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Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada
I am a lawyer in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys reading, especially mysteries. Since 2000 I have been writing personal book reviews. This blog includes my reviews, information on and interviews with authors and descriptions of mystery bookstores I have visited. I strive to review all Saskatchewan mysteries. Other Canadian mysteries are listed under the Rest of Canada. As a lawyer I am always interested in legal mysteries. I have a separate page for legal mysteries. Occasionally my reviews of legal mysteries comment on the legal reality of the mystery. You can follow the progression of my favourite authors with up to 15 reviews. Each year I select my favourites in "Bill's Best of ----". As well as current reviews I am posting reviews from 2000 to 2011. Below my most recent couple of posts are the posts of Saskatchewan mysteries I have reviewed alphabetically by author. If you only want a sentence or two description of the book and my recommendation when deciding whether to read the book look at the bold portion of the review. If you would like to email me the link to my email is on the profile page.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas from Kelowna!

Sharon and I are in Kelowna for Christmas. We flew in Friday and had an unexpected greeting party in my neice Helen, her husband Jae-Sock, and their daughters, Annalynn and Annabelle. Also flying in Friday were Jon, Lauren, Hannah and Hazel. After being delayed by a road closure Mike and Kaja arrived Saturday evening.

We are sharing a house in central Kelowna and have been enjoying our time being hosted by Helen and her family.

The Summerhill Winery is an excellent place for supper and free wine tasting. The Spadefoot Toad Syrah went very well with prime rib and steak. It is one of the most unique wine names we have ever encountered.

A walk from the downtown park by the water led us to Bread & Co. where we enjoyed cheese and broccoli soup with fresh bread.

The winter farmers' market provided the Christmas turkey, Italian sausage, soups, apple juice with market spices, smoked gouda, cards and two bracelets for little girls. Hannah, at 2, found Farmer Bob intimidating rather than entertaining. She is still asking about the Farmer three days later.

The playground in the Mission Creek park provided a morning of running around and swinging for the girls.

I enjoyed a visit to Mosaic Books downtown. It was nice to see a bookstore filled with shoppers. Among its attractions are a section on Canadian fiction and an excellent bargain area where I got the first two books in the Chinese series of Peter May.

I will be going to Indigo after Christmas to use a gift card. I am waiting to see what books I get from Santa.

This afternoon several of us went to Mass at Immaculate Conception.

For Christmas Eve supper we are taking up a Murphy tradition of having Chinese food. We had a good selection from Mekong. They were so busy this evening.

At the top of the post is a photo of me reading Twas the Night Before Christmas to Annalynn, Hannah and Annabelle. Hannah wanted me to read it twice to her.

Merry Christmas to all!

10 comments:

  1. It looks as though you're having a great time, Bill. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and may 2020 be good to you!

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    1. Margot: Thanks for the comment. Merry Christmas to you and your family. All the best for 20201

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  2. Nice picture! Have a wonderful time with the family.

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    1. Thank you Christophe. A Merry Christmas to you.

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  3. That is a lovely picture and I can tell you are having a happy, happy Christmas.

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    1. TracyK: Thanks for the comment. We had a great Christmas. I am happy all the little girls love reading books.

      All the best to you and your family through the holidays and 2020.

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  4. A very nice picture. Adorable girls, and so glad they love books.

    Happy Holidays and New Year!

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    1. Kathy D.: Thanks for the comment. I agree they are adorable. Each was excited to get books for Christmas. Two of the books made me smile. They were respectively How to Babysit a Grandma and How to Babysit a Grandpa. Hannah wore me out on babysitting Grandma.

      Happy Holidays and New Year!

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  5. Have to start them early so they'll love books forever and never feel alone as long as they have a book.

    Hannah does look energetic and determined and one child who will request the reading of a book many times.

    It's all good.

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    1. Kathy D.: Thanks for the comment. It is fun to reading kids books again.

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