Louise Queen

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Snowshoeing

In My day to day on January 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm

According to Wikipedia… “In the past, snowshoes were essential tools for fur traders, trappers and anyone whose life or living depended on the ability to get around in areas of deep and frequent snowfall, and they remain necessary equipment for forest rangers and others who must be able to get around areas inaccessible to motorized vehicles when the snow is deep. However, today snowshoes are mainly used for recreation, primarily by hikers and runners who like to continue their hobby in wintertime. Snowshoeing is easy to learn, and in appropriate conditions is a relatively safe and inexpensive recreational activity.”

Our experience with snow shoes began this Christmas when Cameron’s parents kindly bought us both a set – only for recreation, no fur-trapping!

Traditional Snowshoe

Traditional Snowshoe

Our new Snowshoes

Our new Snowshoes

Christmas here was a non starter, with only patches of the white stuff available, however almost a foot of fresh snow in the last 24 hours made today the perfect time to try them out.

Bigfoot!

Bigfoot!

Adventuring

Adventuring

Too nasty a day to go very far, but a couple of circuits of our garden and driveway already showed us how much easier these big feet make winter walking. Neither of us fell over, even in the deeper drifts so we reckon our first adventure was officially a success!

Snowy feet

Snowy feet

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A Birthday Paddle

In My day to day on May 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm

When asked what he would like to do for his birthday, Mr Queen, promptly chose heading to a lake for a paddle.

Dauphinee Mill Lake (known as Mill Lake to the locals) is quite close to Halifax and a popular place for the well heeled from the city to have a weekend or vacation cottage. A lot of the cottages can only be accessed by boat and hence a Thursday so early in summer was a perfect opportunity for us to canoe without getting swamped by too many motor boat wakes. We particularly liked this one little cottage, shrouded in trees on its own private island…

lake cottage

lake cottage

The lake is nearly divided in half with a lovely channel connecting the two… Read the rest of this entry »

Hot or Not? You decide!

In My day to day on March 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm

There are two reasons for this post

1) To prove a point
2) To get you lot to start leaving me some comments again

First let me explain a little… Recently whilst in the store trying to decide on which movie to rent, I pointed at the DVD box for the movie P.S. I love you; A romantic chick flick that I recently watch whilst back in Scotland with a girl friend.

P.S. I love you

P.S. I love you

Now, I didn’t point to the box to suggest that we should rent the movie (I already knew that Cameron would hate it) but merely to inform my lovely husband that I think the main guy (Gerry – character name, Gerard Butler – real life name) is pretty damn tasty. No more was said on the matter until the other night when I was trying to find the name of a particular Magner’s Advert song (It was annoying me) that I came across the track ‘Galway Girl’ a different Magner’s song and also a song in the movie, that the subject of Mr Butler arose again.

The man himself

The man himself

After lots of google research Mr Queen was still determind that I was mistaken about the attractiveness of this hunky actor. So what I ask is that you vote…

Come on ladies leave your comments, does he get a thumbs up or a thumbs down? I’ve hinged my bets on the fact that at least 8/10 of you will agree. So help me win this bet and have a good look for yourself…

gerard_butler

gerard_butler

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.

Hunting!

Hunting!

“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 »

A Trip to Kejimkujik National Park

In Sites and Sounds on November 29, 2008 at 7:41 pm

A weekend in Nova Scotia usually entails making some sandwiches, a flask of coffee and packing up the car with hats, scarves and golves before heading off in some random direction not quite sure what you are going to find.

This weekend was no exception so fully kitted out we headed to Kejimkujik National park via a few dirt tracks and first nation settlements.

After some poor navigation from me (the map doesn’t always correspond to the few scattered road signs) we decided to swap places i.e. Cameron navigate and me drive. I successfully managed to freak him out, drifting in some mud and testing out our car a little (although it now has a few extra teeth marks/nail scratches in the inside of the passenger door).

After the fun in the mud we decided to venture of the dirt track down a little side road in order to get an amazing lake view.

The name wasn't on the map - sorry

The name wasn't on the map - sorry!

We thought this may be a good canoeing spot but there are just so many lakes to choose from… Read the rest of this entry »

A Lesson in using an Axe

In My day to day on November 29, 2008 at 6:22 pm

With the snow gone (and now that we know it gets bloody cold) its time to prepare a bit more for winter. This preparation included splitting a whole lot of wood, and not to be left out I decided there was nothing else for it than to have a go myself.

First - Cameron shows me how it's done!

First - Cameron shows me how it's done

He shows me once more...

He shows me once more...

just to make sure I know exactly what I am doing. I then promise to try and not chop my foot off… Read the rest of this entry »

Another use for the wood stove…

In My day to day on November 6, 2008 at 7:33 pm

What’s better than toasting marshmallows over a bonfire until they get all crispy round the outside and gooey in the middle? Toasting them in the wood stove and not freezing in the process or worrying that the wind may blow out your bonfire at any point!

Cam and a Marshmallow

Cam and a Marshmallow

Almost gone

Almost gone

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