Susan’s Birthday 2016

Susan’s Birthday 2016

So Susan had a birthday again this year. She seems to do it every year. We didn’t make big deal of it this time; just family over for dinner. It was a great evening to sit outside and really enjoy the summer weather. Joe, Sam and Dominic It was a great evening...
Joe and I have an Adventure

Joe and I have an Adventure

Don’t you just love Americans? I found this card on the ground in Portland. Welcome sign at the Sumas boarder crossing. This past Saturday there was a camera show and swap meet in Portland, Oregon. When I expressed my intention to go Joe said he was going to...
Easter on Valdes 2016

Easter on Valdes 2016

It began with an e-mail from Sean that he was going over to the cottage on the Easter weekend to do some work and asked who else would like to go. It had been a long time since I had been over so I signed up. Dave said he and Cynthia would go and Gordon, Laura and...
Goodbye to Mirko & Francesca

Goodbye to Mirko & Francesca

Good things don’t last forever. Mirko and Francesca only had six days with us in Vancouver and they flew by so quickly. On Sunday Christina brought them over to our place about 1 pm for us to take them to the airport. We had a few hours to put in so we went up...
A Day in Whistler

A Day in Whistler

On Thursday we wanted to take Francesca and Mirko to see the mountains and what better place to go than Whistler. The plan was to go up the chairlift and then take the cable car between the peaks. Susan and I had never done this and it sounded like fun. Joe and...
Francesca & Mirko at Christina’s

Francesca & Mirko at Christina’s

Francesca, Mirko and Joe at the table. Francesca and Mirko stayed at Christina and Joe’s during their visit. Joe and Caesar made sure they got out to see some of the sights around the city. After our Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday night Christina wanted to have a...
Sophia and Olivia

Sophia and Olivia

Sophia and Olivia are in Japan right now with Keiko. The girls are in school there and that is a wonderful thing as they will establish a solid connection with their heritage and culture. But we miss them terribly. Susan and I talk of them frequently and how much we...
Francesca and Mirko

Francesca and Mirko

We have had the most wonderful visit from members of Susan’s family in Italy: Francesca and Mirko. Joe, Christina and Susan and I picked them up at the airport on Sunday the 11th and we have just had a marvelous Thanksgiving dinner. So what is the connection?...
Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Two or three years ago Ann sent away, I think to the Maritimes, for seeds for giant pumpkins. These seeds came from championship fruit and they cost her a lot – several dollars per seed. And she planted them. And since then, each year, she has saved seeds for...
Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain

This past 13th of September I went out to Langley to pick up Grandpa and we went down to Stanley Park for a celebration of the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. We went for a lunch in the Pavilion hosted by the Air Force Officers Association and then went outside...