March Madness


March Madness

March Madness began at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto. Jeff, Merit and I dressed in our Sunday best to attend the gala on March 6th. While the Rob Stewart Award, for which we’d been nominated, went to the CBC for their program The Wild Canadian Year, it was heartening to see national enthusiasm for our ‘little film that could.’

I have just dusted myself off from a trip to Lindsay, Ontario. I spoke at the 2018 Fleming College EcoHealth Conference, facilitated by professors Barbara Elliot and Michael Fraser. I have never seen a better group of students, their parents, and alumni before. Their enthusiasm and interest will keep me going into the summer, I am sure.

Christian – bless his heart – drove. I am so glad that he did because I was suffering from the brain drain of writing another book. It is now in the safe hands of Nancy Wortman, and next week will be keeping company with Random House Canada. Then the give-and-take of publishing will begin with editing, design, ideas and marketing. The book’s working title is The Celtic Connection stay in touch for release dates and more information.

In the meantime, I came home to two surprises. The first one was that the snowdrops were showing colours. And the second one was that the winter aconites were coming into bloom. Above our car while travelling a huge bald eagle kept track of us for a while. So the predators are flying north. Soon all the songbirds will be crowding out the garden.

I will be glad to see my two wheelbarrows again and to oil my shovel. Lots of people want to visit me here in the garden so I will have to be on my best behaviour. But all of them, I mean all of them, will have to admire my new potatoes, bred by yours truly.

After all, there’s a reason why I’m called ‘The Spud.’

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