Q + A

Desiree Johnston

Desire Johnston
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Where do you live and how long have you lived there?

Milton, Ontario, Canada.

What do you love most about Canada? Like least?

Love Most:  I love the seasons!  You can experience all four seasons to the fullest.  It feels like it resembles different stages in my life

Like least:  The fact that I cannot pop in and have a cup of tea with my parents.  That it takes three flights to get to them before I can actually do that!

What is your favourite time of year?

Fall / Autumn!  I absolutely LOVE the intense and bold colours and the crisp bite in the air.

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make when moving to Canada?

That I couldn’t pick up the phone and chat to my Mom everyday.  That it took an hour to find a couple of groceries that should’ve taken less than 10 mins.  That we had to have two young singles live with us to help pay the rent.  That I had to look after an 11-month-old baby to help put food on the table and then to be diagnosed and treated for depression.

What do you miss most about your country of birth?

Family and Friends! Being able to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas together.  Our kids growing up without their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

What keeps you busy? (Business interests?)

Personal Assistant and an Independent Consultant for a natural Herb and Spice company… easy to sell something you believe in.

What is your favourite place?

 To be able to sit under my pergola and just stop, soak up and enjoy the beauty of my garden whilst reading, having a cup of tea with friends or sipping an occasional glass of wine with dear friends over dinner and having a good laugh while you are at it!

Any favourite restaurants/bakeries/cafes etc?

The ‘Tea Room’ in Streetsville … the scones are just too delicious!  ‘Starbucks’, ‘Timmies’ (Tim Horten’s) and ‘The Hill Curry Co.’ in Streetsville.

Any hobbies?

Gardening, growing herbs and veggies, canning and preserving.  I actually just love pottering because I do have a creative side to me.

The person you most admire?

I have three …

My Man … for being a living example of standing firm and not being shaken by the arrows that come and his ability to put it in the ‘Lord’s intray’

My Dad … for pushing on every day during his 13-year struggle with cancer.  He has certainly taught me how to persevere in spite of where one finds oneself.

My Mom … for teaching me that nothing is too much!  To love and serve unconditionally.

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Lois Nicholls is an Australian freelance journalist. She is also the author of "Aussie, Actually," which captures her heartfelt experiences as a South African migrant living in Australia. Her second book, "Bye-bye Bikini", published in August 2018, is a series of frank and humorous essays navigating everyday life from the perspective of a fifty-something former newspaper and magazine journalist. Her first children's book, "What Dog is That?" available in hardcopy from www.beekindpress.com was published in May 2019. Her books on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2qRUY0c