West to East

​I don’t even have time to go into everything we did in Canada over the last 3 weeks so this is brief. But we’ve been on british soil since 9am monday morning. And Evelyn has barely slept!!! It seems coming home from West to East is more difficult than East to West. She wants to sleep lots in the day and lie in in the morning, but we’ve got her up by 8am and let her have a 1 to 2 hour nap during the day. Shes gone to bed 7pm no problems. But then she gets up between 10.30pm and midnight for 3 to 4 hours. And doesn’t want to get up in the morning. She’s done this all 4 nights we’ve been home with no improvement. 4 days into canafa and she had adjusted. So this morning, being the first I didn’t have to get up and ready for work I let her lie in til midday so that I could too. So she didn’t nap today and refused to go to sleep until 10pm! So maybe she’ll make it to a reasonable time tomorrow morning? 

This jet lag thing is tiring.

8 days til snowdonia marathon…26.2 miles. Shit. Please sleep baba…

This is her about 9am on second day when she didn’t want to get up… cute eh?!

Photos of the travels since radium hot springs (seems a lifetime ago already)…

Waiting to check into our banff hotel:

Back at lindas. I love the banana faces:

We weren’t expecting snow and Evelyn wasn’t keen on the gear she needed to wear to be able to play in it:

We got drunk a few times with the Solomons. They couldn’t have been more welcoming πŸ™‚

We took the kids swimming:

One last road trip for Evelyn to Lake louise via Canmore where we came across a fantastic sports facility called Elevate. They have a climbing wall which you see as soon as you come in, we used the kids pool, Taz used the steam room. It was a nice hideaway when it was cold outside. Evelyn hates the clothes layers when it’s cold, see photos;-)

She cried all the way home from Lake louise to Linda’s 😦 That night she had a raging temperature (again?!?!) and of course she was ill and screaming for hours before bed on my birthday (shit I’m 30!), poor Ev 😦 Perked up a day later for the flight home though but did unfortunately do her fair share of kicking off on the quiet, dark night plane. Neither of us slept a wink. Probably no one in the surrounding area either. Oops.

We’ll miss you Solomons. Evelyn took to you like you have always been around πŸ™‚

Linda thank you for your 2 spare rooms, your breakfasts, brews, teas, tolerance of the ridiculous  noise we made and your company πŸ™‚

Radium Hot Springs

Finally caught up on the blog. Been using driving and baby sleeping hours to write.

We drove 1.5 hours to Radium from Fernie. Cue baby sleep. Cue peace. We have a good travel (or run) while she sleeps system going! 

We had booked a hotel that morning on booking.com again. Turns out it was actually a motel! These are weird. This one was called Radium chalet and was run by a Philipino woman. It was ok! It had a separate living area with a tv so we didnt need to disturb evelyn with our chatting at night. It cost us about Β£45 and included a breakfast which we made the most of. It was limited in variety but what was there was surprisingly good. A night was enough in this small town.

Evelyn sent her postcards πŸ™‚ We’ll probably beat them home!

We spent a couple of hours in the springs. It’s a cheap and fun way to spend an afternoon. Less than $7 each to get in. It’s toasty in there! Far from the springs we are used to in Thailand which are mostly not so developed! Some strange woman came and started singing lullabys to Ev. The changing rooms are crap but the spring itself is relaxing so job done I suppose!

We ventured to a nearby steakhouse. You couldn’t tell from the outside but we got in and it was busy and the baby was tired and we were like SHIT please don’t kick off. Amazingly we both got to eat hot food at the same time because Evelyn was fascinated with the bowl of grated cheese that the waitress gave her. Thank you waitress. You saved our bacon. And the food was goooood. 

Strangely though the highlight of the day was getting the baby to sleep and finding a current episode of xfactor UK on the TV. We cracked the beers out. It was like date night. Sorted! Small things eh πŸ™‚ We even put the fire on and made it cozy!

We didn’t hang about in the morning. We took off after breakfast. Evelyn had destroyed yet another eating area with bits of everything flying everywhere. We cleaned her up and headed for Banff. We’ve been before. I love mountain towns. The views on the drives we’ve been doing are stunning. Clear water, trees and mountains… 

Kind of gutted we’ll be doing no climbing. We’re in a good spot for it. I miss climbing. Taz has promised me he’ll come with me again when we get home so we can climb outside next summer when Evelyn us bigger and we can escape for days out or take her with us if she’ll hang about with us. I look forward to that.

Such a life adjustment, this child rearing stuff!

FernieΒ 

We spent 3 nights in Lizard Creek Lodge just outside of the town of Fernie. Our hotel was in a great spot to get some pram jogging in! We did 2 runs, one hilly/mountainous and one flat.

We relaxed in the outdoor pool one afternoon which was heated. They also had a hot tub beside it which was really, really hot! All with great mountain view. Another afternoon we took Evelyn swimming at the aquatic centre. That was indoor and a bit warmer so we spent ages in there! We cooked our own tea a couple of nights because we had a full kitchen and we did a few breakfasts at the room too, but ate at Smittys once too and that was the usual fantastic Canadian breakfast with unlimited coffee and tasty eggs and bacon. Our accommodation was huge and we felt at home here. 

We stocked up on beer, whiskey and port at the liquor store and settled in. And snacks! We need something to unwind and we can’t go sit in a bar πŸ˜‰ Every night is a night in! And that’s still something I’m trying to get used to 14.5 months later πŸ™‚

3 nights later and we packed up and set off to Radium where they have hot springs! Yey.

Lake Koocanusa

​On Friday morning we set off for the 3.5 hour drive to Fernie. We timed a sleep in for Evelyn and she woke conveniently 2 hours in as we approached Frank where we had a look at a town buried by landslide. We had a brew in the visitors centre and let Evelyn do lots of walking about to burn off some steam and break up the car journey. Lots of planning goes into getting from A to B peacefully and so far it has worked a treat. She has done really, really well.

We continued to Fernie where we went for a pram jog and a look around. Ian, Sam and the kids arrived later. Evelyn enjoyed sharing a slurpie (slush puppy) with the kids.

We shopped at the supermarket and drove another half hour to Lake koocanusa. We stayed the weekend in a trailer (canadian for static caravan!) at Lake koocanusa. It’s cold at night but the trailer has heating and Evelyn has her fleece pyjamas. Thumbs up! The days were a little drizzly but the evenings were dry so we had a huge campfire in a basket both nights. I was a bit on edge because I couldn’t hear Evelyn from the fire and had to check her every 5 minutes but even this didn’t help.  She could be crying for those 5 minutes and I wouldn’t have known as we had music on… We had been using our phones as a baby monitor but there was no wifi for that to work. Anyone who knows me knows my anxiety about her being upset… We’ll get a wireless baby monitor for any future trips! I had a good time anyway πŸ™‚ How nice of Sam and Ian to invite us on their weekend away.

The scenery was beautiful. The lake was still and crystal blue.

After packing up and getting food in Fernie town half an hour from the lake, we parted ways and continued onwards to Lizard Creek Lodge just out of the town of Fernie as our Wolstencroft trio…

Airdrie and Canmore

We are spending 3 weeks in Canada. Taz has extended family here. For part of the trip we’re staying with Taz’s dads cousin, Linda who we stayed with 8 years ago.

we booked earlier this year. It was either Asia or Canada. This time, Canada won! It’s been a while…

We mde our way to Manchester airport by train. When we drove to the airport last month to go to Germany it was way more hassle than it was worth. This way we could play with Evelyn and she wasn’t screaming in a carseat. It really was a pleasure to go by train.

After checking in we had to stop in our favourite place for breakfast.  Giraffe. Then for a beer with Ev asleep in her sling.

Long haul with a 14 month old

We took off to Canada on a Sunday afternoon (I hate early morning flights that leave you tired all day), 2pm UK time and landed 4pm Canada time 9 hours later! It was an experience taking a baby on a 9 hour plane journey and adding 7 hours to her day with the time difference! We prepared as much as we could to help her adjust and help ourselves cope but there’s not a lot you can actually do about it. 

She was good on the plane. Didn’t like the take off and landing restriction as I had to hold her in the burping position, but we had such amazing seats with leg room she played happily most of the way. Shes a cruiser now so liked to walk around holding on to everything and olay peekaboo around the divide infront of us. We 100% made a top decision paying extra for those seats. She could bum shyffle at our feet! We payed about Β£700 for the flights for all 3 of us with Canadian Affair and Β£200 in total for the better seats. Evelyn was included in this and was only about Β£50 as she’s under 2. I took a hand luggage suitcase with toys in it. We walked around the rest of the plane and ordinary seats were St restricting we’d have struggled to keep her happy I think. I know I’d have had way more anxiety anyway and that rubs off on Ev. A massive bonus was there was no one in the third seat so we hd all else seats to ourselves. Amazing.

Airdrie, Alberta

Sam, Ian and the kids Jenna and Brianna met us at Calgary airport and helped us sort out the hire car. It was a nice surprise that they came to help! Linda is Taz’s dads cousin. Ian is Linda’s son. Last time I saw Brianna she was 9 months old. She was 9 years old last week! They all live in Airdrie which is just 20 minutes from the airport. We got a free upgrade as expected really, rental places dont stock any or many small cars it seems… so we paid about Β£400 for Β£1000 worth of car for our 3 week break. This has happened to us before in France and Spain. Yey.

Back at Linda’s we were reunited with her. Last time we saw her we took her to Fishermans Retreat about 6 weeks before we got married there to show her. I can’t remember if I was pregnant at this time or not?! 

We all had a few cups of tea, showered and I hit the sack with Evelyn for our brief sleep.
We spent 5 nights at Linda’s in Airdrie. It was like deja vu from 8 years ago when we visited.

During our stay we bought a jogging pram at babies r us: A Bob Revolution. We love our new jogger and can’t wait to take it to parkrun. They are better prices here, the same price in dollars as they are in pounds at home. It’s 1 pound to 1.6 canadian dollars at the moment. I think it was a little better before bloody Brexit.

We went to visit Ian at his new building in Calgary. He upholsters vehicles. 

We went for tea with Linda, Sam, Ian and the kids Jenna and Brianna. Another night we cooked for Linda and then she cooked for us. We feel very at home at Linda’s! Her cats are friendly too: Bill is still around who was 2 years old last time we came to Linda’s, quinny the Manx and Sully the huge fluffy ginger cat. Evelyn has a big Blue Sully teddy at home from Monitors Inc so I think the name Sully confuses her because she’s like, that’s not Sully. We went out for breakfast a few times. Breakfast in Canada is goooood. I love streaky bacon, love eggs and love pancakes. Especially with maple syrup πŸ™‚

We did a short run each In Airdrie. Not logging the miles we should be for this marathon at the end of October! Oops.But we plan to do more out of Airdrie.

When it was really windy we explored a few shopping places. There are loads of bike and outdoor shops to keep us busy.

The weather was HOT when we arrived and gradually cooled over a few days to cold and windy with a threat of snow. But dry. So dry my lips are on fire! Airdrie is a super dry climate. Keeping them plastered in vaseline but they are coming off in flakes. Ouch! On the plus side my hair loves Airdrie. Humidity is the devil to my locks and there’s none here. I can wear it down with no effort and the curls just scrunch up in the dry air and don’t frizz. Yes! I was clearly designed for a dry climate πŸ˜‰ I had some colours put in a few weeks ago. I fancied a change as I’m turning 30 whilst we’re in Canada… I remember similar hair bliss in Rhodes, Greece. Hot an humid Asia was not nice to my hair so I was a scruff with a bun most days like I am at home!

4 day jet lag adjustment

  • Day 1 

Evelyn slept for an hour at about 12 noon before we boarded. She slept an hour on the plane too. Once in Airdrie she fell asleep at 6pm Canada time so it was 1am in England! We thought this would mean a big sleep that night maybe 6 or 7 hours to catch up. No. She was up one time for a suckle, then up for good at 12.30 midnight for 5 hours which was as expected as i suppose that is 7.30am at home!

  • Day 2

So at 5.30am she went back to sleep til 8am. Evelyn fell asleep in the car at 2.30pm for 1 hour and 15 minutes. In bed at about 8pm. Up briefly 2 or 3 times and then up for the day at 3.30am. An improvement on midnight.

  • Day 3

She went back to sleep at 5.30am for an hour and then 9am for nearly 2 hours as we walked to a breakfast place with the new jogger. Went to sleep at 6pm in the car. Woke at 8pm. Straight back to sleep. Woke her usual frequency in the night and up at 5.30am. More improvement on the 2 previous nights.

  • Day 4

So after her 5.30am get up she slept on me 8am to 10am and I sat and chatted to Taz who was busy using all Linda’s family tree information to update his own. She was up all day after that other than a little half hour sleep in the car at 3.45pm. She often sleeps later if she has an afternoon sleep so that night she was out cold at 8.45pm.

4 days doesn’t sound a lot but it was tiring. 

This is where jet lag ends I suppose. She goes to bed between 7 and 8 ish and gets up about 6am now. She has officially adjusted. Linda was very kind to be so welcoming despite how much we must have disturbed her these first 4 nights!

Canmore

After 4 nights in Airdrie we took a day trip to Canmore. Didn’t remember it was only 90 minutes away by car. A breathtakingly beautiful drive. We timed it well with a sleep there and a small sleep back in the afternoon. We did a lovely walk, the weather was brilliant. We had some crap food at the hogs head but that didn’t ruin the day. We love Canmore. What a cool mountain town! Reminds me a little bit of Crested Butte near where I worked in Colorado.  But I think I still prefer Crested Butte, or maybe that’s just the memories of being young (20) and excited in a cowboy town so far from home.