Snowmageddon was what I wanted to call this post when I was thinking about writing it a month ago. Now I might have to call it “Springageddon” as ski conditions have been a little too “spring-like” recently…
I just checked when the last post went up and I am rather embarrassed to see that it was three months ago, however this has coincided with the commencement of both dog ownership and the ski season… excuses, excuses… So what’s been going on…
Back in November, the day after successfully completing his doggy training classes, Ridley managed to get lost. After ditching the dog-walker, he took off on his own and got his lead wound around a tree branch. The photo above was taken just after we managed to find him following a worried, sleepless night. Camo-dog or what?! We hadn’t realised quite how attached we were to the little guy until he disappeared.
This was really a time that home and our family and friends seemed like a very long way away. In saying that, we were blown away by the amount of support and help to find him we had from new friends, neighbours and colleagues in Pemberton – it made us realise what a great little community we have found here 🙂
He loves the snow and is daft about chasing balls – snowballs, tennis balls, rubber balls… any ball will do. Hasn’t he fattened up nicely? Now at every meal time he looks a little grumpy that we have slightly reduced his food intake so that he doesn’t get tubby.
He enjoyed Christmas and his Christmas presents much more than the above photos suggest.
Oh the guilt… every time we go out of the house without him.
We have done quite a bit of skiing…
Skiing on sunny Christmas day!
Skiing with friends
Skiing with in-laws…. skiing when it was -9 and Nick got beardsicles 😦
(Please note that it isn’t always sunny here when we ski – it’s just nicer to take photos on sunny days!)
Christmas and visitors!
Christmas day started with the Christmas morning skype. I made it to 30 years old without ever having spent Christmas away from home, so this skype date was set in stone.
Followed by more skiing, with a festive addition to our coffee. And making mulled wine – they don’t have it in the shops here (Noooo!)
And best of all – Nick’s parents came to join us!
During their visit we did a helicopter tour – my first ever ride in a helicopter! (Does it look like I’m driving? I think everyone involved was relieved I’m not). We flew over Whistler and Blackcomb and landed on Rainbow mountain. Amazing!
And we celebrated Nick’s birthday!
At the beginning of November it was so cold hiking outdoors with my ladies that I had to call my boss during the session and ask her to bring me more clothes so that I didn’t freeze (hence fleecey purple trousers – don’t be fooled by the sunny background – it was bone chillingly cold!) We closed for the season in mid-November, just before the serious snow started, so it was back on the job market for me…
Around the same time a part time accountancy role came up in Pemberton, just five minutes from the house so I am back number-crunching a few days a week. Didn’t realise how much I missed spreadsheets, and my calculator!
Our next visitors from home arrive on Saturday, so I’d better get baking (and febreezing… will we become one of those houses that smells of dog but we don’t actually notice because the doggy smell has become “normal”?!)
love and big hugs from Canada, Jen xx
PS Do you remember those spiky maple leaves on the roof I was laughing at when we moved in? Here is why we need them…
Who’s laughing now…!