Montreal Life | Toddlers

Through Toddler Eyes

The calendar declared that spring had arrived weeks ago, yet the snow kept falling every few days. Temperatures hovered well below freezing, dancing temptingly close to breaching zero every so often, before scurrying back down to miserably cold. Happiness that the snow no longer stuck so firmly to the ground was tempered by the realisation […]

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Boyhood | Montreal Life | Stuff

Psychological Warfare with a Five-Year-Old

Entering the apartment with two kids after being out in the snow is no small feat. First, I have to get the stroller through a narrow and heavy door before it swings shut. Then I haul bags of groceries up the steps to the inner door. Followed by carrying the wriggling toddler. The real bottleneck […]

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Montreal Life | Parenting | Stuff

Breathing Space

  There is something about this precious in-between time. Hovering at the edge of daytime duties and the slow fall into sleep. Something you only truly appreciate when you have young children in the house 24/7, and are never ever alone. Those few short minutes when the entire house has gone to sleep, except for […]

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Winter in Montreal

Tues 12th December. That’s when winter arrived in Montreal this year. A thick heavy curtain of snow fell, and within hours the face of the city had completely changed. There are no half-measures here. When it happens, it happens fast and hard. Fresh clean snow swiftly blanketed all surfaces. The temperature dropped. And dropped. The […]

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Emigration | Montreal Life | Stuff

Toddling into Winter

Autumn came to the city of Montreal as a breath of fresh, cool, air. Such a relief from long days and nights wearing a slick sheen of sweat. This unwanted second skin could be briefly washed away in the shower, only to return by the time you emerged from the bathroom in a puff of […]

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Falling into Autumn

The seasons change gradually in Ireland. Unless you note the date, you may not even notice that one season has passed into the next. Not so in Montreal. The weather is more extreme, and the seasons quite distinct from each other. According to the calendar autumn (or Fall) arrived here the other week. Sure enough, […]

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Three Months in a New Life
Emigration | Montreal Life | Stuff

Three Months In: A New Life

There’s been an overall sense of frustration lately. So little gets done with two children to look after. Inevitably one (or both) of them will be out of sorts any time you try and do anything with them alongside. Making a phone call is an exercise in futility. I may just leave my phone to […]

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Emigration | Montreal Life | Stuff

Postcards from Montreal: First Impressions

I know. It’s been a while. What the heck have we been doing? In short; house-hunting and parenting an emotionally-charged boy and a rambunctious baby in a child-unfriendly apartment. Then we kicked off a terrible run of luck and moved to a half-ready apartment with a meagre set of furniture. This whilst also dealing with […]

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Emigration | Montreal Life | Stuff

A House, A Home

Almost six weeks have passed since we arrived in Canada as freshly minted immigrants. “What’s it like?”, people have asked – wondering about the reality of starting a new life in another country. I honestly don’t really know. We’re in transition. Neither here nor there. We’re unknotting Irish ties that have always bound us more […]

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