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Expat Diaries: 4 Months until Christmas

I’ve come to view this blog a little bit like a diary – a trove of Toronto memories to look back on one day.

It therefore shocked me to find my last blog post was in April! I honestly cannot believe it has been that long. Every week I’ve told myself I should write another blog post soon… and it’s been put off and put off. Now it feels like, where do I even start? There’s too much to say!

But I do have an exciting excuse as to why blog writing has taken a back seat these past six months – and that is I’ve been spending my ‘writing time’ working on a novel. I’m now just over 40,000 words in, so nicely over the halfway mark. It’s a dream I’ve had for as long as I can remember and my target is to get a first draft completed by Christmas – which is also the date, coincidentally, we’ve set ourselves for moving back to the UK.

I’m super excited to be going home, but I’m also looking forward to the next few months in Canada. There’s lots to be enthusiastic about:

–          Two sets of visitors from home in September

–          Fall – my favourite time of year in Canada

–          A roadtrip from Vancouver to Calgary, through the Rocky Mountains

–          And hopefully catch the start of Winter and snow!

I feel like there hasn’t been much of a summer in Toronto this year. It’s certainly been nowhere near as hot as 2016 – and pretty gloomy with a few warmer days thrown in here and there.

My summer highlights were actually UK based as we had two weddings at home. It was so nice to get back and see everyone. It also made me think a lot more about next year and start forward planning.

But we have been trying to make the most of our final chunk of time here. We’ve re-visited favourite places, such as Evergreen Brickworks – which I discovered has a completely different feel in summer compared to Spring. We were even lucky enough to spot a few turtles there last weekend. Once of the best things about living in Canada for me has been seeing the different wildlife we don’t get back home.

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Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto. Turtle!
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Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, in summer

We’ve also been venturing slightly out of Toronto to Hamilton, to explore the large array of waterfalls and scenery.

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‘Devil’s Punchbowl’ waterfall, Hamilton. Worth the hike! 
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Albion Falls, Hamilton
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Beautiful views from Dundas Peak, Hamilton

It feels like we’re drastically running out of weekends before the weather properly turns!

Do you have any recommendations for ‘must-do things’ before we leave Toronto at Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!

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