London, Travel

From Flowered Trays to Millenium Falcons

IMG_8150I liked interesting buildings, apparently. At least that’s what looking through my photos tells me. So here you are, have lot s of windows and concrete and clouds. Yay!  After looking at fun windows, we went to the V&A where we met a friend of mine, Alex. I think I may have said this before, but the V&A was probably one of my favourite places. Probably because of their flowered food trays.

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Au Pairing

Au Pair Lessons: Go Your Own Pace


I’ve been in Madrid for almost a month. Two f those weeks I had the kids during the day and last week was my first one by myself since they started up school. The thing is, other than two trips with the family (one where I went off by myself because I’m ~adventurous like that, which of course meant that I ended up missing the last bus back to the house because these are just the sorts of things that happen to me), I haven’t been to downtown Madrid.  Continue reading

London, Travel

It’s All a Bit of a Circus


Lessons learned: don’t make a visit to Buckingham Palace while the public is waiting for the name of a new royal. There were media tents and police everywhere, the crowds where choking the street and blocking traffic and getting a decent view of anything was near impossible. Which we didn’t stop to think about before we headed out and I guess that’s what you get when you don’t stop and think for thirty seconds.  (We learned later that evening or maybe the day after that his name was George. Ah, if only we had had patience.)  Continue reading

France, Plateau D'Assy etc.

Where Winter Lives


I said there were mountains and snow and pine trees. And I am here to present all of that. (I’m missing the skiing, I know. We’ll get there. Eventually.) The top couple of pictures are taken in Charmonix, a ski-resort-town about half an hour, 45 minutes from here. The bottom two were taken in Plateau D’Assy, where I am.

(I lie. The second last one was taken from the high way somewhere between Passy and Plateau D’Assy while I was walking back because I got off at the wrong bus stop. Which is not like in normal places and it’s just a couple of blocks. No. We’re talking a 7km mistake there. I learned my lesson though and got in a good work out. The last one though IS taken from one of the windows of the house. Yeah, that’s my daily view.)

I don’t know how I feel about mountains yet. This is my first time spending any sort of time around them, never mind living around them and I’m a prairie girl. While where I’m from (now), there are trees and hills and it’s not flat flat, you can still see the sky for three days and vehicles coming up the road and there’s room to stretch. I’m not generally claustrophobic, but I also wouldn’t be entirely surprised if I start Google image searching ‘Saskatchewan’ every once in awhile, either.

Things I’m Loving:

+ This article – (My dad passed on his love for sci-fi and literature.)

+ This photographer – (She reminds me of Brian Ferry, though more refined.)

+ This advice – (Neil Gaiman hitting all the nails on the head.)

+ These wedding photographs – (Absolutely stunning.)