Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Common Sense

Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French ParentingI just finished reading this book by Pamela Druckerman and really enjoyed it.  Originally, I'd heard her interviewed about a year ago on "The Current", but being busy as chief assistant to a mother of twins, I didn't really have time to read it.  (Druckerman is a mother of twin boys and a daughter).  The author writes in an amusing style and I smiled on nearly every page.  To me, French parenting simply seems to make sense:  a baby does not need attention ALL the time, and making the infant have "wait time" prior to getting attention can be a healthy attitude.  French children learn to appreciate the goodness of food.  Parents guide their children and the French are less likely to be helicopter parents.  It appears that a French child may have more opportunity to "discover" the world on his/her own, without assistance from a parent about the "value" of the experience.    Anyone who has babies in their lives would enjoy this book.

Sunday, 21 October 2012


 Well, I managed to make my 42 trips to town before the snow flew so saved myself and the earth one whole tank of gas!  I think I intended to bike to town more than I did, but found the idea of biking BEFORE my run with the group was just too much to bear.  Unfortunately, I drove into town for a lot of those runs.  There's a good thing about running with a group - it's highly motivational and being coached has been SO good for me.  The down side is that I drive into town and no one from my neighbourhood is a runner.  The up side of the summer rides is that I did manage to ride to quite a few places during "the season" and I have really enjoyed the bike.  Had snow on the roof this a.m. and the forecast is lousy - but hopefully, I've got a few more rides yet before I go back to hikes into town.
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Monday, 8 October 2012

Paulson-Castlegar Bike Trip

On Saturday, Dave and I finally accomplished one of our trip goals for 2012 and biked from Paulson Summit over to Castlegar.  The weather was perfect, although cool, and we spent a good deal of time in the shade.  It took us about an hour to reach the summit on the old rails to trails and from then on it was completely downhill.  The "long" tunnel was exciting - we needed headlamps and still had to walk it.  It's about 1 km long and it's wet and DARK!  After turning the corner and descending above Arrow Lake, we had 2 more short tunnels and 3 trestle bridges to cross.  It's an interesting bike ride (passing the bomb site that killed Peter Veregin of the Doukhobors) and very easy.  The trip is 60 km long and took us about 5 hours.  My only complaint would be the traffic!  We were surprised to see a few cars travelling the old rail grade and met up with several ATVs.  I'd like to think that our rails-to-trails are completely free of mechanized travel.  

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

It's Autumn!

 We hiked up to Monica Meadows on Sept. 23 and it was a perfect time for fall colour.  The bad thing was all the smoke in the air which made the mountains and glaciers not very photogenic.  It was a beautiful day in early autumn and the trail was being heavily used.  Considering that the road was closed until the week before, I guess it's not surprising that everyone wanted to get in one more hike before the snow flies in the high country.  This past weekend we did Sufferfest and grandparenting and this weekend we hope to get out on the bikes before we really have to get serious about the beginning of winter. 
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