Thursday, April 30, 2015

Walking the Confederation Trail ~ Charlottetown Branch

The Confederation Trail is a trail that spans across Prince Edward Island. It is a lovely way to see many parts of the island and I am hoping to walk as much as I can over the next several months. 

I will share some of my adventures here with you, along with photos of course! 

There is a main trail and several branches off the trail. The trail follows the old railway lines. This trail is also part of the Trans Canada Trail. 

I started with walking the Charlottetown Branch with a friend. 

The Charlottetown Branch starts at Grafton Street to Royalty Junction and is 9 km long. I walked this portion on April 12. We still had a lot of snow on the ground. It was a sunny day, but still cold at 4 degrees Celsius. 

This part of the trail goes through the city and is a great way to get to various places. I've walked it from the farmers market to my husband's work a few times. 

The city part of the trail was mostly clear of snow, but in some parts was flooded. My friend and I enjoyed looking at the ice on parts of the trail. We also enjoyed looking at the water that was trickling down and melting. 

Once passed the bypass, the trail was still covered with snow, quite deep in parts. It made the walking much slower but still very enjoyable. 

I very much like to learn all the time and appreciate the signs found throughout on the trail. Some signs explain the wildlife and vegetation nearby, the history, or other interesting facts. 

Not all the signs were clear to read yet! 

The view was spectacular at this spot on the trail. I can't wait to see more of the island from the Confederation Trail. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Journey North Mystery Class 2015 ~ Our Answers

Our wall map with each location marked
We have completed another year of Journey North Mystery Class and submitted our answers. Now, we wait to find out if we find them correctly! 

#1 - Mbabane, Swaziland 
#2 - Glace Bay, Canada 
#3 - Tamuning, United States of America 
#4 - McMurdo Station, Antarctica 
#5 - Bogota, Columbia 
#6 - Sonoma, United States of America
#7 - Luanda, Angola 
#8 - Warsaw, Poland 
#9 - Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
#10- Amman, Jordan

#3 Tamuning is in the territory of Guam, USA. 

The results will be posted on May 1st at Journey North. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Finding Serendipity ~ Book Review

Finding Serendipity, written by Angelica Banks, is a fun adventure filled with magic in the world of imagination, that is also a wonderful mother-daughter story. 

The author Angelica Banks is actually two writers, Heather Rose and Danielle Wood from Tasmania. They have six children between the tow of them and have created a wonderful children story in Finding Serendipity. 

The story follows Tuesday McGillycuddy and her dog Baxterr on an adventure in Tuesday's mother imagined world of Vivienne Small, a character whose books have made her a world famous author. 

The adventure is so exciting, Celeste and I wanted to keep reading chapter after chapter! I read this story aloud to her and we were both hooked from the beginning. 

One of my favourite quotes from the book is when Tuesday meets the Librarian, shortly after she explains to her that she is only in this different world because she is looking for her lost mother. The Librarian tries to explain that it is not possible to reach this world without being a writer:

"You came because you have a story inside you wanting to get out. What happened might appear to be magical, but the magic comes from nowhere but within you. It doesn't matter whether you write on a fancy laptop or an old typerwriter or, for that matter, with a pen on a paper napkin. All of that is beside the point. The point is that stories want to be told. Stories have a power of their own, and they choose their writers carefully. But you can't write a story until you've felt it. Breathed it in. Walked with your characters. Talked with them. That's why you come here. To live your story."

Celeste told me she loves this book because "Tuesday goes into the world of her mother's books". Can you imagine being able to visit and explore your favourite story's world? That would be magical! 

This story is recommended for ages 8 and up as "middle grade fiction". I enjoyed it just as much as Celeste, who is 10 years old! 

Disclosure: I received a sample item for review from Raincoast Books. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Adventures in Famous Places by Lonely Planet Kids ~ Review + Giveaway

Adventures in Famous Places by Lonely Planet Kids is a fun, colourful and educational activity book that has a lot of stickers too! 

Celeste loves interesting sticker books and she spent many hours with this one. There is so much to do in this book! By the time I had a chance to have a look, she had completed many of the sticker pages. 

She "traveled" through several famous locations in the world! 

There are also other activities besides the stickers fun, such as a really cute 3D model, colouring pages, things to find, spot the differences, maze, and more. Each sticker scene also has a hidden little squirrel to find! 

The Rockies Sticker Scene 

Dubai Introduction Page

3D Rocky Mountain

Each page is filled with many interesting facts, making this a fun educational book that we can enjoy together again even after the activities are complete. 

This title is part of a series of books in the Adventures in Famous Places theme. There are five other titles, available wherever books are sold (linked below to 

Adventures in Cold Places 
Adventures in Busy Places
Adventures in Noisy Places
Adventures in Smelly Places 
Adventures in Wild Places

I am excited to announce my first giveaway with Raincoast Books! Check out the details below: 

Raincoast Books is giving away a set of three Adventure titles by Lonely Planet: 
Adventures in Famous Places, Adventures in Cold Places, and Adventures in Noisy Places. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, 18 and up. 
To enter, please leave a comment below and complete the entry form. The deadline is April 29. 

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Disclosure: I received a sample item for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.