Monday, December 31, 2007

New year good wishes

I thought i would like to wish you all a happy new year.

As Janice and I have not been working today, we thought we would take a trip up to Horsey Gap, which is on the North Eastern side of the Norfolk Coast, as we had heard that the grey seals were pupping up there. Which indeed they were. It was great just being able to walk in the dunes within very close proximity to the pups. The beach itself on which they were basking, was out of bounds so as not to cause any undue stress.
As I am sure you will agree, they are charming not so little creatures, which certainly do have the "Ooh Aah" factor.
What I did not realise is that this part of Norfolk is significantly important to the grey seal population as a whole, where the pups can be seen for about 3 months at this time of year. Evidently the young are weened for a period of only3 weeks, after which time they are left to their own devices by their Mother. The milk must be a drop of good stuff!!
Those who are more witty than myself, I am sure will be well able to come up with some suitable captions.
Happy new year to you all.
Best wishes

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Chil at the NIB

This is a photo of Chil at the National Institute of Broadcasting here in Toronto.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hi there everybody. I hope that we all had a good Christmas, and wish you all the best for a happy and hopefully propsperous new year.

Although the phot is not particularly appropriate at this time of year, I thought I would include it, if nothing else to add a bit of cheer and hasten on the winter months. It is not a superb composition, but I was quite taken with the reflection, and thought the craft was quite aptly named as "Glistening Horizon". It was taken during the late summer on the Norfolk Broads at Irstead.

Anyway, it was good to speak with Dylan and Chil on Christmas day, and wish you all the best for the coming year. It is good to see all that is going on with the blog, and Bill, I hope you manage to find another five fingers to make up a dirty hand at the earliest opportunity.

Best wishes



Chil is part of the broadcasting team for the Canadian Multicultural Hockey Tournament, click on the link for the website including a live internet broadcast.

Break a leg, Chil!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

This is a picture of me as a bridesmaid for my cousins wedding on 30th June this year. The wedding was held at St Michael's church where I live in Long Stratton and the reception was at Sprowston Manor Hotel.

This a recent one of me taken last week at my works christmas do. I am on the left and that is one of my work colleauges Tara, we done the same course at college together and both ended up working in the same place!
Well they are the most recent pics of me I can find, I will get Dad on here soon and he can upload some of his pictures. Until then, Byee xxx


well hey to dylan and chill! thank you for the invite I have now set up an account im not sure exactly what this is that i am writing now but hey never mind! this is a bit confusing! i hope you both had a good xmas, we left grahams about 7 and went to see nanna and nandad and also joyce was staying too. nanna was alot better by the evening luckily but it was a shame she missed xmas dinner.
anyways i am going to go and investigate this site a bit more now will try and get some pictures up somehow, sometime... take care sarah xxx

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas

It's been six months now since we set sail for this new and bonny land and although we are missing you all terribly the locals have been very good to us and made sure we celebrated Christmas Canadian style...

....with four Christmas parties...

...three Christmas dinners...

...two displaced Britons...

....and a bush for a Christmas tree!

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!

Chil and Dylan

tanti auguri

La nuova macchina fotografica panoramica!
Grazie la mia Claudia!
Tanti auguri a tutti!


To everyone we care about all over the world: Africa, Canadia ;) Germany, Italy, USA and UK...

Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas from all of us in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.

Some photos...

...there was a veritable moutain of wrapped presents here last night.

these rainy days start over and over again...

some yuletide flowers

post prandial pair

lobsters for lunch

a heavenly angel

more pictures to follow tomorrow... or not!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Nanna and Nandad at the "Ugly Duck"

Seasons greetings!

Seasons Greetings from Chil and Dylan!

Apparently we've been having the snowstorm of the decade here in Toronto... we Brits are coping just fine though, there are snowploughs on most of the roads and generally it's business as usual.

I've joined the True North Hockey Sunday beginners league and you'll be able to follow all my goals and assists (don't hold your breath, though) online by clicking the link. I play number 7 for the Toronto Grizzlies, although we're just in training now and don't start games for a month or two. Behind me in the picture is the CN tower. Really.

Chil says she doesn't like the snow but strangely she is smiling in all the pictures I've taken of her in it. She's graduated from her course at the National Institute of Broadcasting and is getting some experience with a cable TV channel called OMNI over the holidays. She'll be covering a multi-cultural hockey tournament and bringing a bit of her BBC English to the Canadian airwaves. Go Chil!

This is the little park just up the road from us. The only folk left out are these two in the corner. It's not actually super-cold yet, although I think we hit -16 centigrade one day. Toronto has an underground network of paths 27 km long that is very useful but requires a map and compass to actually get about as for some reason they didn't bother to put any useful signs up down there. We're still surviving with English winter clothes but apparently January really bites.

This is the University of Toronto. I just finished my first term and can relax for the break now and I think Chil's even happier than I am to have me away from the computer in the evenings. I got a great deal at work with the Christmas rota and only have to work the weekend between Christmas and New Year.

We're off to Vern's on Christmas eve to spend the day with his family and have a party to go to on Boxing Day. We'll be in on Christmas day and will hope to catch as many people as possible on the phone before we get too far through that bottle of port that helps the stilton go down. We've got coveted tickets to see the Maple Leafs play the Tampa Bay Lightning on New Years day: an action packed holiday season!

Anyway, I hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dank, dismal November weather

Now that November is well under way, it is clear that our prolonged Indian summer is over. Only the dripping, leafless trees of winter to endure before we get to Christmas. We did get a piece of good news for our village recently, though: a couple of months ago we applied for £500 to create a small orchard behind our Village Hall and a few days ago we heard that we had been successful! So now it's all hands to the spades to prepare the site for the arrival of the trees next month. Here is a picture of our Village Hall and one of the field where the apple trees are going to be in a few weeks time.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Ontario in the fall

So what's Ontario like in the fall?

You can check out the distillery district, just along the Esplanade from us at number 25.

...or go for a leisurely lunch on Toronto island where the beer tastes of green apples...

Downtown Toronto as seen from the second highest freestanding structure in Toronto, and they make a mean Martini!

Chris Bosh and the mighty Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 98-64. Let's go Raptors!

Peggy (Johanna's cousin) and Johanna Aspel in Buffalo, New York.

Or you could go visit the Royal Ontario Museum...

With totem poles...

...and mosaic ceilings.

The red arrow marks our condominium, the maple leafs on the flat roof on the right are the Air Canada Centre: Go Leafs Go!

Johanna, Dylan and Chilombo on our lovely new sofa. After the last one didn't fit into the flat we were very happy when this one did.

...or head off to wine growing country in Niagara-on-the-lake for 9850 litre barrels of (mediocre) wine...

Chil with huge butterflies

Johanna with maple leafs.

Niagara, a close second to the mighty Mosi...

I think you'll agree, it's a great season to visit your friendly neighbourhood Canadians.

Dylan's had an abstract accepted for presentation in San Diego in January woo hoo!

Happy Halloween!

Best wishes to all. Congratulations Mwamba on your new home. Happy Birthday Eva. I hope Bill rapidly finds another Dirty Hand.

Dylan, Chilombo and Johanna.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

World Press Photo 2007

We've got a visitor!

Johanna's come to see us so expect lots of pictures from her and Chil's trip to Niagara and Buffalo.

We just saw the World Press Photo exhibition, if you didn't catch it as it travels round the globe (sorry it's already been to London and doesn't seem to get to Lusaka) you can see the amazing but disturbing pictures here.

Can't believe that the (Australian) TV umpire ruled out what was clearly the only try of the rugby World Cup Final, I'm sure it would have changed the game, even if South Africa were the better side.

Monday, October 15, 2007


Hi everyone,

I've been a bit behind with emails, phone calls and updating this blog due to finding myself neck deep in educational theory but I hope you are all well.

Quick update: Chil is live on internet radio! I've started my Masters.

We've been watching all the World Cup Rugby, being far from home makes you peculiarly patriotic although it's always sad to see Frenchmen crying ;)

Rumour has it that Pete has survived Oktoberfest...

we wish we could be in Zambia later in the week for Chisha's wedding, have a great time those of you who will be there and put up some photos.

More to follow,