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Week 52: Photo Challenge


First and foremost I must say that I have done my challenge! I have officially completed ONE YEAR of blogging – both recipes and photo challenges! What’s next… you’ll just have to wait until next week to hear what I have to say!

I was privileged enough to get a three day weekend last weekend with my hubby and we took the chance to go camping! But before our camping adventure could begin, we started off with a date night by going to the CFL Football Game in Calgary. It was Calgary Stampedes vs Saskatchewan Roughriders. As Cam was born and raised in Saskatchewan, he follows them – and as a good wife, I support them too! It was a really good game, which ended in a draw! What I didn’t know was that they play overtime in CFL matches, each team get’s one chance for a touchdown from the 35 yard line. Roughriders went first and kicked a 3 point goal… then the Stampeders followed… and scored a touchdown… so the draw really wasn’t a draw after all! The crazy thing was, that with 8 minutes left to go, Calgary were two touchdowns behind and I would say that about 75% of the Stampeders fans had already left the Stadium!!!

We headed off Camping around noon on Friday – our plan was to go to Beaver Flats just south of Elbow Falls… but it was already full – as was most of the Kananaskis area… so we called the Banff National Parks to see how those sites were filling up and we managed to get a spot at Two Jack Main Campground – that is just north of Banff and on Lake Minnewanka. It turned out to be a better campground than I expected – and we’ll be back! We set up camp in the drizzling rain and then chilled out.

On Saturday we stayed at the campground – read books, played cards, listened to our neighbours play the same song over and over and over again and generally hung out around our campfire.

That evening we made ‘Hobo Stew’ as we like to call it – basically it’s meat and veggies wrapped in tin foil with whatever spices you like and butter… let it cook over the coals (turn a few times) for about an hour and your good to go!

The next day, we packed up and left. We drove around and visited Lake Minnewanka and then headed into Banff for a late picnic lunch in the Cascade Gardens before heading back home.

Next Week: Ummm… stay tuned.


Week 51: Photo Challenge


This week I am cheating! I haven’t had a spare moment to get the camera out and think creative… so here are a few of my silhouette photos from the past. I’m surprised that I haven’t actually posted either of these before. The first one is the Melbourne skyline from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the second one is the fountain in Bendigo.

Next Week: Camping

Week 50: Photo Challenge

Break the Press! Front Page News!

This week the Calgary Stampede began! The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth (as their tag line suggests). This year it is also the Centennial Celebration of the Stampede – 1912 to 2012!

In 1912 the great Stampede was born from the vision of Guy Weadick. Guy was a famous working cowboy and vaudeville entertainer featured in the traveling wild-west shows that were popular world-wide in the early 1900s. He was a man with a dream of celebrating the romance and authentic culture of the old west.

The Stampede we enjoy today has evolved from Guy’s vision. He was successful because he understood that as much as things change, we need to believe in the way things were.

Our historical information tells the story of who we were in our earliest days, and reminds us that Guy was right; fundamentally we believe in the same western values today as we did in 1912.

For more Stampede History:

Since I haven’t gone to the Stampede since the first year I arrived in Canada, we thought this year we should hit it up! With it also being the centennial celebration year and the need for a few of the other international staff wanting to go – we took the plunge, braved the train & crowds and had a wonderful day!

Our first stop (once we made it through the line that was at least a mile long!) was to go to the Rodeo! With only standing room seats available, there are lots of heads in the shots! Tie-Down Roping, Bareback, Steer Wrestling,  and Barrel Racing were the first few event we saw – but the one we were all waiting for was the Bull Riding!

Then we went and visited the Saddle dome and saw the last of the ‘Cowboy Up!’ Challenge. In previous years, our Equine Coordinator, has been in this event – unfortunately, this year his horse was ill and couldn’t participate in the trials.

We then meet up with a few of the others, walked around for a bit grabbed some food before we headed into the part of the day that I was looking forward to the most… CHUCK WAGON RACES!

As a mid program break they brought out onto the stage some miniature horses that can be ridden by little kids – and they move! – and it’s not a horse on a stick!

The the evening show began – the cheapest Paul Brandt concert (if you can count four songs as a concert!) that I will ever see… some crazy acrobatic dances, BMX jumping, brightly coloured polka dot dressed dances, Paul Brandt followed by the best fireworks show ever!

I don’t know which photo you picked as YOUR favourite ‘Break the Press! Front Page News’ picture… there are a few that are my favourite of the bunch.

Next Week: Silhouette

Week 49: Photo Challenge

In Your Backyard…

The moon was in my backyard this week… it was so bright and big that I had to capture it. I like the second one better – doesn’t just look like a white dot in the sky!

Next Week: Break the Press! Front Page News!

Week 48: Photo Challenge

Find a Pair!

I took my camera outside (one the rain had stopped for awhile!) to see what I could see. I looked around and I saw horses – lots of them, all paired off too… but they were just too far away from me to get a good shot. So I kept watching and I saw lots of birds flying in the sky… but none of them landed close by. So I went around the front of the house and looked in our little garden bed. I hadn’t looked at it for a few days, I noticed all of the weeds but I was surprised by the flowers that were actually growing! I haven’t killed them yet! So here is my pair that I found…

This is another older photo of mine, a couple of Aussie Galah’s sitting in a Gum Tree at my parents place.

Next Week: In Your Backyard…

Week 46: Photo Challenge

Garden Invaders

This year I gave myself a challenge – to plant a veggie garden and in at the front of the house to have a flower bed! I have had many veggie garden’s back in Australia, but in Canada I have yet to do this, until this year! So on May long weekend I spent a solid two days just pulling weeds from the garden and then half a day planting all the plants we bought. It was great! And needless to say, most are still alive. A few of the flowers have come out, not many, just a few – but I’m hopeful that come the summer they’ll be blooming beautifully!

So this weeks challenge is to capture the things in your garden that are invading it… this week I would say (other than the weeds) the invader is rain. We have had wonderful thunderstorms and lots of rain this past week – in fact, I think we have only had one day without rain!

I have a photo of one of my flowers, a storm that is brewing and the rain on our window.

Next Week: People

Week 44: Photo Challenge


I knew that I needed time for this challenge. So I picked a week when I knew I would have time to get into this challenge 100%. I was away on a retreat for the past week and my hubby and I had a lot of spare time on our hands. We slept in, read books (even had to go and buy more books to read!), ate glorious food that was served graciously to us, went on walks by the creek, visited Elbow Falls and did a lot of relaxing. On most of our walks I had my camera on hand and kept looking for how the alphabet letters are intertwined in all that we see.

So here are a few alphabet letters that I found… I’ve complied a few together to make a word to make it more appealing for you!

Next Week: Toy Time

Week 43: Photo Challenge

Roadside Finds!

Here are a few photos that I have found while driving around…

This one is just down the road from our place… the others are a mixture of places too!

Next Week: Alphabet

Week 42: Photo Challenge

I spy with my little eye something beginning with…

I loved this game when I was little… and I think that it was defiantly the only car game that kept me occupied for those long drives! We got our computer back this week, which is wonderful… as what I have been spying for the past week and a bit is how the trees are beginning to POP! Spring has sprung… the snow has melted… the rain has come and the grass is turning green! Summer is on it’s way! So here is a series of photos that I took on a quick little walk that my hubby and I took earlier this week.

Next Week: Roadside Finds!

Week 41: Photo Challenge


So… I am planning on the computer still been in the shop by the time this post gets posted! I’m hoping it’s back by now, but I’m planning for the worst…

In April 2009, Cam and I went to Aussie for a visit. This photo was taken on Brighton Beach, on the day we arrived and another was taken back in ’07 on a beach in Sydney.

Next Week: I spy with my little eye something beginning with…

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