OK, no posts for a bit. I have been without internet access for a while, through the move, and emigration to Canada. I am here now, so the blog can really get under way!
So we made it. After many a setback, and still no real idea of what the hell we are gonna do here, Leigh the kids and me, are in Canada. And what a difference. Friendly, pleasant, helpful, no feelings of being ripped off, space, clean habitats and kids cycling around after dark with no fear of being attacked. Can I recommend this place? Without a doubt. If you wanna go somewhere better, I think I’ve found it.
Cards, pots of flowers and an apple pie! Our new neighbours, from over the road (the house to the right in most of the pictures of the view), are Bill and Darleen. My goodness are they friendly, but I guess that goes without saying. They have helped us get a doctor, check out about a car, given us endless advice, and been great company. I never got that in Richmond! Nor did I get it Eastbourne. (In fact, on the last day there, I had words with a neighbour because we had overloaded the bins with our rubbish. I thought I paid council tax for a service known as refuse collection? Oh well, I am out of it for the time being.)
Vancouver is located in the southwest corner of Canada in the province of British Columbia, next to the Pacific Ocean. With a present population of about 560,000, Vancouver lies in a region of more than 2 million people. Vancouver is the largest city in the province and the third largest in Canada.
Vancouver is surrounded by water on three sides and overlooked by the Coast Range – mountains that rise abruptly to more than 1,500 m. Its climate is one of the mildest in Canada. Temperatures average 3°C in January and 18°C in July. Vancouver’s average annual precipitation is 1,219 mm. Most rainfall occurs in the winter months.
Vancouver is a major tourist destination. In addition to the city’s scenic location, visitors enjoy beautiful gardens and world-famous Stanley Park, (one of more than 180 city parks) and a combination of natural forest and parklands near the city centre.
At the Eastbourne Airshow, I have been told the right thing to do is to take the kids out of this nuthouse! A couple of old timers, from World War 2 have put me to right, and set my mind at rest. One of them, Brian, has lived all over the world, and put it simply. “Young man, I have lived in Austrailia, New Zealand, the US many other places on my travels. Canada is the only one I’d rather live in. Make it work.”
I think I’ve been told.
Kids are at home for the summer. The days are moving quickly towards the departure date.
The sea is the thing I wil miss about the UK. Having left the “horrible” London, to returning to the sea, as I always longed to do, I now face the prospect of leaving it again. “You can swim in the lake” say my folks, but it isn’t going to be the same. There is a mystery when you stand on the shore, and look out towards the horizon.
“I always like to think there are possibilities”
It’s OFFICIAL – Recently released Canadian immigration stats for 2004 reveal a horde of Brits off to Canda, 5194 in 2003 to over 6000 last year. Even though, there’s no doubt the reduction in the Skilled Worker Class pass mark has had an effect.
Only trouble is, the Canadian High Commission are knee deep applications, as a result of this, making processing times increase. I am preparing a post of stuff you can be doing while you wait for yours to arrive, rather spend it doing nothing. Check back soon!