Out with the old…

Out with the old…

As excited as we were to move into our new place… we were sad to leave the old. Liam was absolutely distraught about the idea of moving until he saw the new place. But the promise of a bigger room, his own balcony, and a pool eased his pain 😉 This was the only...
the Autumn that will disappear from our memory…

the Autumn that will disappear from our memory…

We were lucky to have a fairly free summer (although we still did our best to stay socially distanced)… but come autumn we were thrown into lockdown again. Even children over the age of 6 have to wear masks in public AND in school… and as of late October,...
SEPTEMBER 2020

SEPTEMBER 2020

Such a weird year. Well, summer is over, and Liam is back in school. Fortunately for him it’s his last year in primary school, so masks are not mandatory for kids his age. Hopefully the mandatory masks will be all behind us by the time he starts junior high next...
Dolomites, Italy — the last 2 days. Meh. And trip Videos

Dolomites, Italy — the last 2 days. Meh. And trip Videos

Yes, we were very sad to leave Santa Cristina Val Gardena. Very sad to leave our lovely apartment (very sad to leave the sauna in my bedroom).  And VERY sad to leave Oreo.  But she did come for a visit in the morning — as did all three cats, which Liam has named...
Dolomites, Italy — Day 4

Dolomites, Italy — Day 4

Weather forecast was pretty dodgy for our fourth day. I briefly considered doing a Via Ferrata, but decided that if the skies opened and the rains came, the last place we’d want to be is on exposed rock relying on steel cables and iron ladders to get back down...
Dolomites, Italy — Day 3 (more hiking!)

Dolomites, Italy — Day 3 (more hiking!)

Oh dear…. I am keeping my eyes open on the weather forecast, and it looks like this, our third day, will be the LAST day of sun. This puts us in a dilemma… What to do? I carefully weighed out our options of things I wanted to do: a) another via ferrata...
Dolomites, Italy — Day 2 (Via Ferrata!!)

Dolomites, Italy — Day 2 (Via Ferrata!!)

So if you aren’t familiar with Via Ferrata — it literally means ‘iron paths’ and they are a series of protected climbing routes — which generally began in the Dolomites in WW1 to help with the movements of troops over the mountains. They...
Dolomites, Italy, Day 1 — Secada Ridge

Dolomites, Italy, Day 1 — Secada Ridge

We were blessed with incredible weather for our first day… but looking at the long term forecast, the rain could come in another day or so, so we have to make the best of it NOW!! One of the landscapes that I fell in love with when doing my ‘mega...
Dolomites, Italy — the long drive…

Dolomites, Italy — the long drive…

Covid kind of pooched our holiday plans this year (as it did to everyone else) so since we couldn’t really go anyway truly interesting as we have the past few years, I decided it was a good time to explore the dolomites (the mountainous area in northern...
Away in the treetops!

Away in the treetops!

We had committed many months ago to head to the mountains and stay in a treehouse with our friends Hayley and her son Tom. Hayley turned 50 earlier this year during the confinement, and was really bummed about how her plans for her 50th were so dismal… So this...