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A year of kitties

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A year of cat pictures, finally found a way into my blog.

Happy 10th Anniversary!

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Hard to believe... ten years went by in a flash. Happy Anniversary my darling!

Summer in October

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I can't believe it... this year we had a dry, hot summer all the way into October.

A theatrical history

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When we found our dream home back in 2007, we knew right away that we were going to create a much better theater than the one Murray finished in a hurry when we sold the house on Devon St.

Bears, bears, everywhere

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These past few months, every time we looked at our security camera videos in the morning, we saw recordings of bears walking around and playing. We often spotted bears from our windows too - this year we definitely had to 'bear' with lots of bears!

Bye Lisbeth!

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All good things come to an end... Lisbeth's last day in BC has arrived already.

Nelson

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Another big trip today: Nelson.

Walk on the wild side

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Exhausted from the long and tiring day yesterday, we decided to take it easy and stay in and around Creston today.

Hot springs

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We woke up to a bright blue sky without a cloud anywhere. What a welcome sight after the terrible weeks of suffocating smoke and only being able to see a sickly yellow tinge, when we could hardly go out of the house, the air was so bad.

First impression of Creston

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We decided to take it very easy on this first day, to give Lisbeth a chance to get used to her new time zone and surroundings.

Lisbeth is here!

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My friend Lisbeth said it for 10 years, as long as I have lived in Canada: "One day I'll come and visit you!" Finally she is here... all the way from the Netherlands.

Smoke... cough... so much smoke...

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We live in one of the prettiest parts of the earth, with lots of trees, forest and a gorgeous climate. But it comes at a price sometimes... Right now this world is on fire. Or, so it seems... it's the talk of the day wherever you go. There are several wildfires in British Columbia. There is even a huge fire right here in Creston, which started after lightning hit a tree almost two weeks ago.

The cat tree

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Ever since we decided to share our house with two Abyssinian cats, we knew our life would never be the same. As we were rightfully warned, Abys are the most intelligent, playful and agile cats on earth.

Frostie and her babies

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After we came back from our cruise, we noticed that our "pet raccoon" Frostie seemed more hungry than usual.

We're home!

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After two delightful weeks, we're finally home. Of course living where we live, it is wonderful to be back.

Norwegian cruise - Amsterdam

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Monday morning we headed to Amsterdam Intl Airport by train, with the intention to spend the night at an airport hotel. That way, we'd have an easier start to our long journey home the next day.

Norwegian cruise - Winterswijk

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We spent the day visiting my parents of course and revisiting my childhood memories. It was wonderful to be back and see things through Murray's eyes - I had forgotten what a lovely part of The Netherlands I used to live in.

Norwegian cruise - to Winterswijk

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We woke up early to watch our approach to Rotterdam. It was a gray day, but fortunately it wasn't raining.

Norwegian cruise - Heading south

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Our last full day at sea... A lovely sunny day with a sea as smooth as a mirror. It was hard to notice we were on board of a ship at all, we were not even rocking a little bit. Speak about sailing on glass!

Norwegian cruise - Bergen

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Bergen today! This time we were fully prepared for rain, because in Bergen it rains 200 days a year. As the Captain put it, it's called the Rain Capital of Europe.

Norwegian cruise - Geiranger

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Again we woke up early to watch the view pass by our window on our way to the Geiranger Fjord. That is the joy of cruising - while you sit idly and do nothing, all the beauty comes to you!

Norwegian cruise - Alesund

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We woke up to the most gorgeous scenery I have seen in my entire life. The fjords gliding by were spectacular! Having fallen asleep so early the previous day, we were wide awake before 6am but it was worth it... Every minute the scenery was getting more breathtaking.

Norwegian cruise - Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord

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Having fallen asleep so early, we were wide awake at sunrise, around 5am. What a sight to wake up to though! The Fjords were gliding by our window peacefully and majestically. Too bad the sun had decided to hide behind a thick layer of clouds that day.

Norwegian cruise - The North Sea

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Up to then the sea had been calm, but in the night the wind picked up and the ship started creaking, rattling and rocking quite a bit. Murray and I still had our sea legs from our last cruise, so it did not bother us.

Norwegian cruise - On our way to Norway

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After breakfast the shuttle bus took us to the cruise terminal, a journey which took exactly three minutes. We could have walked, if we hadn't had these big suitcases!

Norwegian cruise - Mom and Dad arrive

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Today my parents arrived in Rotterdam.
It was so nice to meet up with them again, especially for Murray who had not seen them in person since they visited Canada in 2009.

Norwegian cruise - The SS Rotterdam

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We decided to take it very easy on Thursday to adjust to the new time zone, so we rested most of the morning. In the afternoon, we booked the full two hours audio tour of the entire ship.

Norwegian cruise - Arriving in Rotterdam

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We arrived safe and sound at Schiphol, where our Tinker taxi was waiting for us right on time. It was a frightful drive from the Amsterdam airport to Rotterdam - all we could see was a huge mass of cars, all driving on top of each other!

Norwegian cruise - Leaving home

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On this gorgeous May the 5th (which coincides with our 10th engagement anniversary btw) we found ourselves high in the sky, first from Cranbrook to Vancouver and then on a KLM flight from Vancouver to Amsterdam.

Another cruise!

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Remember our cruise to Alaska? So did we... In fact we could not stop thinking about it.
However, we also figured that we really should visit my parents in The Netherlands - the last time Murray saw them was in 2009 when they visited Canada!