Fun in the sun and snow
19.01.2008 - 27.01.2008 -5 °C
Well its January in Montreal, meaning that its deep in the heart of winter.
Well if when life gives you lemons you make lemonade, when life gives you snow and ice, play cricket and skate on it.
We went out and played cricket in the snow. A local group who play cricket weekly, inside most of the time, took the opportunity to play on a field where one of the first games of cricket were played in Canada. There was some pitch digging involved especially as the snow started falling heavier but with the ice underneath and slush there wasnt enough umph to get a bouncer and you could always see the hole in the snow where the ball drilled its way in. It was an absolute blast and Eleni made friends with several pople very fast, it helps to be cute and the only child there!
Beaver Lake on the top of Mt Royal has been transformed in winter to an outdoors ice skating rink and toboggan run. We went skating outside for the first time and Eleni had seen ice-skating on TV so wanted to try it. We hired "cheese cutters" these kids skates that strap onto the bottom of her snow boots. They also had a walker type frame for her to hold onto as she got the hang of skating. Well she got the the hang of leaning over the frame while other people pushed you around. It is fair to say that by the end she had learnt to keep her legs together, bend her knees and her feet were staying put. After a little ice skating we headed down the toboggan runs, it was great fun with Eleni joing the youth group (they happened to turn up on the same night as us) for a train ride down the hill, about a dozen sleds linked by feet, Eleni was on the tail and boy did she fly!!! After doing one Canadian tradition, we indulged in another with the church friends that we skated with, we had hot chocolate and "Tim Bits" think like Canadian style dougnut holes filled with jam or covered in chocolate or some other 'awful' substance.
Our other great journey for January was a visit to the Biodome. Daddy hadnt been before and there was a special drama called Caillou and the Innuit. The kids watched a great play with a man (who was pretending to be a boy), with a Caillou doll who was discovering the secrets of his grandfathers spirit by following the clues of the Innuit guides. It was very simply and well done, we all loved it. The kids were then encouraged to follow the trail around the biodome discovering animals in the Innuit's everyday lives (and lots of other besides). Well done and we all loved it.
Well its a new months and so much to do, lots of news to follow but our love to you all, happy new year if we havnt said so yet!!!
PS Did we tell you we also saw Veggietales in the Pirates who dont do anything, a must for young and old (no seriously!)
PPS We also had a flyby visit from Phil and Megan and friends, so muc great to here some Australian accents, now they're off to Edinburgh to live, there must be something in the water in Brisbane