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My Two Cents Worth
January 15, 2011

This time of year for me is so very different from what it used to be living in Alberta. I would be sitting at the kitchen table looking out at my garden of white, slogging my way through the snow to empty the latest compost bin from the kitchen and watching the little chickadees flitting about the garden in cheerful and happy song. I won't mention the three layers of clothes I had to put on before I did the slogging!

Here in Panama our rainy season should be ending and the sun beaming down each day but the weather patterns are very different this year and not just here. I am sure you heard we had a lot of rain, so much so, that it killed our water supply for awhile and it was unfit for human consumption. Flooding, people loosing property and life just on the other side of this country. Where we live was fine, just lots of rain and the water problem. Nothing compared to what they lived through. Elsewhere in the world the faucets are still running and people are fleeing. I was just in Grenada and it should have been sunny too, but La Nina is having her way this year and giving us all a royal tantrum.

Each issue of the newsletter I will have the latest from our sponsors just for you and each week the site gets updated with the latest from our writers ... it's a wonderful way to stay connected to the gardening community, especially during the winter.

I see clubs are putting their 2011 events in. Be sure to check our Events area out to see what is happening and if there is something you want to list that is garden related, you can put the information in yourself!

For me this year is a year of travel as I head off on the tours. So many excited and happy people with thoughts of mostly keeping their bags under 25 kgs ... and I know a few who will really struggle with this concept! I have really tried to cut back what I take, just that much less to worry about and there is always shopping to take advantage of. On my final trip last year, they lost my bag from Madrid to London and this first trip of 2011 had them loosing my bag from Trinidad to Panama ... sure hope this is not a sign of the future...thankfully they were located but again if I could just get it down to carry on I would be a lot less stressed.

Anyway ... hope you know that all the tours are under  and I update that area a lot more now with information pertaining to each tour. Three are up and booking and three more to be finished off then they will be added.


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