Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Canada > Canniversary
Reload this Page >

6 months in the Creek

6 months in the Creek

Old Jun 11th 2013, 7:58 am
  #1  
BE Forum Addict
Thread Starter
 
Robin (The Gadget family)'s Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2006
Location: Black Creek, Vancouver Island since December 2012
Posts: 1,385
Robin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond repute
Default 6 months in the Creek

I love being here and still find myself wondering how we managed to get here. Is my stay about to end? Do I have to get on a plane and return to England? Suburban North Surrey seems a million miles away and this life style couldn't be more different.

We live 12 km from the main highway at the end of a very long road. Bears live around here side by side with the deer. Cougars are often sighted. The scenery is staggeringly beautiful and not a day goes by without me appreciating the sea,mountain or lake views.

I have not struggled to adapt in the slightest, maybe because I had a nomadic upbringing. Andy was here 16 months ahead of me along with our daughter and said that he does not want to go back either and loves it here.

Our daughter struggles with living so far away from town but has recently made friends within cycling distance so has friends to hang out with after school. She has a full on Canadian accent at the end of the school day but it still changes back to the English accent by evening. She is excited to have been invited to her friends graduation party at the end of the month. She plays soccer and loves walking the dog.

Our son has moved out of home and lives in a cabin on the main road and has a job locally in the pizza delivery place that is also a coffee stop. We don't see him that often but pop in for a cup of tea from time to time.

I guess for me this move has been about providing an alternative lifestyle in a different country for our kids and reuniting my brothers and me, who live within 300 yards. Our mother is here too now and lives in a converted cabin at the top of one of my brothers property. We are close and enjoy each others company daily.

I have only positive feelings about my last 6 months and have no desire to even visit the UK.

Loving it!
Robin (The Gadget family) is offline  
Old Jun 11th 2013, 1:42 pm
  #2  
BE Forum Addict
 
DandNHill's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Somewhere in Hamilton, ON
Posts: 4,240
DandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 6 months in the Creek

Originally Posted by Robin (The Gadget family) View Post
I love being here and still find myself wondering how we managed to get here. Is my stay about to end? Do I have to get on a plane and return to England? Suburban North Surrey seems a million miles away and this life style couldn't be more different.

We live 12 km from the main highway at the end of a very long road. Bears live around here side by side with the deer. Cougars are often sighted. The scenery is staggeringly beautiful and not a day goes by without me appreciating the sea,mountain or lake views.

I have not struggled to adapt in the slightest, maybe because I had a nomadic upbringing. Andy was here 16 months ahead of me along with our daughter and said that he does not want to go back either and loves it here.

Our daughter struggles with living so far away from town but has recently made friends within cycling distance so has friends to hang out with after school. She has a full on Canadian accent at the end of the school day but it still changes back to the English accent by evening. She is excited to have been invited to her friends graduation party at the end of the month. She plays soccer and loves walking the dog.

Our son has moved out of home and lives in a cabin on the main road and has a job locally in the pizza delivery place that is also a coffee stop. We don't see him that often but pop in for a cup of tea from time to time.

I guess for me this move has been about providing an alternative lifestyle in a different country for our kids and reuniting my brothers and me, who live within 300 yards. Our mother is here too now and lives in a converted cabin at the top of one of my brothers property. We are close and enjoy each others company daily.

I have only positive feelings about my last 6 months and have no desire to even visit the UK.

Loving it!
Your life sounds wonderful. I'm so glad it worked out for you

I understand about not wanting to go to the UK. I don't either. Recently I had a friend in the UK ask me when I was coming home!! I am home!!! lol
DandNHill is offline  
Old Jun 11th 2013, 2:32 pm
  #3  
Happy
 
Howefamily's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,923
Howefamily has a reputation beyond reputeHowefamily has a reputation beyond reputeHowefamily has a reputation beyond reputeHowefamily has a reputation beyond reputeHowefamily has a reputation beyond reputeHowefamily has a reputation beyond reputeHowefamily has a reputation beyond reputeHowefamily has a reputation beyond reputeHowefamily has a reputation beyond reputeHowefamily has a reputation beyond reputeHowefamily has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 6 months in the Creek

Sounds fabulous, thanks for sharing
Howefamily is offline  
Old Jun 11th 2013, 7:02 pm
  #4  
All Sooked up!
 
james.mc's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Sooke, BC.
Posts: 1,889
james.mc has a reputation beyond reputejames.mc has a reputation beyond reputejames.mc has a reputation beyond reputejames.mc has a reputation beyond reputejames.mc has a reputation beyond reputejames.mc has a reputation beyond reputejames.mc has a reputation beyond reputejames.mc has a reputation beyond reputejames.mc has a reputation beyond reputejames.mc has a reputation beyond reputejames.mc has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 6 months in the Creek

Hey Robin. Glad it's all going well.

Quite a long haul from the start of your immigration process, but you got there in the end and family reunited which is what counts. Good luck!
james.mc is offline  
Old Jun 11th 2013, 11:56 pm
  #5  
BE user by choice
 
MillieF's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: A Briton, married to a Canadian, now in Fredericton.
Posts: 4,851
MillieF has a reputation beyond reputeMillieF has a reputation beyond reputeMillieF has a reputation beyond reputeMillieF has a reputation beyond reputeMillieF has a reputation beyond reputeMillieF has a reputation beyond reputeMillieF has a reputation beyond reputeMillieF has a reputation beyond reputeMillieF has a reputation beyond reputeMillieF has a reputation beyond reputeMillieF has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 6 months in the Creek

You have only positive feelings...and how could we say anything but...Well done You! The majority of problems that you might encounter, are all due to negative feelings.....you don't have them, and that is wonderful. You are going to be really happy here and your life for you and your family, will be exactly as you wanted great stuff
MillieF is offline  
Old Jun 12th 2013, 1:30 am
  #6  
BE Forum Addict
Thread Starter
 
Robin (The Gadget family)'s Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2006
Location: Black Creek, Vancouver Island since December 2012
Posts: 1,385
Robin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 6 months in the Creek

Originally Posted by DandNHill View Post
Your life sounds wonderful. I'm so glad it worked out for you

I understand about not wanting to go to the UK. I don't either. Recently I had a friend in the UK ask me when I was coming home!! I am home!!! lol
Yes, home is here and it's just taken 33 years to be able to say that since being here in 1979.

Originally Posted by Howefamily View Post
Sounds fabulous, thanks for sharing


Originally Posted by james.mc View Post
Hey Robin. Glad it's all going well.

Quite a long haul from the start of your immigration process, but you got there in the end and family reunited which is what counts. Good luck!
Hi James, I see that you are now down in Sooke, equally happy I hope....

Originally Posted by MillieF View Post
You have only positive feelings...and how could we say anything but...Well done You! The majority of problems that you might encounter, are all due to negative feelings.....you don't have them, and that is wonderful. You are going to be really happy here and your life for you and your family, will be exactly as you wanted great stuff
Thanks Millie, yup, cup always half full, no point in negativity. I can't remember when I last had a crap day!
Robin (The Gadget family) is offline  
Old Jun 12th 2013, 2:55 am
  #7  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
ann m's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Cochrane, Alberta
Posts: 7,839
ann m has a reputation beyond reputeann m has a reputation beyond reputeann m has a reputation beyond reputeann m has a reputation beyond reputeann m has a reputation beyond reputeann m has a reputation beyond reputeann m has a reputation beyond reputeann m has a reputation beyond reputeann m has a reputation beyond reputeann m has a reputation beyond reputeann m has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 6 months in the Creek

Hello Robin <waves manically> - lovely update - sooooo glad to hear it's all going well.
ann m is offline  
Old Jun 12th 2013, 3:08 am
  #8  
BE Forum Addict
Thread Starter
 
Robin (The Gadget family)'s Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2006
Location: Black Creek, Vancouver Island since December 2012
Posts: 1,385
Robin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond reputeRobin (The Gadget family) has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 6 months in the Creek

Originally Posted by ann m View Post
Hello Robin <waves manically> - lovely update - sooooo glad to hear it's all going well.
Aaaaah - Ann, thought you'd be along sometime, especially since you were one of my first contacts on BE.

I have thought about doing a book-keeping course because a lot of people don't seem to be able to put their books together or to do their tax returns. I have done 4 tax returns now and am pleased to report that they make more sense after the 4th one.

Off to taste the contents of my slow cooker.....another Canadian habit....
Robin (The Gadget family) is offline  
Old Jun 12th 2013, 5:37 am
  #9  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 232
bcmama is just really nicebcmama is just really nicebcmama is just really nicebcmama is just really nicebcmama is just really nicebcmama is just really nicebcmama is just really nicebcmama is just really nicebcmama is just really nice
Default Re: 6 months in the Creek

That's a great update, hope you continue to enjoy for many years!
bcmama is offline  
Old Jun 12th 2013, 12:35 pm
  #10  
Pondering a career change
 
Mikeypm's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2012
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
Posts: 2,584
Mikeypm has a reputation beyond reputeMikeypm has a reputation beyond reputeMikeypm has a reputation beyond reputeMikeypm has a reputation beyond reputeMikeypm has a reputation beyond reputeMikeypm has a reputation beyond reputeMikeypm has a reputation beyond reputeMikeypm has a reputation beyond reputeMikeypm has a reputation beyond reputeMikeypm has a reputation beyond reputeMikeypm has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 6 months in the Creek

Great update and glad to hear that it is all positive and you have such a postive outlook on everything
Mikeypm is offline  
Old Jun 13th 2013, 12:00 am
  #11  
Purpe80 in another life..
 
Clematis's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 665
Clematis has a reputation beyond reputeClematis has a reputation beyond reputeClematis has a reputation beyond reputeClematis has a reputation beyond reputeClematis has a reputation beyond reputeClematis has a reputation beyond reputeClematis has a reputation beyond reputeClematis has a reputation beyond reputeClematis has a reputation beyond reputeClematis has a reputation beyond reputeClematis has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 6 months in the Creek

So happy to hear that (still) Robin, great update, lots of love to you all
Clematis is offline  
Old Jun 13th 2013, 4:37 pm
  #12  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Nova Scotia (from Scotland)
Posts: 1,031
izzi81 has a reputation beyond reputeizzi81 has a reputation beyond reputeizzi81 has a reputation beyond reputeizzi81 has a reputation beyond reputeizzi81 has a reputation beyond reputeizzi81 has a reputation beyond reputeizzi81 has a reputation beyond reputeizzi81 has a reputation beyond reputeizzi81 has a reputation beyond reputeizzi81 has a reputation beyond reputeizzi81 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 6 months in the Creek

Great post your life sounds perfect, so glad it's all worked out for you! Hopefully we'll be posting something similar in 6 months or so. Your life sounds idyllic
izzi81 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.