glamping essentails

As a followup to my previous post international glamping weekend, below are some essential items for your upcoming glamping trip. The key to any glamorous camping trip is to bring along a few comforts of home. A lidded travel candle, fluffy throw, and comfy cushions are prime examples of how to make your outdoor living excursion just a tad more glamorous.


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international glamping weekend


This week I enjoyed the Spring sunshine and warm weather by getting my skirts and shorts out of the back of the closet, barbequing skewers with some good friends, and sandal shopping at the famous Army & Navy shoe sale. All of these sights and sounds, and yes even smells has filled me with memories and a yearning to do some camping. You may have heard of the ‘glamping’ craze that has become popular lately, but if not…

a form of camping in which participants enjoy physical comforts associated with more luxurious types of holiday
[C21: blend of glamorous + camping]

Now don’t get me wrong, I am a rustic camper through and through. Sorta. Growing up my family had a small old travel trailer that we took on many trips throughout the province of BC, all the way to Winnipeg, and even down to California. Before being inherited by us is was my grandparents’ holiday house taking them, and their four kids all over the place as well. After having a facelift a decade ago, and many years of hard use by numerous members of my family it was finally retired by us and sold to new owners who are hopefully enjoying it as much as we did.

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the mountains are calling


In less than 150 days I will be saying I do to the man of my dreams.  Two days after that we will be on our way to explore a part of BC and Alberta that I have been dreaming about for a long time.  The mountains have been calling and I cannot wait to go.  We are mapping out a route which will include world famous drives, amazing mountain views, relaxing hot springs, gorgeous lakes, perfect camping spots, luxurious rooms, and thousands of photo opportunities.  I can’t wait to explore one of the most magnificent parts of Canada with my new husband.  I would love to hear your suggestions on things to see and do, and places to stay in the area.  Any tips you might have would be appreciated as we don’t want to miss out on anything!

International Selkirk Loop

International Selkirk Loop – Washington, Idaho, BC

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Okay so this post isn’t about quick garden construction, but a brief highlight of gardening photos I took (and Instagramed) while weeding and planting tulip bulbs in my Mom’s front garden last weekend.  There were a few hours of warm sun between a downpour of a morning, and a strike of hail in the late afternoon.  (I do hope those little bulbs survived…)

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up in the air

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Finally, a post about travel and adventure!  I have been sticking fairly close to home lately, so when the opportunity came up last week to take the Sea to Sky to Squamish for a complementary helicopter ride, I jumped at the chance!  We made plans with friends, drove one of the most beautiful pieces of road from Vancouver up to Squamish on perhaps the most amazing day of the year thus far.  The temperature was a good 18-20 degrees Celsius, the wind gentle, and the sun bright.  A local Vancouver company SKY Helicopters was holding its first SKY Flyzone event, where they offered free flights up to see Shannon Falls, the Stawamus Chief, the town of Squamish and Howe Sound, to 100 people who were either invited/drawn as part of their rewards club, or won them.  I was very kindly offered two passes for two – how could I refuse? Continue reading