2018 ❤️

I can hardly believe how much we packed in to 2018! I’m not even sure where to start..

It began with a Hogmanay fireworks display at Sun Peaks, followed by a moonlit Nordic Ski and the rest of an awesome season, with a trip to Scotland to attend Caroline and Bruce’s wedding ❤️

We bought our trusty Jeepie in the Spring and moved to Revelstoke, then made another trip to Bonnie Scotland to see Pher and Siobhan tie the knot.

We spent the Summer hiking, camping, biking and roadtripping all over BC/AB. We went to the Calgary Stampede, visited friends in Lake Chelan, celebrated James’s birthday at Harper Lake – all before James flew home to play in the Highland Amateur Cup Final.

Then we spent Autumn in Baja, Mexico which was just the ticket after such a busy Summer. ‘Fish tacos, books and beach gymnastics’ pretty much sums up our time in Todos Santos. Bliss.

Winter was upon us before we knew it and after a beautiful road trip to Jasper we were back in Revy for the season starting. *James Proposed* in December which was the cherry on top of 2018, just in time for a family-filled festive season with Laverne, Caroline and Bruce. We saw out the year surrounded by family and friends, all singing Auld Lang Syne with James on the guitar.

It wasn’t without its hardships, of course. I had to say goodbye to my Grandad Mac after 30 years of giggles, silliness and cuddles. The love that a wee girl has for her Grandad is so special ❤️

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Calgary Stampede

A snapshot of our weekend at the stampede – so much fun!

Action Packed July!

We’re almost half-way through July, and the month already been packed full of fun! The Calgary Stampede was absolutely unbelievable. The rodeo was wild – the riders and horses are amazing, the atmosphere was brilliant and the ribs were bloody great! I was so happy to experience it after it being on my ‘must see’ list for years. I met a Clydesdale breeder from Alberta who has been to Wick (!), almost spent $100 on a cowboy hat, vowed to turn Boots into a barrel racer, and enjoyed a trail ride at the foot of the rockies on a lovely little buckskin quarter horse called Mozart (while James led the pack on his big white steed).

After a beautiful road trip home through the mountains, we got back to Revelstoke just in time for Seamus’ birthday which consisted of a breakfast buffet, a paragliding adventure, then dinner at the lake. A few days of work followed, and a lovely visit from Melissa meant the week flew by and on Friday, after a morning ride on Rum, we set off for Harper Lake where we met Craig and Lucie for a campfire dinner, an evening SUP and some guitar and Gin n Tonics by the fire.

A wee morning SUP on the lake was the perfect way to start our Saturday. Making friends with dragonflies and Trevor the Turtle before we set off for Pritchard rodeo (told you, I’m hooked!) where we spent the day enjoying beers in the baking heat and cheering on the peewee barrel racers. Quick dip in the sea to cool off after the rodeo, mandatory pit-stop at the Dutchman Dairy on the way home, and we’re back in Revelstoke.. phew!

Water-based Adventures!

While we haven’t been enjoying the glorious heatwave that Caithness is experiencing at the moment, we have been enjoying the advantages that come with living in the world’s only inland temperate rainforest – whitewater rafting down fast-flowing rivers, hiking amongst some pretty spectacular waterfalls, and a thunderstorm bike ride!

Settling In

Starting to feel ‘at home’ here in Revelstoke now that we’ve moved in to our new flat, started our jobs, joined some clubs and managed to get out to do some exploring. We’ve been playing volleyball (which involves chicken wings, beer and lots of laughs at The Big Eddy pub), playing squash, running the mountain bike trails (me chasing James on foot while he leads the way on his shiny new bike) and hiking to pretty spots. I’ve also been lucky enough to find a very handsome pony to ride while I’m here, who I’m sure I’ll have loads of fun with ❤ So, so far this Revelstoke adventure is looking like a goodie!IMG_20180621_153941442_HDR.jpg

Farewell Sun Peaks, Hello Revelstoke!

After the most amazing winter in Sun Peaks, we loaded up our trusty Jeepie at the beginning of May, before saying cheerio to some great friends and hitting the road for Revelstoke – our home for the next chapter of our Canadian adventure. With a wee bit of time to spare before starting work for the summer, we took a road trip through Golden, down to Calgary where we met some old pals and made some new ones, then explored Banff. We’re now enjoying Kicking Horse before we head back to Revelstoke. It’s been a busy month since leaving Sun Peaks and we’ve had so much fun exploring a bit more of this vast, beautiful country ❤

A Grandad is a special gift <3

In the past twelve months I’ve had to say heartbreaking goodbyes to two very special men. Martin and I were so lucky to have grown up right next to our Grandparents. We got to spend so much time with them and enjoy their love and support at every school play/sports day/prize giving and birthday. As a little girl, I used to heat up my hands inside my Grandad Mac’s big, warm paws and sit at his feet by the fire watching the wrestling. Even in my late twenties, I was waltzing (okay, trying…) around the dance floor with my Grandad Spence and marvelling at the grace he still had at 88 years old – how fortunate am I to have so many years of memories with both my lovely Grandads?! Never once did I hear a raised voice from either of them; they were loving, generous, mischievous and unbelievably kind. What a gift a Grandad is to a little girl ❤

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