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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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Day 16 - Moraine Lake And then... just like that we're on our last day. WHAT??? Mr M still not on top of his game so whilst the two younger ones looked after him (... not... they used him as... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 15 - Moraine Lake. I think No 3 took pity of me because he decided to accompany me on a little hike (5.8Km return from Moraine Lake, piffles) to Consolation Lakes. A gently climbing path through the forests leads... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 14 - Moraine Lake This place is incredible. Just when you think you've seen all the lake variation in the world... you arrive here. Moraine Lake is bluer than blue. (it gets also incredibly crowded and by 10.00 people... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 13 - Icefield Parkway. What a drive. Seriously but this road on your bucket list. Now. We left Jasper under a beautiful blue sky and I promised myself I'd be back. We stayed at the Fairmont Jasper Lodge and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 12 - Jasper. So here's the thing. I love Jasper. I'm totally bummed that I hadn't realised how gorgeous the place is and we only have one day here. So many things and no time at all. Also, I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 11 - On the road/Jasper/ Or more accurately... on the overnight train to Jasper. Last night we returned the car and took a cab to the station. (The taxi driver told me his brother lives in England... an hour... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 10 - Whistler/Vancouver Last morning in Whistler and whilst No 1 hurled himself down the mountain on a bike, the rest of us went up the mountain in the Gondola. The weather did not play ball. At all. This... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 9 - Whistler. Another new activity... canoeing. Another notch in our adventure belt. Another big YES! The weather was glorious... unexpectedly (don't you love it when the forecast is wrong this way round?) My camera was safely tucked away... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 8 - Whistler. The boys sampled the delights of downhill mountain biking whilst Mr M and I mooched about the place waiting to see if they'd came back in one piece. When they attach a label to your child... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 7 - on the road to Whistler... my travelling troupe... ... and the lake that welcomed us at the end of a long day... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 6 - Tofino. A cloudy start to the day but that didn't stop us in our first ever kayaking adventure. This awesome fellow kept an eye on us as we sailed quietly around Ucluelet bay (side note: sharing a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 5 - Tofino. Morning on the water on a wildlife spotting trip. The views weren't half bad either... When we got to the docks it was misty and grey, wolves howled in the distance. Amazing to hear, such a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 4 - Tofino, Vancouver Island. Cox Bay, where we're staying is a big surfing location so the boys took a surf lesson (from an instructor from Cambridge, England... whatever, the world is smaller than I think) and they were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 3. On the road. And on the sea... We took the ferry to Vancouver Island for the second location of our tour.. We were on our way to Tofino where'd spend a few days on the beach. Vancouver Island... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 2 Vancouver. Not so sunny today... but who cares, right? No bikes today, instead we walked and wee walked (and walked) (and walked some more)... first stop Art Gallery of Vancouver where we saw a fabulous Picasso exhibition and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 1, Vancouver. Up early totally jet lagged... ...epic (banned word by hey... my kids won't know) bike ride all morning (two members of the party have learned the hard way that pulling hard on the front break will have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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... oops I did it again... Little pouch. Just because sometimes, among the chaos it feels good to make something. And now, if you'll excuse me... that hamster wheel doesn't spin by itself you know ... so to speak. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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In four days my youngest son will leave primary school. Let's think about that for a moment. ... I think it's more of an end of an era for me that it is for him, you know? Do you feel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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It took me a quarter of a century but I finally made it to Wimbledon. (Incidentally, if you really want to feel old start thinking in terms of 1/4 of centuries... in fact, don't. It's a killer) ... it was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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In less than two weeks we're off on our big family holiday to Canada and I'm starting to panic. We're all quietly very excited about it, but between now and getting that plane we have so many things planned that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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ok, I'm gutted by today's referendum results.... but don't want to talk about it. I've decided I'm going to become a middle aged woman who takes pictures of flowers.... Yesterday I went to see a friend and had a lovely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Not a bag for string. Not a bag made out of string either. The pitfalls of the English language... I wanted a simple string bag for socks and underwear so they don't spread all over the suitcase when we move... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I've been on a slight reading slump recently. "A little life", amazing book that it was, completely wiped me out and a part from a 'chewing for the brain' children fantasy book the reading mojo had upped and gone on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I have a new love... Front: Reverse. ... or front... ... and back... Whichever way you look at it, a tight crosshatch quilting on Nani Iro is a winner. Zigzag edging to keep it simple. Upcycled badly sewn top. Now... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Big family lunch today. I was on salad duty. First up, potato salad (potatoes salad? whatever). New potatoes with peas and green beens and a little smudge of spring onions. Smothered in a lemon mayonnaise/olive oil ensemble. Second... coleslaw. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead