Thursday, October 29, 2009

Empty wallets...

Leads to this....
And ends up looking like this.....
Which is why I am very much looking forward to moving into the new house....
About 43 hours, 22 mins and 17 seconds to go!
(not that I'm counting or anything!)
(blogged from bed because I can't find anywhere else to sit)

Rocking with Bono!

We were so stoked to be one of the 50,000 people at BC place last night in Vancouver for the last night of this year's U2 360 Tour - it was amazing!
[Photograph by: Mark van Manen, Vancouver Sun]

Black Eyed Peas opened for them and had most people on their feet with 'I've got a feeling....that tonight's gonna be a good, good night' - and it was!! That closing song from them whipped everyone into a frenzy ready for Bono and gang to come on stage.

U2 played for about 2 hours and there were plenty of the older songs (which I can at least toe-tap and sing along too!) It was such a great show - the stage set was a sort of giant space-ship looking thing and the coolest moving light/screen column that descended from the roof. Loved it!
And so worth the 6.5 hour drive home through snowy mountain passes with daylight breaking as we finally rested our heads against the pillows back at home...!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

For Today...

This 'quiz' has done the rounds a bit in blogland. I originally saw it on Ali Edwards blog. And today I wanted to do a little scrapbooking before the madness and mayhem of moving into the new house not only did I record my answers I also made a scrapbook page out of it!

Outside my’s a dry and bright but colourless day, nearly all the leaves have fallen off the trees now

I am for the new house

I am thankful for...the new adventures and opportunities ahead for us here in Canada

I am comfy pink A&F sweatpants and fat face hoodie

I am remembering...all the things that I need to get done

I am take some time to scrapbook today since I’m not going out (don’t have the car)

I am reading...Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay (one of the Tesco books Mum brought out for me)

I am hoping...I will get a job I like soon

I am hearing...103.9 The Juice on the radio

I am creating...scrapbook pages, a baby card for Susie’s baby and finishing off my paper Christmas tree

On my mind...the new house – 9 more sleeps!, and the distinct lack of exercise lately…

From the kitchen... A cheesy bagel with mozza & tomato for lunch and some homemade veggie soup for supper tonight

Around the’s getting cluttered and cold – right time to be moving into a 3000sqft place!

One of my favourite laptop

Friday, October 2, 2009

Planes, Trains & Automobiles...and not forgetting boats!

The last couple of weeks we've had my parents visiting. Chris was working, but there had to be some good come from me being the resident couch potato - I got to hang out with them and act as a tour guide and occasional driver!

In amongst the tourist stuff we did Chris and I have also started house-hunting in earnest so they tagged along on a couple of days looking at houses with us. Actually I think we all had fun doing that - North American houses are sooooo different from what you get in England and our UK money will go a lot further here so I've been measuring up spare rooms for suitability as a scrapbooking space!

We took a trip over to the Kootenays for a night staying at the Ainsworth Hot Springs resort. We ate at the Dock n' Duck pub overlooking Kootenay Lake and soaked in the warm waters and caves at the resort till kicking out time. One advantage of staying at the resort is you get early access into the pools in the morning so we made the most of that too!
Ainsworth Hot Springs
In Kaslo (somewhere I've been 3 times now) we 'discovered' the worlds oldest intact sternwheeler - the SS Moyie. It's 3 stories tall and 160 ft long - in all honestly I'm not sure how I missed it (doh!) but there you go - I've always been obsessing about food and fast roads whenever we've rode into Kaslo. A great little side trip with film, history and a beautifully reconstructed boat that used to serve up and down Kooteney Lake between 1898 and 1957 - really enjoyed that!
SS Moyie, Kaslo
The 3 of us also took a bumpy drive up to Myra Canyon trestles - part of the old Kettle Valley railway. Last time Chris and I went up there was April and at the time still largely covered in snow! This time the weather was gorgeous and we had a lovely walk along the old line taking in the views down to Lake Okanagan, the valley and beyond. And talking of the Kettle Valley Railway we also drove down to Summerland and took a ride on an old steam train on one of the few remaining stretches of track - a little late birthday surprise for my Dad (only a month late!)
Kettle Valley Railway
Did I mention we had near-perfect weather for almost the entire time they were visiting?! Lucky us! And perfect for lazy lunches on the patio at the local winery, or our favourite lakeshore resort, driving into the hills to a small local goats cheese dairy for sampling cheese and enjoying gelato, wine-tasting, shopping for local product at some local farm shops and taking walks along the lakeshore in downtown.

We ventured an early start one morning for a Kelowna special event - a visit from the 3rd largest aircraft in the world - a Russian Antonov AN-124 - flying into Kelowna 'international' airport to deliver a bunch of helicoptors for a refurb at Flightcraft - I love these big planes - they way they just 'hang' in the air, seemingly unmoving and defying gravity! Very cool - lots of plane-spotters out for that one - but then it would appear we'd have to include ourselves in that category (That and the train-spotting - you can see what a bad influence my Dad is?!)
Antonov Kelowna
Thanks Mum and Dad for visiting. I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we enjoyed hosting you and showing off our new hometown!
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