Christmas in Courtenay

This has been a challenging year for us all. I have been fortunate to end up in Courtenay on Vancouver Island where there have been few cases of COVID19. In past years I have spend Christmas in Hornby Island, Puerta Vallarta, Costa Rica, Phoenix, Ottawa, Algeria and London England. As I went down memory lane in my photos, I enjoyed the memories each picture brought. I am enjoying watching Rick Steves on PBS and trying to see if I recognize any of the places he visits. This year’s pictures don’t have people in them for the obvious reasons. I will be doing a Zoom Christmas as others will be.

My favourite things to keep my busy have been walking, reading, Netflix, and my instant pot. I have discovered cooking as other have and have tested a few recipes I would like to share.
Slow cooker Spanish Stew
Jamie Oliver’s Pesto Recipe. Use fresh basil from Thriftys. I found a new pasta called pappardelle in a specialty deli which is like fettuccini which was not in stock at Quality Foods. Odd?

My Netflix favourites have been Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad and several series about politics: Designated Survivor (US), The Crown (UK). Borgen(Denmark) and Marseille ( France). These all captured my attention for many evenings over the past months. My favourite books of the year have been Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I’d read them all again.

Another activity that has kept me engaged has been a weekly zoom meeting with 7 other bloggers from across Canada and the US. We have met every weeks since March. We had an in person meetup with 4 of the bloggers on Hornby Island during the summer. It is a fascinating way to get to know people in a more intimate level than in person. I thank the bloggers for their fun and support over the year.

I thought I would share some pictures of the area and my new COVID pastime with my new camera. It’s been amazingly mild here and there are some great beaches for beachcombing and birding.

I wish a happy and safe 2021 to all my readers.


Harelquin Duck


barrows golden eye

pine siskin



green winged teal

red chested chickadee

white capped sparrow

bewicks wren

house finch

12 thoughts on “Christmas in Courtenay

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  2. You have such varied interests, Ann. You are an inspiration. We greatly enjoyed watching “the Crown.” Better than I expected. I loved our Hornby Island trip this Summer and I appreciate all of your planning and organizing. Gorgeous photos! Happy New Year!


  3. Ann, I’m very impressed with your bird photos — they are not easy to photograph! Of course, I am not the most patient of photographers. See you again on zoom soon!



  4. Your new pastime is perfect for Covid times and it suits you. 🙂 In past years, I enjoyed Orange is the New Black and Breaking Bad on Netflix and this year, one of the few books I read was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens! 🙂 Have a fantastic 2021 as well, Ann!

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  5. Merry Christmas Ann! It has great to zoom with you on a regular basis and get to know you. And yes, even though the year has been strange you and I have a lot to be grateful for don’t we? Looking forward to more zooms AND a visit next summer. Until then stay happy, sane and healthy! ~Kathy

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