Thursday, 27 November 2014

A Cultus lake (hangover) cure

After a rather more raucous night than we intended (featuring raving Sushi at the 'Eatery' and a white themed party - none of which is remotely internet friendly!) we woke up to a crisp, sunny morning in Abbotsford (about an hours drive from Vancouver and home of two of our favourite people) - Perfect for being outdoors - but the groaning noises coming from J's direction suggested that he and Mike might not be feeling so fresh - so we dosed them up with tortilla chips and breakfast burritos before we headed to Cultus Lake water park for a bracing walking and, for the boys, a head clearing dip. 

British Colombia remains astonishly beautiful. Our friends assure us it's completely miserable for 75% of the year but we've seen no evidence of it - and are planning our relocation immediately!

The lake is glorious. The light here is just as magical as Lynn Valley

And the maddest of us actually did brave a dip. 

The noises that emanated from him as he hit the water persuaded Jon to stay firmly on dry land. 

And so we waved a sad farewell to the most beautiful place we've been in a while and flew South before the worst of winter happens here. 

Location: Cultus Lake, B.C.

Monday, 24 November 2014

More Vancouvering - Lynn Valley and Lighthouse Park

Having been in the country for less than 24 hours I  am a fully paid up, Maple Syrup swilling, Poutine loving, Canada fan. I love Vancouver. 

We woke up slowly with plans to breakfast at Joe Fortes. But on arriving at 10am it was discovered not to open until 11 - not to be dissuaded we pottered down the road for pre-breakfast snacks and coffee (Zucchini and chocolate muffins. A revelation.) at JJ Bean

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Vancouver weekend - Coal Harbour and China town

I love bears and Jon loves Maple syrup so Canada should technically have been top of our travel list for ever. It looks a bit cold in the pictures though, so it took a couple of our best friends moving to Vancouver to lure us up so far North.

We hadn't been on an adventure for a while because all our too-ing and fro-ing has been wedding related to the UK and back (or Honeymooning which doesn't count...) - so to counteract our end-of-summer blues we jumped on a plane up and over the border for a long weekend in the land of Mounties and Ryan Gosling.

As with all good weekends, this one mostly involved hiking round beautiful places interspersed with regular food stops. We Arrived on Friday afternoon and were whisked on  a whistlestop walking tour of the city 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Everything is better when its Texas shaped... Restoring waffles at the Driskill Hotel

After an entirely unnecessary afternoon at the Tailgate we needed to celebrate my Sister in Law's (also called Kate. Not confusing for anyone at all..) birthday in a restoring fashion. so "TO BRUNCH" we cried, googling 'Texas-shaped-waffles' as we drove in to town and booking a late table at the Driskill's Cafe 1886 en route.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Toast the Cure Texas Tailgate - JDRF Austin

We've had lots of good intentions about attending a Longhorns game - but every time its offered we end up wiggling out of committing (American football games are LOOOONNNGG). So we were delighted to be invited to  'Tailgate' instead (a party from the back of a truck in the car park outside the stadium) - all the fun and no obligation to stay for five whole hours of confusion...

This tailgate was more inviting than the usual car park fodder - JDRF (A global non profit for Type One Diabetes research) invited us to party with them to 'toast the cure' and raise some money for their research. Sponsored by Tito's and Pura Vida Tequila. What could possibly go wrong...

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Pumpkin Patching - Fall festivities at Barton Hill Farms.

Back in Texas and reunited with my main men I was champing at the bit to get stuck back in to Austin life. The weather has changed in my absence - I left a roasting hot state and returned to a crisp Fall one. Hurrah. Also good because I had returned with a suitcase full of Autumnal attire which I was worried I wouldn't be able to wear.

But where to wear my newly acquired plaid (that's checks for people what speak the Queens)? Where indeed. A quick and shameless evesdrop in the staffroom at the school I was speaking in on Monday suggested pumpkin fields were an autumnal option in Texas. A quick google confirmed this. How very 'Merican. Excellent.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sunny Salcombe celebrations - A barefoot sea side wedding in Devon.

When I booked my flights Texas-UK to get to Cam's wedding I felt that Devon was so relatively close to London that I didn't really need to worry about how to get there once I was safely installed in the country. I am an idiot.

Salcombe is tiny, the nearest railway station is an hours drive away in Totnes. Totnes is at least three hours on the train from London.