Beyond Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Prairies

Where have I been sent to? Saskatoon is in the middle of nowhere. It is coming to the end of the Saskatoon Winter, but it looks pretty bleak outside with all the trees completely bare of leaves and on occasion’s flurries of snow. Whenever I leave my apartment, with all the layers of clothes, I look like a Michelin man. It gets damn cold out there. In the true Winter months … Continue reading

A Flying Visit to Salt Spring Island

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I have some old friends living on Salt Spring Island, which before going there I knew was somewhere near Vancouver. Therefore being in the ‘neighbourhood’ I just had to say hello, so I drop them an email to say I’m coming to visit.  Then I look at the Lonely Planet, hmmmm it’s actually part of the Gulf Islands and there is a huge stretch of water between Vancouver and Saltspring … Continue reading

Soaking in Stanley Park, Vancouver

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On arriving in Canada, I decided to fend off my jet lag by taking a walk around Stanley Park.  The weather was a shock to the system after leaving the beautiful Sydney Summer; in contrast I had arrived to a grey, cold, wet day in Vancouver. After donning on my thermals, a woolly dress, a fleece and a waterproof jacket, I looked like I was attempting an exhibition to Everest … Continue reading

#3 Guest:Travelling with In-Laws – Problems Faced

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Last year I bravely took my parents and their friends to India, it is always hard planning travel for other folk.  Read the latest blog from Guest blogger Andrew, about the fun and games he had travelling with his Russian in-laws.  Many a comedian has written, performed and been admired for the quality of their mother-in-law jokes. Very much a genre of joke from a bygone age now, but for me the comedian … Continue reading

Snorkelling with Seals at Magical Montague Island

Seal at Montague Island

Visiting Montague Island was one of the most magical experiences of my life.  This place is heaven on earth for wildlife nuts: penguins, seals, turns, sharks, if you are lucky dolphins and at certain times of the year even whales. Snorkelling with Seals Our boat moored just off Montague Island near the seal colony and in I jumped with my snorkelling gear.  There were a few seals hanging out in the water – literally – … Continue reading