Category Archives: Favourite Photos

A Rare Sighting – Blue Jay


I love blue jays, they are beautiful birds. I rarely see them though. They are common here in Manitoba where I live, but they seem to rarely appear. I was ecstatic to get these shots!

Town Mascots

In July 2016, my family drove from Winnipeg to Bakers Narrows, Manitoba. Bakers Narrows is a small town north of The Pas and somewhere south of Flin Flon.

Along the way, I captured some images of town mascots.

The white horse at St. Francois Xavier. Created by Winnipeg sculptor George Barone, the statue commemorates an Aboriginal legend.

Happy Rock for the town of Gladstone. You get it, right?!

Swan River has an elegant… well, swan. Of course!

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And the town of Flin Flon has the fictional character, Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin from the novel, The Sunless City by Preston Muddock.

Unimpressed Doggie


Keyser (front) and Basil show off their holiday spirit with their Christmas ties. Keyser’s expression however, is unimpressed. He’s so funny. They look sweet anyway!

Thanks to our groomer, Vada Club K9, in Winnipeg for the awesome accessories. I love this grooming shop. They take their time, give the dogs breaks when they need, are reasonably priced and my dogs always look and smell great when we leave.

Seine River Winter


This was the Seine River last March, 2016. I fell in love with this view.


All the trees were covered with hoarfrost.

Authentic Victorian

Today is my third, and final, post about Dalnavert, an authentic Victorian era house museum in downtown Winnipeg.

In my first post I talked about our experience with a shadow puppet show of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. My second post showcased the formal Christmas dinner. Today, I wanted to share some photos I took in the house in general.

Every single item in the house is authentic to 1895, when the Sir Hugh McDonald family lived in the home.

A baking area in the kitchen with cookie cutters:

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A waffle iron that imprints hearts, diamonds and different shapes into the waffle:

dalnavert waffle

The ladies visiting parlour:

dalnavert visiting room

A view down the stairs:

dalnavert down the stairs

A bedroom. I love those boots!

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At one time the walls were whitewashed. When the renovations were planned to turn the home back to its original Victorian state, everything had to be as it was in 1895 — right down to the wallpaper, which they were able to gather samples of here and there from each room. Then they found the original wallpaper makers in Europe and it was replicated and re-hung. The attention to detail is outstanding.

I highly recommend you check out Dalnavert if you have the opportunity.

Umm, Which Fork?

Dalnavert is a Victorian house museum in Winnipeg, that has been restored to it’s original 1895 grandeur when Sir Hugh McDonald and his family lived in the home. Sir Hugh was the son of Sir John A. McDonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister.


Dalnavert table setting This is a single place setting for a formal Christmas dinner. Which fork to use? Start from the outside and work your way in right? How many courses could this be?

Dalnavert table A grand looking table.

Dalnavert pickle jar This is a pickle jar.

Dalnavert menu And the menu sits at the head of the table.

A feast for sure!

This is my second post about Dalnavert, see also my post about the reading of Charles Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol.


An Evening of Victorian Dickens – A Christmas Carol


Dalnavert is a house turned museum located in downtown Winnipeg. It has been restored to it’s original Victorian era condition including decor, furniture and even the wallpaper. It’s a popular spot to check out, especially at Christmas time as the house is all decked out in decorations. Another cool point is that there is only one paid staff member at Dalnavert, everyone else who works there is a volunteer.

Dalnavert townJames and I went for the first time just before Christmas. After a tour through the house, everyone gathered in the conference room (an addition off the back of the house) for a reading of Charles Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol. What we didn’t know was what to expect at the reading. Is someone going to sit at the front of the room and read the story?

Much to our delight the reading took place as a shadow puppet show!

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As seen here, it was a person show with the puppeteer reading the story as she acted it out with the shadows. Absolutely magical!

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Here is the puppet used for Jacob Marley’s ghost. The beads formed his chains.

Dalnavert backstage And this is the “backstage” set-up.

During intermission a wonderful smelling apple cider and dainties were served. And we especially enjoyed the rich smooth hot chocolate.

Overall the evening was fantastic and I would highly recommend checking out a Dalnavert tour or the Christmas special event next year.

I will post more of Dalnavert, next up – a peek at a Victorian formal dinner.




Happy New Year to my Followers ~ That’s You!

Happy New Year

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Christmas Trees

I just love the blue on these Christmas trees, decorated at the Winnipeg Airport.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas,

a Happy Holiday Season,

and the Best in the New Year!


Diagon Alley Owlery


The attention to detail at Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is off the charts. There is no way possible to hype it up too much, no way possible that anyone could ever be disappointed. This is the Owl Post in Diagon Alley.