Christmas Lights & Presents

WOOHOO, exams are officially over!  I finished my last exam on Tuesday night (pray for my marks, please..), and to celebrate, Shaugn and I went out to North Rustico to look at all the Christmas lights.  If you are from the Island, you should definitely check out the lights in North Rustico.  It all started (I believe) with a family who lost their son over 20 years ago, who decorate their yard bright enough for him to see from heaven.  From there, multiple homes within the community have also gone to insane levels of decorating, and it is definitely a sure way to get you into the Christmas spirit.  You’ll even be greeted by a boat covered in lights as you enter the community.

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Also this week, Shaugn and I had our early Christmas.  We did this last year and, keeping with tradition, did it again this year!   Shaugn and I don’t really get to see each other over the holidays because he spends his in Montreal and I spend mine on lil ol’ PEI.  So, our options are have Christmas before he leaves for the holidays, drag all the presents to Montreal and have Christmas on the 28th when I get there, or wait until after we get back on January.  So, we have elected to do an early Christmas!  I do have to admit, it feel weird opening presents early, and we even cheated and opened them a day earlier than we said we would this year, but it is so great to watch each other open the presents, and guess what each gift it, and just spend our little holiday together 🙂

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Christmas Lights & Presents

Lesson Learned

One of the things Jeff is always telling me is never to go anywhere without my camera.  Today, I learned the real reason why this little tip is so important.  We went out for lunch today, and didn’t really have any plans after that, so we decided to see what icebergs were out around the coast.  As soon as we got out to Torbay, the fog started to roll in.  This is something I have never witnessed before in my life, and it was breathtaking.  And here I was, without a camera.  My heart took a serious plummet to my stomach, I was that upset.  The fog was rolling into the cove, over the iceberg, and up the cliff face, and I was trying to get a somewhat decent picture with my iPhone.  We didn’t even have time to go back and get our cameras, because we looped back to Torbay ten minutes later and the fog had lifted.  Let’s just say, from now on my camera will always be in the trunk of whatever vehicle I am taking.

This is the semi-decent picture I got from the end of a sketchy road we went down to find a lookout.  The only bright side of this story was the two lovely kitties that came over while I was taking pictures.

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If you look closely through the fog around the 1st third of the picture you can see the iceberg through the fog.  I also apologize about the fact that this picture looks extremely crooked, there was a sudden drop after the bushes, which made the picture look extremely warped.

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Fancy Fridays: Vol 1

So I’ve been trying to think of ways to keep up with my blog during busy times when I’m not out taking pictures all the time (like the majority of the time throughout my school year), and I kind of got the idea of doing something like a “Fancy Friday”.  I can’t take credit for this idea, because I totally stole it from my boyfriend (sorry Jeff), but I think it would be kind of cool to share my style a little bit while keeping up with my blog.  I am also thinking about starting to cook and bake more often and potentially posting food pictures and recipes on the blog as well, but we’ll see how that goes.. I am currently not the best chef, but maybe this will get me more involved with cooking, as opposed to my current heating up chicken and putting it in a sandwich (lol..).

So, without further ado, my first Fancy Friday post!  And, I’m actually totally cheating the system here because this was taken on Wednesday, but those are minor details!  This picture actually started as a snapchat, and I really liked how it looked, so I took a picture!  I was also obsessing over my new coat, so I thought the picture was absolutely necessary.

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The Beginning

What better way to start a trip than to go to lunch at your favourite cafe and spend the afternoon looking through photography books? This is a tradition that Jeff and I have seemed to have started a couple of visits back. Heading to our favourite cafe, Coffee Matters, is always on the list of things to do while I’m here, however spending an hour or more at the bookstore seems to be a common occurrence as well! We always sit on the floor in the photography section skimming through all the books trying to see which ones we’ll buy next and which ones we’ll keep in mind for later. Although some people give us funny looks, it’s honestly some of the best times I spend here!

Also, today I got my brand new iPhone 5S, and it is amazing! I have already started taking pictures of just about everything and I am so impressed with the camera on it! Comparing old Instagram pictures with the ones I took today made me realize that my old pictures were kinda in the dumps as far as quality goes, but what can you expect from a phone that’s over three years old?! I am just honestly looking forward to be able to start branching out with my pictures, even if I am using a phone camera.

Tomorrow we head north, so make sure to stop back and check out all the awesome places we’ll (hopefully!!) see!

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The Beginning

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Well I am halfway (sort of) to my final destination of St. John’s!  I am so looking forward to this trip because this is my first time really venturing out of the city of St. John’s and doing some more exploring of beautiful Newfoundland.  Jeff and I have done the Irish Loop, and things like that before, but this will be the furthest north I will have ever traveled within NFLD.  On Friday we will be going up to his family’s cabin and then on Saturday (and hopefully after the tropical storm passes) we will take the ferry over to Fogo Island where we will be spending two days taking pictures and experiencing this wonderful place.  Fogo Island is the largest Island off the coast of Newfoundland and it is famous for its spectacular views, multiple artist studies, and the Fogo Island Inn.  Jeff has been here twice so I have seen Fogo Island through his lens multiple times, but I am excited to capture my own view on things!

I am hoping to keep my blog updated throughout the trip so make sure to check back over the next two weeks to see all my exciting adventures!  Also, I will be (fingers crossed) getting a new phone tomorrow so I’m very excited to hopefully post more iPhone pictures onto my blog as the 5S has amazing quality for a phone camera!

And with that, from the first day of my trip: traveling done right!

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