Love Locks on the Albert Docks, UK

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We were walking along the Albert Docks yesterday when I noticed several locks on the chain fences by the water.

My Aunt explained to me that this is what people do in Liverpool; lock the padlock and throw away the key, so your lock remains there as a symbol of your love.

Cool idea, there are many parts in the world that have places such as these. I often wonder if the lock owners are still together?

The answer is yes on Albert Docks

Train bound, my favourite method of transport

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I love trains.

They are classic, timeless, and still one of the most efficient ways of travel. Funnily enough other than transit travel, I have not yet been on a cross country train yet in Canada. That shall be remedied at a later date to be sure.

Today’s journey was to Liverpool and after a few stops and starts, all good and successful.

The clan has gathered, all is right with the world.

Cheers

Visiting Edinburgh

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It has been many a year since I have visited Edinburgh, but it is still as beautiful as ever. So rife with history and pride, the castle stands tall over all the lands below.

I went to visit a fellow Canadian friend who now lives there and had a lovely time.

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While we were there, we went to check out a local restaurant in Leith called Roseleaf that was full of ambience, delicious food, tasty drams and the most amusing host. That, and our dinner table was shared with Mr. Potato Head.

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Seriously.

There were board games on the side boards, hats hung on pegs all over the place and tea pots. In a bar.

We found out the reason for this; you can order their special “Pot-tail” concoctions and share them with a friend. They get served in a teapot and a couple of champagne flutes, and then you get to pick out a hat to wear and enjoy a “Mad Hatter’s T party!

Check them out if ever you find yourself in Edinburgh, highly recommended!

Cheers

Ninja Trip Day three

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~Ach Glasgow, my wee ‘hame away from ‘hame

What a Bonny Day! Flowers are still blooming here, the sun is out and it is such a great overall day!

I am hoping that I will not be suffering from jet lag this time as I had stayed up so late and then went to bed at the proper time. But I feel great so perhaps, and of course the fact that I almost fell asleep several times in my late supper before calling it quits at the ~extremely late hour of……9pm lol.

Had an amazing day with my family sight seeing and catching up, here are a few!

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A “Close” in the west end, full of beautiful and unique shops.

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One of the Glasgow City Chambers Guards. So beautiful!!

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Multiple marble staircases, so seriously amazing and beautiful!

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The Glasgow night market, many delicious treats there to be had.

I love this city 😀

Cheers

Ninja Trip Day two

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So. On day two of the trip aka the continuing day of no sleep, cranky crying children aboard planes and almost 30 hours of not eating we were moseying around the Amsterdam airport in search of coffee and “food-that-would-not-kill-me”.

What a beautiful airport! I cannot even fathom the size of it as it took quite a while to get to it after we landed, it being such an international hub of travel! I know even walking around the gates and finding things were a feat, and not one to be made when one was short of time.

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So alas the full tour of Amsterdam will be another time, but I did get to sample their delicious cheeses, tulips, friendliness, and their beautiful airport. Oh, and of course their cafés, fabulous breakfast at the Panini, Pizza, Pasta place on the second level!

Yum 🙂

Ninja trip Day One

So I am boarded on a flight to Calgary that will take me to my international flight to Amsterdam. I am in the middle seat, but I am over the wings which is good. This flight is just supposed to be a short one and we are flying over the snow capped mountains right now.

My stomach is the only thing that is not sorting itself right away. Oh well, should be good for the next leg of the trip. Now that we are at cruising altitude, I have brought the tunes out. deadmau5 is my jam, love the while(1<2) album.

There is snow on the ground but it's beautifully sunny here in Calgary!

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So now I am aboard the flight and we are cruising at 41000 feet and I am more in the middle of the plane now.
The take off wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but it’s not over yet.

*note to self* email the person who booked my flight to have gluten free options to eat. I am starving and probably won’t eat until Amsterdam :/

On another note as well, we are almost flying over Glasgow right now, the end destination. Too bad we have to backtrack! But it be fun to visit a completely different area of the world.

More later!

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“I’m not old, I’m vintage”

Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt is about getting old. “Do you enjoy getting old, or are you fighting against it?

I enjoy the wisdom that I have and all the things I have learned and are still learning. It has been an interesting road with many twists and turns, and a few career choice changes. Life is an adventure, and also what you make of it. That being said, the road is never easy.

To quote one of my favourite authors Terry Goodkind of the Sword of Truth series, “If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way”. One of life’s own lessons is that you must choose your own path and walk it. In my case, I am on it, but I have had a few unplanned routes that have waylaid me from my goal but have taught me valuable life lessons. My future lies before me.

So, I equate myself to a fine wine still developing my characteristics and subtle nuances, ready to drink now but would benefit from further cellaring or aeration, pairing with the right accompaniment.

I am Vintage.

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3 more sleeps

I haven’t been on a vacation in over 3 years, and the last time was a quick Las Vegas sojourn for my birthday which of course was truly wonderful.

So yes, I am as giddy as could be with my counting down the sleeps! So much to get ready and to plan still.

Do I book my train trips ahead of time, do I wait? Do I have my brief Amsterdam trip planned out well enough, is there enough time? With my mind revving at full speed and still 2 more work days to go, plus packing I need to chill.

This helped.

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Also, it was cold enough to harvest icewine at a few of the local wineries! That is still on my wine bucket list to accomplish, but there is time enough for that.

Cheers

12 things about me

I am taking my friend I on Food, Drink & Life‘s approach to post a few things about me since I am new to #NaPoBloMo and meeting fellow bloggers!

1. I play several instruments; flute is my main, but I play the piano and guitar as well.

2. I’m a big fan of Wonder Woman

3. I was born and raised in Canada, even sport a built in sun tan

4. I am full of static electricity

5. I am a celiac ex-Chef. Yes, my food is still awesome! 😉

6. I have “street-luged”in Rotorua, New Zealand

7. I am an artist, sketching is my main medium, but I dabble in many genres

8. I love wine

9. I love animals; I have a cat, but I love dogs equally

10. Hallowe’en is my favourite holiday

11. I am a very handy person to have around, I can fix most things, but I need to work on my plumbing skills  no plumbers bum from me 😉

12. Oh, and it goes without saying, but I am a ninja

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