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North America » Canada » Ontario » Vaughan May 31st 2015

It's 17.35 on the 30th of May. So today i write a little about Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. This blog probably won't be quite as long as the last few, as I'm just writing about work days. So Tuesday. This was our first day of work back at Meadow Sweet, and it was another day for us to prep the boxes that were sent out to the locals. So, in the morning we set about cutting herbs and cleaning the boxes, as well as cutting heads of lettuce to be bagged. Once all the harvesting was done, we headed to the orange Barn to package and box up the produce. This took a surprisingly short amount of time, even though there were 36 boxes to fill, and we were finished by lunch. After ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Oakville May 29th 2015

It's 22.53 on the 26th of May. So I think today I'll write about Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Dad, you didn't like the amount of alcohol consumed in the last few blogs - so you may want to look away now. I probably won't get it all done today, but I hopefully I can get it finished and uploaded by tomorrow night. So Saturday. Since we weren't really asleep until about 3.30-4 the night before, we weren't up until 12 noon on Saturday. Eventually we got up, and Emily kindly cooked us pancakes, bacon and eggs - a pretty good way to kick start the morning. We hadn't really got much planned for the day, only that there was to be a barbecue in the evening. It was, however, Matt's birthday - so we all wished ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 28th 2015

I had my first ever business trip for an international TESOL conference inTorontoCanadawhere I presented along with three of my colleagues on how to resuscitate your listening and speaking classes. And by ‘business trip’ I mean it was nearly entirely paid for- flight, hotel and most food. I had to buy my own drinks, which I happily did, especially since I could order Havana Club in most bars! I’ve never had anyone pay for my travel and just couldn’t get over how great this idea was- someone else paying for me to see the world. I’ve been toCanadaandTorontoseveral times. My family used to live in upstateNew York, and I remember the days when we would cross the border without a passport. SoCanada, sadly, was not a new country for me, but I was ok with that ... read more
Toronto tower
kensington Market
Kensington graffiti

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 27th 2015

It’s been about two months since I’ve slept under a mosquito net; since our summit to Mt. Kilimanjaro; since I’ve stepped on a pleasantly dusty and bumpy road – and I’ve never missed anything more in life. I’ve lived away from ‘home’ twice before; in London, England and in Hawai’i -- and as amazing and beautiful as these places are in their own right, once I left, I LEFT. My leaving them wasn’t accompanied with a longing, with a wanderlust-ic heartache. Maybe it’s because it’s still kind of cold here and my injured toe can’t bear to wear anything BUT flip flops. Maybe it’s because I haven’t heard a word of Swahili in two months and hearing someone say "elfu kumi na tano” on TV made my heart skip a beat. Maybe it’s because I’m going ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Oakville May 26th 2015

It's 19.52 on the 25th May. Today I'll write the first 3 days that I have missed, then I'll do the next 3 tomorrow or the next day - I've got a lot to tell. So Wednesday. We got up and begun the day doing some picking of the salad greens that were ready for harvesting. Matt cut Arugula, Rosie and Kate cut Cutting Celery, and I filled 4 crates full of a variety of red and green lettuce. Once we'd harvested enough, one of the larger greenhouses was practically empty as we'd pulled up near all the lettuce growing in it. Therefore, the next job was the hoe the ground in the greenhouse ready for the next crop to be planted. This took us up to lunch, and once we returned we were ready to ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Vaughan May 20th 2015

It's 20.36 on the 19th of May. Probably won't be too much of a long blog today, as if often the case with blogs about the regular working days. Having said that, the first day, Sunday, was a day off for us. We got up nice and late again, about 10, and made some breakfast. It was another hot day - max 23•c and completely cloudless - so we were out by 11 on the lawn and sunbathing. I took a short break to Skype the parents, before Matt, Rosie and I headed up to the Tim Hortons to grab some lunch. We walked up through the fields again, but this time in the noon sun beating at our backs. Luckily, Tim Hortons is only twenty or so minutes away, so before long we had air ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa May 18th 2015

After a Winter that brought only moderate snowfall, but unspeakable cold that lasted far beyond its “Best Before Date”, Spring finally arrived in Ottawa in early May. That was, fortunately, just in time for the start of the Tulip Festival, which saw over three million tulips planted in half a dozen selected locations throughout the National Capital Region (Ottawa ON and Gatineau QC), plus many others that are not part of the “official” plan. This is now the site of North America’s largest annual tulip festival, which attracts about half a million visitors over ten days to view the flowers and participate in a wide variety of activities. For more information go to: http://tulipfestival.ca/. Add to that a multitude of flowering crabapple and other trees, and you have a sudden but long overdue outburst of colour ... read more
First come the croci, all over town
then the flowering crab apple trees
same street a week later

North America » Canada » Ontario » Vaughan May 17th 2015

It's 21.35 on the 16th May. I've decided that it would be a good idea to give a brief sentence description of the weather before I go on to talk about each day, as I rarely mention the weather unless it is directly relevant to something else in saying. However I decided this just a minute a go so I don't have any temperatures for this blog. Anyway, for next time. So Thursday. We got up, a little late admittedly, by 9am - and headed out to work. Matt and I started by potting the near endless numbers of Lunchbox peppers in the large greenhouse, while Rosie and Kate finished off clearing out the greenhouse we had begun weeding and composting the afternoon before. Once we had done this, we all headed to another greenhouse to ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Vaughan May 15th 2015

It's 22.20 on the 14th of May. Today I'll give a little summary of the last 3 days - up to, but not including today. On Monday we got up for breakfast and to pack. Being severely hungover we didn't feel like doing it the night before, but we were packed with good time to leave the hostel with time to reach the bus terminal. The clouds were heavy and low over the towering buildings in the city centre, and it rained sporadically as we hauled our packs the 20 minutes to Bank St, where our bus left at 11.40, due to arrive at 12.30 in Stouffville - just down the road from Meadow Sweet farm. The bus, more like a comfortable coach, made its way pretty swiftly out of the city, and onto the sprawling ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa May 13th 2015

I’m a writer, so naturally there’s nothing more I love to do than write, especially when I’m bored. Now is that time, boredom. It started out as another one of those horrendous nights before I travel. I couldn’t get any sleep. My throat was sore, there was no medicine in my hotel room to ease the roughness that I felt in my throat, and there was no alcohol to numb my senses. So I lay awake in the middle of the night, restless, sleepless, and hating every minute of it! I looked at the time clock and it was 1130 pm. At 130 am I was still in the same state of mind. I was punching the pillows for a long time out of frustration and by the time I was finished the time on the ... read more




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