• Life

    Memories Bring Back You

    Nostalgia has been my companion these past couple of days. I’m so excited because my Goddaughter Katherine Lynne from New Zealand is coming for a visit. Her mother, Jean, was one of my best friends and sadly passed away in 2011. I wrote about her in Thinking About Jean. We had lots of dinner parties back in the day – tons of people and tons of food. Many of my memories are of times spent around a big table, groaning with amazing food. I’ve singled out some people here because they influenced my cooking style, and my love of particular food. Some will likely be surprised that they had such…

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    Life

    The Sound of Linda’s Voice

    I meant to write a recommendation straight after I watched “The Sound of My Voice” – Linda Ronstadt. I didn’t – my bad. Paul Canty just posted one of her songs on Facebook and I realized that I hadn’t seen ANYONE talking about this show. It’s so good, so good, so good, baby it’s so good. Linda Ronstadt was always one of my favourite singers. I thought I knew so much about her, but I was wrong. Somehow I was lucky enough, at 17, to find myself working as a radio programmer on the local rock music station. The people I worked with were some of the most knowledgeable programmers…

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    Creations,  Life,  Recipes

    Realistic Cake Challenge

    Here’s a contest you could actually WIN! Over the past months I have downsized my cake pans and bakery equipment but the hard core decorating stuff I cannot find it in me to part with [yet]. I have enough fondant left to do a couple of cakes and I’ve had a few close calls when I thought I’d do a cake for some occasion or other but got lazy or lost confidence…dunno, but they didn’t happen. This was one I saw and I really, really came close… Then this Inspired and Motivated Me! This video came up on my news feed this morning and wouldn’t you know it – it…

  • Life

    Shiny & New

    Welcome to my new website. I’ Our internet here at the lake is bloody slow – it’s made this process way harder than it should have been. I found a perfect theme program that I loved and wanted to use. Unfortunately after almost a week battling it, and 3 unanswered support tickets, I gave up Okay – I am going to stop whining now! Lynnesworld.com is up and running. I hope you like it. Have a poke round… I have dumped a lot of awful, old, embarrassing blogs. I’ve left some of the less stellar ones because they were real at the time. The reason behind this is that I…

  • Life

    Domestic Blindness

    At one stage I had three grown men living in my house. It meant that I was continually finding “MISSING” things. Me. The only adult female. Why is this? Nobody could ever find their socks, shirt, t-shirt, sunglasses or any specific item of clothing. A friend of mine calls it “Man Looking” versus “Mom Looking”. BUT. I WAS NOT THEIR MOM! I call it DOMESTIC BLINDNESS Otherwise known as “can’t remember shit” I’ve done pretty exhaustive research among my friends and acquaintances and to varying degrees it appears that ALL CHILDREN have it. All of them. Happily, girls grow out of it, Disturbingly, most males never do.  Common examples of…

  • Life

    Brave No More

    It’s St Patrick’s Day and usually I would be thinking of Ireland and my pals there but the only thing on my mind today, again, is New Zealand and the terrible events of the past week. I was born in England and I live in Canada now…but I spent 45 years of my life in New Zealand and identify as a Kiwi. I am proud of that heritage. On Thursday night I saw the news via a post from Gracie, my niece, and had all the same shocked reaction as everyone. No need to describe the disbelief, fear and panic I felt – we ALL did.   Inadvertently one of…

  • Life

    Back at the Ranch

    Jim’s sister lives in a tiny, isolated village in the mountains about 30 minutes out of Kamloops. For the past 2 Christmases we have all gathered at Linda and Al’s for family Christmas – it’s the only time all year that we’re all together. Jim and I have never been able to go away for Christmas because of having to be up early on Boxing Day for our sale. Last year we decided not to bother and to start OUR Boxing Week on 27th so it’s a quite a novelty to be able to get away. The family loves to hang out and party together. Some activities are not advisable…

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    Visibility

    Zero. Can’t see a thing. The snow is blizzarding right now and it’s unexpected, unpredicted and if it hadn’t done the same thing last winter it would be unprecedented. I got up early this morning (disturbed by an ignorant 5.45am text message from one of Jim’s customers). Did a few chores. Answered some emails. Put the garbage out. Then it was light enough to take some pictures Jim won’t be going anywhere in a hurry! It took him forever to defrost it enough to be able to open the doors. Since then it has rained which made the ice worse. Then it snowed heavily and now it’s blowing and snowing.…