Wanderlust and Words

Penny McKinlay
An explorer of places, ideas, and flavours
Created 22 May 2021
  • Truffle Hounds, Romance, and Intrigue
    19 Jan 2022 • 2 min read
    Truffles – just the word conjures up images of luxury, European delicacies, and Michelin-starred chefs. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of intrigue, romance, and ...
  • Footnotes to a Conversation, January 17, 2022
    17 Jan 2022 • 1 min read
    Animal Intelligence There are 3 deer who spend a lot of time in my neighbourhood. They can often be found resting or nibbling on bushes in the grounds of my apartment building. But how do they get in ...
  • Footnotes to a Conversation, January 10, 2022
    10 Jan 2022 • 1 min read
    “Gemweed on the waves Washing neither out to sea Nor in to shore: Floating all a-tangle in the tide Will my love drift on across the years?” Kokin Wasashü XI:532 Anon Seaweed I’ve never given much tho...
  • Vulnerability & Genius
    05 Jan 2022 • 3 min read
    These are two of the last books I read in 2021. Very different topics but both compelling reads. Vulnerability When the Stars Go Dark, Paula McLain Anna Hart is running away from a family tragedy. She...
  • Footnotes to a Conversation, January 3, 2022
    03 Jan 2022 • 1 min read
    “The long still day is ending / In hollow and on height, / The lighthouse seaward sending / White rays of steady light” – Roderic Quinn Lighthouses & Seaweed Covid continues to rear its ugly head, so ...
  • Footnotes to a Conversation, December 20, 2021
    20 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Time for Tea “Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favourite beverage of the intellectual.” – Thomas de Quincey I begin every day w...
  • Tales of Two Cities
    15 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    Some authors have the capacity to infuse the book’s setting with a personality and vigour all its own. I read two such books recently. London The Walworth Beauty by Michèle Roberts brings to life one ...
  • Footnotes to a Conversation, December 13, 2021
    13 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    Fashionable/Unfashionable Red fife wheat had gone out of fashion in Canada. Fortunately, some dedicated farmers (such as Marc Loiselle) and bakers (such as Bryn Rawlyk and Clif Leir) have brought it b...
  • Footnotes to a Conversation, December 6, 2021
    06 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Greetings! My first Christmas season in Victoria got off to a fine start with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s Sea of Lights, Lighted Ship Parade. Hundreds of us watched from the shore from Cadboro Bay...
  • Exploring Esquimalt: Macaulay Point Park
    01 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    I’ve spent a fair bit of time in Victoria over the past few years but primarily in Oak Bay and the downtown area so living in Vic West, close to Esquimalt, is a new experience for me. My best discover...
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