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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Its quite depressing really

How quickly you adapt to being back in the freezing cold. It just all comes flooding back and you adjust the way you drive, dress, walk etc etc. UGHHHH Its supposed to be - 28 Celcius here this weekend with the windchill....lovely.  Next year lets have Christmas in Cuba ok!?!?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Our Snowy UK Adventure!

So we were supposed to land in Liverpool Airport shortly after this picture was taken. However, it snowed in Liverpool and they closed the airport as we were on our approach so we pulled up and circled for 45 minutes. Finally the pilot came on to tell us that we had been diverted to East Midlands Airport which is about 60 miles south of Liverpool. *lovely*
This picture is actually of the plane's shadow in the clouds because I thought it looked cool!!!! So we arrive at East Midlands and there is a gong show about whether we are getting off the plane or not. Apparently at one point the plan was to refuel and fly back to Liverpool because it had magically opened somehow. Eventually they let us off the plane though!!! 
The coast near Liverpool while circling. Since East Midlands Airport was closer to Leeds than Liverpool we hopped a bus from there into Nottingham to the train station. All the trains going to Leeds from Nottingham were cancelled but the conductor told us to try to get to Sheffield and we might be able to catch one from there. So we hopped on a train to Sheffield and lo and behold there was actually a train going to Leeds from there that was running!!!! And I would like to say that the Brits do NOT appear to heat the main parts of their train stations so we were rather chilly!!!!!
Reese having breakfast with William(the stuffed version)
The snow in the farm where Lynn keeps her horses!!! Decent amount!

Reese trying out her snowpants for the first time
Fergus the lovely stable dog!
Lynn's horse Milo
Richard and Reese feeding her other horse Riffy
Having a roll in the snow
Milo being naughty and nipping Riffy's coat

Domino being silly for the camera
this lane looks like the one she struggles up in the movie The Holiday

The real William, all tucked in
William meeting Snow White, and her dog George ;)
Reese guarding her dalmations

playing in the Christmas maze
The kids drumming in the middle of the maze.

The Christmas Adventure at Stockheld Park
Ahhhh the Brits! Cross country skiing on the fake ski trail when there is perfectly decent skiing snow right beside it!!! 

Reese's scampi, chips and peas and her hat made out of a menu
Great grandma, Lauren, Reese and Aunty Bev

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Walk in the Sunshine

This is where I go and take my Italian lessons. I decided to walk the 3km back from Italian on Wednesday because it was lovely and sunny and I didn't have to pick up Reese for another 2 hours. I had my camera with me so this is a little photo tour of my walk home :)
The Bridge going from the Italian class, over the road and into Milano Tre
These awesome little ponds are dotted all over Milano Tre. Its this village(complex) that is all apartment buildings and they all look the same so its rather easy to get lost in there!! Its HUGE though.
Scuola di Materna- one of the Italian elementary schools
Near one of the gigantic green spaces that are found all over Milano Tre too.
A meeting place, with the stone circle seating, you can see the buildings in the background. 
The green space again. 
And more...it reminds me of Central Park in some ways, just not as big.
The fountain and pond near the stores/restaurants. Reese likes to watch the turtles and the ducks that live in here!
The chinese restaurant on the corner and then the stores that make up Milano Tre
I seriously LOVE fall. This was just off the path on the way back to Basiglio
This one is complete chaos, but I like it for some reason so here it is :)
working on the closeups
More artsy shots
I like the bokeh in this one, that's the blurry background for those of you that don't obsessively read photography stuff like I've been doing!!!!! And a MAPLE LEAF!!!! They are everywhere here and it makes me so happy when I see them, silly Canadian!
Those helicopter seed things
Such a busy path. 
The field across the stream where people take their dogs and leave them off leash. Down a road near here I think I found where the Italian teenagers have their bush parties ;)
It's so pretty here! I'm glad we're living out in the "country" rather than right in Milan. I like going into Milan and wandering around but there is definitely something to be said for walking past sights like this on your way home from class :)
MOUNTAINS!!!!!!!!!! I was so surprised to see them as we drove to class. It doesn't often get clear enough here to see them this well. 
I love this little path, just behind me is the Basiglio Madonna
Seriously I could be at home in this picture!!!! The grasses and the corn field and the barn, with mountains in the background!
Italy.....or Alberta :)
The entrance to Basiglio. If you follow that road straight it curves and then takes you to the Piazza, which is where all the action is :)
Another street on the way to my house.

About Me

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I am 34 years old, married to my wonderful husband Richard and mother to a beautiful 8 year old daughter named Reese. We lived in the suburbs of Calgary until January 2010 where I worked as an ER Nurse. Then my husband was transferred to Vancouver for a 6 month temporary project. Our blog Tripping over the Sidewalk told all about our adventure living on the 30th floor of an apartment building in the middle of downtown Vancouver. Then we moved to Milan, Italy for 18 months, Ciao-Eh was the online forum for our Italian adventures. We moved to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates in January 2012 and lived there for two and a half years. Sandscrapers, Souks and Sand is the blog of our adventures in the Middle East! We are now happy to be back on a little acreage just outside of Calgary where I'm sure more adventures await!!!!



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