Getting back to ‘normal’


Hope everyone is well. Hannah has now, as of yesterday, stopped taking all pain medication :) she is feeling quite sore but considerably better although we are not sure how long the nurses will still have to come for.

Today we have opened our Canadian bank account.

Brendan is settling in at work; they had brought him a brand new computer which he is enjoying (approx $5,000 worth!) Like all new things it is having teething issues with software but they are nearly all ironed out now.

On Tuesday evening Brendan’s colleagues, Jim Anderson, Ibrahim, Sanjay plus other half, came back to the house for a drink and then took us out for dinner. We went to a Greek restaurant which was really nice then we took in a film (Lincoln Lawyer) It was a really nice evening. (Jim had taken us out in Cornwall to a Thai restaurant and so joked that he was introducing us to all new cuisines)

We will take some more photos this weekend and upload.

Tonight we have been out with another of Brendan’s colleagues, Mike Korber; a senior process guy from Mississauga. He has introduced us to Pumpkin Pie (sweet desert) and has suggested that we try bear stew and sugar pie. These are the only ‘true’ Canadian foods! The rest are all imported from other countries.

It is now quarter past ten and past Brendan’s bed-time.

Night night
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Walked to the local shop

I (Brendan) went for a walk to our local shop, which is on Douglas Street, about 700m away. I took a few pictures along the way, its a typical suburban type place here in Sudbury, not the nicest/poshest, but also far from the worst. Also Hannah with her Tim Hortons coffee and our Easter chocolate!

We popped to Tim Hortons for a coffee, its a common thing to do in Canada, but most use the ‘drive thru’ and done go in..

We went to Walmart yesterday in search of Easter eggs, but they’d pretty much sold out. So we got these!!

Just leaving the house, looking back down the road.

Along the way..

Our local shop

Hannah and I made a lovely roast today, we wolfed most of it down, but there was soo much we’re going to fry the rest for tomorrow’s dinner.

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Easter Sunday

Some photos from the last few days;

Our fridge :) Tropicana comes on 3.85ltr bottles yet milk comes in bags?!

You don’t buy multi bags of crisps! It is a multi box!

Hannah’s Canadian pasty. Thought this would amuse Uncle Paul – its a pudding at Taco Bell

All of Hannah’s medical stuff. We almost have our own pharmacy! And she is happy – she gets to have a plaster!!

Thank you everyone for our lovely cards – as there is no -one else in the house at the moment we are displaying our cards in the front room :)

Hope you like the photos. Happy Easter to everyone. Hannah is cooking us a roast for lunch in our enormous oven!

The nurse has visited for the day and Hannah said that it hurt a lot less so that was a nice surprise although it is still very sore to sit down or move too much.


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Good Friday

A couple of photos from Thrusday:

It is quarter past eleven here; the sun is out, the snow is still melting and the nurse has been and gone.

We didn’t do much yesterday due to Hannah’s painful back although Brendan managed to get his social security number and half open a bank account. We signed up with an online film company and watched Road Trip in the evening.

They are having a Doctor Who marathon on one channel which is providing good distraction for Hannah.

Thank you for all the comments; we thought it was funny to leave all of Dad’s comments there!! We are supposed to authorise any comment before it is viewed by anyone else but for some reason Jessica can post without authorisation!

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Snow Day… the hospital….

So we woke up to snow this morning; pretty awesome! It carried on snowing all day.

We took Hannah to the doctors about lunch time today as she has been in a lot of pain; difficulty walking, sitting, standing and pretty much anything! Anyway after a visit to the walk in clinic the nice Irish doctor sent us straight to the emergency room as Hannah had an abscess at the base of her spine – no wonder she was in so much pain!! After a rather minor but painful surgery it is semi better. We will have daily visits from the nurses to change dressings etc which could take months or weeks.

That was our day! From midday til now.

We found out yesterday that in Canada, whichever mobile network you are on, you have to pay for incoming as well outgoing calls!! There is your interesting fact for the day!

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92 Hyland Drive

We are now in the house….and it is baking! Brendan thinks it must be about 30 degrees in the house. Outside it is about 5 degrees. Outside is low humidity, with a clear blue sky so feels warmer than 5 degrees.

We don’t have much planned for today but we do now have Hannah’s laptop connected to the house internet so will be able to keep in touch.

The hire car is a black Dodge Caliber; automatic. Hannah is pleased as she wanted us to have a dodge at some point!

We did a bit of shopping in Walmart yesterday and discovered that they rarely do squash you add water too! How strange – so lots of fresh juice or water.

We are sharing the house with two guys – Jordan and Nevin who both seem nice. They will be moving out on Thursday but it is nice to have some insider knowledge. Apparently a lot of the food is GM here and even if it states organic that only means that up to 30% of it is!

We look forward to some comments!!

Lots of love xxx

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We’re going!

It’s here, our last day..
Hannah's flowers from Golder
The view out of Hirondelle on our last evening
Suite cases
Hand luggage

We had a great leaving do, it was great to see everybody, no worries if you didnt make it!
We packed and said goodbye to our parents on sunday. We had an interesting journey in the taxi, it wasnt the regular chap John, it was his wife, who went via the A303. and smoked. and didn’t wear her seatbelt the entire journey! It was great to see Kim, Beccy and Mark at the airport, especially at that time in the morning! Thank you for seeing us off.

Hannah’s back is unfortunately still rather painful-making it a struggle to walk. But we are both visa’d up now :) so able to work here.

We are now sat in deartures waiting for our connection…studying the Canadian money :)

Keep checking for updates!

Lots of love to all

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Leaving in a couple of days!

Its getting close now.. here are some of our contact details:

Emails Brendan: very_righteous at hotmail dot com (Work: bhampshire at golder dot com)
Hannah: hirondellehrb at hotmail dot com
Skype Brendan: brendanhampshire
Hannah: hananh.brown
Address until early July: 92 Hyland Drive, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 1R7, Canada

We will get a land line and I expect there’s one in the house..

Got my container, thanks to Alan for allowing it to live there and to Andrew for welding the roof up!

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Almost there, flights being booked!

We are booking flights for 18th April and we’re having a leaving do on the 16th. It’ll probably be in Falmouth. I have bought a Container for my Land Rover to go into, which will be dropped at Al’s field for the duration of our stay in Canada. The container will hopefully be delivered soon.

Living room at 92 Hyland Drive
Joels picture of Ramsey Lake

We’ll be there soon!

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