happy victoria day!

Photo: School children in New Westminster BC learn how to do the Maypole Dance. The colorful, New Westminster May Day Celebration has been ongoing since 1870 and it’s believed to be the longest running May Day Celebration ever. Traditionally, the May Day Celebration is held on the Monday before May 25th, which is Victoria Day Weekend.

shop news: shut for the holidays … best wishes to all!


‘Studies among the Snow Crystals’, photograph by ‘Snowflake’ Wilson Bentley, c1902 … adapted by Tinder …!


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shop news: tinder orders predicted to resume soon!

Dear kind & patient folks:

Tinder orders will resume in the coming weeks …! The end is in sight for the current hiatus … Tinder will be open for the Christmas/holiday season!

Details to follow …

We’ll keep you posted on specific dates of shop re-opening & shipping …!

Please stay tuned …

Many thanks again for visiting Tinder!

{RIP Paul the Octopus Oracle}

‘Tomas Paul Octopus Tea Towel’ here}

shop news: tinder shop holiday … in t-48 hours …!

Lovely Tinder patrons & folks who visit often … you may have gathered from the clues & hints dropped in recent posts … yes indeed, Tinder shopkeepers are going on a summer holiday!

From Mon 26 July … in 2 days time {or T-48 hours and counting} at sunset … the Tinder shop will be on vacation too, for the month of August … hooray!

We’ll be wrapping up this week to get last orders shipped in good time for Canada Post deliveries, before we hit the open road …!

Tinder shop orders will resume upon our return, once we unpack exciting new deliveries & re-stock the shelves, etcetera … so we’ll see you in September …!

We’ll keep you posted right here, via Tinder NEWS/tinderblog … thanks so much for visiting our wee shop & blog, kind folks!

Happy trails, enjoy the summer …!

Photographs, from top: Girl, tent & tourist camp, Midland, ON, c.1915; bottom: Sunnyside Beach, Toronto, ON, July 1924; both photographs via the Archives of Ontario

scottish holiday {iii}: the lodge {the ‘earl’s estate’}

Cruggleton Lodge, in the deep southwest of Scotland by the Irish sea {near ancient Whithorn, in Galloway}, set on a secluded, cliff-top organic dairy farm, with Belfast sink, Aga & wood-burning stove for wild & chilly Scottish nights by the sea … keep an eye out for the Wicker Man …!

scottish holiday {ii}: the highland croft {‘callakille’}

Callakille, a traditional highland croft in the remote northwest corner of Scotland known as ‘a Chomraich’, which means ‘the Sanctuary’ in Scottish Gaelic … dramatic, scenic wilderness of the coastal highlands with stunning views across to the Isle of Skye … wild & woolly rugs, snug feather duvets, a warm fire & whisky galore, for whale watching & stargazing with the ‘local heroes’