Victoria Weekend

Hello everybody :)

Well this weekend was a bank holiday weekend for the Canadians. We decided to be cultural and visit the museums – Science North and Dynamic Earth.

Saturday we went to Science North. It was awesome. We were going to pay for a three day passport which would allow us admission to both museums and to the IMAX and planetarium. But on arrival we found that it was cheaper to get a year admission – which means Jessica, you will be visiting both with us as we get a 50% discount on guests :)

Science North was brilliant – it has three floors; the first floor there are lots of live insects and some dead ones too – and there is a butterfly area. The second floor there is a beaver, porcupine and skunk as well as snakes, turtles, flying squirrels and bats. On the third floor there are science experiments – which are very interactive and mainly aimed at children but we found them fascinating :)

The animals were brilliant – the beaver was busy cleaning himself but at night apparently he wanders out and completely rearranges/ demolishes his enclosure!! We watched him being fed and were told that like a small child he doesn’t like eating his greens! He cannot be released into the wild as he got frostbite on his tail which is why he was rescued by the science center.

The skunk has had her smelly glands removed so she is very pleasant to smell! she slept most of the time we were there but did race up and down her enclosure a little.

The porcupine was fascinating – neither one of us realised they could climb trees, they actually hibernate up in the native evergreens here; they just climb up high and go to sleep, between the porcupines fir and the tree’s foliage they stay warm enough. He was a very amusing character and had been orphaned when he was about 3 months old so the science center rescued him. They take him for two walks a day – not on a lead but outside by the lake – he is very tame.

We also did some rock polishing whilst at the museum – it was great fun and we will be going back to have another go!! Hannah can now see why Ross in Friends was so happy to find his own rock polisher!

On Sunday we went to the Planetarium within Science North and watched Violent Universe. They also talked about the meteor that created this region of Canada and gave it the rich resources that it has today, the meteor was about 10 – 15km across, traveling at 20km per second which would have been the end for any animals on the surface of the earth, had they existed at that time. Hannah now believes we are all going to die in the year 2036 when a meteorite is said to be colliding with Earth – if it happens it would be like a nuclear explosion on every square kilometer of the Earth’s surface. Yet another thing for her to worry about. We had the option of watching ‘Violent Universe’ – more for adults or ‘Earth, sun and Starts’ – more for children – we now think we would have been safer with the second choice.

We also went to see Pirates of the Caribbean in 3D which was brilliant :)

Yesterday we went to Dynamic Earth and took the underground mining tour which was fascinating. They have a short bit of mine under the center which we went down into via a lift, its about 65m under ground, not very deep when you bear in mind that one of the local mines here is 2.3km at its deepest point. They showed us a mine from the first part of the 1900’s, then into the 50’s and up to present day. There are various simulations of mining equipment which are like computer games, but with the proper drivers seat and controls.. Cool! I could have stayed there for ages!

We went for a drive around, down to Lively, then took a right and.. well see the map:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&so…

We saw the railway track on that route at 46.521078,-81.053397 – you can paste that into Google maps and it should go right to where we parked next to the railway track.

Getting keen with the pictures

Fairly random selection of photos from Hannah’s phone

And pictures taken on our trip to Manitoulin Island:

Last night we stayed in and didn’t get up to anything much, short of watching tv. I think I forgot to mention in the last entry that we met a couple (Paul and Karen) up the road towards Winchester Avenue, they had a couple of alcoholic beverages, but where very friendly and proceeded to tell us all about the local area, they do a lot of publicity type stuff for Sudbury, so they know the history etc, fascinating! Apparently since they’ve lived there (about 25 years) they’ve had snowy rabbits, foxes, racoons, coyotes and even a bear in their garden, which is impressive I though! Their property backs onto the hill out to the north of us. They have a lovely view of Sudbury form their stoop. That’s where I took the sunset pictures from!

Social week

Well, this week was interesting. We had two house guests this week – Mike and Neven (who we had met here on our first night in Sudbury)

On Tuesday we had a couple of Mormon missionaries around; Michael had invited them. They were very friendly;one of the guys came from a farming background and his family grow sugar beat. Fascinating! Mike made taco’s for us all and a fruit salad thing.

On Wednesday we decided we’d go and see a film. Neven gave me a lift home from work whilst Mike stayed at work late. We decided we’d go and get some food out, and as I understood it, Mike would be meeting us at the cinema after Neven, Hannah and I had eaten. We went and got a Wendy’s then Neven dropped us at Silver city (The big cinema). We bought tickets and Mike was no where to be seen, the film started and by half way through we’d still not seen Mike. So when it ended we decided we’d get a taxi home and when we got outside of the cinema a car flashed it head lights, and it started… a diesel.. probably the only one for hundred of miles.. it had to be Mike! it was.. Apparently Neven was worried when Mike had come home earlier minus us!!

Thursday Hannah and I had fish and chips in the Swiss Chalet, not as good as Harbour lights I didn’t think! We went shopping on Saturday, I was excited about having been paid in Canadian dollars for the first time!

Hannah was hoping to be discharged on Monday but not to be and she is back to the daily visits. She may also have a minor infection which hopefully she will get antibiotics for tomorrow.

Another week passed…

Hello everyone,

Well another week has gone by.

Hannah made lasagne for us on Tuesday – it was difficult sourcing the same ingredients as we use in England and so many include added salt. Some of the pictures should give you an example of what the difference is in food!! Maple syrup with beans!! Very strange and we’re not even tempted to try them!

We have had Mike staying here again – Tuesday through to Friday which was nice; we spend quite a lot of time talking as he is a fountain of knowledge.

Hannah was offered a job as an event specialist working in Walmart but for an outside company; she ended up turning it down as we decided it wasn’t worth her working weekends. However she is now volunteering at the library to teach IT to seniors one on one.

We went to the IMAX on Thursday to watch Born to be Wild narrated by Morgan Freeman. It was in 3D and about two ladies; one in Borneo and one in Africa, that 30 odd years ago began to adopt orphaned animals – one elephants and the other orangutangs. It was brilliant and so funny, there was a three brilliant clips of this one orangutang – firstly him and a mate where sat on a bench with a bottle each full of milk (like a coke bottle or something) the second clip showed the one orangutang now with both bottles of milk using his hand and foot to drink out of one but then trying to drink out of both and so he tips the second one all down himself with his other hand; the final clip shows him sat holding a bottle that is now empty so he stands up and walks along the bench and then off screen but as he walks off screen he just raises one hand in the air!

http://www.imax.com/borntobewild/

Hannah went to Barrie with one of Brendan’s work colleagues and her friend on Saturday – they spent the day shopping. Barrie is three hours away in the direction of Toronto. If you speak to any woman in Sudbury about shopping they will say you need to go to Barrie as it has amazing amounts of shops and outlet stores.

See Google maps for an idea of where Barrie is.

On Sunday we visited a breakfast restaurant called Tutti Frutti which was lovely. Of course we forgot it was Mothers Day here on Sunday so it was pretty busy but we got a table and it was brilliant food. Most of the food is served with massive amounts of fruit served in fancy designs. The serve waffles, crepes and eggs with a variety of other things in a variety of combinations. It was recommended to us by Hannah’s nurse and we are very glad we went! We also travelled out to Hannah Lake on Route 17 which was pretty cool. We finished the day with a two hour walk to our local lake and back.

We are going down to Mississauga on the 17th. Brendan will be working but we will spend a weekend down there as well to have a look around.

From now on we’re going to be putting in slide shows of all of our pics from the past time frame between posts!!

Manitoulin Island

A few pictures from our weekend:











Hannah and I got out and about a bit last weekend, they’ve had a very wet start to the year here, we’ve not noticed it really, but apparently water levels are high, in other parts of Canada there is flooding but nothing that serious here. We went to Manitoulin island on Sunday and saw the Bridal Vail falls:

Wikipidia’s take on the falls

Cornwall UK, has a land mass of 3,563 km2 (1,376 sq mi) and Manitoulin Island has a land mass of 2,766 kmĀ² (1,068 square miles), not that different! However the population of Cornwall is a fraction over half a million but Manitoulin island is about 12.5 thousand!