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23 Jul, 2014

Time for a little bit of this

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11 Jun, 2014

Moment of bliss #017

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This is my view when I’m sitting on our back deck: This is what I usually see when I turn around. I think about how long it took us to get to this point. Of course, I’m mostly referring to our massive reno. The planning of this particular part of the house was a mini-headache […]

24 Feb, 2014

Moment of bliss #016

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How important is it to be mindful of the best moments in our lives? How do they change us? How does holding on to these moments affect the rest of our waking lives? And our mental health? These are the things that I think about as I jot my thoughts down in my one-line-a-day journal every […]

03 Feb, 2014

Moment of bliss #015

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

I haven’t been keeping a tally of my moments of bliss for some time now, but one found me this morning and I had to jot it down before I forgot about it. If I’m really honest with myself, I have to admit that winter is not my thing. It’s Generally Unpleasant and messy and […]


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  • Greg: An alternative is camping off-season. Once schools are in session you lose most of the families with kids during the week. The folks who want to sit a
  • Misty Pratt: oh, and get a radio-free site!! It helps not to have music blaring, although it doesn't take care of arguments about socks :)
  • Misty Pratt: yup, agree with the other comments about the canoe. You're only going to get peace and quiet if you canoe or hike in somewhere, and I find hiking kind
  • Carla: My favourite-est park is Papineau Labelle in the Gatineau side, great casse-croutes on the way back. Definitely explore nature the other side of the
  • Grenouille: Love the frog photo.
  • Less is more: I too have had it with car camping. It was fun and I think our Provincial/National parks are jewels, but I no longer risk having my fun ruined by lou
  • Stacey K: I don't know too much about the facilities available in Ontario, but here in BC, in addition to provincial parks, we have Forest Recreation areas that

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