The Gallery – Into the Archives

Tara at Sticky Fingers has asked us to delve into the archives for our old photos this week.  So as we are celebrating the two-year anniversary since our arrival in Canada on Saturday, I thought I’d share the 30 year old photos that started this whole journey.

1979 – Hubbie at the Niagara Gorge, aged 7



Hubbie & Sister in law carving pumpkins

This is my Husband and Sister-In-law on their first family holiday to Canada back in 1979. Who knew that this holiday would have such a profound effect on the life of that little 7 year old boy? As my Sister-in-law tells it they stood together looking out over the Niagara Falls when her younger brother announced that he would live in Canada one day and here we are some 34 years later about to celebrate 2 years as permanent residents.

Rainbow at Niagara Falls, 1979

The dream he had back then has now become a reality for our family, although it took the rest of us about 30 years to catch up.  We had our own trip to Toronto in 2006 that acted as a catalyst for the rest of us to decide that we also wanted to give the expat life a go.  I often wonder what would have happened if he never went on this holiday, where would we be now and would we have had the desire to move continents….?  Who knows? I aced my Geography A level due to a natural curiosity for people and places so maybe we would.

Niagara Gorge

What I do know with an absolute certainty that comes from my very core is that I am where I am supposed to be right now, for whatever reason fate has up her sleeve, this always was my destiny.



13 thoughts on “The Gallery – Into the Archives

  1. Mama Syder

    Gorgeous photos Lou! Love them! I knew little Bro meant what he said that day…I knew he would end up in Canada xxx

    P.S Would love copies of these photos if you wouldnt mind emailing them, when you get a spare min xxx

  2. Franglaise Mummy

    That’s so interesting as I was having this exact same conversation with my parents this weekend – a family holiday to France aged 8 had me falling in love with the country and everything French, fast forward 30 years and I’ve got a degree in the language, lived there for 13 years, am married to a Frenchman and have half French children.

  3. Gemma Wiseman

    Strange how you can get a call to a particular place and you get the feeling that call must be answered! I always wanted to live by the sea as a child! And now, at last, I live on a mountain by Port Phillip Bay. Lovely photos!

  4. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    It’s so wonderful that you have such certainty that this is where you were meant to end up – you are very lucky. Lovely photos, that show that the journey started a long time ago, and how fantastic that it was one that you were destined to join x

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