Sue Hodgson –
Despite all the wind, rain and crisp air of our winter, it doesn’t equate to a cold feeling on the Saanich Peninsula. Rather, it’s an invigorating, revitalizing feeling – much like the feeling that I get when I’m around those who lift me up. I feel renewed and energized by their warmth for me, and all their ideas that are different from mine. That’s also the feeling I get when I hear from our readers: their thoughts and ideas energize and inspire me.
In this issue we have a number of features to sink your festive teeth into! Whether it’s Joan Saunders’ recipe (pg 33) for French Onion Toast (who doesn’t like caramelized onions and cheese paired with an Alsatian-style pinot gris?); or reminisce, with Cassidy’s mincemeat apple strudel, her Mom’s family-favourite traditional evening dessert (pg 50). As the holiday season approaches, many of us are wondering how to keep ourselves busy, whether it’s some indoor projects like macramé or blackout poetry (pg 10), or check our “Deb’s Day Out” (pg 44) and try your hand at making your own customized wooden sign, to decorate your home, garden or workplace.
Along with these entertaining stories we have our lovely regulars. In our Seaside Homes (pg 82) this month we escape into a 250-acre, 2,000 square foot private Gulf Island home. In “On Design” (pg 88), Katherine Olmstead from Brown’s The Florist talks trends in colour for the holiday season. Blue for Christmas? Absolutely! And finally, Lara Gladych visited some of her favourite stores for some gift-giving ideas for friends and family, or even for yourself (pg 14).
While 2020 has been a year of change for all of us, one thing remains the same: our publication’s passion for telling stories about people and businesses. They are the thread in the fabric that brilliantly holds the Saanich Peninsula together.
From all of us at Seaside Magazine, we wish you the most joyous holiday season; so curl up in your favourite PJ’s (check out the latest trends, pg 20) and enjoy these 104 pages. And please don’t forget to shop local – they need you!