out to go camping. I’m thrilled the forecast is for sun! So why, you may ask, am I grateful for rain?

Well our June was sooo wet that I was sure this trip was going to be a rainy wet one. We’ve done it before and knew howcamping tarp to prepare for it.  I honestly don’t mind rainy days while camping. Camping is fun in the rain when you’re prepared. Night time however… I am not one of those people (“Paddy bear stare” at my hubby) who find the rain drops soothing. So I’m looking forward to our fair weather forecast.

Why am I grateful for rain?

We’ve had our share plus the West coast’s share this past spring. Now we’re having an occasional rainy day mixed with a healthy amount of sun. A few days ago the weather channel was explaining that the hazy was from the smoke from the forest fires far west of us. Something so big and scary is difficult to imagine. Seeing the smoke blown this far east puts some perspective on it.

Seeing the photos and the news night after night. I wish we could send some rain to the other side of North America. I wonder… would the cost of scooping up and shipping all the east coast snow be less than some of the costs the drought areas are paying now?

bath timeI am grateful for the rain because it gives us, the animals and plants so much.

Colline was grateful for a free concert this week!

Posted in Canada, Photo challenge, Seasons

Old fashion summer time fun (Travel Theme challenge)

Nothing says ‘good old fashioned summer fun’, like watching a ball game under the lights.
Under the lights

In the summer (or any time) it always feels a little old fashion to cook your meal over the open fire. And your meal always tastes 10x better when it has been cooked this way!

Over open fire

The cars have changed but the old fashion thrill of watching a movie at the Drive In hasn’t changed over the years. Sadly this photo is taken at one of the few remaining Drive Ins.

Can-View Drive In Fonthill ON Canada

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Travel theme: Old-fashioned

Posted in Photo challenge, pondering, Scope for the Imagination

WP Challenge: Warmth ~ 2

Normally when I have photos with different variations of the theme I’ll just post them in one post but this weeks it seems fitting to make two posts. Here’s my first post..with the question: Does colour matter?

This post is just a collection of what warmth looks like ..

warm scarfThe warmth of a crocheted scarf.







The warmth of a summer’s fire  warm fire hot potatoes







the begining of ..And the warmth of the sand on our feet.






Whether you live on my side of the planet or in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoying real heat on the beach or in your yard, show us your take on warmth. You can go from the literal (saunas! scarves! steaming cups of tea!) to the figurative (the embrace of family members coming together for the holidays, the look of affection on your pet’s face, or even just a photo with a particularly warm color palette, no matter its subject matter).

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