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We are Nico and Marlies Wobben and in February 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is an RN at the General Hospital and I (Marlies) work from home for my own web design business Feel The Fire. And we have 6 cats!

Wij zijn Nico en Marlies Wobben en in februari 2008 zijn we verhuisd van Nederland naar Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is verpleegkundige in het General Hospital en ik (Marlies) werk thuis voor mijn eigen web design bedrijf Feel The Fire. En we hebben 6 katten!
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A New Dawn

A new Dawn


Good morning from my temp office in the living room while my home office is still under construction! It’s been a while as my office job kept me busier than I wanted, after 11+ years of being a casual, organizational changes sort of forced me to go full time. Well hey, I had to try, right? I loved the work, but had no energy outside of it and my creative soul was hurting. I left the job in August and have been working on a few exiting things since! I just launched another client website, I am revamping my Feel The Fire biz website. I will also revive this blog to start blogging again and I figured a good way to start is by documenting our upcoming trip to Europe in a few days! Talk soon!

New Fence!

Back yard updates… two elm trees had to be removed and the Northern Tree guys were able to come in with their truck to make the job easier. It was fascinating to watch how quickly they dismantle and remove that humongous beast that hung over roofs and power lines! Then Henk replaced the crooked fence on that side by a quality handmade fence that will resist any storm! Check out his new Instagram!

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Manitoba – Angusville Area

On our way home from our Manitoba trip after a great weekend at the Weelings!
Friday, after leaving RMNP, we stopped in Onanole at Poor Michael’s Emporium, what a cool store! Then we continued to Angusville and the RM of Riding Mountain West, where we had a great time with our friends Anneke and Dries, thanks for everything guys!!! Today Dries and Nico went fishing on the nearby Silver Beach Lake and now we’re on our way home. Great trip, but looking forward to be home again too!

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Riding Mountain – Clear Lake

We used a rainy morning well by sleeping in and we were glad it cleared up just in time for the only boat cruise during week on the Martese.
Taking in a last day of vitamin L(ake)! Last breakfast at the Whitehouse Bakery, souvenir shopping at the Spinning Wheel, fishing at the pier, where we saw a fisher!!!! Meaning, the animal from the weasel family, no pun intended We had been warned for them (they could grab a cat), but hadn’t seen any on the campground. We also switched to a more populated area of the campground, as we had been all alone since Tuesday and I felt less at ease each night. This spot is much better! Tomorrow we leave the park and will spend the weekend with our friends Anneke and Dries who live near Angusville, not far from here.

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Riding Mountain – Deep Bay, Ominnik Marsh

Riding Mountain, Deep Bay

Another 28°C day! Biked to the Deep Bay and back, then to the Ominnik Marsh Trail that we walked, had a yummy supper at Wigwam Dining & Lounge, a soft serve ice at The Boardwalk Clear Lake and relaxed at the site. But now I’m a bit scared, because we’re under a severe thunderstorm watch for the night. Hardly any campers here, already eerie enough for me 🙁

Riding Mountain NP

red chairs on the pier in Riding Mountain, Wasagaming

After a beautiful drive through the park and a stop at Moon Lake, we arrived at the Wasagaming campground #116. The next morning, we went for breakfast at the famous Whitehouse Bakery and walked around Wasagaming. Why did it take us seven years to come back to this beautiful place?? Back on the campground, we chilled for a bit, while looking around for bears as there apparently are many and it’s not very busy. Nico went fishing fon the pier and we cooked the trout from Roblin for supper. Then indoors at dusk as we are chicken and you guessed it, afraid of bears LOL
Today a bit of the same, walk to town and just hanging at the campsite.

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Manitoba: Roblin

East Goose Lake, Roblin

Roblin we you! Arrived yesterday at dusk after an uneventful drive from Regina, with the obligatory stop at A&W in Melville. In Roblin we bought a MB fishing licence and Nico quickly went to fish at the dock of East Goose Lake where the municipal campground is. And came back after a few minutes with a nice trout! The next morning we woke up early to a stunning sunrise over East Goose Lake!! We strolled through town and had breakfast at the Sidekick Cafe. Now it’s time to continue to Riding Mountain, our main destination for this trip.

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Camping SK 2019 Highlights

A small selection of camping pics of this season, even though we have one more trip to go, but it’s in Manitoba 😉
Here in our province, we went to Buffalo Pound, Echo and Moose Mountain (Kenosee Lake), and visited the Hartwell cabin at Buffalo Pound.

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Last Day At Work

Last day at Empower! Surreal to quit the job after 11.5 years! Thanks for all the friendship, leadership, support and fun ❤ PADM rocks!! 🤘
Fun last day with Tim Hortons coffee, Timbits, Dutch stroopwafels, lunch with Tyler T and Marga (forgot to take pic), cake and many selfies 😂

Time To Resign…

Sort of celebrating that I resigned from my job at Empower/ Canada Life today after more than 11 years! Last day will be the 15th. I struggled with the very high productivity goals and the full time hours of this year, leaving me with no energy whatsoever. I love the work itself, my team, my management and the company, so I kept pushing and pushing until I had a meltdown a few weeks ago. I let it sink in and resigned today. Need time for myself (health and creativity) and a backlog of things that didn’t get done. Will explore remote work again, but might also be part-time-job hunting again after a while. Immense gratitude and love for my awesome team mates and their support, special mention for my trainer and supervisor Caitlin Wawia and the best manager in the world Janelle Cavers And then of course there is my Love and my Rock Nico with his unconditional support 🥰🤩