Author Archives: Sandra Oldfield

About Sandra Oldfield

You can find out a bit more about me through the "About Me" page at the top of my blog.

Never Too Late

I have held onto a 40-year secret of abuse. It happened to me, but now I understand, it happened to me but it does not define me. All that being said, I am trying to reconcile this post with what … Continue reading

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Thank You Dad

What do you write when your Dad dies? Typing out words can never do justice to a life well lived. When you are in the moment of death you cannot see clearly enough to distill a person down to his … Continue reading

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Maximum Group Size is Still Six in Phase 3

A few wineries have let me know about confusion amongst some visitors as to what the group size is for Phase 3 reopening in British Columbia.  Although people can expand their personal bubble and travel farther afield, the wineries are … Continue reading

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Staffing Up for the Big Reopen

One of the big challenges for tasting rooms poised to reopen in June will be staffing up. This is always a challenge but again, welcome to additional challenges in the wake of COVID-19. Consider some of what’s going on out … Continue reading

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Tasting Rooms Can Get Ready Now–Don’t Wait

Sectors of the economy all over the province are going to be turning in plans and protocols for the government to review in the next few weeks to allow for re-opening.  Tasting rooms (be they for wineries, cideries, distilleries and … Continue reading

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Donning Masks and Such Things

I spoke with a WorksafeBC inspector this week and he told me how impressed he was that winery owners are very concerned about COVID-19 precautions–how to keep their employees healthy, how to sanitize surfaces, wearing proper face masks and gloves … Continue reading

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8 Years and Counting–I’m Talking to You Ontario and Quebec

June 6 this year will mark the eighth anniversary of the passing of Bill C-311 which set to rectify the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act of 1928 by allowing interprovincial importation of wine for personal use.  Yes I said PASSING.  … Continue reading

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What BC Wineries Should be Doing During the COVID-19 Crisis

It occurred to me that many BC wineries were not in existence since our last major crisis–not the month long disruption caused by forest fires, SARS and Alberta boycotts but September 11, 2001. Even for wineries that were in business … Continue reading

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We are defined by others and ourselves out of convenience, the love of categorizing and maybe just out because it makes relationships easier.  For years I made wine so I was a winemaker and for many, that was not only … Continue reading

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Women and BC Wineries

Recently I was sitting across the table from a young, energetic and impassioned female who wanted to work at a BC winery and asked me if the wine industry is male dominated or is it an industry that she could … Continue reading

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Photographer’s Statement

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One Picture. Two Scraps of Paper.

One Picture I took this picture of Tinhorn Creek employees on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 9:00AM. It was the hardest and the greatest picture I have ever taken.  The shutter clicked just before I shared the news with them … Continue reading

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Sonnet 73 Reworked

A recent poetry class asked me to find a famous rhyming poem, keep all rhyming words from the end of the lines and rewrite a new poem of my own using those rhyming words in the same order. I chose Shakespeare’s … Continue reading

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Free Wine to Nova Scotia Wine Lover

In the spirit of the announcement today that Nova Scotia has opened up its borders to allow for sales and shipments of BC wine to its province, I will do the following: Draw a name from interested twitter followers for … Continue reading

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Moving Taxi NYC

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How Happy is the Little Stone

How happy is the little stone That rambles in the road alone, And doesn’t care about careers, And exigencies never fears; Whose coat of elemental brown A passing universe put on; And independent as the sun, Associates or glows alone, … Continue reading

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Grow the Pie

It has been a very long time since I have blogged.  I no longer feel guilt for that.  Turns out I can’t do it all.  Today was the kind of day that changed that.  I need to get something out … Continue reading

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Thar She…Is!

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Wine Sayings of My Uncle, 1839

In a scan of primary sources tonight I came across this gem of a book from the European Library.  From “Every Man His Own Butler” by Cyrus Redding, 1839 which is so wonderful my new goal is to own a copy. … Continue reading

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