Our memories of 2018 includes friends (both new and old), family, travel and housesitting in the UK, Spain and France as well as a change of scenery as both ourselves and our daughter and son-in-law purchased new homes this year. While we're not ready to sell our Elliot Lake property just yet, John and I are grateful for the opportunity to explore the nation's capital this winter at our leisure while we hibernate in our 1-bedroom condo.
20 Years From Now...
"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
The temperatures have dropped considerably since mid October and we've endured rain, sleet and snow - often all within the same day! While driving from Elliot Lake to Ottawa at the end of last month we experienced our first snowfall of the season. Thankfully, by the time we reached Mattawa most of it had melted, but there was still a layer on the top of the picnic table.
Sunday, 21 October 2018
From a visual standpoint, autumn in northern Ontario is spectacular and while we were concerned 2018 may not fare as well colour wise as previous years (due to this summer's drought) our worries proved to be unfounded.
Friday, 28 September 2018
September has come and (almost) gone which is a shame because it's our favourite month of the year here in northern Ontario. The temperature is moderate, there are virtually no bugs and the vibrant fall colours are a spectacle that continue to amaze. Add friends, another Chi-Cheemaun ferry ride from South Baymouth to Tobermory and a second successful cataract eye surgery to the mix and what's not to love?
|Lake Huron from Fred & Maxine's deck|
Friday, 10 August 2018
My primary goal this summer was to keep the calendar clear to accommodate my cataract surgery and once the dates were set the next item on the agenda was to ensure we arrived at the hospital in southern Ontario on schedule. (My right eye surgery was a week ago on August 3.) The forest fires, especially the Parry Sound 33 fire, were worrisome so we opted to take the Chi-Cheemaun ferry from South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island to Tobermory.
Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
We've been home a little more than one month and it's been an enjoyable albeit busy four weeks. We've reconnected with a good many friends and family and settled back into a routine that for a change does not require a backpack! Even the gazebo is up, making the backyard a lovely outdoor space without the bugs.
Friday, 25 May 2018
Thursday, 10 May 2018
Last year when we visited Menton, France and Ventimiglio, Italy we travelled through Monaco, but did not set foot on terra firma of this postcard-size country. For that reason I did not feel comfortable mentioning or claiming it as a country we've visited, but as of this week that's all changed. Monaco is officially #27 on our list.
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Two easy to reach destinations by public transportation from Nice include Vence: a hilltop medieval village and Cagnes-sur-Mer: a lovely town on the Mediterranean where the French painter, Auguste Renoir, lived and painted during his final years.
Sunday, 6 May 2018
Thursday, 3 May 2018
Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Saturday, 28 April 2018
Friday, 27 April 2018
The past week has flown by. We arrived in Nice the evening of April 17, reconnected with homeowners Katherine and Paul on the 18th and officially began our housesit with Petra and "the girls" the following day. It's hard to believe today marks the end of the first of our three weeks here, but oh, what a week it's been!
Thursday, 26 April 2018
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Monday, 23 April 2018
Day five in Paris we took the BigBus red and blue line tours and much to our surprise spent about four hours total on both buses. It was certainly a good value (tickets cost €36.00/person) and the audio commentary provided just enough facts to provide some history and insight without being overwhelming.
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Our fourth day in Paris we walked from our flat on the left bank to Île de la Cité one of two remaining natural islands in the Seine within the city of Paris. It is here where the medieval city was founded and home to Saint Chapelle.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Monday, 16 April 2018
It goes without saying that the Eiffel Tower is on everyone's list while visiting Paris. We had no idea of the many options available to us, but upon learning one can dine in a Michelin restaurant on the second level AND it includes a private elevator ride we booked a table two full months in advance of our arrival.
Sunday, 15 April 2018
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
We arrived in Paris via Eurostar train 6022 from London on Tuesday afternoon - just one day later than originally planned so while the rotating French rail and air strike did affect us, it wasn't all that traumatic. One might even say it added to the story of our latest adventure.
Monday, 9 April 2018
Travel itineraries are rarely carved in stone and today is a perfect example of that. Since early January we've had tickets for the Eurostar (chunnel train) from London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. Due to the rotating French rail and air strikes that began last week and continue through June, however, our train was cancelled. So, what's a couple to do? Re-book and make the best of it, of course, and this morning John suggested we visit the Guildhall Art Gallery.
Saturday, 7 April 2018
We first housesat for homeowners Lisa-Jane and John in April 2015 and when the opportunity arose for us to spend additional time in Winchester with Poppy we happily packed our bags. Sadly, today is our final day with this lovely girl, but we're SO grateful for our time with her.
Tuesday, 3 April 2018
January 2016 we spent a week in Oxford and enjoyed it so much we hoped one day to return. Seeing as we had a few free days between our Marlow and Winchester housesits and Oxford was within an hour's train ride we made good on that goal and stayed three nights last week in the Malmaison - a former prison turned hotel.
Sunday, 1 April 2018
We spent ten days in mid-March in Marlow, Buckinghamshire with Jasper, Mew and Purr. These three adorable fur babies belong to Claire and David whom we had the pleasure of meeting four years ago during our first UK housesit.
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Sunday, 18 March 2018
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Friday, 16 March 2018
Sometimes one discovers a gem quite by accident and such is the case of the rather drab exterior of the Santa Maria de la Victoria Basilica.
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
The Castillo de Gibralfaro sits atop Malaga on a hill named from the Arabic word Yabal meaning mountain and the Greek word Faruk meaning lighthouse and this combination explains why this site was chosen as a coastal vantage point.
Monday, 12 March 2018
Sunday, 11 March 2018
Saturday, 10 March 2018
Monday, 5 March 2018
Saturday, 3 March 2018
We're SO grateful to not have any of the snow that is plaguing the rest of Europe, but we haven't gotten off scot-free either. Yesterday was our third day of rain in Malaga and it's torrential. Umbrellas held high we cued outside the Carmen Thyssen Museum and as I was not about to take a photo in the pouring rain the photo of the exterior of the museum below is courtesy of Google!
Thursday, 1 March 2018
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Monday, 26 February 2018
We flew from London Gatwick to Malaga, Spain on February 24 and arrived at our Airbnb location in the centre of town around 7:00 PM. We knew we were in the right place as the Iglesia del Sagraria Cathedral looms above the Plaza del Obispo.
Friday, 23 February 2018
Sunday, 4 February 2018
Friday, 2 February 2018
Thursday, 1 February 2018
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
In the late 1970s when John and I first visited England we toured the Tower of London. We've returned to the city many times since and until this year never considered a repeat performance. John, however, suggested we do it this time around and I am so glad he did. Like so many things (us, wine, to name a few) the tower exhibits have improved (and expanded) with age.