2012 Begins, a little early!

I am writing this, our first blog entry, from an Amtrak train sitting at Niagara watching the snow fall. We have just arrived here from Toronto en route to Vermont to visit with Heather & Scott. I digress slightly. Peter and I flew to Toronto on 21 December via Auckland and Los Angeles, to spend Christmas with Kristian. It was a wonderful week, enjoying the sights of Toronto, eating at some lovely restaurants and spending time with Kris and his girlfriend Celine.

Christmas Day in Toronto

CHRISTMAS DAY WITH KRISTIAN AND CELINE

JULIE & CELINE

We cooked a turkey in our apartment, Kristian arrived with a small tree to make it a bit more “Christmasy” and we tuned the TV into the “Fireplace Chanel”. Yes there is such a thing. All it shows are various fireplaces that fill your screen, complete with sound affects of crackling logs.

Unfortunately today’s snow is the first we have had other than a few light flurries last night. We had hoped for a white Christmas but it was not to be. We rented a great apartment within an easy walk of a lot of things. It was a bit chilly to do too much walking, minus 7c on one day, but we did get out most days. Kristian has also just moved into a new apartment. Super small, barely room for his couch and TV but has a great kitchen, floor to ceiling windows, a huge deck and is brand new.
The train we are on will take about 10 hours to reach Albany, New York where Heather will pick us up. It is then another couple of hours drive to Rutland where they live. We are spending New Year with Scott and Heather and their two sons Shaun and James, then from there we will drive to Sunday River ski resort in Maine for 5 days.

THE STREAM IN HEATHER AND SCOTT’S GARDEN

HEATHER AND SCOTT’S  HOUSE

KEEPING WARM BY THE FIRE

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER

CHAMPAGNE ALL AROUND FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE

 Peter and I will fly out of Portland, Maine to Tampa on the 8th and then drive over to St Augustine to see how well “Anything Goes” has survived the summer without us!

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