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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday...WOYWW #185

I can't believe that I've finally managed to check in with Julia's WOYWW gang. 
Well it is Wednesday after all...or is it? 
I'm a little confused with crossing the over the date line for the first time. 
Trying to remember the different time zones with having friends in Australia, and family and friends in the UK  is a little challenging to say the least!!!
Throw in a little jet lag and I'm beginning to think I can relate to how Santa might feel on Boxing Day. 
I mean the last journey took 28 hours none stop from an Aussie summer day (30C) to a crisp white winter wonderland with pristine snow in Canada (-7C). 
I don't think we could get any different comparison...all within 24 hours even if you tried.
It's a little surreal.

So here I am in our Christmas home ready to enjoy the holiday. 
This is the driveway...yep it's a steep slope. Thankfully we have a four wheel vehicle to tackle it!
Can you see on the left hand side of the drive the depth of the snow and that's only after two days! 
I haven't set up a work desk here obviously because I think it's time to relax and have a special time with the family creating treasured memories...but I do plan to do a few sketches or pen and ink drawings. 
My daughter is due to arrive at the weekend and she is bringing a few of her art supplies with her 
(unfortunately I couldn't manage to bring any due to my flight weight restrictions)
So here's a photo of me having a cuppa...taking in the view.....

 (I did have a play with my photos adding the frames etc so I suppose that's a crafty activity)

We are supposed to keep the WOYWW posts brief in order for everyone to be able to visit lots of like minded creative people, so with that in mind I'd just like to end this post today with my sincere warmest wishes for a wonderful, happy, peaceful holiday for all the WOYWW gang, not forgetting Jenn's APR group and all my followers and visitors to my blog. I have enjoyed blogging so much throughout this last year, receiving amazing inspiration and encouragement plus making some great new friends. 
I look forward to next year because I know it's going to be so exciting. 
As a thank you I'm going to have a 'GIVE-AWAY' early into the new year so watch this space. 

Meanwhile...the slopes are calling so I'll catch up with you later ~ I'll be back with lots more photos, elf antics and generally anything that captures my interest...so have fun everyone!
https://secure.quebles.com/content/hotmail/emoticons/1503768.gifHo Ho Ho.....


  1. Oh wow, it looks amazing! Yep I can imagine how the time differences must affect you! Don't think I could cope with the flights what alone the time zones! You have a fabulous Christmas, and enjoy all that snow! No desk from me today as I've got DT projects on there and I can't share them yet! So Merry Christmas and take care. Zo xx

    1. Hi Zo,
      I'm actually surprised that I haven't suffered too much from jet lag but the boys have, but there again they're male!!! ;D
      We split up the journey and that's why we initially stopped in Sydney for a few days. We then flew across in one go, just having transits stops in LA and Chicago. All the connections went well and on schedule thankfully on time. When we landed in Montreal it was midnight which was too late to drive after flying for 14 hours, so we stayed in the airport hotel overnight until morning. As you can imagine it was wonderful to lie down finally in a comfy bed! Then we drove onto the house.

      Unreal snow here which makes everything look picture perfect. It's all very surreal from being in Australia just days ago.
      As a guide to give you some idea of how much snow there is here at the moment...it's over my knees!

      Merry Christmas to you and yours Zo...have a great time. xoxo

  2. What a contrast for you - but it looks beautiful!! Have a fabulous Christmas, and I can't wait to see some more photos. Helen, 3

    1. If you imagine a traditional snowy Christmas card then you have some idea what it looks like here.
      Saint-Sauveur (a quaint cute nearby town) looks so picturesque with all the beautiful buildings decorated with lights and all the trimmings. I'll be sure to post some of those photos in the next few days.

      Have a wonderful time too Helen ;D

      Enjoy all that the holiday brings.
      Merry Christmas xoxo

  3. Oh my your photos are just lovely! Happy Wednesday and Happy Christmas, too. :o)
    Sue x (MiniOwner@45)

    1. Thanks Sue,
      I'm having a fantastic time and loving sharing it with you ;D

      Happy Wednesday and Merry Christmas to you and yours too. :o)

  4. Its lovely to think you are so close, you are in a beautiful spot and I hope you have the best of best holidays,

    1. I know...I'm thrilled to be so near you too. I'm keeping the kettle on just in case you pop in for a cuppa ;D

      I still haven't seen any wildlife but my feeders are out and ready for them when they feel brave enough to show their faces.

      I wish all the best for a lovely, happy, peaceful Christmas. xoxo

  5. I'm just popping by to say....
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with everything that makes you happy.
    A x #38

    1. Oh hello Annie, that's so kind of you.
      I wish you all the best for you and your family.

      Have lots of fun and laughter ~ Enjoy the holiday
      Ho Ho Ho....

  6. Hi Neesie, I so envy you being in my home Country and having so much snow! Hope you have a wonderful time in Canada, a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year! Hugs, Anne x #20

    1. I thought you'd like to see your homeland. Yep an incredible amount of snow so early and in one day! It's surprised all of the locals too.
      But even with this amount of snow we've been really impressed with how everyone deals with it. The driveways,carparks and roads are all cleared so everything doesn't come to a stop!

      I don't think there's any problem with us having a wonderful time Anne, its just perfect thanks.

      Have a wonderful time too.
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. xoxo

  7. What a fantastic view ... looks like a picture postcard. Andas you say a complete contrast to Aussie.
    I hope you and your have a fantastic Christmas
    janet #21

    1. Nope I don't think we could have made it any more different if we'd have tried.
      It's certainly one extreme to another. We're so lucky to be able to have experienced the two. :D

      Have a fabulous Christmas with everything you and your family could wish for. xoxo

  8. wow....awesome! I am so jealous..::pouting:: lol waving hi from the the no snow hills of North Carolina :)

    1. When we head into the hot tub Sandee, I'll give you a shout.
      We may need a little hot toddy first...just to keep the cold out! ;D

      Waving from the snowy lakeside :D

  9. Oh, that just looks glorious! Nothing better than a white Christmas! Don't forget to try that sauna--LOL! ;)

    1. Hi Rita,
      It was a perfect white Christmas which I'm so thankful for. I know we've been very lucky.

      By the way I've been in the hot tub but not the sauna yet!
      But I will. ;D

  10. Hope you have a great time - I look forward to seeing some amazing photos!
    It looks like the UK will be having a WET Christmas this time, with more severe flooding predicted.

    1. Hello again Mark,
      I've been seeing and hearing all about the WET weather plus flooding across the UK. I'll be sure to try and post lots of sunny photos if I can.
      Keep dry and enjoy the day no matter what ;D

  11. WOW Certainly a Winter Wonderland. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Christmas BJ #1&76.

    1. Hi BJ,
      Apologies for my late reply to your comment...but Christmas just came and went before I knew it!
      I hope you had a fantastic time.
      Happy Boxing Day to you and yours ;D

  12. Gosh, you have a ready made Christmas card right outside your door! How wonderful! Seasons greetings to you and your lovely family. Have a lovely time and I wish you all good health and happiness in 2013.
    See y'around :0) Mo xx

    1. Happy Boxing Day Mo,
      I hope your Christmas was top notch and everything you could wish for. We had a very special day here in this Christmas card surreal surroundings.
      I'm trying to dash about blog land to visit as many people as I can.

      Have a fantastic day whatever you have planned
      See you again soon :D

  13. Enjoy the slopes! Happy Holidays! Nan 75

    1. Thanks Nan,
      I intend to make the most of everything...there's a danger I may burn myself out!

      I hope you and yours are enjoying the Holidays :D

  14. Wow, what a view. Can you send a little snow our way, so hot here. Have a wonderful time and throw a few snow balls for me. Catch you in the new year.

    1. Hi Von,
      I've shipped off some snow for you as there's so much here we can certainly share some...not sure how it will arrive :$
      I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and are enjoying the holiday to the max with family and friends.
      I'm trying so hard to catch up today but making good progress.
      See you in 2013!
      Enjoy and have fun ;D

  15. Hi Neesie,

    You do have a white Christmas after all! Do you go there every year? We finally got some needed snow and actually had a snow day at work last week.

    I received my card, thank you! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Kay #84

    1. Hi Kay,
      We've been to the house many times but only in the summer months. This is the first time we've been in winter and it has been perfect for a Christmas holiday. ;D
      Ahh...so you have snow too!

      I hope you had a fantastic Christmas ~ Enjoy the holiday :D

  16. Hi Neesie,

    Thanks for dropping by.
    I am SO envious of you having a white winter Christmas!
    Have a lovely holiday!

    1. Hello RosA,
      Yep it has been pretty special so far.
      Maybe I could send you some snow too...there's plenty here ;D

      Have a lovely time with family and friends.
      Happy Holidays :D

  17. There was I waiting to see some beach photos and maybe some of your lovely work and instead I am treated to an abundance of Winter Wonder. Thank you so much, I have skipped through the last few posts about your stay in Canada and loved every minute of it.
    May I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Truly Wonderful Christmas and all the Best for the NEw year.

    Hugs, Neet 12 xx
    ps how long are you there?

    1. Thank you so much Neet,
      I wish the same for you too. :D
      Sorry to play with your mind but I like to mix it up (LOL)
      I'm happy to hear you've enjoy the posts and I'm sure there will be many more before we leave.
      We are here until 9th January so lots of time to play :D

      Enjoy the holiday...and I wish you every best wish for 2013.
      Lets hope it's the best one yet with lots of productive creativity!

  18. Hi Nessie

    I know I’ve not joined in with WOYWW just recently but I’ll be back in the new year for sure.

    I just wanted to pop by to say thanks for all the fun and inspiration you’ve shared over the last year and to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.


    1. Hi Sue,
      Great to see you but so sorry to have taken so long to reply to your lovely comment :D
      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day and that you and yours are having a fabulous time.

      I'll look forward to seeing you in the New Year...let's hope it's a great productive and creative year!
      Enjoy ;D


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