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Heather's summer visit, August 9-25, 2014

semi-overcast 22 °C

We have had a busy couple of weeks and the highlights were trips to Sackinaw Lake on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast and to Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Heather's sister Jean and her husband Ivan have a cottage on a small island in Sackinaw Lake which Heather and I swam around. Tofino is known for its long beaches and wild weather. Fortunately it was very pleasant while we were there and the drive and ferry from the mainland were great. Some of our pictures show the magnificent Cathedral Grove which is en route and has some of Canada's oldest and most impressive trees. 87842869F8F4C4A5FFF3F7E42B42A025.jpg
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Summer trip to Ontario, May 31-June 21, 2014

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My son Doug suggested I come to Ontario for my summer trip in June since Linda would be in Europe on a cycling holiday and I would be able to go with him to a couple of speaking engagements. Well the events didn't materialize but I more than made up for that with going to a Blue Jays baseball game, spending time with my grandchildren, who are no longer children, and just having a great father/son time. And I went to Oakville to be with Heather as my readers might have guessed. We went to Stratford, Ontario and took in four plays there. Shakespeare's King Lear was terrific as were The Man of La Mancha, Crazy for you and Mother Courage. We also visited the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Botanical Garden in Hamilton. All in all a wonderful three weeks. And tonight my youngest granddaughter Carolyn will be going to her Prom. So I hope to add a picture of her to this blog.

Here are Carolyn's prom pictures.......with friends, with me and with her parents, brother Geoff and me.

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all seasons in one day 15 °C

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Dragon Lake during a short hail storm and five minutes later.

I am finishing up my three days visiting daughter Melinda, son -in-law Wayne, granddaughter Andrea and great granddaughters Makenzie and Erika. I flew up on Coast Mountain Air again on a beautiful day but it has been raining ever since albeit with nice sunny periods as well. So we have talked ourselves out, walked along the Fraser River which is flowing rapidly and overflowing it's banks in places, eaten in our favourite restaurants and had lots of laughs. Oh yes we swam with the kids and they joined the library too. It is about a five minute walk from their house.

The following pictures are of flying into Quesnel, Andrea's house and the kids getting their new library cards and choosing their first library books.

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Villefranche sur Mer and Paris, France.

Studying French and enjoying France from March 29-April 25, 2014

sunny 18 °C

I decided to attend another four week session at L'Institut de Francais. As usual I had great classmates, hopefully improved my French, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Heather accompanied me and that added so much to the experience. We managed to take a long weekend in Paris too where we stayed in a small hotel in the Marais. The sights, restaurants et cetera are very nice but just being in France is a treat in itself.

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The first picture is on the waterfront in Nice. The others are in Paris where we visited the restored Orient Express Train and Place du Quebec where I am standing in front of a sculpture by a Quebecer representing the ice breaking up in The St Lawrence River in the spring.

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WINTER, DECEMBER 12, 2013 to FEBRUARY 8, 2014

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Well this winter which is far from over.....Heather and I will be in San Miguel de Allende for another few weeks.....has been so busy and our experiences so varied I hardly know where to begin. But after driving to Hillsburg to cut our tree and shovelling lots of snow in Oakville we went to NYC for Christmas with Heather's three children, Briana, Tait and Amelie. Of course Sego, Tait's wife and their daughters, Leopoldine and Victoria as well as Briana's husband Rim were there too. While in NYC we went to an Opera at Lincoln Centre and to Brooklyn Zoo with the kids. Heather went a couple of days earlier and I joined them around noon Christmas Day after spending Christmas Eve with my son Doug, his wife Linda and their family in Toronto. It seems wonderful and almost unbelievable for me to be with them all including six of my grandkids and four of my great-grandkids.

Then we headed to Collingwood for New Year's and far more snow.

And, lucky us, we came to Mexico to a lovely Casita (little house) in San Miguel de Allende where we are now. Heather came from Toronto and I stopped in Vancouver for a few days en route. From here we took a three day tour to Mexico City. The weather has been fantastic with comfortable days (low 20's Celsius....70's Fahrenheit during daylight hours but close to freezing overnight). The town of SMA is historic, the shops, markets and restaurants are all great.

March 10, 2014: The rest of our Mexico trip went very well. Our next trip is to France for the month of April and I'll write a Blog entry when I return.


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