September 2017 Monthly Word: TEXTURE

Whoa, September already? I can remember last year’s September like it was yesterday! August was a great month, filled with fantastic weather, lots of climbing and so much van progress! And with that, My Month of Happy has come to an end. I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.

September Month of TEXTURE

I may have mentioned it before, but I have a page in a notebook, with a running list of monthly word ideas. I’ve had this word on my list for quite some time, now, but always felt nervous about using it. Would I be able to come up with a full month of pictures? Will I get bored with it, or find it too difficult? Silly, I know. Then, I saw this post on the Digital Photography School website. They used the word TEXTURE as one of their weekly photography challenges, and the pictures were gorgeous!

So, I’m finally crossing this word off my list, and dedicating September to my month of TEXTURE. I would absolutely love to see what ideas you come up with, too, so if you’d like to join in, please do (as many or as little photos as you’d like). I’ll post my findings on various social media places – Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter,  tagging #MyMonthOfTexture and #MyMonthOfSeptember.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 September Monthly Word - Texture

Here’s to a month of TEXTURE!

July Photo Challenge: URBAN ART Recap

July has come to an end, and so has my monthly photo challenge. It was my month of URBAN ART and tried to find the best and the brightest art that our city has to offer. If I’m honest, I could probably have spent a full year, photographing all the great art around town!

So here’s my URBAN ART recap for you.

The July Photo Challenge took me…

… from mural-wrapped buildings to painted silos…

… from city beaches to prairie landscapes …

… from life-sized sculptures to larger-than-life sized displays…

… from native art to modern art…

… from fun typography on buildings and structures.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | July 2017 monthly photography challenge - URBAN ART recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | July 2017 monthly photography challenge - URBAN ART recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | July 2017 monthly photography challenge - URBAN ART recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | July 2017 monthly photography challenge - URBAN ART recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | July 2017 monthly photography challenge - URBAN ART recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | July 2017 monthly photography challenge - URBAN ART recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | July 2017 monthly photography challenge - URBAN ART recap

And just like that, we’re into August and a new challenge word! This month is all about HAPPY and you can check out the details here.

Happy picture-taking!

Prairie Skies and Train Rides

A few weeks ago, I flew home to Saskatchewan to surprise my Mom for her 65th birthday. My Dad and brother and I had it all planned out. We made sure to NOT tell the nephews, because we didn’t think they could keep the secret 🙂

I flew in on Friday night – Dad had to make an excuse to get Mom to leave my brother’s place, so that my brother and his family could pick me up from the airport!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

On Saturday morning, we headed out to a restaurant for breakfast, and waited for the birthday girl to arrive. The surprise was exactly as I hoped it would have been. The look of recognition, then confusion, then shock, then realization (all within a second or two)… Then the tears came (for both of us!). It was priceless 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

For Mom’s birthday in the evening, my Dad had booked the entire family on the Southern Prairie Railway train ride through southern Saskatchewan. The train starts in Ogema (a bustling community of 400 people, about an hour southwest of Regina) and travels to Horizon or Pangman, depending on the tour. We did the evening train ride, which heads out to Horizon for a “Settler’s Dinner” in an old church (aka a classic Prairie Church dinner, complete with an epic pie table).

On the way out to Ogema, we had to wait for road construction, so had a few minutes to snap some pictures of the local scenery.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

Once in Ogema, we had a bit of time to kill before the train ride started. So, we checked out the main street of Ogema, played on the wooden train structure, and had a peak at the restored train engine that would be whisking us away through the prairie fields.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Saskatchewan prairie views

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

The Southern Prairie Railway is completely run by volunteers – the two train conductors (one driving the train, one punching tickets) were both retired CP Rail conductors, and another woman (a local from Ogema) was our tour guide. She pointed out bits of info about the area as we were passing through the countryside.

The train ride took about an hour to get out to Horizon. We could either walk over to the church for dinner, or take a school bus. With three young nephews who had energy to burn, we chose the walk 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Saskatchewan prairie views

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

The train ride back to Ogema showcased a perfect prairie evening – big, open skies and a setting sun.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prairie skies and train rides - Regina SK

It was a great weekend to spend with the family!

August 2017 Monthly Word: HAPPY

Well hello, August! Are you in full-on summer mode, like we are? We’ve been soaking up the sunshine and have enjoyed a July filled with climbing, vacation, birthday celebrations and exciting van progress. And with that, My Month of Urban Art has come to and end. I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.

August Month of HAPPY

This is the month when the West Coast usually shines. The days and nights are warm, and we still get daylight well into the evening. If you’re like us, and enjoy the warm months more than the cold, then I’m sure you’ll find many things that put a smile on your face.

So, I’m dedicating August to my month of HAPPY, and I would absolutely love to see what puts you in a good mood, too! If you’d like to join in, please do (as many or as little photos as you’d like). I’ll post my findings on various social media places – Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter,  tagging #MyMonthOfHappy and #MyMonthOfAugust.

Here’s to a month of HAPPY!

Saturday Snippets: 29.July.2017

This time of year always feels like a busy time for celebrations. My birthday was yesterday, my Mom’s was last week, my Dad’s is next week. Their anniversary was thrown into the mix, too! For my birthday, Jonty and I started off with breakfast on the beach, then went climbing (obviously), moved on to one of our favourite places for nibbles and drinks, and finished off the day with a slice (or two) of the birthday pie he made me! It was a good day 🙂

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 29.July.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • What words were added to the dictionary, the year you were born? 1979 brought us words like “first world problem”, “napa cabbage” and “pepper spray”.
  • The West Coast typically gets a few really hot weeks every summer, starting about now. So, it’s the perfect time of year for ice cream! We love making our own small no-churn batches. Here’s 48 fantastic ice cream recipes to try, if you need some inspiration. Ours is the Balsamic-Roasted Cherry Ice Cream, if you’re interested 🙂
  • We may not own a cast iron skillet, but I’m quite sure this blueberry cobbler would be just as tasty in a regular glass baking dish 🙂
  • I finished reading Night Film last week. It was a long book, but it’s been on my to-read list for quite some time, and I’m glad I finally opened it up! It’s a mystery / suspense novel, and there were quite a few tense moments when I wondered if I should be reading it with the lights on… But all good in the end. Honestly, it has been one of the best books I’ve read in a while!

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

  • The platform bed is thiiiiis close to being done! We’ll have the bulk of the pictures for you next week. For now, here’s a little sneak peek.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - building a platform bed

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - building a platform bed

Pictures from the week of 29.July.2017:

I have a bunch of pictures from my weekend in Saskatchewan, but this week has slipped by me in a blink of an eye, and I haven’t had a chance to properly go through all of them. So, for now, here are a few pictures until I get the rest edited!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Saskatchewan prairie views

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Saskatchewan prairie views

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Saskatchewan prairie views

Happy Weekend!