To all our thousands of readers from around the world, just a little note to say that today, Remembrance Day, we have in mind, all those who have served and who serve their countries. They have our upmost respect and gratitude.
Our lives feel like they are flying by here…we are clearly having a lot of fun! Another Canada Day (1st July) brought another Public Holiday and a chance to get out and about in the beautiful scenery that surrounds us. Here’s a whole bunch of shots from our trip out to Sheep River Provincial Park in Kananaskis Country, a very scenic 50 minute drive from our house in Okotoks. Enjoy.It was a really cloudy day!…J&E
While having our breakfast last Saturday morning, we watched the tractor prepare the skating lane on the lake. He started by shovelling the snow with the big brush/shovel on the front. …and then followed up with what looked like a layer of water. Now we know how it gets so smooth and shiny.Fascinating!
Monday 16th February was Family Day, which meant a public holiday here in Canada. Despite being around -10, we were blessed with lovely sunshine and we thought it was a perfect opportunity to take a stroll around the still frozen lake behind our home.This is the path we took which is carefully marked out by a tractor. The path was so smooth and shiny that it took us by surprise. We knew it had been marked out for skating, but we didn’t expect it to be done so well.There were peple making holes in the lake using an auger, which made us a little uneasy! Hopefully it was just enough to squeeze a fish through.Others were playing Ice HockeyAnd some kind soul had built a lovely warm fire, which was perfect to sit by and get warm, before heading home for some Hot Chocolate.It was one of those “feel good” days when you just wanted to be outside.
We started our Boxing Day with another hearty breakfast at Poppy’s Brasserie in Chateau Lake Louise, perfect before a chilly but magical sleigh ride around the lake.
Mouse, on the left and Mutt, on the right, were the lucky pair who took us on our ride.We rode through the winding path around the lake. All we could hear were the jingle of the horse’s reins and the creaking of the sleigh.Despite several blankets and lots of layers of clothing, hats, gloves, scarves etc, we were freezing by the time we got to the turning circle at the far end of the lake. The driver joked that this was the end of the line and we had to make our own way back. Oh how we laughed (while staying firmly tucked under the blankets!)
After our ride and a very large cup of hot chocolate, we made our way down to Banff and the Sulphur Mountain Tramway. Truly stunning, but absolutely freezing.J&E.
Before we begin with our Christmas day activities, we just had to post this picture. Spot the Brit (one of our visitors), desperate to get out in the lovely white powdery snow at every opportunity!We started our Christmas Day with a hearty breakfast at Poppy’s Brasserie, followed by a stroll out onto the frozen Lake Louise.
We then went for a walk in one of our favourite places, Johnston Canyon. We have posted pictures of Johnston Canyon in the winter before, but the sheer beauty and strangeness of this place in the winter-time never fails to amaze us.On the drive down to the Banff townsite, we were lucky enough to spot this herd of Elk on the frozen Vermillion Lake.We decided to take a drive around the picturesque Minnewanka Loop and as the evening started to come upon us, we were treated to the most lovely Christmas Day sunset.We drove back through the Banff Townsite to look at all the pretty Christmas decorations, all ready for our Christmas Dinner back at Lake Louise.J&E.
Another year has all but passed and we wanted to wish all who know us, either in the flesh or via this blog, a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous 2009. Here’s a couple of seasonal shots from Lake Louise. In fact, this first shot was on the way to Lake Louise and shows something of a Chinook Arch over the mountains.This is an ice sculpture bench outside the Chateau Lake Louise.Meet “Sonny”, Director Pet Relations at the Chateau Lake Louise. His motto is that he “turns moments into memories, one wag of the tail at a time!”Here’s the sleigh ride horses, ready to pull the next set of riders around the lake.
In Canada, Remembrance Day is a holiday for federal government employees, for private business, provincial governments, and schools, its status varies by province: Western Canada and Atlantic Canada, it is a general holiday; in Ontario and Quebec, it is not. The poppies here are a little different to those we were used to in the UK.
News reports say that this was the warmest Halloween in 50 years. This brought the kids out in force. This was our second Halloween in Canada but our first year of giving out candy. We thought that nearly 300 pieces would be plenty. We will know better next year!
These are our porch decorations and pumkins which we were very pleased with. We were most proud when we saw one of our neighbours taking a photo of our efforts.
These are some of our neighbours’ decorations – we think we still have a fair way to go to keep up with these guys. J&E
As we come towards the first anniversary of our emigration to Canada, autumn (or fall) is here. In fact, it only officially started this Monday gone but we think the trees had decided for themselves some little while back that the game was up for another season. Here’s a few pics to capture the beauty of the season. The first three are taken in High River, the next in De Winton and the last in Okotoks.Finally, although absolutely nothing to do with autumn, when taking shots in the rural lands around High River, we often find ourselves compelled to check on the progress of this little fellow…who we feel is rather sweet!J&E