Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Boing Boing Boing - Spring Has Sprung

I may have been a little hopeful stating that we'd hopefully have the ice rink until the end of March. We have had an early thaw for the past few weeks with the tell tale steady melting of snow resulting in the constant 24 hour trickling of water down the road drains only now coming to an end.

And if you needed any more proof, the geese are back, which is a sure sign that Spring is well on its way. Starting with ones or two in the last 24-48 hours, this morning saw a few small flocks heading north!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Gold All Round

A great end to the Olympics saw not only the Canadian mens ice hockey team beat the US for gold but Wills team fittingly won their league final to take home their very own piece of gold too.

The end of February has marked the end of the kids hockey leagues but they still have a few tornaments to play in as well as Maisies teams BIG event playing between the first and second period break at the Manitoba Moose game this Tuesday. Go Maisie!!!

Both Wills and Maisie have made good use of the rink we made out the back and even I have pulled on my skates for a few humiliating games on the ice, only to come in stiff, bruised and tired. Ha ha ha. Hopefully we will still get a few more weeks out of our rink and who knows we might even get Cat out there ... yeh right! ;-)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Well only a few days left until the big day. We are sparce on the snow front whilst all around us everyone in North America and back home in the UK and Europe are enjoying a Winterpeg winter.

Even though we have had very cold temperatures we have held off on the outside rink for snow that will help seal the base before flooding with water. Minus 15 temperatures are forcast over the Christmas break with plenty of snow so I can see what I will be making in the coming days with any tools that Father Christmas brings me.

We are now in our offical break from ice hockey until the new year with a mammoth seven sessions on indoor and outdoor ice over the weekend. Wow are we looking forward to a few lay ins.

Monday, December 7, 2009

And.. Then Winter Arrived

Tempting fate did it and we are now in to double minus digits in the temperature stakes, winter is here. Although, we have had some snow its been only a dusting really with no more than a few centimetres in the last week.

All bodes well for the outside rink making!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Snow Geese But No Snow

We are almost in to December and there are a few straggler snow geese hanging around and very very little snow. In fact we had a dusting on Saturday which all but melted yesterday, a very mild November here indeed.

If the forecast is anything to go by it will be a lot colder in the next few weeks so our white Christmas is all but in the bag! Talking of Christmas our outside lights are up as are many of our neighbours, some have even had their indoor trees up for much of November!!!

Plans are a foot for an outdoor ice rink in the field this year, I have the plans, I just need the wood, thermals oh and some cold weather!!!! More to come hopefully in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lots of Firsts and Lasts Too

The past few weeks have seen a few lasts, like the last bike rides, the last of our home grown potatoes and carrots dug out of the ground after our first dump of snow (3cm-4cm). The neighbours must have thought we were nuts gardening in the snow. Oh well!!!

Another first was the first early mornings of the hockey season and the very first for Maisie, and yes that is her under all that protective gear and helmet. She loves it as does Will after his summer break.

More geese here this year than we have previously seen. Masses and masses in the field behind us, peppering our vehicles and driveway with their not so tidy goose poop as they fly over. The early morning and late evening mass flights of what must be hundreds of geese skimming the roof tops and honking as they go makes for an ever present reminder that soon enough winter will be upon us and when it is the geese will be gone until spring. But, until then we will enjoy the geese even for all of their poop!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wow Its Been a While

Had a few weeks off but back on the blog now! We have had a great early September, probably the best run of sun of the whole summer. We did have a sharp reminder that winter is just around the corner yesterday with a drop in the temperature but its promised to be back up to late summer highs today!!!

The geese are getting ready to fly south at the drop of the first snow with swoops over our house and formation flying in front of our bedroom window on almost a daily basis. Because of the wet summer we have had a permanent lake in the field behind us so this year the geese numbers during the day are the highest we have seen. I think this will make their departure at the start of winter all the more of a wrench!

You may be getting the impression that I am not looking forward to winter this year. Well you would be right! After last years winter I am dreading it, but, we are promised a milder winter this year by the weather guys - Yeh right! We will see :-).

Of course with winter comes ice hockey and this year will see Maisie in her debut year as a TimBit hockey player! So, starting this weekend the morning hockey sessions start for both Wills and Maisie - bring it on!!!

We saw one of our favourite bands Keane just one week ago in Winnipeg and we took Wills as part of his birthday present - it was great. The theatre is one of the older venues but it does have great acoustics and there is not a bad seat in the house. Wills picked up a T-shirt and thoroughly enjoyed himself as did Cat and I.

Phew, that was a marathon!!! Promise to keep up more regular entries in future.