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Party Hardy

Party Hardy

Although looking out the window today it feels like winter with the grey skies and drizzle, it’s starting to feel like spring around here. Not only are the trees beginning to blossom, the buds open, and the bears awaken, it also seems as though many of us are coming back from a period of hibernation. Living in a small town, especially one which is so remote, can leave me feeling cut off and longing for a more varied social scene….

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Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

It’s easy to get caught up in the monotony of everyday life and spend most days going between work and home, not finding time to explore. I have been guilty in the past of taking the places I live for granted and of failing to appreciate all there is to do until it is too late. As my time on the north island is rapidly passing by and I have made the decision to leave B.C. this summer, I am…

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Making Plans for Spring Break

Making Plans for Spring Break

For those of us who didn’t grow up in North America, the words ‘spring break’ don’t really mean very much. In the UK, universities have a reading week in February preceding exams while the school holidays in March are centred around Easter so binge-eating chocolate takes priority over binge-drinking on the beach. In Canada however March-break is synonymous with escape-Winter or all-inclusive sun, sea, and sand. As I am living in Canada, taking a vacation in March is definitely something I…

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Captain George Vancouver

Captain George Vancouver

Every now and again I find myself noticing small things that seem to hint at my subsequent moves around the world. Of course the connections are easy to spot in hindsight and are almost certainly mere coincidence but one such link between my hometown in the UK and my current home in Canada is quite interesting. Since I am feeling nostalgic for all things British at the moment I decided to do a bit of further research into this link…

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Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

After a very busy two weeks over Christmas and New Year with family in England we arrived back on Vancouver Island late last night so it’s back to blogging action. Tomorrow is also my first day back at work so naturally a holiday cold has hit with full force today. Suddenly two weeks off doesn’t feel like anywhere near enough time! I thoroughly enjoyed being back in my home country for the holidays where I made the most of the…

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Coding Catastrophe

Coding Catastrophe

Friday evening I had my first hiccough with the new website. While I have had a blog on and off for several years, this is the first time that I have dabbled with my own domain name. Following the advice of many pro bloggers I decided to use wordpress.org as my blogging design platform which means my blog is hosted elsewhere and having my blog hosted elsewhere is possibly what saved it. It would be a dream come true to…

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Back to Blogging Business

Back to Blogging Business

I write this blog primarily as a way of encouraging myself to look for the extraordinary in the ordinary and to find joy in the everyday things that I do. Since its inception in 2010, it has been a hobby for me and a way of filling in any periods of free time while offering a creative outlet. In recent months (or rather years) I haven’t been keeping on top of regular blog-posting and general web maintenance. Sometimes I feel…

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A Blast From The Past

A Blast From The Past

Although this blog is mainly about my experiences of the places I live or travel to and things to see, eat, or do, every now and again I write about tidbits from my life because why not? It’s my blog. I’ll use it as I please! I wanted to write about my recent trip to the cities of Vancouver and Victoria but was hit by writer’s block… Since my last blog entry I have been recontacted by two people that…

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Snail Mail Revival

Snail Mail Revival

This week the mailbox has been extrordinarily full with letters from old friends and new penpals. A few years ago, when I participated in a European study abroad program (ERASMUS), some of my friends and I kept in touch by regularly writing letters to one another. We were all away doing our own thing and exploring various European countries so we usually had a lot to write home about and I still get excited about receiving personal letters and postcards….

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Animal Madness

Animal Madness

Shortly after arriving in my new home on Vancouver Island, I was fortunate enough to fall into a job at the local animal shelter, replacing my sister who has returned to university to study veterinary medicine.  She has a natural gift for dealing with animals so was in her element.  It’s safe to say that I am not quite as comfortable in my new position.  It’s not that I don’t like animals.  I do. We have quite a menagerie at…

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