Horsey Girl

Horsey Girl

It’s a shame that we are all so busy. As grandpa I only get echoes of what the family is doing.  But when I do it is wonderful to get caught up on the news. For instance, I heard that Sarah was interested in horses and riding  and that she had gone out to Ann’s to see...
Campani Picnic

Campani Picnic

Today we spent the afternoon in Confederation Park at the Campani Picnic. The Campani are the people from Campagna, the province south of Rome which includes Naples and the cities of the Amalfi coast. Joe was providing the music and we had a great time. We were there...
The Wine Tour

The Wine Tour

Did you know that there is wine grown in the lower mainland: wine that is not bad at all? Neither did I. And how I found this out is an interesting story I think you will enjoy. Joe and Christina belong to the Circolo Abruzzese, which is a club for people from the...
Palm Springs 2015

Palm Springs 2015

Susan suffers in the winter: her Italian blood craves the sunshine. So I promised her that this winter we would go south, somewhere. It was she who was talking with our friends Benito and Adele. They have a house in Palm Springs and they invited us to come down for a...
The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Christmas concerts can be a chore for parents: we want to see our child perform but the other kids are not so interesting. Well, I came across quite an exception to that observation. David asked me to go to Cynthia’s Christmas Concert at his Church which I was happy...
Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

It is Christmas time again and time for another annual get together. We were at Kate and Colin’s house this year again and everyone brought something for the table. In fact, the feast looked pretty fine! Sean and Shiela were in Mexico as usual, and Holly is in Spain...
One Final Honor

One Final Honor

It all began with a book. Wayne Ralph travelled and interviewed and then wrote a book of stories about average men caught up in the air war of 73 years ago. Dad was one of the people he wrote about in Aces, Warriors and Wingmen. Anyway, when the French Government...
The Legion of Honour

The Legion of Honour

We are told by Wikipedia that The Legion of Honour, or in full “the National Order of the Legion of Honour” (French: Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur) is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802. The Order is the highest decoration in...
Grandpa’s 95th Birthday

Grandpa’s 95th Birthday

July 7th, 2012 Ann and I had a lunch for Dad’s 95th birthday at Newlands Golf Club in Langley. Grandpa is getting older every year and these birthdays are becoming ever more important. It is a beautiful setting for a luncheon and the buffet is excellent. Mom and Dad...
The Big Tomato

The Big Tomato

Every year Susan and I try to thank all of our friends for their hospitality through the year by having a summer BBQ. It usually falls around Susan’s birthday and this year it was on Sunday, the 17th of August. And, best of all, the “Big Tomato” was manning the grill!...