The Coast News

Happy holidays & the best of all good wishes for you in 2014!

Dear Friends & Colleagues – warmest wishes for 2014 and I hope it is a interesting and rewarding year for you.

I am staying home in Toronto for the holidays this year and am looking forward to it. For Christmas Eve, I have been invited me to a Christmas dinner on my street here in Toronto - turkey & the works & they are great cooks. My neighbours are having this dinner to celebrate and remember their many years on Sherwood Avenue, with all life’s ups and downs, and it should be a memorable evening - they are moving to another part of Toronto in the New Year. Christmas day will see Dan Andreae and myself going out someplace for brunch or lunch to get the day off to a good start. Dan and I have been friends for about 30 years and have been doing this Christmas outing for many of those years. Later in the day, Virginia Parlan, another friend of many years, has invited me to a Christmas dinner she is hosting. Virginia is also a wonderful cook, and I always enjoy playing with Pizzo, her toy poodle, when I am there. A few years ago I made a Christmas coat for Pizzo, which he looked adorable in.

I had an email this week from Werner and Else-Marie, who own Nova Shore Adventures, just down Highway 209 from the Beach House in Nova Scotia. They asked me to let people know that they have started a boating business that takes small groups to places like Cape Split, Cape d'Or/Chignecto shore and Isle Haute. One more thing for BH guests to do! You can learn more about these adventures at

My consulting work has been very interesting this year – in early December, I travelled to Yellowknife for a meeting about a project with the Nunavut Department of Health. I had been to Yellowknife in summer 1975, but had not been back since. Some of us involved with the project went to Bullocks Bistro for dinner. The food was great & the evening was a riot. I found a little video about Bullocks which someone put on YouTube – have a look at it.‎. In addition to my consulting work, I’m open to new business opportunities in the long run, so if you are working or thinking about something and need in-put or assistance or a new perspective and some hard work – let me know.

All good things for 2014 and let me know your news and your holiday plans.

December 2013

1. My cousin, Lois Yorke, and I visited my berry field in Yorke Settlement, over Labour Day weekend and picked a few berries.
2. The view that the Yorke family, including our paternal grandfather, Albert Yorke, would have looked at every day before he moved closer to Parrsboro at about age 50. The Bay of Fundy is between the land part of the photo and Blomidon & Cape Split, at the top of the photo. When you are at the Beach House, you see Blomidon & Cape Split, but from a slightly different angle. It sure is beautiful!
3. Lois and I also visited Kirk’s Hill, where our paternal grandmother, Rachel Kirkpatrick, had a farm – we enjoyed the view and chatted about how we imagine that she enjoyed it too.