Louise Queen

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Canada’s wild ‘harvest’

In My day to day on January 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Whilst browsing through the magazine section of our local supermarket, Cameron, was delighted to find not one but several (a hell of a lot) of hunting magazines – specializing in prey from Whitetails to Moose to Bears to Turkey to Big Cats! Whitetails being the key deer species hunted here – a little larger than Scottish roe’s for the most part, with medal bucks sought after fanatically by hunters.



“Young Nova Scotians will have more opportunity again this year, with ages for companion moose hunters set at 16 years, as is the age to take a guide training course”
I think the above statement just about sums up how big a deal hunting is in Canada! Whilst trawling through the internet the other day I came across a document published by the Nova Scotian governing body entitled ‘Hunting Regulations.’ I ploughed my way through all 43 pages of part A (I was bored) – there were still part B, C and D to go (I never made it that far). I was amazed at some of the points that were made with this guide… I particularly liked the fact that the following remark was in bold at the very top of the first page:
This License and Regulations Booklet is made of light cardboard and paper. It is recommended that you keep it in a waterproof container, such as a Zip Lock bag, to keep it clean and dry.
How many manuals recommend that you should keep them in a Zip Lock bag? Why not pop it in with your sandwiches? After all Canada is all about reducing, reusing and recycling! Read the rest of this entry »


In My day to day on January 27, 2009 at 9:56 am

Hey guys,

Just a wee note to say sorry for the lack of posts recently. It’s because…

1) I have hurt my hand and typing gets pretty painful


2) I am studying for these silly nursing exams

I promise to post more soon… so please, please keep looking

Hooray for Globespan!

In My day to day on January 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

For all of you who were a little worried about tackling Heathrow, Gatwick or some more obscure airport in order to come visit us in bonny Canada, you no longer need worry.

Glasgow to Halifax

Glasgow to Halifax

Flyglobespan have accounced that they are introducing a new flight path from Glasgow to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their reasoning – to increase their transatlantic service with ‘cheap’ flights to Canada. Nova Scotia is afterall home to many Scottish immigrants since the Highland Clearances in 1773.

It’s only after this incredible news that we now know why Zoom went bust – they couldn’t keep up with the 1773 fare prices. Infact it’s a miracle their last few planes even made it here. Let’s just hope that flyglobespan are able to keep up the service for the next 236 years!

And for all of you who are worried about the environment… “Flyglobespan operates a young fleet of modern aircraft. The technology used is always up to the latest standards and the quietest and most economical engines are used. This enables the airline to save operating costs and increase competitiveness, as well as making an effective contribution to environmental protection. Flyglobespan was also the first UK airline to install winglets to the wings of its 737-800’s enabling a faster rate of climb and resulting in greater fuel efficiency.”

So what are you waiting for? ‘Cheap’ fares, doing your bit for the environment, and visiting your buddies from the Clearances – what more could you want from a holiday?

Halifax Meetup Group

In My day to day on January 12, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Being new to the area, Cam and I have been on the look out for things to and new ways to meet people. Hence we discovered the Halifax Meetup group. Everything to do with the Outdoors. Hiking, Mountain Biking, Camping, Swimming, Surfing, Beach Volleyball and we have done lots of social events like Scavenger hunt, Quiz nights.

On Sunday we attended out first event – curling (something that we thought we might just know a little about). As it turned out we were some of the more experienced curlers there and Cam and I ended up play opposing skips.

The Whole Crew

The Whole Crew

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In My day to day on January 6, 2009 at 11:57 am


As many of you already know, I’m currently sitting in Canada twiddling my thumbs waiting for Immigration to grant me permanent residency!

Therefore I have been looking around searching for things to keep my busy or ‘out of trouble’ as my husband would say. I enjoy writing this blog and thought ‘why not email the local paper and see if I could do something similar’. Surprisingly they agreed. In fact


have several blog writers. People writing everything from dieting stories to what ‘drives’ them crazy when out on the Canadian roads. Let’s just hope I can contribute something slightly different. Perhaps if I impress them they may just offer me a job… wishful thinking I know!

Anyway the reason I tell you this is simply because my blog is a comparison between Scotland and Canada. What’s good, bad and simply different – and I want your help! I knew one or two of you have been to Canada and I would be grateful if you could let me know what you found ‘different’. I’m sure the readers would appreciate a different point of view and I promise to give you full credit for it! For those of you who haven’t been to Canada (YET) why not let me know what you think would be the main differences!