Sunday Brunch at Lunch

Wow! Only 3 weeks left on this little island! This year has passed by so slowly and so fast all at the same time! Just recently we discovered this amazing little place close to campus called Container Park. It’s literally a bunch of shipping containers pulled together with little restaurants! One of our favorite places in the park is called Island fever and we love going for Sunday Brunch. The food is amazing, the service is great and, come on, how cute!! 

So, I realize I look super tired in this pic… Whenever I don’t wear makeup people ask me if I’m okay, not sure how I feel about that! Haha!

Mr. Studly over here looking super fly :):)

This was our meal! Rod had potatos with bacon cheese sauce and an egg as well as coconut cream French toast with a Caesar on the side, and I had bananas foster French toast with Thai milk tea! YUM!


We are trying to soak up as much of our favourite things in Grenada as possible in our time left, and most of our favourite things involve food… We’re really looking forward to heading home to see all our people! A year away feels like a lifetime especially since there is one super special little person who I’ve never even met yet!! Ah!!! So excited!! 

                                                                                                     ~Melinda~

Winding Down in Grenada

Wow! It’s so hard to believe that we’ve been in Grenada for almost a year now! It’s gone by crazy fast. Some people know this but I started taking some courses last September to help me pass the time… I know, I know, most of you are probably thinking, “just go to the beach!”. Believe it or not, you kind of get used to the beach, in much the same way as any local attraction. For example, back home we love going to Atlas (a beach by the river) in the summer time but that doesn’t mean we are there every day or every other day or even once a week. Yes, ocean beaches are slightly cooler then river beaches but still, it becomes sort of normal.

Anyway, back to my point, I finished my first year of a Psychology degree 2 weeks ago!! Yay! It feels so good to have accomplished something and even better to be on a break. Rod is almost done his term as well, he is writing one more final on Friday and then he is finished the first two years of medical school!! It feels like a huge milestone. We will be staying in Grenada while he studies for his Step 1 exam which is kind of the most important exam he’ll ever write because it will be a huge factor in what residency he will be able to get two years from now. He will write that exam in July which is also when we will find out where he will be placed for his clinical rotations for the next two years.

We will only get about a months notice before we have to pack up and move to wherever they put us! It’s a little weird to know that we’ll be moving but not knowing where to. We had to put in our top three picks for which states (US) we wanted to go to so we have a vague idea as to where we’ll be going but obviously can’t finalize anything – like finding a place to live – until we get that email in July!

~Melinda~

 

 

 

Island Living

So we have been in Grenada for 3 months now, and it has been exciting, boring, fun, stressful, hot, beautiful, relaxing, busy and so many other things. It is so different living on a tropical island then what I had pictured. I thought it would be flowy sundresses with my hair down and long walks on the beach in mid afternoon. Well… it could be those things, if you’re ok with hot sticky legs and hair plastered to your back and face. The reality is more like shorts at all times, and whatever you can possibly do to keep the hot mess that is your hair off your shoulders and away from your face! Makeup is a thing of the past unless you enjoy melted cosmetics dripping down your face.

That being said, we love it here! There are a lot of things to get used to, and we miss so many things about North American convenience. The grocery store doesn’t necessarily have milk at all times never mind those obscure items that are sometimes needed in your favorite recipes such as cream of tartar! I miss my snickerdoodles!!

But, like I said, we are loving island life, and are more then willing to make some sacrifices in order to spend this year soaking up as much sun and ocean water as possible.  Here are some pictures of what we’ve been up to so far…IMG_7828 This is a picture of our favorite beach, Magazine Beach. Beautiful sand and water, and pretty great snorkeling. IMG_7852A small weekly farmers market held behind IGA.IMG_7874For our anniversary, Rod bought a bottle of wine and took me out to the bottom point of the island where we sat on a cliff sipping wine and watching the sunset! It was amazing, even if we were drinking wine out of regular glassesIMG_7908Miss Maggie got to tag along, she still looked a little scruffy here, especially with her “argh” face! We think she looks a bit like a pirate, just needs an eyepatch!IMG_7931 (2) I went on an island tour with a group of SO’s (significant others) from the school, we toured a chocolate factory, a rum distillery, and saw some pretty cool scenery including some waterfalls and a rock slide, as well as monkeys, talking parrots and the Goat Dairy.IMG_8001 This is where your precious chocolate comes from people! Fruit brains!! It’s actually pretty good fresh, very slippery but kind of sweet and sour. IMG_8002 (2)IMG_8015 IMG_8018 IMG_8031 IMG_8052 IMG_8070 IMG_8083 We are so grateful for this amazing experience, it’s something so unique and not something I ever thought I’d get to do. But here we are! It’s not all glamour and glitz like some people like to think 😉 but it’s still pretty freaking awesome!! Yes, some days I complain about the heat, the sweat, the waters to warm or to cold, the a/c makes my feet cold but I can’t turn it off cause then I’m to hot…. and on and on… but more times then not, I love the warmth, and appreciate that I don’t need winter gear to leave my house.

~Melinda~

Uk travels; Teichroeb Edition

A few weeks after my parents left England, Rods parents showed up! They were there for the last week of school and then we toured through Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland with them for 9 days. It was a lot to see in just over a week and has made me itch to go back ever since!

Heading into Scotland, the landscape is constantly changing, beautiful forested hills, to dry and barren highlands. One thing that stays the same though, is the sheep. They are literally everywhere!

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Loch Ness

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These yellow flowers blanket the hills all over Scotland.

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The submarine that they used to search for Nessie 🙂

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A castle ruins on the side of the road. Someday I want to do a castle tour of the UK; I love exploring these ancient, stone, historical treasures. My imagination goes wild with tales of princesses and knights! IMG_6652

Highland cattle, one of my favorite “moo”ments of the trip 😉 IMG_6660 IMG_6661 IMG_6664

We stopped in this picturesque little town overlooking Loch Ness for lunch. Honestly, I could have stayed in this town for a week! IMG_6669 IMG_6671 IMG_6681

We came across this dam on our way out of Scotland; I never tired of the scenery because there was always something new around every corner. IMG_6690 IMG_6691 IMG_6695 IMG_6741

If I loved the other little town, I adored this one. Tiny, quaint and so much character! The only reason we even ended up here, is because I wanted  needed to check out a little yarn shop that Rods mom found a brochure for at our hotel the previous night. It was worth it. Even the drive to the town. The above picture was taken a few minutes before we reached the town, but that’s pretty much what it looked like for the whole drive on the tiny windy road which was actually taking us right through a sheep pasture!IMG_6742

This was the destination! It made me so happy! It’s an old water mill that now houses the cutest little yarn/wool shop ever! IMG_6746 I realize it looks like I’m talking on a “yarn phone” here! If you’re not a yarn addict you won’t understand, I could have cuddled with every ball of yarn there 🙂 (the reason its better then Michaels is because the vast majority was hand spun and hand dyed!)IMG_6756

Llandudno, Wales was our next stop.
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Heading to Ireland!
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Galway, IrelandIMG_6898 IMG_6900 IMG_6902

Heading to the Cliffs of Moher from Galway  IMG_6918IMG_6935 IMG_6952 IMG_6961 IMG_6976 IMG_6985 IMG_6986 IMG_6997 IMG_7006 Cliffs of Moher
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After the cliffs, we headed back East across Ireland. In a small coastal town we discovered fried doughnuts… I still crave these every time I think about them, which is a lot!
IMG_7090 IMG_7091 IMG_7099 IMG_7106 IMG_7112 We went out for some amazing Pub food the night before heading back to England on the ferry. IMG_7140 Bath, EnglandIMG_7148 IMG_7150 IMG_7152

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Bristol, EnglandIMG_3403 IMG_3407 IMG_3412 IMG_3413 IMG_3430 Blue Lagoon, IcelandIMG_7299 IMG_7304 An Icelandic HORSE, emphasis on the horse part, I made the mistake of calling them Icelandic Ponies and got corrected twice, by the same women, within an hour. I guess being a pony is insulting? IMG_7341 This pic is kind of boring until you know what it is… this is where to tectonic plates meet, the Euroasian and the American plates. Iceland is growing by about an inch per year. The valley is the space being created by the two plates pulling apart. IMG_7363 They’ve built a bridge over the gap so you can walk from America to Europe:) IMG_7364 A geothermal hotspot. Apparently some people use the natural heat to bake bread! They have a special oven that they place over a hotspot and the bread bakes for 24 hours using geothermal heat!IMG_7378 IMG_7399 IMG_7414 IMG_7441

This trip was awesome and made me definitely want to come back to the UK. I feel like I could spend a month exploring each place we only spent a few hours at now.

~Melinda~

 

 

 

 

#martensuktrip

Finally, a looonnnnngggg overdue post about my parents trip to the UK! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to put this together, but here it is, a random smattering of pics from #martensuktrip !!

St James Park, London

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Buckingham Palace, changing of the guardIMG_5904

Alnwick Castle (ahh-maaaz-ing!!)IMG_4331

 

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Bamburgh Castle, England (also amazing!)

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St. Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay

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It was such a cool experience having my parents come visit me in a foreign country! We had a lot of fun and made some great memories.

~Melinda~

Lovely York

Last weekend Rod and I decided to brave the roads, rented a car and drove to York. It was a little nerve-wracking to be a passenger on opposite sides of the car and the road then normal, but it actually worked a lot better then I thought it would! Rod completely held it together and even drove stick left handed! With GPS in hand we managed to navigate through about 100 roundabouts and safely made it to York!

If you ever have a chance, you should definitely go to York. It’s so great. I didn’t take very many photos unfortunately because it was freezing cold and I wasn’t hardcore enough to pull my camera out all the time. Oh well, Hope you enjoy!

The city still has miles of old wall standing, and you can walk along the top of it to get around the city.IMG_5486 (2) IMG_5490 IMG_5493 (2)

York has sooo many daffodils and they were just beginning to bloom while we were there.
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We ate lunch at this restaurant, the inside is impossibly tiny, but so so cute! We decided to eat outside, which ended up being super cold, but they supply blankets to their guests, so that was kind of cool!IMG_5514 (2) IMG_5519 (2) IMG_5533 (2) IMG_5537

This is Cliffords TowerIMG_5539 (2) IMG_5545 (2) IMG_5555 IMG_5559

A pretty sweet building in The Shambles. There is some really awesome old architecture along these streets.
IMG_5560 (2)Of course we had to stop for tea somewhere, so we found an antique store with a tea room upstairs and had a pot of Yorkshire tea with milk and real legit “lumps” of sugar! Yum!
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The York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. It is massive!! So pretty too.IMG_5585 (2) IMG_5594 (2) IMG_5595 (2) IMG_5600 IMG_5602

Some whimsy we discovered in a little courtyard after walking through a narrow passageway… why is everything cooler in a different country??IMG_5623 (3) IMG_5625 (2)

Another super cute restaurant, The Perky Peacock.IMG_5642 (2) IMG_5644 IMG_5678 IMG_5679And on our way home we were driving right past The Angel of the North statue, so we pulled in to get a few shots of it. It is huge!IMG_5696 IMG_5701 IMG_5705And that’s it! I really wish I would have taken more photos but it was really really cold!! We’re headed to Edinburgh Scotland next weekend so those pics will be up in a couple weeks!

~Melinda~

Leek & Pepper Breakfast wraps

I’ve discovered a new vegetable that I had never cooked with until a few weeks ago; leeks! They add such an amazing flavour to pretty much any dish, soups, stews, stir-fry’s etc. This is a recipe that I threw together one day for lunch and I absolutely love it! So simple and quick, but also healthy and very filling.

Ingredients (serves 2)

-1/2 leek stalk

-1/4 yellow pepper

-1/4 red pepper

-2 eggs

-flour tortilla

-1 tbsp olive oil

-parsley or basil to taste

(I use about 1/4 tsp dry or 1 tsp freshly chopped)

-salt & pepper

Start by chopping up the veggies and stir fry them in a tbsp of olive oil until they are just softened. Lightly beat eggs with a fork and pour into fry pan with the veggies. Mix it all up and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and when the eggs are cooked through add the parsley or basil.

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For a little kick, I like to add some cheese, here I used a 12 months aged Old Farmhouse Cheddar. It’s a little to strong for my taste on it’s own, but in cooked dishes it’s delicious. IMG_5435

Lastly I wrap the egg/veggie mixture into a flour tortilla. It’s easy, quick and so good! IMG_5442 (2)

~Melinda~