Friday, 25 October 2013


Good evening just a very quick post to let you know that Lidl have card in again. It's Christmas designs and is 24x34cm and has 30 sheets 10 of 250gsm, 10 of 120 gsm and 10 of 110 gsm. They have a few other craft bits but as you all know Lidl card is good value and good to work with.
As I said a very quick post, got back from Canada Wednesday morning at 6.30 no delays. I was back at work yesterday morning at 7.30am.  So I haven't had time to turn, washing nearly done but everything will have to wait now until Monday as we are off to Birmingham tomorrow until Sunday. Charlie has a reunion dinner plus we are visiting our friend Ann who has Parkinson's and isn't very good at the moment so we will spend a couple of hours before we get our flight home.

Thank you for following our travels we have loved reading all your lovely comments.

Hazel xxx

Monday, 21 October 2013


Good morning every one well that's our holiday just about over, the car is back to HETZ.  We are just waiting for them to explain how we were told at Calgary that the road side assistance was 10 dollars, to find when we hand it in here that's 10dollars a day. Of course it's nothing to do with them. But we questioned the cost as the  chap said no it will be 10 dollars, so we will wait and see. We did over 2,770 kms. Just a few miles. The weather has been really foggy so haven't been able to see much.  We have been visiting Charlie's family, some I have liked others not, it's  true the saying ( you can choose your friends but not family) today we meet up with his youngest niece who is expecting her first baby in January. This baby has cost a lot of dollars as it's an IVF baby.  No free goes here any way I made up a basket to give her she had her baby shower at the beginning of last week which we missed. They don't know what they are having so it's all in creams, white and lemon.

She just loved it. Now I know that hand knitted little jackets are not worn so much now a days but from her auntie I was told she wanted to find someone who could knit hence the two jackets.  She was over the moon with everything.  

Any way we are away out for tea, I will be back hopefully in Glasgow by 6.30am Wednesday.  
Hazel xxx

Friday, 18 October 2013


Good morning, and thank you for having a look at what we have done to day.  As my title says we say a real wild bear, since we started out on our journey we have been hoping to see a Bear, Elk or a Wolf.  On out way to Lake Louise we stop so I could take photos of a beautiful river on the way back to the car Charlie was telling me to look back down the road there was a wolf walking across the road but to far for me to catch on the iPad. Today Charlie sister and husband took us to the river as there had been sightings of 5 bears down there and yes across the river was a big brown Bear, gosh I was like a big kid took loads of photos but the sun was so bright you cant see him/her oh I was so gutted.
Our trip up here was one of those when you went in and out of fog, the higher up the mountain you drove the better the day was.  I have a photo which I took at the summit looking down on what should have been the sea, but instead it's a sea of fog.

This tree was in the garden across the road from Roberta's house and I just thought it was beautiful, we went up to the waterfall this afternoon saw huge salmon, it was something up at the fall. Then back for tea and just a lovely catch up, I message Roberta but have never meet her before to day but I felt I had meet her before.  We are there for breakfast before we head for the ferry back to the mainland.
I wish in a way we had more time to spend here, but sadly no.
I hope you all have a good weekend what ever you are doing, and that the weather isn't to bad.

Hazel xxx

Thursday, 17 October 2013


What have we done - answer not a lot. We just needed a day with no travelling, we went down to the old town and just wondered around.  Not being big ones for the shops we were happy just to walk around looking at some lovely buildings, reading all the history and who did what, they have plaques everywhere telling you, which is really great.  Came back to the hotel and just chilled, then tonight we went down to Fisherman's Wharf and had fish and chips at a floating restaurant, well Charlie had fish and chips I had the fish and a beautiful salad.  Oh yes our meal last night was fabulous, beautifully presented and very yummy, I had wild Salmon and Charlie Lobster, could have gone that again tonight but was expensive.  We went for a walk along the water front to watch the sun set.

Off up the island to visit another sister, Roberta is the one we have most to do with so we will spend as much time with her as we can. Thank you for again all your lovely comments.

Hazel xxx

Wednesday, 16 October 2013


Well to think a week ago we were sat in Glasgow airport not knowing if we would get away that day or what.  Granted we have covered a fair few miles since then and taken in some wonderful scenery. We are now at the other side of the Rockies and it's so different, very green rich farm land.  So we have gone up some very steep 6% roads and down equally steep ones and when you have had a cold yours ears aren't half effected to the point I felt sick with the pressure.  But that's us on the flat now. We are off today to catch the ferry.  So far Charlie and I have loved every minute of this trip, glad we joined the (SKI club) spending kids inheritance according to Rita, and didn't leave it any longer. We visited one of Charlie's sisters on Monday, nearly didn't get to see her. Now Charlie was a land surveyor for nearly 40 years and would you believe it he wrote turn left down instead of right which over here with there every thing is in blocks can take you miles out of your way, thankfully after asking three different people we found a very helpfully lady - no we don't have GPS. Anyway we had a lovely catch up.
I made a complete mess up with my post that I was doing this morning, so forgive me I was having a senior moment.   We travel across by ferry to Victoria on the island stunning views and the weather was perfect.

Two and half hour crossing, it was really warm so we sat up on the top deck.  We are spending two days in Victoria then we are going further up the island, weather is meant to be good so we will do lots of walking. We went out for a look around and found a river walk two minutes from our hotel - good start.  Off to get some tea, we been told there is a lovely fish restaurant near by so we will go and see.  Thank you once again for all your lovely comments I am enjoying reading them at silly o'clock when I am in the wide awake club and Charlie is zzzzzing it.  I enjoy reading them regardless of the time.

Hazel xxx

Sunday, 13 October 2013


Good evening, I hope you all had a good day what ever you were up to.  Well I know Mrs Duck will have been up with the Larks  and glued to her T.V. Watching those cars go round and round, Ang I hope it was worth getting up early for.   We have had a lazy day, we set out to go up to Momaine Lake to have breakfast up there, set off on a a very slow 12 km drive up the mountain. Got there to discover the hotel had closed up for the winter, granted it was trying to snow while we were up there and the road is to be closed tonight for the winter.  Any way loads of people up there it was beautiful and so peaceful apart people talking.  I took loads of photos, I tell you what taking photos with my iPad is great as you can see what you are taking so easily.  

Just loved the reflections on the water

This one is for all who have wood burners just think of how long this lot would  last you???
As I said it was slow going up the mountain but it was scary coming down as I was at the side that went straight down, health and safety didn't show here - no barriers as such. Landslide and taken them.  Charlie was laughing at me when I told him not to even think of pulling into view points, no way was I looking down at anything even if it was stunning.  Got back to the village and went and got breakfast, while in their a couple we had been speaking to at the airport came in, small world as they were staying in Calgary, Banff and Whistler, had just come into the village for a coffee.
We took a little drive along a back road hoping we might see some Elk or a bear not a thing.
Tomorrow we move on it will be another 4-5 hour trip knowing us but that's the nice part of not being in a hurry.
Sorry if I have made a few of you jealous and wanting to be here, it's taken us 29 years to get back over, ok Charlie was here in March.  I can't see us doing it again the 8 hours flight is just a bit to long for me. Plus I can't see the bank balance allowing it.  But as we say we can't take it with us and why leave it for others to enjoy it when we can do that.

Saturday, 12 October 2013


Good morning everyone I hope you are all well if not here's a (HUG) My cold is getting better, I have  had to go and get some cough syrup. If you see the bag that I made up with things I thought we might need, but never put anything for a cough - silly me I should have known I would get the thing I hadn't packed for.   Today we left Jasper and headed south east to travel to Lake Louise it's a three and half hour drive, we took six hours but that's what we wanted to do. See something and stop, we went down little side roads and found beautiful waterfalls etc,
I just could get over the colour of the water and it must have been freezing  seeing how it's was -1c air temp.

The roar of the water going over here was something

These are called "Endless Chain Mountains"

This is at the ice fields  we were hoping to go up to see them close up but changed our minds for 1 the cost 52 dollars ea. and 2 . 10 tour buses turned up just before us so we gave it a miss.
Took our time and drove to the Lake and to our hotel which is lovely with a real relaxing feeling, we are here for 2 nights, so not much driving being done tomorrow, we will use our feet and walk.
Thank you for your lovely comments and for putting up with my waffle.  I am sitting in a very comfy chair with my feet up, so I am going to have a look at what you all have been up to while we have good Wifi.

Hazel xxx

Friday, 11 October 2013


Good morning folks.  I have just looked at the time on my iPad and it's 01.56am  with you so it's morning.  Here in Jasper B.C. It's  18.56pm , an it's a lovely day cold evening  only 6c but it's that really dry air that also feels light.  It reminds me so much of when we lived in the south of Germany up in the mountains.  Charlie and I had to laugh we are walking around with our jackets open and everyone else have theirs done up with hats and scarves on too.  We got some looks.

Anyway as some of you already know we had rather a long delay at Glasgow, we were meant to fly out at 09.10 on Wednesday but we eventually took off at 17.40.  It was a long day and a long flight,  we were lucky in the fact that "Canadian Affairs" whom we booked with let the car hire people know that we wouldn't be picking our car up till the next day, and they also booked and paid for a room in a very nice hotel, shuttle bus to take us their the lot.  OkCharlie did go and ask what they were going to do seeing how we wouldn't be landing in Calgary till nearly 20.00 hr and no way were we driving the three hours to Edmonton at the time of night, there first answer was book a hotel and claim off your insurance. They were told no way your fault you pay and fair dos they did.   We travelled up to Edmonton yesterday meet up with Charlies nephew and had a lovely meal.  Then today we set off to drive to Jasper a beautiful run it was too, we did get a shock when we came to a toll at the start of the .national Park and had to pay 16 dollars (£10) OAP rate for the 24hrs we will be here, can you see that happening in Britain in our National Parks??

Anyway this is the view we had coming down towards Jasper.

Stunning mountains and I do wonder how those first people to cross these mountain all these years ago managed on foot over these.
We are off down to Lake Louise tomorrow we were in two minds if to spend two nights here but to be honest it's lovely but it's a tourist rip off ,  lots of gift shops selling the usual tacky stuff. I hope Lake Louise will be better.  We were there nearly thirty years ago and it was beautiful so here's hoping it hasn't been to spoilt.
Any way that's all for now, and thank you for all your comments , sorry if I haven't commented on all your blogs but it's free wifi but not that great, we are lucky here tonight so I will go and see what you all have been up to.

Hazel xxx  

Sunday, 6 October 2013


Gosh Sunday is nearly over along with the weekend.   Only two more days at work, did think I was going to get tomorrow off.  Public holiday here tomorrow and Daddy is off but Mummy has just text to say I don't need to go in until 11am.  It's going to be a mad house Daddy plus girls, Nancy the cleaner and myself, thank goodness it's a fairly big house, but oh I could have got so much done here, I have packed 99% of the things but there will be bits that I have forgotten.

Anna made the box Beth hot glued the hats on to the bag  and they both put the card together,

You can by the spots on the card some of these star boxes are very small, I told Anna not to waste paper so she didn't.

One of these new triangle do shaped bibs and a burp cloth fits in the box nicely , it's a gift for a neighbours  baby.

The box that Anna made for the gift plus this one was made from the 12x12 Lidl card, the little nappy  was made by Patricia - summer- house  ages ago in were in my stash along with the little ribbon thing and flowers.

Well folks that's it for tonight, I hope while I am away to keep commenting on your blogs, there is free wifi in al, the hotels .thank you for all your lovely comments, as I keep saying if I can give someone an idea for a gift I am happy.
Take care enjoy your crafting what ever you are doing. Oh don't ask me what has gone wrong to tried to redo this so I will just say sorry.

Hazel xxx

Any way on Friday Nancy saw the gift that Anna and Beth had made for their friend whose birthday was yesterday.  It was a bag with sketch book and gel pens also a origami box full of sweeties.  Nancy loved the box asked where we had got it told it was made by Anna, she asked if she could have a girlie one for a new baby gift, also would it be possible to make smaller ones.  I had to laugh as sitting just along from the gift was lots of very small ones Anna had made. We always say Nancy needs glasses.  The long and short of it all she order  six  little ones made from 6x6 paper in red and could they be Christmasy so they could be used for table presents.  Nancy wanted them for a stall at the hospital.  She works there at a weekend and to raise funds all the staff were asked if they could supply things that can be used at/for Christmas and she felt these would be just right. When I asked when she needed them for - Monday will be fine was her answer, it's on while I am away.

So a lot of photos, first will be the girls makes, then the baby gift and lastly the table presents.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


Well that's into October and the first day is nearly over, it looks like this month is going to go as quick as last month.    I am glad you all liked the photos of the kittens even if they weren't the greatest,  as Gillian was saying because they are mainly black they all a kind of blend into one
another, Gillian will try and get some better ones in a couple of weeks.

Now I don't know how your week has begun, but mine didn't start off very well yesterday when I went to work to discover that the ironing I had given Beth 8 to put away on Friday was still at the bottom of her bed - yes she had slept with it there all weekend.  Well as you understand I was not a happy nanny,  told them both (seeing how Anna had done the same a week before) that the only things I was ironing from now no was there school uniform the rest I will just fold up.  I can't see the point of me standing ironing and folding clothes and they can't be bothered to put away.      Then later Tammy phoned to say she was in A & E with Andrew my little grandson having paper stitches put in the side of his face near his eye, seemingly he tripped going into nursery and fell against the steps of the climbing frame.  Now they are off on their holidays on Monday and he will still be supporting a beautiful black eye.  Last year while on holiday he ran into a door a split his head open over 250 euros later he had a big plaster on his forehead in all their holiday pictures. What a boy he is he just doesn't look where he is going.    So that was the start of my week, today hasn't been to bad, the girls did think that after school they could go off and do what they wanted, but no, piano and cello had to be done they both have exams with these next month, so it's practice, practice.

Any way enough of my waffle, here is the gift Tammy had asked me to make up.  They are going to the party of one of their music friends,  she just wanted a little gift to take.

Just some travel sized different foam bath gels, a hand towel, little wooden butterfly in a wicker basket that can be used to store bits in.  Clinged up and three lengths of organza ribbon tied around finished with a bow and a small rose bud. 
That's it for tonight been another long day had to be in for 7.15 this morning and I finished at 6.30.   Off to sort some bits that I am taking for Patricia when we meet up for a cuppa and a chat with some friends.   I won't see Patricia till the last week of the month so we will make the most of the couple of hours tomorrow .

I can't seem to be able to scroll to the top of this post, I have noticed a couple of mistakes sorry I think my long day is catching up. Here's hoping mummy will text saying she will take the girls to school in the morning.   It's Spanish and swimming tomorrow so it's a late finish again.

Hazel xxx