Christmas shopping

This weekend we have mostly been.. Christmas shopping. I loved the Fast Show.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z5T8meC84&feature=player_detailpage

Hannah and I spent this weekend trying to get lots of Christmas shopping done so that we can bringthe presents back when we come home in the coming weeks! This does not mean that you will get to open them any sooner, it’ll just start the agony of not touching, shaking, squeezing, etc the presents. Consider yourself told! Other than we haven’t been up to very much, I went into Science north to ask after drawings of the building so that I may model it for Google earth, I now have the name and number of the CEO. Hopefully that’ll come off.

We’ve been sorting more wedding stuff. I think we are getting closer with each day, logically enough!

This week we’re going to Wacky Wings, which is a new place in town. On Wednesday nights they have am ‘all you can eat’ night, we almost went last Wednesday, but there was a hour wait for a table for two, so we went to Simon’s instead.

Wild at Heart

Hannah and I have volunteered to help out at a wildlife place, they take in animals of all kinds and sizes, from mice to moose as they said. Hannah is helping out looking after the animals and I helped out building racoon cages. Brian had three frames made up for shuttering the concrete, now they’re at the stage where they can pour concrete.
Hannah cleaned some of the racoon cages and also bottle fed some of the racoons. I saw a bald eagle and a coyote, also they had a number of racoons in a cage who watched us working. The animals there dont show any signs of fear, I dont think that animals here are as scared of humans as they are in the UK. The racoons are very curious, they come to the mesh and snif and look at you. Some animals are naturally very shy, but those that aren’t really aren’t!
Racoons are the most common animals in there, they’d had a few moose in last year

Home

Google maps street view

This is a new building that they have, they’re going to be building various cages and averies around the site in the coming years.

We’re going to go back again soon.

Almost the long weekend!

Well Brendan has had a hectic week at work this week, and Hannah and Jessica haven’t been taking too slow either. Last weekend we went to Kilarny provincial park on Saturady, were we had fish and chips!! They were good, I was very suprised. I can honestly say that they were the best fresh water fish and chips I have ever had. Kilarny is very pretty, its small village with a poplation of approximatly 450. When the sun shines I bet it more than doubles. We went swimming in a local lake with a ‘beach’, but it was such a hot humid day that we didn’t do much else. Its about a 2 hour drive to get there so when we got home we just flaked. So up early again on Sunday, 9 ish I think. We travelled to Manitoulin Island which is about a 2 and a half hour drive. Today the weather was more over cast, though still planty warm enough with the humidity. We stopped off at a touris information and the girl in there was ever so helpfull. We were most impressed. We then went to a small inland town where the round chruch is, which was destroyed when a gas leak caused an explosion, see the picture of the bell and the notice board when newspaper cuttings. We then went on to Bridal Vail falls, which this time where only trickling as they normall do. We walked down to the town on the coast and had an ice cream and walked back after talking a strol around. We then drove to to the south of the island to place called Providence Bay, where the beach front onto lake Huron, the beach is really nice for a canadian lake beach. We travelled back via a place where there were a number of old tractors outside.
This week we went for a boat trip around Ramsy lake with Joel and on tuesday evening for a meal at Respect is Burning, a nice place in down town, and then for a couple of beers to the Laughing Budda, and wednesday night we went and played pool with Kobus (South African colleague) and Joel.

So here are the pictures:

And I have started to model local buildings for Google Earth, here is my second Sudbury building:

Moved into our new appartment on Lorne St.

Hannah and I made the jump from the Golder house to our own place over the week from July 1st to the 10th. We started livng here from the night of the 11th, we have arranged to get cable TV, internet and a land line phone, but that isn’t being installed until July 26th. Joel arrived in Canada whilst we where in Mississauga the other week, so we’ve had him for company for a week, and also someone to help with moving furniture. We borrowed a Golder truck twice to get the move done. Jessica arrived here on the Wednesday night. We’ve been doing out best to keep her entertained!

Here are a few pictures from quite a few weeks ago from our phone..

We went to Katies parents camp on lake Nispissing.

And on sunday we went to French river then to North bay

Canada Day!

Today is a statutory holiday in Canada, this is what it is:
Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st across the country. July 1st marks the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada – that’s the technical explanation, but Canada Day also means fireworks and the year’s biggest national party. The Canada Day holiday is akin to the U.S. July 4th celebration but on a more Canadian scale.

We went to the Sudbury Arena today for their Canada celebrations, they had loads of different nationalities there to celebrate Canada with dance and food and stuff.

We moved some stuff into the apartment today, we borrowed a truck from Golder to pick up a couple of beds and a sofa last night, first we borrowed a GMC Sierra and then this weekend we have used a Ford F250 Super Duty truck. The Ford is bigger and better, but the suspension is very hard.

We are going to ‘Made In Canada’, a restaurant this evening, then we will return to 92 Hyland Drive and we’ll walk over to bell park..

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Here are the pictures:

Also, Happy Birthday Alan! You know they had the day off here in celebration!

A week in Mississauga (Toronto)

Hi, It has been a little while since our last post.

This last week we have been down in Mississauga as Brendan’s manager has been trying to convince us to move down there. We were willing to give it a try but coming from Cornwall, we had doubts that we would enjoy living so close to the ‘big city’!

We drove down on Saturday and on the way stopped off at a place called French River. We had stopped there when we were last in Canada but it was very different without the snow! There is a visitor center there and then you can walk across the river which provides stunning views. On our way to the visit center we could hear a strange tinny noise. We looked around for the source of the noise but couldn’t see anything so continued walking. It was strange as the area was so peaceful apart from this strange noise. Anyway Hannah spotted a metal parking sign and perched on top was a woodpecker!!!! He would peck away at the sign and then stop and look around and then continue pecking!! A Canadian stopped and seeing that we weren’t local, apologised and said that Canadian birds aren’t normally that stupid!! He said it was embarrassing!

On Sunday we visited Niagara on the Lake and the Falls. It was a stunning day and again very different from our last visit in the snow!! We went out on the Maid of the Mist which was incredible and we got soaked!! But then as it was so hot we dried in minutes! We tried Canadian Sausage Rolls which do not compare to Rowes and we tried Frozen Yogurt which was awesome. We went up the Skylon Tower which was incredible – the views were amazing! We thought we would be gone by 10pm which is the time of the fireworks every Sunday night but surprisingly were still around. We think it is the best fireworks display we have ever seen!

We had dinner on Monday and Tuesday night at different work colleagues of Brendan’s which was really nice and then on Wednesday we discovered a Nando’s which Hannah was very excited about!!

Hannah’s laptop got a virus on Wednesday that was quite destructive which meant she couldn’t phone people from Skype on her birthday. No post and no internet :( Luckily the hotel had computers so she could check facebook for birthday msgs Thursday evening.

And then comes the most important day of the year (!) The 23rd June
We went to Tutti Frutti for breakfast which was lovely – Hannah had a waffle with banana and chocolate and Brendan had a chocolate crepe. We then drove to Toronto Zoo. We bought a CityPass which is good for 9 days and 5 tourist attractions. It saves you quite a bit of money and so we figured we would go into Toronto on Saturday and use it. At the zoo we saw baby toadlings, wild chipmunks, giraffes running, a wild raccoon, meerkats and a group of gorillas with a baby :D It was a brilliant day and the zoo doesn’t close til 7.30 – I think our car was one of only a handful left at the end of the day. We had thought we would go to a restaurant in the evening but we enjoyed the zoo so much we just grabbed a burger there about 6ish – which as we hadn’t eaten since breakfast tasted like the best burger ever lol.

On Friday evening we went to see Cars 2 3D which was good fun – even though we felt we should have taken a child with us as it was almost exclusively families!

On Saturday we planned the day to get the most out of our CityPass. We started at Casa Loma – Toronto’s ‘Castle’. It is basically a big old house but it is well worth the visit – it is beautiful inside and the guy who built it is an inspiration. We then moved on to the Royal Ontario Museum which again was well worth the visit. It is massive and we could have spent much longer there but we were on a schedule!! We got to see the main displays we had wanted – Brendan wanted to see the dinosaurs and Hannah wanted the gems and precious stones! The next stop was the Science Centre which we weren’t so impressed with but we did go to their CSI kids display which was funny. The final stop was the CN Tower but not before we stopped somewhere for tea and saw the Bollywood people who were in Toronto for the Bollywood Oscars.

We drove home on Sunday; stopping off at Ikea on the way.

Seen a wild beaver!!

Monday night we ate out in The Laughing Buddha, which we were recommended. It was good, we ate outside on their deck. Very nice pizza. Tuesday night we went out and saw a film with Mike, in the Rainbow Center, it’s their $2 film night. We saw Limitless, which was good and a nice way to spend an evening. It was about 30deg C that day. Wednesday Mike insisted on doing a ‘Whopper night’, he went and got the stuff, burgers, salad and fruit for desert. It was really good!! We’ll probably do it again! Yves showed us pictures of Diavik mine site when he was working there, he had loads of pictures of moose and bears that he’d seen. Thursday night we went house hunting, looked at two places, both apartments, the first just off Regent street, off York street.. nice but nothing special, then the second place on Lorne Street was about a 1970’s, maybe 60’s don’t know.. but it was quirky, and fun, there is a communal room, off which is the room we liked..

Its about 2.1km up the road from work. A fraction further than 92 Hyland drive, which is about 1.9km.

Friday night we went out and played bowling and pool and had a beer or two. Sat we did a bit of shopping and got around a load of random shops that we’d not normally go into, like Lowe’s and Home Depot.. We bought a Baseball and glove and later that evening we went and played catch. Sunday we went to the Fairbank Provincial Park for a walk and a look around, we did the ‘hike’, it took us ages to find the site because we’d not look too hard where it was, but we found it in the end. We saw the Wood pecker that morning, then the loon on the way back from our hike, then a fox crossed the road in front of us maybe half and hour later on our drive back to the highway, then right before we reached the highway there was a water way and I just spotted something in the water, we had cars behind us so I turned at the next safe spot and raced back, and there it was, a beaver, swimming about diving etc, then it just moved off as we took pictures. Then we went to a park near Science North and played catch again and home.

That’s all for folks! (Been watching a bit of Bugs bunny and friends..)

Two weeks past

Well last weekend (28th 29th May) we made it to Windy Lake where I saw some poison Ivy! I think I walked in it, but I haven’t yet come up in the rash so we hope that I’ve not been got! On Monday we met up with one of Hannah’s relatives who lives in Sudbury. We saw Brides Maids the film on Wednesday. This weekend (4th 5th June) we spent Saturday shopping for small bits and pieces and Sunday we did went to the Farmers Market, where we had some pastries and a fruit smoothy. We viewed a basement apartment on Saturday which was very small but also very cheap, we’ve sort of decided no on that one, unless we get stuck..

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.