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What we’ve been up to…

by Clare Mansell
What we’ve been up to…
Sunlight through trees

Gosh, where has two weeks gone?! We’ve spent most of the last fortnight getting ready for Jim’s imminent departure to Afghanistan. This has meant furthering my quest to find the answer to the great question How Do You Walk Two Dogs & A Baby? After lots of trial and error, there are many answers, not just one. A coupling lead has made local on-lead walks possible, a twice weekly dog walker gives the dogs those odd extra energy-burning afternoon walks that Jim would normal do, and recruiting other wives to do walks together (more babies, more dogs) makes bigger further afield walks a little less daunting…


We’ve also been spending some time talking about the Big Holiday which will come at the end of all of this. We’re planning to head to the east coast of Canada next spring, to see the part of the country we didn’t get to when we were living there. I have 5 months to enjoying planning food, accommodation and places to visit, so I would welcome any suggestions of must dos in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island…


I’ve also been working on a few projects which should keep me out of mischief while I’m home alone over the winter (don’t get too excited there’s nothing in the Etsy shop yet…) 3 years ago when Jim went to Kenya for six weeks, he bought me a sewing machine to keep me busy and as chance would have it there’s a second one on its way for this trip, but more on that in a later post…

And we’re preparing to put a family tradition on hold for a while. This evening we’re having our last Friday Night Pizza Night with heaps of fresh toppings some wonderful foccacia on the side. Jim will miss his homebaked bread while he’s away, there really is nothing to compare to it.

And finally some of us have spent the last fortnight just hanging out in the house and relaxing… It’s a hard life being a dog!

Curly beagle

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Archie the wonder dog October 28, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Love the doggy photo, she looks so peaceful! (Archie is currently in almost exactly the same position!) I hope the next few months go quickly and smoothly – take care x

jo October 28, 2011 - 7:13 pm

Don’t do what I did with a baby in a pram and a toddler on a buggy board – put the lead around my wrist so I could hold on to the pram – do went one way and the pram followed it tipping over in the process. When the second dog came along youngest child was in a backpack and eldest one had to walk!

A Home In The Highlands October 28, 2011 - 7:20 pm

I’m holding out for the backpack! I think I should be ok to use one when he gets to 4 months and that will make life a LOT easier!

Lyn October 28, 2011 - 9:00 pm

good luck with the dog walking I hope the next few months go quickly and peacefully for you

Mandy October 29, 2011 - 3:40 am

Love your pics especially of your dog. too funny! I have yet to make it to Nova Scotia but its on my list of places to visit. If your an Anne of Green Gables fan than you just have to go to Prince Edward Island. =)

Magnolia Verandah October 29, 2011 - 7:29 am

I sympathise with your dilema, don’t think I could manage kids and dog (especially not my dog Max – a tearaway border collie). Must say it took me a couple of moments to decipher what I was looking at. Ahh then the brain kicked in “a very comfortable, no trouble, sleeping dog”!

Jeanette October 29, 2011 - 11:36 am

Hi Claire,
The weather is nicer later in spring (May onwards) so hopefully that is when you plan to come. Of course the obvious places in NS- Peggy’s Cove, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg. If you arrive later in the spring, towards summer PEI has a stretch of white beach that is amazing called the Singing Sands-miles of white sand. There is a restaurant in New Glasgow, PEI called the Old Mill that is fantastic, and in the same area a toy store that is all wooden, old fashioned toys (trains, planes, blocks etc). I could go on and on but this is what I’m thinking this morning. Of course you must visit Halifax as well (that is where I live) there is a lot of neat, old buildings downtown and many fantastic locally owned restaurants). I’m not as familiar with New Brunswick, but one of the nicest resorts is in a town called St. Andrews by the Sea, you could google that. Anyhow, have fun planning and drop a line if you have any questions!

The Barefoot Crofter October 29, 2011 - 7:55 pm

I seem to remember just managing with buggy and one dog, but 2 is a bit different. Backpack – or slings you could use now.
HAve fun planning your holiday. xx


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