Nerding Out in Egypt to 40 Million Year Old and Present Day Mangroves

Egypt's Wadi El Gamal, an oasis in the desert.

I remember being 14 years old and listening on in fascination as Mrs Jones lectured to us in science class about the many adaptations of the mangrove. It wouldn't be until 23 years later that I would lay my eyes on a mangrove, and that first mangrove would not be alive, but rather a fossilized specimen on the floor of a 40 million year old ocean, in what seemed to be an … [Read more...]

Frogs at the RBG (Royal Botanical Gardens) in Burlington, Ontario: An All Ages Adventure

Ornate Horned Frog at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario

As a teenager, it was a science fair project on frogs that landed me my first job in a research lab at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Burlington, Ontario - which was an awfully cool summer job and pivotable moment in my life.  So when I heard there was a frog exhibit on at the RBG this winter (until April 12th, 2015), I had to go! On my first visit, I took my … [Read more...]

Roamancing Swiss Views: Our Switzerland Swimsuit Illustrated Exposé

Chemin de la Dame, Lavaux, Switzerland

We (or at least 'I') couldn't help ourselves!  When we'd heard that Swimsuit Illustrated had kicked of 2014 with their own Swimsuit Illustrated edition of Swiss Views, we decided we had to show them up with our own Roamancing Edition of Swimsuit Swiss Views!  Although as you'll see from the post below we were somewhat loose in our definition of a 'swimsuit'.  Seems our only … [Read more...]

Trains at the Royal Botanical Gardens! An Ontario Auntie Adventure’s Holiday Favourite!

RBG Train Show

The Holidays for me have never been about presents, but rather family, at least that is since I became an adult and moved thousands of miles away from family.  The Holidays are the one time of year that we are all home and get a chance to see each other.  And as I am now Auntie, the holidays are about spending time with my sister and brother's kids, as well as my adult family … [Read more...]

Remember, It’s a Pittance of Time

Poppies photographed by Tony Oldroyd

It's a pittance of time ... Take the time today to remember why we enjoy the freedoms we do. And pray that we never face such horrors again. It's a pittance of time ... remember. Lest we forget. … [Read more...]