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…

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…

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…

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…

Au revoir la Ferme!!

These guys following me around as I do my chores ❤️Not goodbye I hope, perhaps just a “see you later” whilst I get my shit together and find a place in this country with salary and concrete walls.  I’d like to stay in the industry… If I cannot be on a farm, perhaps I can…

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…

On the road.. Saskatoon to Ottawa

I packed my farm boots and gloves (and the mountain of my other belongings) into my lovely blue pick up and hit the road east to Ottawa. It was a 28 hour drive to Sudbury non-stop according to google maps so I allowed myself three days including two nights rest on the way. I was…

Last Saskatchewan weeks photo diary 

Busy days and quiet nights… Full time hard work at the ranch whilst relaxing in the evenings. Slowly getting used to the night sounds (mainly silence) and appreciating the solitude.  I have already been away for one week and the memories are fading… But hopefully these photos help sum it all up. My jobs varied…