In my home town a crazed gunman has shot himself after a stand-off with police, while a drunken former footballing hero tried to talk him down with some fried chicken. Here at the lake we are trying to work out what the beautiful bird was we saw on a tree this morning. We think it was a dark-eyed junco. This is why I moved to Canada.
"There are two things I love in life - travel and opera. Which is probably why I write a blog on each of those subjects. I'm a filmmaker, former BBC journalist, cottage dweller, gardener and cat lover. I make documentaries, profile videos of individuals and companies as well as trailers for productions and festivals. Check out my other blog Diva Films: My life as an operatic filmmaker and my website annekostalas.com. Follow @viewfromalake on instagram and twitter."