Happy New Year!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACoast to Coast … from West to East.  2015 has been quite a year. It’s strange to think we arrived here in the summer and now there is snow on the ground. So much stretching and learning this year. Leaving the familiar and growing into our lives here, it has been uncomfortable at times, exhausting definitely (especially re-arranging all of our belongings here in our new house) and yet growing to love our new place.

I wish you all a very Happy Year and best wishes for 2016!






Just a quick note to let you know our move from the West Coast to the East Coast of Canada has gone well and we are getting settled into our new home. Life has been a little crazy since Christmas with buying and selling houses and getting packed up. I will post some pictures in a bit here from our trip across this vast country.

I’m also working on a new format for a magazine type of blog. As you know, I enjoy writing about Scotland but I also would like to write about Ireland and Nova Scotia. They have similar roots and I have thought about many titles with “Celtic” in it but I don’t know if that’s what I’m trying to communicate.

So, it is a work in progress and I am open to any advice or suggestions at this point. My posts have been getting smaller over the years and I enjoy passing on tidbits of information which might be interesting to others so rather than have a longer prose style, if that is the right word, I’m thinking of having more bite-sized info with more pictures.

I am rather attached to this blog as it’s been with me many years so I may have this one and the new one. I also have Journeys to Nova Scotia right now but I may just phase that one out as it hasn’t had many readers.

That is me in a nutshell for now. I will write when I can. Hope you are all well and enjoying the summer.

Scottish Dormers


hi everyone, hope you are all keeping well and I apologize for my lack of posting over the past while.  It’s been a bit hectic and even now, I only have time for a brief post.

Last time I wrote about Storm Porches and I have found another article by Stephen Archibald on Scottish Dormers.  I would be interested to hear if anyone else has these kind of dormers close to where you are, particularly in Scotland.  Stephen mentions his trip to Glasgow and seeing some there, back in 1974.

Storm Porches

winter picnic red door langley

I read an excellent blog post this morning from Halifaxbloggers.ca, originating in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Stephen Archibald writes interesting articles about architecture in the city and his posts are concise, well written and come with lots of wonderful pictures.

In this article, he has written about storm porches in Halifax and I was thinking that I am sure these must be evident in other places.  I think I remember standing inside a porch somewhere in the UK.

Do you have a storm porch on your house or maybe a neighbour of yours has one?

I have written a post on my Nova Scotia blog site about the Storm Porch article.