Summer Flashback – Strange Visitors, Men in Skirts, and More!

It's the last weekend of summer, which means it's a sad time around here. Faces are glum, moods are down, and we're already counting down the days until it comes around again. So, what better way to hold onto summer than to have a little Summer Flashback full of the strange visitors to my garden, … Continue reading Summer Flashback – Strange Visitors, Men in Skirts, and More!

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Hankering for Haggis at the Portland Highland Games

After all the book sales, reading competitions, and hunting for book bargains lately, Finn McSpool decided it was time to take a break from all that smarty pants literary stuff and head out for a round of bagpiping-haggis-muching-caber-tossing fun. Luckily, the Portland Highland GamesĀ fit the bill to a T and they just happened to be … Continue reading Hankering for Haggis at the Portland Highland Games

A Monstrous Pest Problem in My Fruity Garden

After a few false starts, spring is truly getting underway now in Portland -- actually, it seems we've skipped over spring altogether and launched right into summer! Regardless, winter's well over and that means my garden turning into a jungle. Unfortunately, I'm also dealing with a certain stripey pest problem... Classified in scientific terms as … Continue reading A Monstrous Pest Problem in My Fruity Garden

A Monstrous Christmas at Pittock Mansion (aka ‘The Solonian Palace’)

That's right, Finn McSpool is back and he's not only ready to show off some local holiday cheer, but also the building that inspired my favorite location from my fantasy world of Osteria: Portland's Pittock Mansion (aka "the Solonian Palace"). I went hunting through my old blog posts, certain that I had covered Pittock Mansion … Continue reading A Monstrous Christmas at Pittock Mansion (aka ‘The Solonian Palace’)

Beasties, Books & Burgers…and Super Zapper Ray Guns

This week we're taking a little break from Finn McSpool's tour of his homeland. Well, not really a break, because this post is all about a Beastie workin' hard (sort of) for the money...and for the benefit of library lovers everywhere. Like his human counterpart, David Beastie works at the local library where he toils … Continue reading Beasties, Books & Burgers…and Super Zapper Ray Guns