I am blessed to call the town of Sidney home. Located on the Saanich Peninsula, we are just north of Victoria, British Columbia on Southern Vancouver Island.  
    The Peninsula is considered to be one of the most desirable areas in Canada to live or visit and is known for its quality lifestyle and mild climate.
    I have lived in Sidney for twenty-five years and have not seen much snow, or at least rarely any that sticks. Much to the dismay of the school children who gaze out the window on winter days, with fingers crossed as they gaze heavenward at the first sign of white. They hold their breath as they wonder, will there be enough snow to close the roads and make it a snow day? 
      We won't mention the blizzard of 1996 when we received enough snow in two days to cover the next twenty years of snow days! 
     I hope you will indulge me while I share a few photos of the area that I reside in and the lovely people and creatures who are a part of my life.
In my book, Clementine Court, there are a few creatures featured. One of which was a little black cat called Barnaby who loved to go out for a walk on a leash. He was modeled somewhat on my late cat, Boo, (who would not be seen dead wearing a leash) but who did love to go outside and explore.

Most notably though was Bonanza Bill the macaw parrot. I cannot lay claim to owning a macaw parrot, but my son does have a green cheeked conure named Sholen that resides with us and loves to sleep in an underwear drawer!