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Way Late Vacation Videos

October 11, 2009

Ok.  It’s been over a month since I last posted and I have no idea how time has gone by so fast.  It seems like just yesterday I was picking up Kelly in Toronto.  She was quite surprised that I actually arrived at her dorm  at the exact time I said I would, even though it’s four and a half hours from here. It was luck more than anything, although getting up extra early did help. But I let her think it was brilliant planning on my part. Darn, she’s going to read this isn’t she? 🙂

So now here we are. Many wonderful weekends have gone by.  Dozens of delicious meals together. Plenty of involved conversation. Many many giggle fits. And one fantastic vacation. And now, despite all that,  and seemingly just a few days later, it’s time for her to head back to Toronto to finish her TESL course. I’m sure there’ll be a few tears held back when she boards the train tomorow, but I know it won’t be long before I see her again. In fact, only two days, as I will be up in Toronto myself on Wednesday for some routine medical tests.

As most of you probably read Kelly’s blog too, you’ve already seen many of the pictures from our vacation last month. I also captured video of some of the wildlife we were lucky enough to interact with.  Bondi Village, where we stayed, never disappoints and this year was no exception. Deer, red squirrels, chipmunks, blue jays, bats and chickens. These were our daily visitors. And the stars at night! On one particularly clear night, I had to force myself to go back into the cottage. I just wanted to sit and stare at the sky. Simply incredible.

The following are two of the videos I took at Bondi Village during our stay.
This first video is our little friend Chippy. He jumped on me before we were even finished unpacking the van looking for nuts. After that, he came looking for us every single day. I miss him, but he certainly has enough food to last him through the winter. Watch how he stuffs his cheeks until they are absolutely full!

And this second video is a little more of a rare occurrence. Remember this is not a petting zoo. These are wild animals. And yet on one evening, and only on that one evening, this deer came and ate right out of our hands. We had a bag of baby carrots, and she wasn’t about to stop until she had the whole bag.

Sorry for having been away for so long. As the it gets colder outside, I’m sure I’ll find myself at the keyboard more and more often.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2009 7:53 pm

    These are great, Sylvain; I can tell you both had a wonderful time. Good to see you here again. I’ve had some trouble getting back to my blog as well! Blessings, O

  2. Carmen permalink
    October 12, 2009 6:46 am

    These are awesome Syl! I love the chipmunk… how cool!

  3. October 12, 2009 10:52 am

    Syl, these are delightful videos. It does sadden me a bit to see exactly what I look like when I pack my cheeks full–that little guy was very determined–but I don’t think it will necessarily slow me down any at dinner.

    We saw deer many times during our recent trip to the shore of Lake Michigan. None of them were willing to approach for a handheld carrot, but we did see them from about 10 feet away, quite curious but not wanting to risk an approach any closer.

    Thanks for sharing your vacation movies, Syl!

  4. October 13, 2009 10:00 am

    My goodness I could see every little hair on that chipmonk, what a great video this is…how you were able to hold the camera so still and the bowl of nuts at the same time amazes me no end. He is so cute.
    And what a pretty place with the chickens and deer…wow. thanks for sharing, and yes, I miss you when you are gone from here. Glad to see you back. fun to see Kelly too. Next time let her hold the camera so we can see you too please!

  5. October 18, 2009 2:33 pm

    Yes! These are delightful. My mother and cousin will love these. Thanks for putting them up for us to see.

  6. November 12, 2009 4:32 pm

    That is really cool! I couldn’t believe how many peanuts that chipmunk was able to put in its mouth!

  7. honorarynewfie permalink
    November 15, 2009 6:31 am

    Wonderful !

    Am sending the link to all my friends 🙂

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