The countdown to being home for Christmas is well and truly on! It feels quite strange that in just a couple of weeks’ time, we will be sitting at home in front of the fire with our families.
I’m delighted to say that snowboarding season has well and truly arrived, along with the freezing temperatures.
At the time of writing, we’ve already been out snowboarding twice (Mike has been out three times) and we’re planning another trip this weekend. Although the resorts are open, only some runs are open to use right now, due to ice and such.
Even the runs that are open right now are still quite icy, so you can imagine that falling on these patches is not pleasant, not in the slightest. We actually taught some of our friends how to snowboarding just recently and a couple of them picked it up right away – they were able to come down the same runs as us before the day was out, which is a remarkably fast learning curve.
So the snow has finally arrived! It was a bit of a shock to the system when it first arrived (basically we woke up on Sunday, October 27 and the place was white!). It was forecast for snow alright but the weather out here can be quite unpredictable to say the least, so it was a pleasant surprise to see a blanket of white on our front doorstep.
Our garden was covered in snow, and then the following weekend it snowed for the entire weekend! It was quite heavy snowfall too, and even by Saturday evening, our garden had well over one foot of snow. That particular weekend was quite cold too, it was about -14 on the Sunday so that was something to try and get the bodies to adapt to. more »
It’s been another busy couple of weeks since I last wrote, the time really is flying, we had Thanksgiving here on October 14th so it meant that we had a long weekend, which was fabulous! Canadians seem to take the holiday pretty seriously, but it’s nothing in comparison to the States!
We felt a little guilty that we hadn’t planned very much in terms of dinner, so we did pretty much the same as everyone else – a roast dinner. We had roast chicken though instead of turkey, as the turkeys were absolutely huge for two people. more »
In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has moved to Calgary, Canada, gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants.
Mike and I were in Golden, BC for the last weekend in September. It was a lovely and relaxing weekend, but we were quite unfortunate with the weather.
On Friday evening it was dry but a little cold when we left Calgary, but when we got to Golden (which is roughly a three-hour drive away), it was quite overcast and cold. We stayed in the Winston Lodge, which is located next to the Kicking Horse mountain resort. more »
SO I suppose that the biggest news from the last couple of weeks is that Mike and I activated our new Canadian visas in recent weeks, which means we can stay here for another two years.
Before we went to the border, we knew that we had to find an insurance company within Canada that could provide us with insurance for two years, as this is the length of our new visa. more »
Thankfully we’re settling in great in our new place. Admittedly, it does take time to get everything fully organised, and sometimes it really does feel like it’s just a constant spending of money, but it’s calming down now so we’re so relieved.
It’s so nice to go home after work to your own place, and not have to worry about any other housemates – it’s also great that Mike and I can now watch TV when we want, that’s a huge bonus. Netflix is great, it’s so cheap to get and has such a huge variety of shows and movies, so we chose against buying cable for our TV. To be honest, Canadian/American can be pretty bad at times, and there are commercials ALL the time – it’s impossible to watch a movie sometimes.
WE have finally moved house, after such a crazily hectic two weeks, it’s safe to say that neither of us wants to do that on a very regular basis.
We moved on Friday, August 16th but we were up until midnight the night before, as we were trying to pack everything up and get organised.
We were then up at 7am on Friday morning, as we had to pack the car and rent the UHaul truck, which we used to transport a lot of furniture.
We’ve actually been having some nice weather here at the moment, which makes a welcome change. It can be pretty temperamental though – it would be really nice and sunny, and then we would have a huge thunderstorm!
The Western Canadian football finals were held in Edmonton in early August. Sadly, due to injury, both Mike and I were unable to partake, but went on the Saturday to support both the men’s and ladies teams.
Mike broke his toe in a soccer game the previous week, so he has to rest up for a few weeks. Unfortunately for me, a recurring knee problem flared up just two days before the tournament. My kneecap has been out of line with my knee for some time, so I guess it’s time to finally get it checked out. Our men’s team made the semi-finals, but were beaten by Edmonton. more »
We are back from our week’s vacation to Fairmont, BC and it was perfect, we were so lucky with the weather, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left our villa, it was a minimum of 35 degrees.
Sometimes it was honestly too hot to stay out in the sun though, as there was little or no breeze, therefore making it almost unbearably hot, never thought I’d say those words! more »