Category: Canada

Oh I forgot that!

September 2nd, 2015
On our recent holiday to Mykonos we forgot when this was taken.....:crazy: Times really are flying by....I Love my husband for the advantages and the adventures we have together..... more »

Time flies by this up is long overdue Eh?

December 2nd, 2014
So they say time flies by this was our third summer in this house. Another summer and a great one too. more »

Erm don't be surprised when u next see me

July 7th, 2014
so this weekend it happened, what you ask, well this...... sure what to say other than oh...thats what letters of the alphabet look like :crazy: more »

Longtime.....first camping trip

June 11th, 2014
Longtime.....its been a long winter and we have finally getting out and about our new room mate Travis, took us to a campsite in British Columbia near the hot spring we went too a few years back more »

The Summer 2013.

October 20th, 2013
Well summer has come and have to start with the flood...and we where right in the middle of it, we where lucky and suffered no damage, but 7 days with out electriscity, cold shaower and , put a different perspective on things..heres us b… more »

Whitewater Kayaking course

July 13th, 2013
The other weekend we did a whitewater kayaking course Aquabatices, It was fun!!, we started off on the thursday nig iin the pool over at out gym, just learning about the kayaks and getting in and out and how to turn yourself up right in the water, wh… more »

Weekend in the Okanagan Valley

May 24th, 2013
We had a long weekend in the Okanagan Valley the other week, to visit a friend have a drive in the truck, just typical the price of gas jump twenty cents the day before the long weekend, lesson learnt. It was a long drive 7 hours. Although the views thr… more »

Dave's Mums Visits

March 18th, 2013
Dave' Mum visited the other week for a skiing trip and to see the new house. We headed up to Banff for a few days when she was here, the weather was really nice and spring was in the air. We stayed in Banff and went skiing at Lake Louise, check out th… more »

Our first hockey game

February 19th, 2013
The other day we went to our first hockey games, the Calgary Flames were playing Minnesota Wild at the Saddledome. We had great seats three rows from the ice. I was a bit concerned as I had been told that the ames goes on for about 3 hours! there are 3 p… more »

New Year new skiing

January 21st, 2013
So we had a quite new years, it was bloody cold over xams and new year, It was great to be in the new house over the holidays, it was a shame that out things from the uk had still not arraived but they should be here anytime soon:) We also went skiing ov… more »

It's Christmas!

December 5th, 2012
treecouch update pics of house, snow pic from window, home made wine. pics frame facebook,jazz club, to many drummers, but i got to play a couple of time and really started to just understand what was going on.... so been practicing and have… more »

Busy few of weeks

August 5th, 2012
Its been a busy few weeks since I got back from the uk. We went to see some friends for a night in Canmore and went for a small hike in the mountains around the Nordic centre in Canmore. We have also had our 5th wedding anniversary and… more »


May 4th, 2012
We have finally found our home :DIts taken a while to find but we have finally found a new home hear in calgary. The house in in the Cliff Bungalow area of Calgary more abour the area can be found here… more »

Location, Location, Location

March 19th, 2012
This week we have have been house hunting in Calgary. We have managed to secure a rental apartment in the Lower Mount Royal area, which is cool, although we had to sign a six month lease as it is difficult to get a month on month lease apartment here88|… more »

There and back

January 24th, 2012
so last week we got the email which told us that our applications for permanent residency in Canada had been approved :DThey requested our pasports and things but as I am due to flight back to the uk we decised to tavel to Candain Office in Buffolo i… more »

Holiday in Vancouver and Whistler

December 20th, 2011
We have just had a couple of weeks holiday and we wnt to Vancouver to visit some friends and then on to Whislter skiing.We last visited Vancouver 10 years ago and downtown has really changed, we went for a walk on the waterfront around were we stayed… more »

Its winter

November 20th, 2011
We went for our first skiing day on friday, Dave has been really looking forward to the the skiing season starting and using his new helment :)Its also very cold here this week, its been -10 to -20 degrees, and the snow has arrived, we were… more »

The Bike and The Bow

September 23rd, 2011
One of the things I have loved while I have been here in Calgary over the summer is have a bike and taking rides around the bow river, the river has a great pathway for bike to use which can take you on may journeys around the rover into different parts… more »

Summer School for Drummers

September 18th, 2011
I attended a weeks drum set course at Mount Royal University in Calgary, the experience was really great and it was interesting to experience learning from a different team of professional, Tyler Hornby, Mark Kelso, Malcolm Lim and John Riley were really… more »

A weekend a Sylvan Lake

August 29th, 2011
We spent last weekend at Sylvan lake with was great the weather was hot and sunny and being by the water was nice, if not a bit chilly;)We went to the water park there, its not much but when the weather is sunny and hot is a lot of fun.[v… more »

Birthday in British Columbia

August 10th, 2011
Last weekend was my 45th and we went camping in Britich Coulumba, last year we went camping on my birthdayWe camped at Radium spring which has a hot springs the two is in the rocky mountains as in trigrams, we did have nice weather which always h… more »

Stampede and Rafting

July 19th, 2011
It's been a busy week, last week end we went to the Calgary Stampede, which was great although we did not go to the Rodo this time we have great fun walking around and seein the place, the weather was great, here are a couple of picsLast weeken… more »

Term 2 Week 10: Exam Week

March 21st, 2011
So its been done!The first half of the week was all exams and solo performance. I think everything went ok but I am really pleased with my solo performance, the performance of the track went really well, I had great initial feedback but all i could r… more »

Update on the Journey

January 5th, 2011
being back in clagary has givin me time to refelct on how much I have learnt about drumming, my approch to drumming is compleed differnt two years on from the last time I was in calgary, a lot has happened in this time, going to bimm, learnting meeting n… more »

We don't need no education...

September 19th, 2010
So it's the last week in Toronto coming up, have been practicing my table of time a lot this week - simple sticking pattens RLRL, going from 1/4 to 1/8th to 16th to 32nd. I am pleased that I have finally been able to pick up my speed, but progress is sl… more »

Scissor Sisters and Hoo Doos in the Badlands

September 6th, 2010
The week started in Toronto with an intimate concert with the Scissor Sisters. It was a great show - its amazing how energetic Jake Sheers and Ana Matronic are on stage, and how well they worked the crowd. Some of it was work - I learned a lot from watch… more »

Backcountry Canoing in Algonquin Park

August 9th, 2010
Last yearthis yearquite/still more »

Camping Near Port Dover

July 24th, 2010
Well last weekend we went camping down near Port Dover.The weather was really nice and we could not have asked for nicer. we arrive on Friday night and after setting up camp and getting eaten alive by bugs we set about using out new camp site oven to… more »

Hoilday in Toronto

July 9th, 2010
So we have been doing a few things over the last couple of weeks, Dave is working hard and is stressed with job, taxman and our residency application. I am trying to keep looking for things to do and keep his mind on work and things, last weekend we spe… more »

Term 3 Week 1: Absent WithOut Leave

April 25th, 2010
So I missed week one of Term 3:'(Have had a long extra week here in Toronto watching the news and finally seeing the air flight restrictions lifted. So I am flight back on Sunday night so should miss Mondays lessons but should make Tuesdays.Have… more »

Term 3 Week 1: Dan vs The Volcano

April 18th, 2010
Its been a weird week was looking forward to getting back to the UK to start Term 3 next week had done lots of work on ACDC - Back in Black and The Police - Roxanne to Pre-Prodiuction and LPW but it looks like I will not get the opportunity to play these… more »

It's Holiday time

April 1st, 2010
So we are off skiing to Whistler next week :D A whole week of not drumming along time since that happened.This week I have been practicing different tracks fro next term and practicing my sight reading with my iPhone app… more »

Term 2 Week 10

March 19th, 2010
Well that is term two over, I had no idea when I started last September how quickly each term would pass.Assessments this week, solo perfoamce did not go as well as I would have liked and I would have beeen disapointed if I had not had the knowlegde… more »

Xmas 2009

December 30th, 2009
Its been a quite Xmas in Toronto, amazingly there has been on snow in Downtown. We have been to see Avatar with was amazing and yesterday we went to Second City to see a comedy sketch show. We have been looking a number of apartments and put in an offer… more »

Term 1: The Retrospective

December 19th, 2009
This blog entry was written as an Interview by Dave….What was the best bit?Playing live on stage, even though i didn't make a very good job of it. I found it very exciting - as soon as i came off stage i wanted to go back and do it again (and it wa… more »

Chasing Waterfalls, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario.

September 5th, 2009
Well it is my last weekend in Canada for a while as I am due back in the uk to start at BIMM. So for the last day I wanted to drive out into the country and photograph some waterfalls and try the trick of getting the water to look like cotton wool, first… more »

Expo and the Zoo

August 29th, 2009
So this being may last full weekend in Toronto until xmas, we had set out to go to the Fan Expo and the Zoo. On arriving at the Fan Expo, the queue to get in was horrendous, so with Dave's "can we not get a executive tickets?" option out of the questi… more »

There's a bat in our Belfry

August 26th, 2009
Weird thing last night a bat flew into our apartment :!: While the opportunity was there we took these pics, it took us a while but Dave managed to gently catch it in a towel and put it outside, we hope it is ok.. more »

Wilderness Canoeing in Algonquin Park

August 19th, 2009
Last weekend we spent a tough but magical three days canoeing in Algonquin park. The idea was Dave's as he wanted to experience the true wilderness, and it truly was, no mobile phone signal, no roads, no shops and no rescue if things got tricky, with the… more »

2nd Wedding Anniversary (Paper)

July 31st, 2009
We had a great time on our 2nd Wedding Anniversary (Paper) earlier this week. I had booked us into the revolving restaurant at the CN Tower, the food was great and the views spectacular, we saw in the distance a thunder storm which was very impressive. Y… more »

Elora Gorge Camping

July 26th, 2009
This weekend we went to Elora Gorge - camping. It rained. It took us about 4 hours to get there from Toronto - crazy Friday afternoon Toronto traffic in the rain. But the campsite was really nice...On Friday night we cooked Wieners on the fire wi… more »

Toronto adventure begins...

July 19th, 2009
We have moved in to our fabulous apartment at 50 John St in the heart of the Entertainment District, just down from the Rogers Centre and the CN Tower. From the roof top of the apartment you have a great view of the CN Tower. I have started to… more »

The first World Tour Video

July 11th, 2009
Mucking around with iMovie and this is what we created.... [video:youtube:sAOuwSoxqVo] more »

Spring & summer in Calgary

June 14th, 2009
Dave is on his own in Calgary since I deserted him for a holiday in the UK. Spring finally arrived in Calgary, and everything sprung to life....including the Geese with their gang of Chicks... Dave's last week in Calgary ends on the 17th Jun… more »

In the uk and Tendonities

June 1st, 2009
Well I am back in the UK for the month of June, catching up with friends and family. Just got back from the Doctors, she suspects that I have tendinitis in my right hand, so will need to lay of the drumming for a while. Luckily the weather is holding up… more »

Spring in Banff

May 11th, 2009
Dave has been working away alot and I have been drumming a bit over the last couple of weeks as the videos show. Last weekend started with Dave getting a new MacBook, which he has wanted for sometime. We also stayed overnight in Banff so that w… more »

For Dave : Comfortably Numb

May 3rd, 2009
This one was done for Dave. One day I will perform this live for him. [video:youtube:iJtIy-k53B4] more »

Disco - Working with Tommy Igoe - Groove Essentials

April 15th, 2009
Some people have asked and others want to know what I do with my time so here you are. This is one of the tracks I practice most days - Since getting a place at BIMM, I have been working through the Tommy Igoe - Groove Essentials book, this is one of… more »

Take a walk with me in Downtown Calgary

April 14th, 2009
Really wanted to do a quick video of Downtown Calgary, so was working on a track in Logic, using a combination of loops/samples and my own beats and samples and this is what I came up with. [video:youtube:ZJmVHdrvF34] more »

Skiing In Banff

April 8th, 2009
So when Judy was here we finished off our week of skiing in Banff. We took the SLR camera up with us one day to try out the sports mode, here of some shots of us in action.There are plenty more shots so check out the Photostrem on fli… more »

Sking the Power Line in Fernie BC

April 7th, 2009
Here is a short video of use all skiing the Power Line run, it was great fun, and you could smell the pine trees.[video:youtube:cndeekmvupc] more »

Ferine to Banff

April 7th, 2009
While we were at Fernie we found the best place to eat on the slopes here, a small cafe called the Lost Boys, the views just takes your breath away, unfortunately the weather was not great to get a picture of the view, but we did take a group photo on th… more »

Model Village photo

April 5th, 2009
Hey, was watching the BBC Click programme the other day. They showed this site which manipulates your photos so that they look like a models. I had a go and here is what happened, the original is a couple of photos down. The view is from the Calgary Towe… more »

Dinner a loft the Calgary Tower

March 30th, 2009
Dave's mum, (the mother in law) Judy, visited so I booked us in to the Calgary Tower Restaurant to have dinner before we left for skiing. The restaurant had really amazing views and the food was not bad either. Here are some of the pics, check out… more »

Sking in Fernie BC

March 23rd, 2009
So Dave, his Mother and I have hit the slops of Fernie BC, the conditions have not been to great but as spring has arrived, so what can we expect. Here we all are on the ski lift, I now have a helmet...Dave and his mother discuss tactics for… more »

Morning Walk

March 12th, 2009
Since we moved to the new apartment we no long have access to a gym, so to keep up my fitness levels I decided to walk/jog 3 times a week around the riverfront. Today I took the camera to take some pictures, the route I take is about 2 miles, with a Star… more »

Working with Tommy Igoe - Groove Essentials

March 7th, 2009
Ok, so I have been working with the Tommy Igoe - Groove Essentials DVD and book now for about a month, yesterday I was able to drum along with all the eight notes rock grooves. I was drumming for about 40 min's non stop which was good for me, I am also w… more »

A Drive to Elbow Falls

March 1st, 2009
I have been getting over the flu this week and have had not very nice mouth ulcers and cold scores. On Saturday I was feeling better but did not have the energy to go skiing so we had a drive out to Brag Creek situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mo… more »

Sunday Walk along the Bow River

February 25th, 2009
We have moved along the Bow river to a new apartment, which costs us less and will allow us to save towards my BIMM fees. The river is still frozen, but spring is coming as the ducks and the sun are out. Although today it is -22 and snowing. Will p… more »

Skiing in Fernie

February 9th, 2009
This weekend we went down to Fernie to sample the Legendary Powder - we stayed overnight without drum pad and sticks. Fernie was really good - the weather was gorgeous and the snow was legendary.While we were on the chair lift a strange old man k… more »

Back in Calgary

February 3rd, 2009
Hey so just as I left the uk the snow started and it would appear that they are having fun but not coping well. Spent yesterday practicing on my drums. I was advised at my audition to work with two books, one called Tommy Igoe Groove Essentials and… more »

Xmas (The Holidays) in Canada

December 30th, 2008
Christmas here is referred to as the Holidays, it is strange not to have a Xmas at home in the UK. I have been busy getting ready for my audition and drumming a lot, Dave has been working!!!!!! The weather here has been, lets say extreme, the temp… more »

Our hoiliday in Banff

December 15th, 2008
After six months of working without a holiday, Dave and I spent 10 days up at Banff, skiing and getting to know the Rockies. Banff is in a national park and after spending sometime there I can understand why. Along with the skiing, which was great we… more »

It is cold!!!

December 13th, 2008
We woke up this morning and the weather is snowy and -21 with a windchill of -37. I opened the balcony door to see what -21 feels like, but hey, it was not that cold for the 10 seconds that I poked my head out into the freezing day. Tomorow, is du… more »

The First Day of our Ski Holiday

November 25th, 2008
Well folks it has arrived, the long awaited holiday is here. Dave has hung up his computer and phone and we are on HOLIDAY :):) The skiing conditions are perfect, sunny up in Sunshine Banff and the slopes are clear. We are staying at the Fox Hotel… more »

Night Walk in the Snow

November 19th, 2008
The other night Dave's suggested that we went for a walk along the river in the snow, of cause I jumped at the idea ;) So we dressed for the cold and took the camera. We also discovered that there are Hare's on the island. I also went o… more »

Photo Inclusion‏

November 6th, 2008
If you remember I told you that a photo we took, Dave and I cannot agree whom took the photo. Was submitted for slection for use on a website, well success, the photo has been used click the link above to see it. more »

Princes Island Park

November 3rd, 2008
We are lucky that we live just up from the Bow River that runs through Calgary, the source of the river is the Rockies. The other weekend we went for walk in the Princes Island Park, in the Bow River, its full of public art and a nice place to walk.… more »

Here is the News

October 27th, 2008
A couple of news items for you. Firstly many of you may know that a couple of years ago my Dad published a book of his Grandfather's WW1 diary. Well on the the 3rd November he and hopefully the book will be featured on a BBC programme at 10.35pm… more »

Arrival at Calgary

October 19th, 2008
We have up'd sticks and moved to Calgary in preparation for the coming winter Ski Season. We arrived at the tail end of the Summer and have had some great warm weather. Here are some views form our new apartment. Dave is working a lot m… more »

Another Song from Edmonton

October 10th, 2008
this is another song that i worked on in Edmonton over the summer, as with the other, all the music was played or programmed by me, this concludes the Edmonton part of our adventure. See you in Calgary! [video:youtube:0dzwr8rpYKo] more »

Music made in Edmonton

October 9th, 2008
While I was in Edmonton I worked on a couple of music tracks, I played these to Juliet and Lee when I was back in the UK and they thought that that they were worth putting out there. The problem I have is that if left to me I would tweak them forever, so… more »


October 6th, 2008
A couple of weeks ago now, I visited England for a few days and it was great to see everyone, although we have only been in Canada for 10 weeks it felt a lot longer. It was great to see everyone doing well and that not much had changed other than Oliver… more »

Edmonton the last days

September 27th, 2008
As most of you know we have up'd sticks and moved to Calgary. Our last night in Edmonton we went out for dinner to our favorite Mexican diner to sample their Bulldog Margaritas. So we leave behind us the city of Edmonton for the time… more »

In search for the Bison

August 31st, 2008
Yesterday we drove to Elk Island National Park in search Bison. We went in our new rental car.. the Mustang.... Unfortunately we saw no Bison although there was plenty of evidence of them. The views and walks were spectacular. more »


August 17th, 2008
The August Bank holiday weekend was our first Canadian camping expedition. We went to a camp site in Red Deer which is between Edmonton and Calgary. The previous weekend we bought the cheapest camping gear including tent, chairs, sleepmats, sleeping bags… more »

Dave by the Jeep

July 31st, 2008
Here's a picture f Dave by the Jeep in Jasper last weekend.;) more »

Anniversary Weekend in Jasper National Park

July 29th, 2008
For our first wedding anniversary we spent the weekend in the Jasper National Park. We stayed in a very romantic hotel by the side of a lake. On our way to the hotel we saw a Elk by the road, apparently Jasper National Park is a great… more »

The Devonian Botanic Garden

July 23rd, 2008
Last weekend we visited the Devonian Botanic Gardens. The Garden includes an authentic Japanese Garden, attractive floral gardens, collections of native and alpine plants, ecological reserves, and is situated within an attractive rolling landscape of pin… more »

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

July 16th, 2008
Last week I went to the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, which is held in Edmonton's Sir Winston Churchill Sq. The festival features world class performers, whom entertain the public. I saw the amazing Space Cowboy who swallows sword… more »

Calgary Stampede

July 12th, 2008
Last weekend we had our first look at Calgary. We stayed in the Hyatt hotel which is in the heart of the downtown area. We were there to see the Calgary Stampede, which bills itself as The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, it is a large festival, exhibitio… more »

The first couple of days

July 2nd, 2008
Over the weekend we started to explore Edmonton. Dave has been working hard so had not really done much at the weekends. Here is a picture of Edmonton from our hotel. On Saturday we went to the West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping mall in… more »

My arrival

June 29th, 2008
I have arrived, went to have a beer and a burger in the hotel bar with Dave. Here is the first of many pics taken with Dave's new camera. more »

The start of the Adventure

June 17th, 2008
The flight is booked for 27th June. Firstly, I would like to thank Lee for all his effort in putting together this blog for us, he is a good friend and we will miss him, Juliet and Oliver. The idea is that by visiting the site now and again you wi… more »