Thursday 20 January 2022

extended sojourn in Canada

Yep, that is how you spell the Canadian town, our son, Gordon and family stay in. We spent the last three months visiting them in Squamish and getting to know our grandchildren... and surprise, surprise I had no time to write the blog! Too busy enjoying the many exploits and adventures of the Canadian lifestyle.

 Now back a week and well recovered from jet lag, I thought an overview of our time away was worth documenting even if just for my own recall...

First of all though, Andy and I would like to wish everyone a healthy, happy and peaceful 2022. 


 Before we get to the story telling, here's photos of what the grandkids get up to - every picture does tell its own story...

Goggles essential

So many photos to choose from. Be grateful that the photofest is limited to the few that reflect the versatility of our granchildren.

As you can tell, we are so proud. 

Murphy loves swimming and has now added being a ninja warrior to his repertoire. 

However sledging in a basin is just being practical and using what first comes to hand, especially as Rosie has borrowed his snowboard!


Getting ready for acting class!
Now it's Rosie's turn to charm with her photos. Here she is ready to cast a spell...

Or maybe her bedside manner will help you feel better. Either way she will certainly brighten up your day.

It was a wonderful experience, becoming involved in their day to day activities. Getting to hear what happened at school or day care and joining them for Halloween was a real "treat"!

Our visit was to include not just Halloweeen but also Christmas and New Year. We celebrated Thanksgiving, Canada style, as soon as we arrived and Gordon and Lianne even hosted a 70th birthday party!









We experienced the novelty of a Pumpkin Patch complete with rabbits, goats and horses. A highlight of this visit was Nonna (me) falling face down in the mud, and me dubbing myself as the "Goat Whisperer". (video available by special request)

Previously, when visiting Canada it has been spring or summer so a winter visit was always going to be a bit different for us. We just didn't know how different!

First of all, Squamish can rival Scotland for its amount of rain... and this year was especially wet with torrential rain and floods prevalent for most of November, however in December, the weather became chillier and the rain turned to snow - lots and lots of snow!

 However as Billy Connelly is often quoted as saying "there is no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes!"

I wonder what he would think of the following weather forecast for our planned Christmas and New Year festivities.


We were certainly going to have a White Christmas...

There is so much to tell about our three month adventure, I will save some stories for my next blog...

However, I will finish on what constitutes a "Date Night", when you are young and in lurve and then later on, much later on, but of course still in love!

The Young Ones.




The not so young ones!







  1. Looks like you all had a fantastic couple of months, apart from Covid. So many precious memories to look back on. 🥰

    1. Good to hear from you Elizabeth! and to catch up today. Grazie mille for my coffee and cake...