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…

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…

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.

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…

Ah L’automne!

It has been a while since I have posted any news… I don’t really have an excuse.. only “life gets in the way”. Pffft. Whatever. I’ve been quite lazy and enjoyed every minute of it. I tried to get immediately back into the normal world as I know it by working for a well known…

La dernière semaine  

As the title states, this is my last week on the farm in Ottawa Valley. I definitely feel sad about leaving. This summer has been amazing. I’ve learnt a lot, grown stronger physically and mentally (remember those dark Saskatchewan nights!?) I’m a little confused as I don’t want to return to ‘urban life’ . I…

Life and Death on the Farm

It was a sad day on the farm yesterday… My first experience dealing with death here. Unfortunately it is not my first experience with it in my life. And the presence and closeness of it looms above my head like a dark cloud if I allow it. But, yesterday. It was right there. The morning…

Times, they are-a changing…

It’s now been three + weeks since I’ve arrived here and it feels like I’ve been in this place a century (in a good way). I’m trying to compare it to my Saskatchewan experience of solitude, “personal growth” – to an extent and peacefulness… But I can’t. Used to being an only child and spending…

Ottawa Valley Farming first week

Another week, another farm. After my week off of road tripping I have arrived at my second 3 month stint at another farm in the Ottawa Valley. I’m no longer living in a cabin in the woods but I trailer on the farm. It’s very different but it’s still nice. It’s gonna get hot in…