Be Your Own Hero

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ct fletcher my magnificent obsession Hello beauties!

buying likes for facebook So for a while now I have been thinking about what it is to be happy and how to get there. So many people, including me at one point, rely on others to be happy, without looking to themselves first.   Often people cruise along, feeling stuck in a rut and not knowing how to get out and change things.

henry cavill immortals I think it is really important to learn how to be your own hero.

christian bale height Becoming your own hero is about learning to love who you are and using your individuality to put yourselves in situations where you can succeed. Being your own hero means not needing anyone to rescue you from situations because you are capable of rescuing yourself.  It also means not looking for anyone else to validate who you are. Friends are amazing, so are significant others, but the only person who can make you feel complete is you. You are a babe. You are a hero.

buy instagram likes 200 I have decided to make some vlogs on the topic and will posting weekly discussions and thoughts on how we can all support each other and learn to love who we are.  🙂

My Week In Pictures 4th – 10th April 2016

I am so ready for the summer…but, erm, Toronto isn’t yet! This week was COLD, but I still had a blast!

Monday

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SNOW. NO. BAH. I want to wear peep toe shoes but the weather won’t play ball!

Tuesday

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I went for dinner with Will afterwork at Duke Refreshers – it was a cheap, delicious mid-week joy! Above are Japanese chicken wings and below we have a glorious black bean and cheese dip.

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Wednesday

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I went to review Chimerica for the Toronto Guardian  – you can read my thoughts here.

Thursday

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We went to go and see Autolux at Lee’s Palace. All of the visual fun!

Friday

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A MUCH needed pint with my friend Harriet and a cheeky glance over the Jays Home Opener.

Saturday

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After work I went for a nice sunny walk with Will and wound up having a pint in a nice brewery on Queen West.
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ESCAPE, ESCAPE! Will, my friend Jessica and her boyfriend Neil went to one of those escape room thingys,

Sunday

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I LOVE BRUNCH! I had an EXCELLENT time at Cresta…it was SO SO GOOD!

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Cocktail!

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I have always had a strange fascination with keys! After brunch, Will and I went round an antique market and I saw this bowl of keys and I had a little smile to myself!

Featured Videos

This week our million subscriber video went live and I posted a vlog in a new inspiration series I am working on.  Feel free to browse!

My Week In Pictures 28th March – 3rd April 2016

Back at it this week and excitement was high as the Youtube Channel I work for,  Most Amazing Top 10, was about to hit a MILLION subscribers literally any day!

Monday

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I have discovered a salad place called Urban Herbivore and it is SO GOOD.

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In case people at the gym were wondering what I watch….yep, Landon has had t-shirts and jumpers made!

Tuesday

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Will’s band, Diamond Cabana, played at the Holy Oak in Toronto. It was great! Really good to see him back in the game.

Wednesday

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We filmed a special video on Weds that will be out tomorrow I think….. it involved ALL THE GLITTER!IMG_6624

If I could go back in time, I’d wear something a bit different…. but you win some you lose some! IMG_6628

OKAY so on Wednesday night I discovered all you can eat Korean BBQ!

Thursday

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On Thursday I went to Redbull Sound Select at The Silver Dollar Room in Toronto. It was nice to hear some new music.

Friday

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GAME CHANGER at the studio – we FINALLY have an autocue reader!

Saturday

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Saturday was ALL OF the joy. It started with Nachos at Sneaky Dees.

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We then found out we hit a million, so that was pretty crazy! Bubbles for all!

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We then played some games at Snakes and Lattes, a firm favourite of mine!

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Then I accidentally went to a club with Hayley! I was just “popping in”, but then all of a sudden was two shots of whiskey down and dancing to Daniel Bedingfield! Ha!

Sunday

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On Sunday,  Will and I sought out a cask ale pub in Eglington called the Granite Brewery. I have to say, it was actually really good!

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We even played a bit of chess! Happy Sunday indeed!

Other News

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So, Will and I have been working on getting my own Youtube channel up and running. My job is hosting for Top 10, but I don’t see why my hobby can’t be making a few videos too!  I finally published a video about moving to Canada I had been working on for a while. Feel free to check it out!

Lots of love xxxx

 

The Bruce Peninsula Ontario

My friends, Will and I took an Easter adventure to the Bruce Peninsula in Northern Ontario. It was still pretty wintery there, with snow on the ground, but the skies were SO BLUE.  It was truly beautiful! I would love to go back in the summer (although apparently there are rattle snakes and bears…soooo..)

Tobermory

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The Tobermory Lighthouse.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park

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The trails at the park were so clear and well maintained – even in the winter!

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A pebble beach overlooking Georgian Bay.

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Easter snow angels!

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Ice and turquoise water.

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And then suddenly we walked into Narnia….

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Feeling happy at Indian Head Cove in the Bruce Penisula National Park.

Lion’s Head

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Lion’s Head Lookout – look at the water! SO CLEAR!

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Lion’s Head Pothole, formed by ice! Peek-a-boo!

Miller Lake

We rented a beautiful Airbnb in Miller Lake.

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The cottage.

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Above is Miller Lake in all its placid and icy glory.

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Snow BBQs are the best kind!

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The grounds had an old abandoned car that looked amazing in the snow! It was like a film!

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My Week In Pictures 14th – 20th March 2016

The week is done, but the fun never is! Here is what this week looked like for me.

Monday

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Healthy eating doesn’t need to be a bore

Tuesday

Hello there Cresta, you look like a hun. Ceviche and joy were the main themes of the evening.

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Later my friends and I had a cheeky cocktail and D.W Alexander near St Lawrence Market.

Wednesday

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Mid-week soft taco lust.

Thursday

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Happy St Paddy’s Day! Courtney and some other work huns and I went for a few pints of the good stuff. Hurrah!

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Friday

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Hockey! Lets go Maaaaarrrrlies

Saturday

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Booo I was working from home during the day, but did manage to pop to H&M home in the early evening to source me some Peacock based interior!

Sunday

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SUNSHINE! It is officially the first day of Spring today and Will and I went to Kensington Market to take some pictures to re-brand this site and add to my Youtube channel 🙂 watch this space!

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My Weeks In Pictures 28th February – 13th March 2016

Apologies for the delay in this post! I have been in ENGLAND and also sassing around Toronto with my friend visiting. SO I have combined two weeks of pictures…forgive me. Life happens!

Monday

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At the very beginning of the week, I was getting excited and prepared to visit home. Because of this, fully aware of the amount of money I would spend sassiness around London and Cambridge town with my friends, I had a very chilled start to the week.

On my way home from work I spotted this nice piece of street art and even just about had long enough to oggle it before it started hailing. Really hailing.

Tuesday

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Okay so this picture is actually from Wednesday morning but is of something that deeply stressed me out all of Tuesday; snow. I was totally chilled out about flying on Wednesday until some at work said, “ooh… How are you feeling about the snow?!” and I proceeded to check the weather forecast. There was 25 centimetres of snow forecast overnight which meant one thing; cancellations. The airline were even trying to encourage me to fly that night, but I played it safe and just about stuck to my guns.

Wednesday

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To England! After working at the studio in the morning, I got an Uber to YYZ for a red eye flight to London

Thursday

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Hello motherland! There you are!

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Despite having not slept since Tuesday night, save a snatched hour on the plane, I went straight to Kate’s then straight out to meet my honeys, the #LDNtheatrebloggers and equal honeys, the lads from Dewynters. There was a quiz (my team won) and karaoke as well as literally all the wine!!!!!

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It all ended in a casino…one that would let me in anyway! I’ve put the picture under Friday as it VERY MUCH was. Hey there 4am.

Friday

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To the shire! I saw my mum for the first time since September, but before that I somehow needed to shake off my hangover on the train. It’s amazing what some alka seltzer and some make-up can do!

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It was so nice to see her and the beautiful Mr. Bracken (the black lab!)

Saturday

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Cheese…..cheese guys….cheese.

After a morning chilling with Bracken and stocking up on chocolate and beer to take back to Canada, I went to Ruth’s house, where we ate ALL the cheese. ALL of it!

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As if we needed more food, we later headed out into Cambridge for Thai and cocktails.

Lovely.

Sunday

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Babies, babies EVERYWHERE!

Sunday we had a party for my beautiful niece, Isobel. She is one! Can you believe it! She is a teeny tiny person these days!

The party was lovely, my family were there as well as 12 or so babies!

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Later I compensated for all the baby talk with dinner with my glorious friend Enma, where we enjoyed a delicious Indian and split a bottle of cava – cheers!

Monday

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My last night in London came too soon! I met up with my friend Dom and then Kate and I went out to a fancy and delicious restaurant, Bob Bob Ricard.  They have a button you can press and a delightful waiter will bring you Champagne. ALSO THE SOUFFLE. GUYS, THE SOUFFLE…

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Tuesday

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Back to CANADA! Urgh my trip home was way way way too quick. It was nice to see the icy plains of Canada out the aeroplan window.

My friend Lizzie was in Canada with her boyfriend Ted awaiting my arrival. After a power nap, we went for Mexican food and board games.

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Wednesday

I had the day off work so took Lizzie and Ted round and about Toronto.

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Like major tourists, we started at the Hockey Hall of Fame then I showed them a few of my favourite sights, including this crazy thin building.

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Thursday

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I had to work on Thursday, but on Thursday night Lizzie, Ted, Will and I continued to be major Europeans and had wine (from Ontario) and cheese (from St Lawrence Market) – so I guess we are Euro-nadians!

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Friday

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After working in the morning, we all went on the Steam Whistle Tour.

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We then got the “lash bus” to Niagara (LONG story!) and enjoyed the falls lit up by night!

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The town of Niagara is pretty crazy too, a bit like a North American Blackpool.

Saturday

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After brunch we all headed to the Toronto Beaches, and the water was a BEAUTIFUL colour!

Sunday

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Lizzie and I left the boys to do the chores and hopped off for lunch at the Amsterdam Brewhouse, which is always a joy. The location is incredible, it is right on the waterfront.

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We also may have had a few “yacht in the summer” dreams.  COME BACK IN THE SUMMER LIZZIE!

Sadly Lizzie and Ted have left Toronto now, but luckily for them they are travelling the US.

Back to work for me!

My week in Pictures 22nd – 28th February 2016

Hiiiiya. I’m back in ac(tion)! If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I have been on holiday. Back to business this week though, before another holiday next week to ENGLLLLLAAAND <3 <3

Anyway, this week.

Monday

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There has been a nice amount of theatre in my life this week and I am so pleased because I have missed seeing at least a show a week. On Monday I saw Grey Gardens at the Berkeley Theatre and it was really good. You can read my review here.

Tuesday

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Sunshine, sunset. I love Toronto and I love how pretty the sky is; it is usually sunny unlike gray (but lovely) London.

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Wednesday

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MORE theatre! I am so thrilled! I am a subscriber to the Mirvish season out here and on Wednesday I saw Gaslight and even ran into a friend who I ended up sitting with. Hurrah!

Thursday

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FACE! GREEN SCREEN! That’s all.

On Thursday evening I went for a cheeky pint with Harriet and Seb.

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Friday

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Friday night sashimi dreams. Yum.

Saturday

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On Saturday night I went over to Seb’s apartment in Ice Condos –  LOOK AT THE VIEW from his window!

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The gang went to a club called underground that had a fabulous glitterball.

Sunday

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Today Will and I went for a nice walk around the Trinity Bellwoods area and I came across a really cute sweets shop with this pretty display AND THESE MACARONS! YES YES YES!

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SO that was this week!  Just three days until I fly home for a week! I haven’t seen my family or friends for six months, I am so excited to see them!

I hope you all had a great week!

My Week In Pictures 1st – 7th February 2016

I was a little concerned last week that I wouldn’t have much to say this week as I purposefully didn’t plan anything too major as next week I am going to Colombia and my purse needed a bit of a chill. Despite not making many plans, my week was actually pretty good and I took some nice pictures of my surroundings!

Monday

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Monday was Monday. You know what I mean. It is the little things in life though, and this particular Monday I enjoyed the sunset and night lights on my way home from work.

Tuesday

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My morning was made by some lovely daffodils being given out in Yonge and Dundas square. Look how pretty!

Wednesday

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Without many plans, I looked at my surroundings for inspiration for this weeks picture blog. I will do this more as I spotted some lovely things about the city, including this beautiful Wednesday blue sky and some flags flapping in the wind. Canada, eh!

On Wednesday night Will and I went to Bar Volo at Yonge and Wellsley as we read online they do cask ales. They did, and it was lovely!

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Thursday

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On Thursday I was recording some videos for IO and Most Amazing Top Ten, and on my way back from the studio I snapped this picture of birds having a jolly near this water tower.  I literally just looked up and they seemed to just emerge from the tower!  Fly my pretties, FLY.

Friday

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On Friday night Will and I went to the cinema to see Hail Caesar, which was pretty funny. Outside Bay subway station are these green pillars of lights, which I found quite interesting!

Saturday

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I was working on some videos during the day, so was READY for wine by the evening.  The beautiful Sam’s birthday shenanigans allowed for just that!

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After some pre-partying at Sam and Harriet’s condo, we headed to Peacock Bar on King and Spadina, which was pretty hilarious.

I had the best time!

Sunday

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Sunday’s are for brunching and drink Caesars like a queen…and I did just that!

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Above is a TRULY delicious offering of eggs benedict on smoked salmon and waffles, served with capers, salad and fruit. OHMIGOD it was good. This was from the Starving Artist restaurant, which is a waffle haven. YUM.

So, that was the week!

I now need to prep for our super exciting holiday next week. I have never been to South America so I am veeeerrry excited to finally tick off the sixth continent of my travels! Just Antarctica left after this trip….ha!

My Week In Pictures 25th – 31st January 2016

Winter Winter.

It recently occurred to me I have been doing this little weekly round up for A YEAR. I now find it cute to look back over the post from the year before to compare how my life is changing/growing/moving and all of that. This is what I was up to last year – having an equal amount of fun but with a worse camera apparently. ANYWAY THIS WEEK:

Monday

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Friends and beer is the best of Monday plans.  Ellie (right) is leaving Toronto (boo!) so we have been boozing in her honour recently.

Tuesday

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Tuesday was quite the day! It started with a surprise book launch, accompanied by champagne and a mariachi band. The company I do some editorial work for are turning 50 and they have released an amazing book about their travels across the world. “Slow down to see the world” is sort of a motto I can get on board with, although I tend to do things at lightning speed.

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On Tuesday evening I had the delight of sampling some of Michelin starred Chef Armand’s new tapas menu for trendy Toronto cafe, Maman.  My absolute favourite was the camembert with onions and pastrami marmalade – YUM. (If you live in the 6ix, Maman is located at First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West) IMG_5258

OF COURSE there was a plethora of delicious cocktails and wine on offer too!

Wednesday

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A FINAL drink with Ellie – and I had the MOST delicious cider. Cheers!

Thursday

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A day in the studio filming for Inform Overload and Most Amazing Top Ten!

That evening Will and I drove through a snow storm to get to the Blue Mountain for an anniversary ski holiday <3 IMG_5257

Friday

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4 years together and I am not sure which of us deserves a medal…perhaps both! Will and I hit the slopes (one of us more literally than others – I haven’t skied in 3 years so fell over on my ass quite a lot on the first day!)

That evening we had a lovely anniversary dinner at The Mill in Thornberry! Below is the fanciest fried chicken I have ever had the pleasure of eating (buttermilk fried with watercress, coleslaw, blueberry  coulis, pumpkin cornbread).IMG_5256

Saturday

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SO whilst Will went off to ski the hardest bits of the resort (the double blacks) I pushed myself to do a few blue runs on my own. This picture is at the top of a blue run with quite a steep bit. I was scared but I did it all by myself!IMG_5235

Later in the day I was actually getting pretty good and I went with Will on a couple of the red/black runs! I fell over the first few times but by the third I was able to ski all the way down without falling at all, so I was very proud of myself!

Sunday

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Today we drove back from the mountain, stopping by Wasaga Beach. The shoreline was frozen, with little bobbing icebergs beyond! In the distance you can see the Blue Mountain!  IMG_5255

Here is my Will, snapping away!

SO it has been a GREAT week as you can see! Interestingly, like last year, Will and I once again found our way to some kind of water on our anniversary weekend. No Alpacas this year though!