Friday, 22 August 2014

People watching at Albion Falls, Hamilton

I got Luke to take me to see another of Hamilton's waterfalls this weekend, it was fantastic! I decided a couple of weeks ago that I really should make more of an effort to see some of these waterfalls that Hamilton is so famous for!

To get to the new waterfall (that I will be writing about shortly no doubt), we first had to climb down to Albion Falls and it was packed! So I did a bit of people-spying a la Zhu at Correr Es Mi Destino. She taught me this fun trick! I already tried it out at Niagara Falls!
Here are some of the people - let's meet them shall we?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Expat Revelations: How I've changed since expatriation

Welcome back to week 3 of the expat revelation link up, and I have to say that I think I may have chosen quite a difficult topic here! It is one thing for someone else to notice how you have changed, but it is another to notice how you have changed for yourself. It is a bit like when you haven't seen a child for a long time and say 'wow you've grown', but the child doesn't feel like they have grown!

Nonetheless, as part of my expat revelations - in this bid to understand myself more fully following expatriation - I want to try to explore how I have changed, or how I feel I have changed. If you know me, you might think differently?

Yarn Along: Flower Fairies (cont...)

Last week I showed you the pattern for the Flower Fairies book bag that I have been making. So far I have the book bag, the book and a set of flower fairy cards! So now I need to get busy making the resources to go inside the bag! Then I can stop using it as a beach bag!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Travel Tuesday: Travelling vs Journeying

I often think there is a vast difference between go on your travels and going on a journey. I know that the definitions don't vastly differ, but in my mind, travelling is moving between locations, whereas for a journey to take place, you don't have to move at all but you have journeyed and you have changed. Sometimes travelling and journeying collide and this is a story about one of those times.

About three years ago, three devastating things happened to me. First of all, I got swine flu. Bleurgh, the memory of it lingers, it was so awful. It took me down for about two weeks and it took me many months to feel back to my normal self.

During this time, another devastating thing happened to me on the 23rd December (oh yeah, plus it was Christmas); I had to have my 17 year old german pointer put to sleep. It broke my heart. I know he was old, but I was so close to that dog. I loved him to the moon and back. I can't really even describe it, but I loved him as much as I love any of my family members. I had somehow elevated him to that lofty position.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Toronto Island - The Amusements

I enjoyed visiting Toronto Islands so much I have been writing a weekly series about it. So far I have covered the boat ride over, views of the CN Tower and the Figment festival. Today, though, I am writing about the permanent amusements on the island.

Before I do though, I have to admit that we didn't linger at the amusements because we both tend to prefer the natural environment and we had the dog with us which makes it harder to go on rides and such.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Simple Things Sunday: Birdwatching

You know that I love birds, right? It comes after an RSPB walk in the shetland islands, which ignited a lifelong love of birds!

I love the feeling of seeing a new bird. In Ontario there are a lot of amazing birds - I definitely recommend this place if you are a bit of a bird watcher like me!

There is something so nice about stopping and watching these animals. Perhaps because you know that they can take flight and be gone in seconds. It really focuses your energy. It forces you to slow down, to stop breathing so loudly, to tread lightly and with care and deliberation. Just so that you can meet the bird and see what it is doing and maybe try to pick out some detailing on its body or see if you can hear it. Sometimes the bird looks at you and you can sense it trying to make sense of you. Sometimes I try to forge a connection and sometimes it almost works.

Silent Sunday