As a sequel to my blog last week (click here to catch up!), ‘the list’ on our chalkboard is now complete and is quite an eclectic mix of activities ranging from the ‘expected’ and typical Canadian activities through to the slightly bizarre and unforeseen.
As you’ll remember, the criteria was based on things that we can only do whilst in Canada over the new few years. Some are rather ambitious, given the size and scale of the country, and others are already planned and underway. Either way, they’ll be a regular focus for us over the next few years to assess and report on progress!
We’ll also have to carefully schedule some of them around specific times of the year – no good trying to snow-shoe in Summer and equally, skating on Lake Louise will be difficult once the ice has melted! There are some that I’m especially looking forward to – visiting a vineyard to see how Icewine is made (if you haven’t tried it, seek it out and have a taste), and taking the opportunity to view the Northern Lights which has always been on my ‘must do’ list.
The ‘blue’ items are the ‘jokers’ and have been put on there specifically by one or two members of the family. The one that had me chuckling was ‘to see a Labrador in Labrador, and a Newfoundland in Newfoundland’. My only slight worry is that we don’t come home with one ….
For those of you who have been keenly following the biking tribulations of my husband, will spot a ‘buy a fat bike’ item which has made a guest appearance on the list. Obviously the separation anxiety was too great and he’s starting to amass a collection now on this side of the Atlantic. I’m informed an order was placed on Christmas Eve and it arrives later today, just in time to enjoy the 5ft of snow and temperatures of a chilly -16. To say ‘excitement is in the air’ would be a mild understatement. As for me, on the other hand, I’m looking forward to a few hours of peace and quiet whilst he goes out to play ….
Due to my current sporting exploits (click here to catch up!), any ice skating or ice-related activities involving snow, me and the potential to break any more limbs, are off the agenda for a few months. That doesn’t stop other members of the family trying them out in the meantime. I’ll just need to make sure I don’t add to the collection of plastercasts during the process!!
So, there’s a degree of organising now required. The next main school holiday is towards the end of March so we’ll be aiming for that as a trip somewhere. We’ve also got 2 whole months off school in the Summer so there will be plenty of opportunities to tick off a few more items. In the meantime, the snow is still falling as I write this and there’s lots to be going at …..