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Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011…

For no reason I can think of, I’ve wandered far astray.
And that is how I got to where I find myself today.

Calvin and Hobbes

So, there goes another decade then….

We’ve lived in London, Eastbourne, Hastings and now Canada in this particular one, got 2 cats, experienced broken arms, fingers and slashed ankles. Been a day trader, tutor, web designer, musician and bread maker, made our own wine, beer, learnt to bake our own bread, baked beans and chewy bars.

In the last year though, one stand out memory was of course, the kids first major gig, Muse in Vancouver. The following drive back through the mountains at 2 in the morning to get back in time for the first footie tournament of the season was a bit of a "high point" too….

We managed to get the mutha in lore out into the wilderness too, albeit for a few days!

Speaking of footie, imminent in 2011 is out first trip across the border, into the US. The team "management" have decided to forgo the usual sojourn to Kamloops and head to Coure d’Alaine, which I have been reliably informed is a fantastic place to visit. So we’re looking forward to that in May.

Much more camping is planned. We hope to get a grip on the "BC Campground 3 Month in Advance Booking Shenanigans" and get prepared with some good slots in plenty of time this year.

With any luck, at some point in this coming year, the Missus will also be granted her Canadian Citizenship, meaning we can then come and go, should that be our want, without having to deal with any more wonderful Canadian Bureaucracy! As she says, "she’s done her time"….

Back in August, we passed the 5 years in Canada point. That means it’s been over 5 years since we were on England’s shores, over 5 years since we saw some of our friends, over 5 years since the missus and us, saw her grandmother and mine and over 5 years since I last saw my middle brother.

That’s too long for all of those things.

2011 will and has to be, our make or break year for living in Canada. It was supposed to be 2010, but we got sidetracked, as usual and, as the curtains were coming down, the chairs put away, something happened and I ended up coaching Sam’s footie team…. but with the kids getting bigger we need more living space, at the very least and therefore a bit more cash coming in to cover it. So it’s going to be interesting to see what the next year or so brings us.

The clock is ticking and not in our favour….

In the meantime, have a Happy New Year, one and all and remember, the immortal words of Kurt Vonnegut, “We’re on earth to fart around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different."

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