Nostalgia hits hard

For those of us who travel often, who have moved abroad be it once, twice or as a hobby… there is a time that we are suddenly hit by a memory. Occasionally that memory can feel great, of people, places, laughter, sometimes it can be sad, of regret, grief or betrayal. They come and go…

And then there was Appendicitis

I wasn’t going to write about this as it’s still very fresh and a little personal yet I found reading other people’s experiences through their blogs helpful and consolidating. So perhaps this may help someone too…and get a giggle (but not too hard as that hurts). The Trip: I had planned this wonderful 4 day camping…

Two weeks into Horticulture

The dream has begun, the fingernails are dirty and the muscles are sore… For two weeks now I have been working full time in a landscaping role, going to different properties throughout the day and spring cleaning-up gardens. Mostly, there has been some hard-scaping as well since a new vineyard is opening nearby and we…

Notes on train travel

I am currently travelling on the train from Ottawa to Montreal. And I feel like writing about trains (no sexual innuendo meant).  I have often travelled by train, I’ve gone from taking the local train from my village to Newcastle in northern England at 6pm so that we can get nice and pissed enough without…

Spring Dreamin’

I saw this quote on Instagram the other day “Be Patient and Trust Your Journey”… And I thought pfffft ‘lalala yoga yoga poo’ I (shamefully) often do. Yet, after about 3.5 minutes I had to admit to myself that it made me feel a little better. So down on the phone ‘notes’ it goes. I…

To Try and Try again?

Oh dear… I write with my tail hanging between my legs (not a euphemism!) post another ski night… What a bad day – happy to say that I now have a new experience to add to my ‘life file’… Crying and skiing simultaneously. You can imagine the sight, a girl snow plowing verrrry slowly down…

Le attempt to Ski.

So, with 4 or more months of snow here, what should I do? I ask. Actually, am quite happy to go home after work and watch Netflix because it’s just ‘too cold outside’… but non! Outside we go. For the first time in my life I am living in a country where the outdoors rule…

Out in the Mountains

Photo essay of the holidays ❤🇨🇦🎄🎿❤ Beautiful Field Village where we spent the nights… you can hear/see the Canadian pacific train all day and night long which is just great for train enthusiasts or even anyone who appreciates a good photo opportunity.  People who live out here are so lucky, everyday you see the mountains…

The cost of everything…

Merry and Christmas and Happy New Year! Get those out of the way before I rant on… It was a lovely christmas actually, it has been the hardest of times and my need to distance myself (usually literally, Texas, Beijing?!) shines through.. This year, I was invited to spend a few days with my father…

Step One: ProjectNoNewClothes 

Project No New Clothes sounds terrible… But I’ll work on it. Step one has begun…  I have deleted all subscribed email accounts to brand names… this is a good way to avoid being reminded EVERYDAY that I need to spend money on their latest product to feel complete. Non non.

My confession…

I have a confession to make… I have an illness… an addiction in fact. I have had this since probably my mid-teens, although im pretty sure the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree where my father is concerned. I remember a specific moment when I was 19 years old whilst my mother and…

Thirty and thriving?

En fin… It is my 30th birthday today. I feel like a post is in need.  Although I don’t have too much to say about turning 30… it’s just another number after all… but it does seem to be a ‘milestone’ birthday.  Gone are the twenties – seemingly the adventure years, the freedom years and…