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Fibre optics!

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When we found our dream house in 2007, one of our prerequisites was that there had to be a facility for high speed Internet. We were assured that was the case... all was well. Or so we thought.

Eternal summer

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Summer started really late this year - it was cold, miserable and rainy well into July. But once it started, it lasted forever... and ever... almost until now!

Murray's workshop

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Looking back through my blog, I suddenly realized that among the many projects I mentioned, I forgot to tell you about Murray's workshop.

Where there's smoke...

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About a week ago we looked outside our window, and we started wondering where the mountains had disappeared to.

Back to normal life - although, normal???

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For just about two weeks now we have been back in Creston to enjoy the relaxed life here. Although, nothing in our life ever seems relaxed for long... our cats, if nothing else, make sure of that!

Our cruise to Alaska - Rocking back home

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And so, suddenly, we found ourselves back where we started exactly one week ago: in Vancouver. The time had gone so fast, but it did feel good to be back again.

Our cruise to Alaska - The ms Zaandam

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The amount of details, art and expense that went into the ship are just incredible, and I decided to dedicate a blog post to just the ms (ms stands for motor ship) Zaandam before I tell you about our journey home.

Our cruise to Alaska - Scenic Cruising the Inside Passage

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The last full day at sea already, time went so fast! According to the weather report, it was going to be a wet, gloomy and windy day. In other words: perfect to walk around the ship and take lots of pictures of the luxurious interior.

Our cruise to Alaska - Ketchikan

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To our surprise and delight, we woke up to a cloudless sky! We were well on our way to Ketchikan, our third and last stop. But first, we had breakfast served by the lovely Ria and Mulyono.

Our cruise to Alaska - Scenic Cruising Tracy Arm

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When we woke up in the morning, we quickly found out our activity sheet for the day had been correct: it was a dark, gloomy day with grey skies and wet decks. We couldn't complain though after the two delightful days we had had!

Our cruise to Alaska - Skagway

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The next morning we woke up and the ship had already docked, we hadn't noticed a thing. Guess we had been tired!

Our cruise to Alaska - Juneau

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In the morning, the sea was so smooth that we felt like we were sailing on glass again. This time we went to the Rotterdam dining room to have breakfast, which is exclusively for suite guests so it was bound to be peaceful and quiet. What a difference with the madhouse we experienced in the Lido yesterday!

Our cruise to Alaska - Scenic Cruising the Inside Passage

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The first full day of the cruise, and a full day at sea! Not having had time to explore the ship yet, we went to find a place for breakfast. So up we went, to the Lido bar, not realising this is the busiest place of the ship!

Our cruise to Alaska - Canada Place Pier

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It's finally going to happen! Being all excited, we were up at 6am and ready to go. Suitcases packed and tagged, ms Zaandam, here we come!

Our cruise to Alaska - Vancouver Airport

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On Wednesday we put our cats in boarding, and Thursday we were ready to leave!

Our cruise to Alaska - Introduction

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Murray and I haven't had many vacations since we got married, in fact, none (not counting our honeymoon at Disneyworld and the more recent trip to Toronto).

Buh bye, bear :(

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Never having dealt with wildlife in Canada apart from what we find on our own property, I had no idea what to expect when we called the ministry of environment.

... & Bears, oh my!

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Strange things started happening the past few weeks. Buckets disappearing, a rubber glove left on the porch could suddenly be found in the middle of the lawn, a bent licence plate on our car, big dirty paw marks on all our house windows, wood knocked over near the shed, our hummingbird feeders have been torn down and the seed feeder ripped from the branch it was hanging from.

Lions...

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Our fierce little lion is so cute, everybody just loves him. The two brothers get along just fine, though like real siblings, they can sure fight too! Most of the time though, they are like peas in a pod and it's fun to see how many things they have in common.

Window of opportunity

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When we bought this house, the first thing we noticed was that there were doors everywhere! Whereas it is nice to be able to step outside, it also means you can't leave them open at night for fear of bears walking in.

Simba!

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Once we made up our minds that we wanted another Aby, we contacted Tracy of Abayomi Cats, the same breeder we got Leo from. To our surprise and delight, she had a kitten almost ready to go, who just so happened to be a full brother of our beloved Leonito!

Double Trouble

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It's been a few months since Rosie passed away, and our firm resolve to stick with four cats slowly melted.

Bag lady

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I realize this blog is becoming a bit more quiet lately, but really there isn't too much news to share... and there is only so much one can say about the current weather - a summary would be "bah"!