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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Guest Post!!!

A big thank you to Will Macmillan Jones for letting me loose on his blog today. He was very kind and said I could talk about anything I wanted to: even nails!!!

Instead of putting him through that torture I decided to write a 'how to' post.

Click on the link below to take you to Will's blog!

How To... Write A Villlan!!!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Days 24 & 25


Days 24 & 25

Just a quick update because its late and I'm reallllyyy tired! 
Day 24 and we drove from Florence to Eureka. The scenery was sooo beautiful even though it rained most of the day! We stopped off at Walmart for bread, lettuce and chicken and a huge order of Starbucks!

On a related side note, I may be addicted to snickerdoodles.

Day 25 we drove from Eureka to San Francisco, we took the scenic route (also known as the car sick route). It was worth it though, we have some incredible pickys to take home. We stopped on the way for dinner, drove THROUGH a tree! And saw a log cabin (made from a single log)

It's pretty late now, so I'm off to bed!

DeeDee

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Canada: Days 21, 22 & 23




Yesterday we had to leave the cabin for good and travel to Victoria so that we could catch the ferry across to Seattle tomorrow. It was a 4 hour journey and we stopped to look at a lake or two on the way. Out of the three cars we hired when we arrived only two have sat nav. 

Yep, you've guessed it! Ours was the one without! 

This led to a few interesting occasions where we were completely lost. As we were making our way to the hotel in Victoria, a red light split us from the rest of the convoy. I can't lie: we had a hectic 20 minutes trying to find our way!

The hotel was really nice, there were tons of cherry trees blossoming everywhere (or as we like to call them: wedding trees!). We made plans to meet in the lobby early the next morning to see Butchant gardens.

The next morning didn't go quite to plan: some people seemed confused as to what time had been specified and as a result the lobby was surprisingly empty when we reached it.

Fortunately Starbucks was next door!

Finally we arrived at the gardens, they were beautiful! My favourite was the Japanese gardens, but the sunken garden was pretty spectacular too! :-)

We were still strolling around the gardens when we found out that we had the wrong time for the ferry and we were in danger of being late!!! So off we scurried and made it on time!

My uncle Graham had made a group booking with the ferry company and we had priority boarding because my uncle's in a wheelchair. We were sitting in the crowded waiting room and the lady was announcing over the speaker system the order of boarding. After all the announcements she said : but first would the Chant party come forward to board first.

So off we trotted! As we were passing everyone a little boy turned to his mother and asked in a hopeful tone: are we part of the Chant party, mommy?

The next day we picked up the RV, it was huge!!! Despite being out of the hotel by 9.30 am, somehow we didn't actually start the first leg of our journey until 3:00 pm! The first bit was all of 350 miles! Which meant that we accomplished the first stretch of our route 101 trip in darkness!

Very, very typical of us Chants!!!

We arrived at our first stop at 10:30 pm, crawled into our beds tiredly and fell asleep. All except my Dad who had steadily drunk coffee for most of the day, so he didn't sleep at all..DeeDee
DE

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Canada: days 17, 18 & 19.

Okay so on day 17 we went to see English man falls:







Very beautiful as you can see, we took the trail from the main falls down to the lower falls and did some exercise too! ;-P

The we went to the sea side and watched the sea lions playing in the bay!

On day 18 we went for a boat trip from Port Alberni to Bamfield on the Francis Barclay.





Today we've been packing because tomorrow we leave Canada and hop over the border in to America to start our trip down route 101. We're getting an RV and everything!!!

Sorry this is just a short post but I have to get back to packing...  My clothes have been breeding and I'm short on room!!!

DeeDee ;-D

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Canada: days 15 & 16

Welcome to days 15 & 16 of the Chant family's adventure!
I'll be honest and tell you that yesterday I spent most of my time editing.

I got 5000 words done and  I just introduced Leofric, Daegmund and Anlaf back in to the story. I have to say that Daegmund is my favourite character to write, he's just so inappropriate! He has a lot more page time in this book which is good, there's so much going wrong but he really lightens the mood. You gotta love a bit of Gradock arrogance!

The I spent the afternoon introducing my friend Kit to the world of Thor... Now that was a few well spent hours! I know what you're thinking: how had this chick managed to be my friend and yet not have watched Thor??? Well the truth is she didn't fess up to the crime until yesterday!

The good news is that she has been totally assimilated and so we can still be friends. :-P
We started the film and she was like: blondes don't really do it for me. I told her that until Thor I had been an aficionado of the dark side too, but Thor was in a class a of his own.
By the end of the film she was singing a different tune! Tonight it's The Avengers and the day after Thor 2. At some point we'll have to watch Iron man 2&3 because she hasn't seen those either.

I know!!! Shocking, right???

Today we went to see more waterfalls, there is SO MUCH water in Canada!!! Waterfalls, rivers and lots and lots of rain! It's home away from home, know what I'm saying?

Friday, 28 March 2014

Canada: Days 13 and 14.

So yesterday we went whale watching on a 65 foot boat. We were really excited and even the fact that rain had begun to fall lightly didn't alarm us.

We all boarded and quietly chugged our way out in to open sea... that's when things started to go a bit pear shaped.

Now I personally love it when the sea is on the rough side, I like the rolling of the boat and spray going everywhere. Despite the fact that I get HORRIBLY car sick, it's very rare that I feel sea sick. Unfortunately I'm in the minority; it seems that quite a few of the Chants had left their sea legs at home.

And we weren't the only ones, the poor lady sitting in front of me spent the whole THREE HOUR trip alternately throwing up and huddling in a corner with her eyes closed.

As for the whales... well we saw quite a few spouts, but they weren't feeling very gymnastic. We also saw some sleeping sea otters (which might just be the cutest thing I've ever seen!), some sea lions, eagles nests and wild cows...

Yes, you read that right: wild cows. The tour guides seem pretty excited about it, but they just looked like regular cows to me.

We were sooooo hungry by the time we docked again and decided that some fish and chips would hit the spot nicely. ;-P

Today we were less adventures and when to see some waterfalls. They were VERY pretty and worth the effort involved even though we had to walk down (and up!) about a million steps! Now we're home and curled up in front of a roaring log fire. I think I'd probably better do some editing...

DeeDee

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Canada: 11 and 12.

Days 11 and 12!

Yesterday we went horse (back) riding and so today we had a *rest* day due to... Um... Newly discovered muscles. ;-P
It was a three hour ride through the countryside, lots of trees and (rather scarily!) distant gunshots!!!
Before they let us out into the wide unknown, we had a half hour refresher course. My cousin Bobby was voted best horseman and so was given the psycho horse. My uncle Tim got the grumpy horse, it bit him... Several times. And my friend Kit was given the oldest horse, it was the first time she'd been riding and the consensus of opinion was that she looked like a wet tea bag on a trampoline!
The next day we went to see a steam powered mill, it was a little bit creepy because it was completely deserted. There were lights on and everything looked as though it had been in use just a few seconds before.
It felt like the wood yard version of the Mary Celeste!!!
Tomorrow we're going whale watching.
DeeDee