…of fungi, assessments & thai chicken salad…


…”Canadian canola farmers with biggest crop ever are about to lose their biggest export customer”…”USA warns Europe over plans to demand millions in unpaid taxes”…”Thai chicken salad offers cool, crunchy textures, warm and spicy flavours”…

Apparently over the last decade, demand for Canadian canola by China has increased 10-fold to the point that it now accounts for 40% of all shipments.

Chinese officials say the restrictions on imports from Canada are intended to limit the potential spread of ‘blackleg’, a fungus that causes ‘significant crop yield’ loss.

A wee muse of encouragement for all Canadian canola farmers at home with a ‘little house on the prairie’ & amidst the quips of fungi & fun guy!…


It seems EU allegations that large corporate America companies like Apple, Amazon & Starbucks are avoiding paying their fair share of taxes has provoked the US government to threaten retaliation against EU companies doing business in the USA.

The big picture issue seems to be not about these companies paying more taxes, but just to which jurisdictions they should be paying them to. So ” ‘the tug of war’ going on between countries of how you allocate profits ” is expected to continue for some time with concerns over retroactive tax assessments and their negative affects on various economies.

Nothing quite sings ‘summer feasting‘ like a cool summer salad!

‘Tis the season of corn on the cob and one of my year ’round favourites–the Cobb salad too!

Whatever’s in the mix for your final summer Thursday in August, may it be a toss up NOT between rest & relaxation and may the heat of the moment sunshine see your day mushroom into fun & frolic that has you singing like a chanterelle!


….of prey, presidency & pearl…


…”Seal hops a ride on BC tour boat to escape hunting pod of orcas”…”How would a Clinton presidency affect Canada’s economy?”…”Fisherman hands in giant pearl he kept under the bed for ten years”…

It seems a whale watching tour group off Vancouver Island got quite a show of nature in action when a pod of whales went into hunting mode and decided to pursue a seal.

As the seal hopped on and off the swim grid, the cameras were rolling and snapping until
finally, ensconced in the boat, the seal could return to calm as the orcas lost interest
and went off in pursuit of other prey.

It seems a Clinton presidency would involve uncertainties around the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnerhips), some alterations to the long in place NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), and continued rejection of the proposed Keystone XL.

It’s interesting to note that historically, Canada’s economy has grown faster during terms
of Democrat presidents rather than their Republican counterparts.

And so it goes for the decision that our American neighbours will make, now in less than 90 days time!

Apparently, at 34kg, what’s believed to be the largest pearl in the world has been revealed in the Philippines by a fisherman who kept it under his bed for 10 years. If it can be confirmed that indeed it was formed within a giant clam, it could be worth in excess of US$100 million.

Currently, this bizarre tale is the subject of many gemologists in the midst of verifying the pearl’s authenticity.
It’s noteworthy to know that the current record holder for ‘largest pearl in the world‘ comes from the same Palawan waters.

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday that sings salut to all things PECULIAR!!!


….of ‘light’ & desert heat…


…”Light pollution: What do we lose when we can no longer see the stars?”…”Deadly desert: working in 60C heat”…

SOMETHING ABOUT…”light pollution concealing true darkness from 80% of Europe & North America. An alarmist may wonder if light pollution is threatening the future of astronomy – if the skies will eventually become so illuminated that we’ll no longer be able to identify new celestial objects, given that we can barely see the ones we already know are there.”

In 1788, it was once said about the experience of looking up into the sky—“There are two things that fill my heart with wonder. One is the moral sense within me, and the other is the order in the heavens above me.’ That’s an extraordinary feeling, and ineffable. You can’t describe it, but once you’ve experienced it, you never forget it.”


…”unforgiving heat for saltminers in Ethiopia that can best
be described in an amazing pictorial here:


Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that warms your heart & light over darkness sings—uplifted!

Come again! sweet love doth now invite
Thy graces that refrain
To do me due delight,
To see, to hear, to touch, to kiss, to die,
With thee again in sweetest sympathy.

Come again! that I may cease to mourn
Through thy unkind disdain;
For now left and forlorn
I sit, I sigh, I weep, I faint, I die
In deadly pain and endless misery.

Gentle Love, draw forth thy wounding dart,
Thou canst not pierce her heart;
For I, that do approve
By sighs and tears more hot than are thy shafts
Did tempt while she for triumph laughs.

…of medals, ‘sssss’ & herb…


…”With historic medal count TeamCanada accomplishes what it set out to do at Rio2016″…”Barbra Streisand calls Apple’s Tim Cook to fix Siri’s mispronunciation of her name”…”Three delicious ways to make the most of your parsley, basil, mint, & dill”…

Kudos & cheers to all our Olympic athletes who return to our home and native land with 22 medals and the pride of our nation!

Hmmmm…seems I’ve been mispronouncing it too, all these years! Wonder how that can be?!
Cheers to ‘people who need people are the luckiest people in the world’.

Summer can sing sensational with the likes of pea & parsley soup, mozzarella peaches with basil dressing, broad beans, mint, dill & bacon!


How will you embellish your next to last August Monday of 2016?…

Will the sights and sounds and sensations of summer sing serious serendipity??!!

May Monday happenstance sing—salut!!!

…of heat…


‘In summer’s heat & mid-time of the day’ (1582-Christopher Marlowe)

In summer’s heat, and mid-time of the day,
To rest my limbs, upon a bed I lay,
One window shut the other open stood,
Which gave such light as twinkles in a wood,
Like twilight glimpse at setting of the sun
Or night being past, and yet not day begun.
Such light to shamefaced maidens must be shown,
Where they may sport, and seem to be unknown.
Then came Corinna in a long loose gown,
Her white neck hid with tresses hanging down:
Resembling fair Semiramis going to bed
Or Laïs of a thousand wooers sped.
I snatched her gown, being thin, the harm was small,
Yet strived she to be covered therewithal.
And striving thus as one that would be cast,
Betrayed herself, and yielded at the last.
Stark naked as she stood before mine eye,
Not one wen in her body could I spy.
What arms and shoulders did I touch and see,
How apt her breasts were to be pressed by me?
How smooth a belly, under her waist saw I?
How large a leg, and what a lusty thigh?
To leave the rest, all liked me passing well,
I clinged her naked body, down she fell,
Judge you the rest: being tired she bade me kiss.
Jove send me more such afternoons as this.

Cheers to a Fine Friday & weekend that’s heating up & sings for you & yours–SENSATIONAL SUMMER!


…of chess, shipwrecks & elderly workers…


…”How I made my handwriting (more) legible, tried chess (but lost to three kids) and learned how to save a life”…”Remarkably intact shipwreck found in Lake Ontario of sloop whose sinking predated War of 1812″…”World’s biggest mobilization of elderly workers underway in Japan”…

All in a day’s slightly unusual headlines!

SOMETHING ABOUT…a summer of self-improvement and “cursive writing, chess mastering, & cpr”…

SOMETHING ABOUT…a ship known as the Washington that sank during a storm in 1803.

SOMETHING ABOUT…Japan in transition and the population is decreasing rapidly because of a declining birth rate while the labour force has been shrinking for even longer.

In the midst of all that…..“TV presenter in Rio in coma after contracting malaria”…”Member of British Olympic team held up at gunpoint”…”Baby girl born on a plane is given 1 million air miles”…

As the third week of August soon rolls into a Friday, how is your summer stacking up?

Have you experienced any heat waves?
Have there been any getaways to new places of adventure?
Quiet by a lakeside?
Hustle in a new city of things to see?

Cheers to a thrilling & thriving Thursday of summer contentment!!


…of leaks & ‘yoga warriors’ & high jumps…


…”Vancouver water main leak could cause traffic chaos, drop in water pressure”…”Tofino artist paints Sophie Gregoire Trudeau in warrior yoga pose during BC visit”…”Canada’s Derek Drouin wins Olympic gold medal in men’s high jump final”…

Alas, it seems there is a “serious leak in a water main that runs through Vancouver’s beloved Stanley Park and supplies half of the city with water.”

Apparently, the challenge at hand is for city workers to fill the hole in the badly corroded pipe while chlorinated water continues to flow through it.

So far, several attempts have failed and concerns are also raised about chlorinated water
flowing into Lost Lagoon, a freshwater sanctuary for herons, swans and ducks.”

Canada’s ‘media darlings’, our new PM and his wife Sophie, recently holidayed at Vancouver Island’s beautiful Tofino, where a local artist pulled an all nighter to paint Sophie on Tofino’s famed Chesterman’s Beach doing a yoga pose that “symbolizes her balance between strength and openness.”

“Go for the gold” they always say and Ontario’s Derek Drouin did just that “to become the first Canadian man to win a gold in any summer event since paddler Adam van Koeverden hit the top of the podium in the men’s K1 500-metre sprint in 2004.”

And so it goes for a wonderful mid-August Wednesday where Vancouver’s gearing up for a weekend heatwave that will see temperatures soar starting tomorrow through early next week and if that’s not marvellous enough, weather forecasters are saying there are no wet days on the horizon until at least the first of September!

For organizers of the annual PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) that’s music to their ears as all too often, when it’s PNE time it also means rain….

Cheers to a leaps and laughter kinda day that has you singing!

Sing! Sing! Sing!


…of ‘stripes & bold hues’ & ‘security’…



…”Back to school style: Colour, prints, and customization rule the classrooms this fall”…”Rio ‘has never felt so safe’ but what happens after the Olympics?”…

SOMETHING ABOUT…”stripes and bold hues make for a fun look back-to-school look.”

And backpacks that “mix fashion with function” too!

SOMETHING ABOUT…”to thwart crime around the Olympics, Brazil has mobilized a security juggernaut in Rio twice the size of the one used for the London Games in 2012.Mindful of Rio’s reputation for violent crime, the Brazilians have deployed 85,000 security personnel.”


Cheers to a bold & colourful terrific Tuesday that sings–secure in oneself!


…of wildflowers…


Stanley Plumly, 1939

Some—the ones with fish names—grow so north
they last a month, six weeks at most.
Some others, named for the fields they look like,
last longer, smaller.

And these, in particular, whether trout or corn lily,
onion or bellwort, just cut
this morning and standing open in tapwater in the kitchen,
will close with the sun.

It is June, wildflowers on the table.
They are fresh an hour ago, like sliced lemons,
with the whole day ahead of them.
They could be common mayflower lilies of the valley,

day lilies, or the clustering Canada, large, gold,
long-stemmed as pasture roses, belled out over the vase–
or maybe Solomon’s seal, the petals
ranged in small toy pairs

or starry, tipped at the head like weeds.
They could be anonymous as weeds.
They are, in fact, the several names of the same thing,
lilies of the field, butter-and-eggs,

toadflax almost, the way the whites and yellows juxtapose,
and have “the look of flowers that are looked at,”
rooted as they are in water, glass, and air.
I remember the summer I picked everything,

flower and wildflower, singled them out in jars
with a name attached. And when they had dried as stubborn
as paper I put them on pages and named them again.
They were all lilies, even the hyacinth,

even the great pale flower in the hand of the dead.
I picked it, kept it in the book for years
before I knew who she was,
her face lily-white, kissed and dry and cold.


Cheers to a fine August Monday that flowers!

…of champions, cormorants & tomatoes…


…”Endearing teen a Canadian Olympic star”…”Penny Oleksiak wins Canada’s first gold in Rio, cementing her star in Olympic history”…”Oleksiak has made Canada’s golden Olympic dreams possible again”…

Some headlines spectaculaire about Canada’s 16 year old force to be reckoned with that sings–
Go TeamCanada Go !!!


…”Phelps bags his 22nd gold as Rio looks forward to first day of athletics”…”Birds on a wire: the spooky cormorants of Tokyo”…”Trials & tribulations of growing tomatoes”…

It seems the ’round, glossy & unblemished tomato’ is all about not too much water that keeps the skin from cracking & keeps the bugs away also.
Warnings of ‘blighty blighty’ too, say keep the fungi away.

Be it aquatic birds or Olympic champions or plump & ripe summer tomatoes that form a slice of the excitement in your 12th of August Friday, cheers to a fine day & weekend that sings–what a wonderful world !!!