Depth of focus and coaching

One of my diversions when I’m not picking things up is photography. I spent many years as a professional artist and you never truly lose that eye or the need to let it stretch its creative legs periodically. Sometimes I just wander around with a camera and see what looks good, but sometimes I set myself…

Finland, part 2: Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia was on my list of must-see places during my trip to Finland. It’s two hours by ferry across the bay on a very comfortable ship (with wifi) from Helsinki. The ferry lands you about ten minutes by foot outside of the walled portion of Tallinn. Cost return is about 45-50 Euros (varies by…

The Finnish Line, part 1

The two weeks of travel and competition are drawing to a close; tomorrow I leave Finland and head back to Canada to a normal life, or at least to a more routine one. Just now I’m sitting on a ferry on my day to Tallinn, Estonia for the day and I have a couple of…

Echoing their joyous strains

Sometime in the 1930s, two strong-minded young people met in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was a powerfully strong, strapping young civil engineering student at Dalhousie who played rugby and loved the outdoors. She was a tiny young artist at NSCAD, who loved her art and was fiercely proud of her family traditions and status. He…

The Legend of the HMS Bathtub

I found this photo in my camera roll the other day and thought that maybe it was time to share the story that goes with it. Every family has a few colourful characters and some families have more than their fair share, either in terms of quantity or quality. One of the latter such was…

Depth and texture

Yesterday John took another stab at running the Cape to Cabot route, successfully improving his time and giving himself a benchmark for future training. While he ran, I played support crew, driving ahead a few kilometres at a time and being ready with sports drink and a car (in case of injury). To while away…

A light in dark places

I’ve been sifting through the photos I took this summer while on Exploits Islands and will be posting some of them here. Many have already been posted on my twitter or Facebook accounts, but posting them here makes them more accessible. One of the themes that runs through much of my time at Exploits is…

Spring in Fall

Last spring I bought a few orchids in Florida and imported them (quite legally) into Canada. A few days ago, one of them bloomed for the first time. Epidendrum porpax is a subtle and understated little plant, but quite lovely in a subdued sort of way. I’m delighted to have hit on the correct combination…

Falling Back

Took a wander through the fall foliage with John and Katherine last weekend. This is once of my favourite times of year and it was a delightful change to amble through life instead of sprinting from one thing to another. I’ve run these trails often and know every dip and bend, but walking them proved…

Ville de Québec

We spent the Labour Day weekend this year in Québec City. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision based on a profound need for some time spent exploring, just us three and may have been one of the nicest little vacations I’ve ever had.         We have never really travelled. It was something that we just…

Side trip

We spun down into Flatrock today to watch waves. I’ll have more photos later, but this was my favourite of the day.

Sea Fever

Masefield had it right. We took a walk on Middle Cove Beach yesterday evening and found a bit of sea and spring fever..