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29 May, 2013

The Start of the Season

Category: Uncategorised

I began to search for a summer job in late April and I had very precise criteria I hoped this search would fill. I wanted a job that was dynamic, a job where I would meet new and interesting individuals, a job where I could help people, and a job that I would enjoy. So when I stumbled across the Destination Services Coordinator position at Tourism Langley I thought it would be a perfect match for me, and I have not been disappointed. In my short time here I have already met people from Switzerland, Quebec and the United States, as well as several interesting and adventurous locals looking for something to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

15 May, 2013

Open for the Season: Farmer’s Markets

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Agritourism, Shopping & Services, Wine & Food

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…that is the song that has been going around in my head lately.  Yes, I realize it is not Christmas or back to school but it IS one week until the opening day of the Langley Community Farmers Market and that is a little like Christmas to me!  If you have not had a chance to visit a Farmer’s Market in previous years, you are absolutely missing out!  Every Wednesday from 2:00 – 6:00pm in the Courtyard of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, you will find more than 30 vendors that “Make it, Bake it or Grow it”.  Or spend your Saturday’s strolling through the garden of the Bedford House Restaurant in Fort Langley while browsing the tents of the Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market, which takes place from 10am – 3pm and includes another great array of market vendors.  The newest market to the area is Milner Village Market located at the Milner Village Garden Centre also on Saturday’s starting June 1st from 10am – 3pm.

08 May, 2013

My Perfect Weekend

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Heritage & Culture, Itineraries, Shopping & Services, Wine & Food

The weather this past weekend could not have been more co-operative for writing about a Perfect Weekend.  Now of course one person’s perfect weekend may not be another’s but when I travel I love to read about personal experiences, especially from a local’s perspective.  As I have mentioned on this blog before, I was born and raised in Langley. I have watched it change and grow, and this year seemed like an appropriate time to reflect a bit on my home town.  I have a birthday coming up that may or may not start with a 4 and end with an 0.  So with that I thought I would share with you what my perfect weekend in Langley would include and maybe take a little trip or two down memory lane while we are at it.

30 Apr, 2013

Celebrating our Mothers

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Agritourism, Heritage & Culture, Shopping & Services, Wine & Food

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and just in case you haven’t already, mark your calendar for the second Sunday in May – this year, May 12th.   Now, not everyone is a Mother but the day is also a day to celebrate and honor motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers.  Some of us may have gained a new Mom through marriage or have a motherly, nurturing person that influences our lives.  I am a Mom to two great kids that make my life more interesting and fun than I could have ever imagined.  I have also gained four “part time” sons as a billet family for the Langley Rivermen.  I am also fortunate to have a Mom and Mom in law that are there to help whenever I need it.

24 Apr, 2013

Campbell Valley Regional Park

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Heritage & Culture

There is a lot that’s special about our natural gem, the Campbell Valley Regional Park in South Langley.  Locals know that its extensive network of trails aren’t the only reason to visit the park on a regular basis.  In addition to its 29 km’s of hiking trails, 1 km of biking trails, and 14 km’s of horseback riding trails, there are many other reasons why Campbell Valley is the perfect place to spend a sunny day stretching your legs.

16 Apr, 2013

Earth Day 2013

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Agritourism

Did you know that Monday April 22nd is Earth Day?  Celebrated every April 22, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide.  If you haven’t  made plans yet to celebrate or get involved there are some great ways to participate in Langley not just on Earth Day but all week long. You can visit www.earthday.ca for great resources on what we can all do to make a difference.

03 Apr, 2013

From Planting to Plate

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Agritourism, Shopping & Services

What a fantastic stretch of weather we have had this past week.  The flip-flops, shorts and T-shirts seem to have made their way from the back to the front of the closet and there is nothing like that first feeling of sun after far too many months of rain and cool temperatures.  This past weekend I couldn’t help myself and had to make a trip to a local nursery.  A few of my bulbs have popped through in the garden and I wanted to see what other bits of colour I could add.  I had a feeling it might be too early for bedding plants and the very knowledgeable staff I encountered at our local nurseries confirmed that for me.  While it’s safe to say the May long weekend typically marks official planting season, I can’t help wonder how many eager gardeners have taken a leap of faith and planted early.

20 Mar, 2013

The Bates Motel

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Itineraries

I’m embarrassed to say there are two movies from my youth that I know have forever changed me and influenced so many of the decisions I have made.  Both movies are from the ‘60’s suspense/horror Alfred Hitchcock culture – “The Birds” and “Psycho”.   As a result, I’ve never understood people’s desire to be a bird watcher, let alone own a bird, so note to my future husband, don’t even think about buying me a pair of love birds.  I think that is why I have such an obsession with hats – to protect myself from whatever may be flying or dodging from up above.

05 Mar, 2013

A Tour Through Vietnam

Category: Wine & Food

Lately I’ve been finding it hard to come up with anything interesting to cook up for dinner during the week.  I tend to stick with the tried and true favourites and rarely do I experiment with new ingredients, spices or flavours.  A great way to learn some new skills in the kitchen and satisfy all the hungry stomachs at your dinner table is to take part in a local cooking class.  Awhile ago I attended a class with my colleagues, and I think it just may be time to book myself another one!

27 Feb, 2013

Langley Wine Tour

Categories: Agritourism, Wine & Food

You don’t have to ask me twice to join a wine tour through Langley.  A few weeks ago it was parents’ weekend for the Langley Rivermen.  For the past four years we have been a billet family for our local Junior A hockey team, the team recruits players from Canada and the USA and those players need a home away from home during hockey season.  It has been a great experience and part of that is meeting the families of these great young men that call our home, well home for part of the year.  After the parents’ breakfast Saturday morning our billets parents asked about what they could do for the rest of the day, they were thinking of heading into Vancouver to see some sights.  Taylor Henderson, the Director of Operations for the Langley Rivermen heard the question and suggested they tour some of Langley’s wineries.  Now what kind of host would I be if I didn’t offer to go along with them?  Clearly Taylor was thinking the same thing and it took less than a minute for each of us to let our spouses know we were off to play tour guide.