Nancy Whelan

Drifting ornaments

Nancy Whelan has been searching long and hard, unsuccessfully, for authentic glass fishing floats

Undercover NEWS

About three weeks ago I began making a huge sandwich with The Parksville Qualicum Beach News.

Dear Little Buttercup

“I’m called Little Buttercup, Dear Little Buttercup, though I never could tell why.” — Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.

So many versions of May Day world-wide

An ode to spring, a signal of distress, a day for a workers’ parade or political protest, raising and dancing around the Maypole.

Name your castle

For ease of identification, sentimental reasons, or for a touch of class, many people like to give their homes or cottages a name.

A modern way of marketing

I don’t use cornstarch that often so when I had to replenish it, nowhere could I find it in the aisles of my supermarket.

WILLIWAWS: Do you have a good story to tell?

If you haven't written it down, maybe it's time to think about doing so

WILLIWAWS: Dragons and Elvis

Abreast of Life dragon boat team takes to the waves

Curiouser and curiouser

The world would be unrecognizable without curiosity

NANCY WHELAN: Some handy tips to keep in your garden shed

Having garden tools the right size and length will help you and the soil get on better terms

The garden gold rush

Dandelions have been around forever and can actually be quit useful

Breakfast down at the Whelans

On Sundays I try something a little different for my first meal of the day

Let the sun shine in

Spring is now one week old and in its young life, has given us a serving or two of several of the weathers in its pantry.

Jog your memory with fashion

Vintage fashion event will bring back some welcome memories for some

The Dragon Sleeps for now

Abreast of Life dragon boat team rests, but will return

Nature primeval — let it be, for our sake

Are land, forest, birds, plants, sky and water valuable only if they generate taxes for its community?

A new vintage in the backyard

The aroma tweaked my nose every time I walked across the backyard.

Never throw up your hands

Now, more than ever, residents need to remain involved in the poiltical process

Rubber is the gardener’s best friend

it took a while to get it right, but the invention of rubber led to that indispensable tool - the garden hose

Ode to a genuine cabin from Qualicum Beach

Cabins are actually a very specific type of building