Category Archives: friendship

Project Soar

I spent yesterday evening at an event hosted by social entrepreneur Sarita Jha in a beautiful Marylebone flat in support of a project close to my heart — Project Soar.

Founded by humanitarian and design guru Maryam Montague and her architect husband Chris Redecke, Project Soar hosts weekly arts, education and sports activities for over 50 underprivileged girls from the local village, Douar Ladaam, where Maryam and Chris’s lovely hotel Peacock Pavilions ( ) is based, just on the outskirts of Marrakech. Thelong-term aim is to role out Project Soar to more villages, and, in so doing, bring greater opportunities to the rural girls of Morocco.

I was delighted to spend some time on one of their Sunday event days back in April,  where I helped the girls make collages…


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…and taught them, with my able assistant architect Chris, what every young girl needs to know — skipping.

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For more information on Project Soar or to make a donation, read about in on and have a look at this video.



I’m Back / Ralphie Haiku

I know I’ve gone missing for a few months. Sometimes that happens. But now I’m back.

Much has happened since my last post in May. But before I pick up with new blogs, I pay tribute to Ralphie, my loyal canine companion of my year in Nanaimo who passed away to doggie heaven in June. So I’m now a girl without a dog and good shoes. Ralphie, you will be missed.

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May your path weave through

forests green-scented — a loyal

friend at your heel.

Thinking About 2013

This is it. My last blog of the year – 365 blogs, one for every day (not always published on the day, but I did always catch up). Was it worth it? Absolutely. I’ve become more observant from all my walks with Princess Ralphie on Vancouver Island…

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…more creative (I’ve written over fifty flower haiku which I’m now putting into an ebook)…

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… I’ve taken up photography (thank you Tootsie for all the photography books for Christmas!).

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I’ve lived in two countries (Canada…

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… and Britain)…

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…and travelled around Morocco with my dearest Berberman.

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…I have put out my novel to agents, had many rejections and some near misses, and it’s now on the “To Read” pile on a wonderful New York agent’s desk, having jumped the hurdle of her reader. So, that’s good. 🙂

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…I’ve eaten some fabulous meals out and about…

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…and in the company of good friends and relatives (thank you Jamjarjude, Tootsie, Wineguy, Hankenstein, Drumguy, Winehippie, Designergirl, Modman, Brewgirl, Socky, Magman, Cousin K,  Tangogirl, Fieldpoppy, Spicegirl, Prince T, Craftgirl, Marky Mark and Berber Angel…

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…and played (a lot) with my nephew Hankenstein.


I’ve met some animal friends…

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I went back to my Newfoundland roots…

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… and did some interior design…

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…and started jogging…

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…and dusted off my tango shoes.

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A new year looms ahead, and I’m packing (again) to move into a new place in January, away from the lovely swans…

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…and cheerful canal boats of the River Lea…

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… to a flat in Hammersmith or Brighton…we’ll see how it all pans out. Then, who knows? I’m ready for new places, new adventures, new experiences and making new friends (human and otherwise). I’ll keep writing, and photographing, and tangoing, and I’ll put it all in my blog, maybe not every day but pretty often, even if my dog is in BC with Jamjarjude…

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… and my good shoes have now seen better days.

Keep moving, keep growing, keep curious and be kind.

Happy New Year to all my fantastic blog followers! Thank you for sharing the journey with me.

The Best Lasagne in the World

I’m a lucky girl. I have access to the best lasagne in the world. Only available chez Drumguy and Winehippie. The béchamel just creamy enough, the meat spiced just so, the tomato sauce a revelation, the pasta properly al dente, the mozzarella gooey and full of flavour. And secret ingredients, because every great cook has secret ingredients.



Lest We Forget

It’s Remembrance Day today. My grandfather Frank joined the Royal Horse Artillery in 1914 and his brother Stanley flew biplanes over France and Germany. Against all odds they both survived the war, although my grandfather died in 1948 of shrapnel wounds he’d sustained to his kidneys in WWI. On my mother’s side, my grandfather lost his two brothers — aged 21 and 23 — at the battle of the Somme. They were with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and were killed going over the top.

In 1939 my 19-year-old dad joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and spent WWII over in Britain and France; his sister spent the war as an army nurse in Canada.

For me, Remembrance Day is personal. And I won’t forget.