Monthly Archives: June 2007

Skool’s Out For Summer….


The kids broke up yesterday for the summer, now all we need to do is keep them occupied…. for 10 weeks!

We went down for the last assembly, where they were also saying goodbye to the secretary, who has been there for the past 5 years. Tears all round, poor kids! She was great though, always friendly, making us feel very welcome when we first got here and went to register the kids in the school.

The Kids Say Goodbye....

As far as the awards went, they were for grade 4 and up, so Holly wasn’t eligible this year, (Beware next though I should imagine. Her "reading distance" has got her from one side of Canada to the other, I should imagine it’s also got her halfway back too!) Samuel on the other hand, pulled an award for his "work ethic" out of the bag, which we were not expecting at all! He was the only one in his class to get it, for his approach and attitude to his work. His teacher said, before he called him up, told the audience that this award goes to a young man, who has gone from "I can’t do this, I don’t understand"  to actually working at problems on his own and taking some effort in getting his work done well, using his head a whole lot more. His teacher, Mr Kuffner, has to take some credit, he’s been superb for Samuel, just what he needed to get him on course after he seemed to lose interest before we left London. So, thanks again, Mr K!

Samuel Collects His Award....

Even his teacher from last year had a huge smile on her face when he went to get his award. He said last year that he hoped he could get an award and he he did. now we’ve got to keep him motivated, so, we’ll see how he goes from here…

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And now, pet food too….


Little did I know how complicated caring for a pet had become these days.

Having long been an advocate for organic food for us, it appears our latest addition is going to require the same treatment, not that I was going to do anything else….

Mojo Close Up....

You may have seen, read or heard of the recent scare in pet foods (toothpaste too, but I’ll come to that in another post….), you may even have been affected by it, or your pets, although I hope not, but anyway, I’ve 2 things tonight;

A.    You shouldn’t use clay cat litter. 2 reasons, (1) After doing their business, the stuff is on their paws, which they then lick clean, then causing it to sit in their stomachs, along with the (2), the anti bacterial chemicals coating the stuff. Not good.

B.     A certain brand, which we thought was good, is actually the worst, bulking their dry food with grains and wheat. As cats are carnivores, I don’t necessarily think this is a good idea, nutritionally for the little precious. The pet store guy confirmed this.

I’m going to be looking into this a little further in the coming days and weeks, no doubt adding it to the issues broadcast from my soapbox. If anyone wants to add to this, give me more info or just "get involved" leave a comment, or email me,

As Jerry Springer used to say, "Take care of yourselves, and each other." You can add pets to that list now too.

Stay tuned,


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It’s all about knowing where to look….


What a day, what a day….

Grudgingly, the missus dragged me, on my day off I might add, to the local flea market, to sift through other peoples junk. The omens should have been apparent when we went into the wholesale warehouse next door, only to find organic Weetabix, which I haven’t found anywhere else along with boxes of Alpen! Not quite the same as in the UK, but it’s close enough….

….anyway, back to the flea market.

Nothing but junk, as I said, until I saw some wide seat, dining chairs, along with a table covered in some kind of rug, with an expensive cabinet with a missing leg and the glass about to fall in. So, lifting the rug, we weren’t sure what to expect….

The New Table and Chairs....

…. the kind of table we have always wanted! Other peoples rubbish, eh!

So, with a bit of haggling, along with some frantic measuring we secured the table, inking the deal! $320, including the tax, as opposed to $330 plus tax. Not a bad price for a 5ft by 3ft table and 6 chairs.

It’s in, it fits, not as tight as we were fearing and at last, our very first proper dining table. As much as we appreciated the round “poker table thing” we have been eating brekkie, dinner and tea off, now we have a bit more space, to clutter up.

And it suits our organic, recycling lifestyle to a tee…. saving us a fortune in the meantime. We’ve seen a brand new one, not as strong and it’s $950 just for the table ….

Samuel’s 10th Birthday….


10 Years?!?!? Good grief….

For his second birthday in Canada, we took him and 4 friends to the go kart track for a few laps….

 Sam's Birthday Go Kart

4 laps, as fast as you can, pretty simple really. 

Taking a corner

Of course, being his Dad, enititled me to a few laps as well….. Holly couldn’t have managed by herself, those cars are quick….

Mum; “Was that fun, Holly?”
Holly; “Yeah, but I feel a bit sick….”
Mum; “Because of Dad’s driving?
Holly; “Yeah, he was going to fast, round the corners!”

The Daddy and his Daughter....

After the races, we had his cake and pressies along with some tokens for the amusements. We would have done Lazer Tag, but with the temperature in the 37-38 degree area, running around in a hot room wasn’t a good idea at all. So we did the party then went swimming in the lake instead.

Next up, is Holly’s. She’s 8 in July, as she said yesterday, same age as Samuel was when we arrived. Doesn’t time fly.

Garden Visitor #99….


Whilst playing a little tennis in the garden, Leigh went to retrieve the ball, from the edge of the grass and was met face to face with a local….

Garden Visitor #99....

He was tucked in behind a black widow web, in the sunshine. I’m not sure who was protecting who….

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