Monthly Archives: November 2013

Outward Bound

Outward_BoundThis article first appeared in the February, 1982 edition of BC Outdoors magazine.

Seven of us trooped off the bus into the spectre grey of that January dusk. As we silently marched into the Outward Bound compound of A-frame bunkhouses, we must have looked like prisoners about to serve time. The Gulag Keremeous.

Inexplicably, nobody spoke. Then we were directed to our allotted bunkhouse, where we found two others who had arrived earlier from Toronto via Calgary and Penticton. This prompted introductions all around and the ice was broken.

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Snohomish is Northwest’s capital for antiquing


Henny Youngman once suggested that you could have a lot of fun by walking into an antiques store and asking, “What’s new?”

If that’s the case, Henny would be ecstatic in Snohomish, Wash., where more than 100 antiques shops are clustered in the historic downtown area. And this is in a community of a mere 5,500 souls.

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Holiday Herbs for Decor and Digestion



Like no other season, Christmas is disposed to olfactory-triggered nostalgia. In particular, the aroma of coriander, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and cinnamon, can open the floodgates to the memories of Christmases past.

Decorations like pomanders add beauty to your home during the festive season. Making them is a fun project for the whole family: children get enthusiastically involved in the hands-on creative activity.

Make a Holiday Pomander To make a holiday pomander you will need the following:

Four to six firm, thin-skinned oranges (lemons, limes and/or apples will also work)
1/2 cup (125 ml) of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (60 ml) of ground cloves
Approximately 100 grams of whole cloves
1 Tbsp (15 ml) of ground allspice
1 Tbsp (15 ml) of ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp (15 ml) of orris root

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