#1yrhere #CMHRTour #ExploreMB Like A Local 100 Masters: Only In Canada 1yrhere 48 hours in Winnipeg 54-40 7 natural wonders of the world adjusting to Manitoba landscape Alex Colville Annapolis Valley archaic manitoba asics narrow sneakers Assiniboine Park bake sale baking Bannock Point Petroforms Barrett's Privateers Bay of Fundy becoming a manitoban becoming a runner Becoming Manitoban Beep Drink blogging booter Boston Christmas Tree Canada's Heart Beats Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre Canadian Museum For Human Rights child-free by choice chocolatier Churchill Clearwater Lake Clearwater Lake Provincial Park Commercial ice fishing confusion corner Constance Popp couch to 5k app craft fair Cubi the seven seater conference bicycle dainties date squares Dauphin Bucket List Dauphin Manitoba daytrips in Manitoba decor difficult Manitoba intersection discovering Manitoba donairs east coasters go west exploring Manitoba Farewell to Nova Scotia Farmers Dairy favourite things about Manitoba finding a doctor in Manitoba first NHL game fishing in Manitoba fishing in Nova Scotia five years in Manitoba Flying From Dauphin Manitoba foodie friends Glenboro gloryhound go jets go go west goodbye manitoba Greco Donair Kit Halifax Explosion Halifax style donair Haunted Fort Garry Hotel Hecla Island Hecla Provincial Park hello city high tides hometown pride how to make perogies i hate winnipeg i love winnipeg ice fishing it is Manitoba's time it's Manitoba time Ivan Grimolfson Joel Plaskett Journey Home Artist Retreat Killarney Lake lake life Lakeview Hecla Resort least liked things about Manitoba Leo Mol Sculpture Garden living childfree living childfree series living D.I.N.K. local food making friends in manitoba manitoba 101 manitoba activities Manitoba attraction Manitoba bed bugs Manitoba Birding Manitoba Birds Manitoba books Manitoba bucket list Manitoba campfire songs Manitoba chocolate Manitoba desert manitoba family Manitoba fish fossils Manitoba food Manitoba food adventures manitoba health cards manitoba home decor Manitoba Local Product Manitoba Love Manitoba Love Letter Manitoba Monsters Manitoba music manitoba northern lights Manitoba slang Manitoba snakes manitoba swag Manitoba tourism commercial Manitoba winter getaway Manitoba writer Manitoba Yurt Manitobah Mukluks matrimonial cake Mauving to Manitoba Minnedosa Minnedosa Rodeo missing Nova Scotia Moody Manitoba Morning My Canada Narcisse Snake Dens Newfoundland and Labrador tourism commercial No Kidding! Nova Scotia Nova Scotia activities Nova Scotia Art Nova Scotia Bucket List Nova Scotia campfire songs Nova scotia Food Nova Scotia Love Letter nova scotia music Nova Scotia webcams Nova Scotian Crystal Old Helgi Old Pinawa Dam One Year Here OPI Canadian Collection people who hate Halifax Perimeter Airlines perogy recipe pickerel cheeks Pin & Winnipeg Pinawa Dam Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park polar bears Randy Spinney Photography recipe regional food Rights Around Us Tour Rockin' The Fields Rossburn Manitoba Rossman Lake Rossman Yurts runner a 5k running a 5k Sean Quigley Second Nature she's called Nova Scotia Shirreff Hall Ghost small town girl sociable songs about Manitoba Spirit Sands Spruce Woods Provincial Park squares St Norbert Arts Centre stickys bait and tackle Stompin' Tom Connors song Manitoba Stone View Natural Bed and Breakfast sweet city woman Swiss Chalet Tempo 621T Treadmill The Last Saskatchewan Pirate the running room the stanfields Tourism Dauphin tourism in Manitoba Trappist Monastery Provincial Park
Friday
Oct172014

farewell to manitoba

You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. ~ Unknown

I was standing in the middle of our kitchen in my pajamas when my husband came running through the door. I could tell from the way his eyes danced that he had a sense of bewilderment bursting to come out. His eyes were sparkling in anticipation of a new adventure and his upper lip quivered ever so slightly with pure shock and trepidation. He whispered to me "Do you want to move to New Brunswick?". I hugged him with all my might and we shared a moment of surprise, happiness, and slight fear for the unknown. As we embraced, I thought about one of those inspirational quotes you see on Pinterest - "If we were meant to stay in one place we’d have roots instead of feet". And just like that we decided to accept this gift of a transfer and take on this new experience.

We moved to Manitoba 7.5 years ago and knew nothing about this province. We knew no one. We had never stepped foot in Manitoba until we packed up our belongings, got in our car, and drove here in the middle of March 2007. Like many east coasters, our main purpose for moving west was for secure, long term employment that would grant us the freedom to live the lifestyle we dreamed of, but what we discovered was so much more. Manitoba taught us that we are one unit, we can work together through difficult times and take on big scary life changing situations head on. Manitoba taught us that we love exploring and adventures and granted us so many unique amazing Manitoba opportunities, many of which I have shared on this blog. Manitoba provided us with some of the best, most loving friendships we have ever experienced, friends that we will have for life no matter where life takes us. We bought our first home in Manitoba. We got engaged and married while being Manitobans. I changed careers while living in Manitoba. We paid off our student loans while living in Manitoba. Manitoba has been very, very, very good to us, and I will forever be grateful and consider Manitoba to be part of me, and part of my identity. In the words of Winnie the Pooh (who was named after the great city of Winnipeg!), "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard".

So now as I sit here on the brink of changing my life again and moving to yet another province, I am full of emotions. It’s a mixed bag of sadness to leave behind all these wonderful Manitoba memories, a happiness to be closer to family in Nova Scotia, and a curiosity to begin exploring our soon-to-be new province of New Brunswick. I came to Manitoba not knowing what to expect, and now I am leaving a huge piece of my heart and my life, and some of the best years I‘ve ever experienced. Manitoba will forever hold a special spot in my soul. My heart is chocked full of good memories and love. I am so glad that I lived here, and I am proud to call myself a Manitoban. Even though I am mournful to leave Manitoba behind, I am reminded of yet another inspirational Pinterest quote - “Inside us all, patiently waiting, sits a tiny little adventurous bird”. I know in my heart it is time for this little gray bird to spread her wings and fly on to new, exciting adventures. Thank you Manitoba, for everything.  I will always love you.

 

Monday
Sep292014

rise & shine

If you're going to rise, you might as well shine. ~ Unknown

I thought summer was over in Manitoba. I turned on the heat, I put away my shorts. I dug out my warm quilts and stocked up on my favourite autumn teas. I had accepted the fact that the cooler weather was here to stay. Then out of the blue the temperature soared, the sun shined, and Manitoba was granted a glorious gift of one more summery weekend. What a magnificent weekend it was!

My husband and I made plans to head to Winnipeg to stroll through one of our favourite Winnipeg attractions, Assiniboine Park. With bellies full of delicious Stella’s breakfast, we spent the morning wandering through the various gardens, basking in the sun, enjoying the fall colours. There is something very soothing about how the light reflects off the calm park scenery in the warm fall air. I felt compelled to capture it the best I could as we meandered through the park, with the intention to revisit these photos this winter when I need a pick-me-up. So when I complain about the cold, ice, and darkness of challenging Manitoba winters in the new year, please remind me to think about this remarkable walk in the park to help inject a little bit of sunshine and warmth back into my heart and soul.

For more information on Assiniboine Park, please click here.

Friday
Sep052014

valley girl

As much as I love Manitoba and sharing my prairie experiences with the world, sometimes you've just got to mix things up. When I am craving adventure elsewhere, my heart always turns to my first home, my valley, my roots.

I grew up nestled amongst the north and south mountains close to the Bay of Fundy, in a small community in the heart of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Fishermen, fruit and vegetable farmers, air force personnel and their families from 14 Wing Greenwood, and a variety of small towns filled with lovely longtime and devoted residents all intertwined to form the backbone that helped shape my childhood experiences. It is in the Annapolis Valley where I feel the most at peace, the most accepted in life, and it is where I return to my innocence.

John Mellencamp's song Small Town with the lyrics "No I cannot forget where it is that I come from, I cannot forget the people who love me. I can be myself here in this small town, and people let me be just want I want to be" always rings out in my head as I drive down Highway 101 and see those beautiful cliffs of Blomidon, which act as a sign from above that I can now relax, I have returned to my beloved valley, I am home.

The Annapolis Valley will always be my most treasured corner of the world. It is with this spirit and pride that I share with you a few photos from my recent trip to my valley, my special place, and my heart. You can take the girl out of the valley, but you can't take the valley out of the girl.

The view from Delhaven Wharf, Nova ScotiaDelhaven Wharf, Nova ScotiaBlueberry shortcake at The Port Pub, Port Wiliams, Nova ScotiaSnowbirds at Armed Forces Day at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova ScotiaLet It Ride, Harbourville, Nova ScotiaThe Look-Off, Nova ScotiaGrand Pre Historic Site, Grand Pre, Nova ScotiaEvangeline, Grand Pre Historic Site, Grand Pre, Nova ScotiaHiking at Blomidon Provincial Park, Nova ScotiaCaution! Sea Monsters Ahead! Black Rock, Nova ScotiaBlomidon Estate Winery, Canning, Nova ScotiaBlue Beach, near Hantsport, Nova ScotiaLobster traps, Halls Harbour, Nova ScotiaEvangeline Beach, Grand Pre, Nova ScotiaSkipping rocks on the edge of the Bay of Fundy, Nova ScotiaDyke view, Grand Pre Historic Site, Grand Pre, Nova ScotiaFish Cakes and Reisling, Domaine de Grand Pre, Grand Pre, Nova ScotiaHigh Tide, Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia

The Annapolis Valley is a perfect destination for families, honeymooners, and anyone who wants to experience picturesque communities living harmoniously with the land. With an abundance of locally grown foods from a variety of farms, markets, wineries, and artisan vendors, it is the perfect choice for foodies. Combine that with quaint villages where you can experience the highest tides in the world, and small towns boasting history and oozing charm, it is a fantastic choice for relaxation, beauty, and reconnection. For more information on the Annapolis Valley, please visit http://www.valleytourism.ca/ and http://www.novascotia.com/.

Thanks to all my family and friends for helping to make my most recent Nova Scotia vacation so wonderful. I miss you all, and I miss Nova Scotia. You are always close to my heart.