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North America » Canada » Quebec April 29th 2015

Plus que trois semaines avant notre retour en France. Nous ne sommes plus qu'à une heure de route de notre point de départ, Montréal où nous nous arrêtons à Sainte-Marie-Salomé pour une semaine.Nous sommes pour l'occasion trois helpeurs pour aider cette fois-ci Roger, agriculteur bio. Travaux de serre, plantation et autres activités en pleine aire nous attendent. Comme on nous a souvent dit, ici il y a rarement 4 saisons, à peine sortit de l'hiver et nous voilà déjà avec des 28°C la journée et 20°C le soir, bref pas besoin d'aller a la plage on a déjà le bronzage. Nous apprenons et découvrons beaucoup à ces côté et ceux de Sylvie, son amie d'enfance qui nous emmène à travers bois, remorquer à son quatre roues ("Quad" pour nous autres), voir la cabane à sucre de ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa April 28th 2015

It's 21.54 on the 27th of April. Time for a brief update of life here at the Winchelsea household. Saturday we woke and breakfasted, then set out almost immediately to start back on the slide of the play structure. It was fairly close to zero degrees when we started at around nine, and this made it near impossible to fiddle around with the 50 something nuts and bolts that were needed to build the rest of the slide. We nearly gave up several times, and had to redo some steps again and again as we kept getting the alignment slightly wrong, but at least by lunch the slide was about s metre longer than it was when we set out. The rest of the afternoon was spent in a similar fashion - building, cursing, giving up ... read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary April 28th 2015

Had dinner with a very good friend tonight. Over the past three years we've had dinner at least once per year, whenever I visit this city. It's getting to be a tradition! We went to the same Thai restaurant - good rice noodles in a spicy soup. Then, to avoid a parking fine, we drove around the block and had a cup of fancy tea at the same coffee house. Another good tradition! My friend wishes you well.... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary April 27th 2015

While at a recent Sunday brunch with good friends, most of whom are well traveled and knowledgeable especially about Europe, the subject of suitcases inevitably came up with someone and that has triggered this blog entry. Even before that get together, others have shared their travel experiences concerning suitcases with us. Not to stray too far from "home" I have had the past personal experience of hauling one heavy suitcase after heavy suitcase, loaded with shopping from the US on our way back to St. Lucia at a time when we lived there. Basically, living in St. Lucia some years ago we found that availability of certain items seemed to have been a constant issue so whenever we traveled to the US in particular which was fairly regularly, we did most of our shopping there. So ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary April 27th 2015

A man on the plane suggested that the charter boating companies are a good spend: 4 hours for $400 and you get two fish. Me, I see that as $200 per fish. So, I asked him more about his experience. Ultimately, I have to get a boat - at least 19 feet, with Yamaha salt-proof engine and a kicker. "But if you don't know how to back up with a trailer, you might as well forget it!" Ho ho! I can do that!... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Nanaimo April 26th 2015

Yesterday was a windy day, so I decided to spend 20 minutes roasting my last pound of Ethiopian Sidamo. It may be the moister atmosphere on the coast, and it might be the new stove, but after 20 minutes the beans were still light brown! I increased the heat to eight and it still took another 15 minutes to roast properly. So, my neighbours got a chance to see the eccentric winnowing the chaff from his beans. This morning, with freshly roasted beans, I ground a cupful of my favourite brew. It's a good life with a quiet moment before a lazy day. I spent the morning finishing the book a friend had bought me. 364 pages of fiction. It's not like me to read that many pages in less than two months, so it must ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary April 26th 2015

This was the month that was meant to be a bit quiet as the weather transformed from snowy to sunny conditions and as I have found out, most places of interest don't open until after the May long week end, but yet I found myself again dipping into some new adventures and seeing different places. With each place I visit and the more I get comfortable in Calgary the more I wish I could stay here for an extended period. I have had new challenges at work, experienced Calgary during NHL play offs and may have rekindled the spark to play Aussie Rules football one last time in Calgary. LAKE MARA - BRITISH COLUMBIA After recently blowing any form of budget that I had put in place for myself for this whole experience, I had planned ... read more
The Cabin at Mara Resort
Being a bit cheesy
The Last Spike

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Nanaimo April 25th 2015

No, this has nothing to do with Dianne’s retirement although that, too, appears to be official. The official thing I have discovered is that I am officially OLD. On Saturday April 18th, Dianne and I were visiting Steve, Tara, Maya and Jamie in Cedar in between Dianne’s Administrator Retreat at Harrison Hot Springs and the 50th Anniversary of St Joseph’s School in Chemainus where Dianne was principal for three years before we went to China. Steve and Tara were working, Maya had a birthday party and Dianne wanted to do some shopping so Jamie and I dropped the girls off and went for lunch and then to Maffeo Sutton Park, our “go-to” park in Nanaimo. We climbed things, slid down things and generally ran around. Then we made a fateful decision. Instead of Grandpa chasing Jamie, ... read more
The Patient by Jane
Hospital visitors
Selfie with nursemaid

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Nanaimo April 25th 2015

My first Saturday on this land locked strip of granite and vegetation: locate the guitar store. While parking, I noticed a shadow in the sky. Here is a photo of the eagle - a more powerful lens would make it look less of a spec. You'll have to take my word for it that this was a bald eagle. Next stop was shopping for supplies. This turkey looked very enticing but the price! $70 for a turkey? I'm used to the sale price of $13. That's quite a difference. Double check the photo and you'll see that this is also a bald turkey. I found a sofa for the apartment. I really like the colour! What do you think? Just around the corner is a bicycle coop. For $10/hr you can take any of their donated ... read more
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BicycleCoop

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa April 25th 2015

It's 22.54 on the 24th of April. So we're settling in nicely here in Ottawa, and time is already starting to pass at an alarming rate. We got up Thursday at the usual time and had our breakfast - I even managed to get up for a run beforehand. We headed then back out into the garden to continue with the house, which was, by this point, only half complete after 2 days work, if that. The next big step for us was to construct the A frame and beam for the swings, attach it to the 'fort', then begin putting together the slide on the other side. Kate and I got on with that, while Rosie and Matt continued to clear the garden and then help out with laundry and cleaning in the barn. The ... read more
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