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A Winter's Tale

semi-overcast 15 °C

Not all winters on the Gulf Islands of British Columbia islands are created equally, but this one was an Oscar winner. With nothing more than a flurry of wet snow one cool December day, a balmy autumn slipped into a beautifully mild spring and completely confused the daffodils and cherry blossoms. The sun shone and the deck thermometer hovered in the mid-teens. But we had no time for sun-bathing – we worked:
Sheila, aided by her friend Ruth, made this fabulous quilt as a parting gift to Vancouver Island University....


We wrote and published a biography in honour of our ‘Canadian mother’s’ 90th birthday....

We celebrated Joyce’s coming of (a certain) age with a cake....

Jim built a new deck overlooking the ocean ….

And we pruned a few shrubs …. (You should’ve seen this one before Jeff lopped off the top.)

So now we’re ready for a well earned holiday: Cairo, the pyramids and Egyptian temples first, and then to England for families and friends before we head to the south of France to cruise the tranquil waters of the Canal-du-Midi.
We hope you will join us from time to time. Camilla, our cat, wants to come. As soon as the backpacks were out she took up residence and refused to budge. She always does this - as soon as the packs appear she plonks herself on them and insists, “You’re not going without me this time!”
(Oh yes we are).


Posted by Hawkson 06:44 Archived in Canada

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Here we go with another of your wonderful journals...its great already! Hope to be able to connect with you two in France. We will be at Allysons on June 4th, and will start the Camino on June 14th. Back to Ally's around August 1st. We'll keep in touch!

by Sharron

Great first post - looking forward to the rest.

by Janet Vickers

Oh my how can you leave Camilla???? Love that new deck Jim and yes, you have both been soo busy and truly deserve another vacation and life of adventure. So envious but I will definitely live life through your blog! Safe travels! luv Max

by Maxine Stewart

Buen viaje, Sheila y Jim! Yo voy a mirar su blog frecuentemente. Y mucho cuidado con los regalos para los vecinos eh? :) (Recuerdan? las flores para la vecina en España en el dia de los muertos)

by Laura Marino

When I look at the requirements for a holiday, I'm out of luck. Well maybe a week-end in Nanton Alberta.I'm glad you are on the road so we get to enjoy your travelogue, once again.Safe travels. Hope to see you on the blog soon. Hugs,Trudy

by Trudy

Hi Jim and Sheila - looking forward to joining you on your journeys! Great to see you for Eileen's 90th - you did an amazing job! Happy travels, Warm wishes, Allison

by Allison Felker

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