A Taste of Spring


Jill MacLean Maritime AuthorI spent four days in Victoria BC, visiting a friend and enjoying a taste of spring. Early cherry trees and camellias in bloom. Nova Scotia was cold and grey and dirty brown when I left.

Far too many wonderful bookstores, new and used, in Victoria, probably just as well I don’t live there. Twice I had to send boxes of books to Nova Scotia because you’re only allowed one checked bag on the airlines.

Every time I travel, I think, “I must get a Kobo.”

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4 Responses to “A Taste of Spring”

  • Sue:

    Hard not to envy the weather in Victoria. I had one of the first Kobos- thought as a book lover I would not be able to “make the switch”. But for me it is an add on, not a complete switch. There are still many books I want to read in paper, so I can make notes, but the small size for travel and the capability to increase font size for old eyes cannot be beat. I just received the new touch screen Kobo so am looking forward to it’s dictionary and improved features.

    • Hi Sue,
      I’m still trying to figure out how to make the Kobo work in England and the Netherlands. Three adapters, as far as I can tell, and I’m beginning to think – hmm, how many books can you take for the weight of three adapters.
      But so many people like the convenience, so I’ll persevere.
      Cold and wet in Halifax, but we had six wonderful gardening days in a row, so can’t complain.
      Best wishes,

  • while you were in Victoria, we were in New York City for 2 weeks. To each his own! we were across
    from Central Park and able to stay in the temporarily vacant apartment of friends on Central Park North.
    Tom, Lyanda, and Claire (13) joined us, in their own apartment he found, and much FUN. Claire was dazzled by NYC. Then Al and I stayed on for a second week before going to Peabody Institute in Baltimore for weeks’ courses on “Trnasforming story into opera”: Verdi, Wagner, and Prokofief. Now home to Oregon which is beautiful, like Victoria!

    • Hi Ginny,
      Lovely to hear from you and what a fine visit to New York. The story to opera workshop sounds so interesting. Although I must say – in my opinion – the plots of most operas play havoc with any kind of logic and sometimes with psychological sense. My editor hat. Have to take it off when I go to the HD performances, and simply enjoy the music and glorious voices – truly a joy.
      Off to Toronto and Ottawa on Friday for my third book, Home Truths. Home four days then to Newfoundland, a school in Gambo (east of Gander) and then three days on Fogo Island being introduced around by the teacher in a community called Tilting – I think it’ll be such fun, and good also before I begin book #5, the third of the trilogy. One of these days, I must consider retirement.
      Six lovely days in the garden, moving a cubic yard of earth (believe me, that’s a lot of earth. And it was wet. New creaks and groans! I love this time of year, so bounteous.
      Hello to Al. Glad you and the family are all well.

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