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Memories of a Sweet Summer

sunny 16 °C

As summer slipped imperceptibly into fall the autumnal rains perked up the plants in the garden of our Canadian home and spurred them to new growth. But their optimism will be short lived: wintry chills and a dusting of snow are not far off.
The mid-summer sun that rose so triumphantly at cock’s crow in July, now wakes hazily in time for breakfast and can barely keep its head up after dinner. Summer is already fading into memory but, thankfully, we have the books, the works and the photos to prove that we didn’t spend all of our time on the beach. First: the books:...
We are gradually transforming our travel blog into books so that when we eventually lose our marbles we will have something to remind us of all the wonderful places we have seen and all the amazing people we have met along the way. We began with 'Slow Train to China' a couple of years ago and, until this summer really got underway, we sat down and put together three more books chronicling our journeys in India, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia and Australasia.

Once the books were in the bag we celebrated our friend Eileen’s 99th birthday in April. James’s cake for the occasion was an edible basket filled with 99 fondant roses...
This is Eileen with two of her great grandchildren.
Sheila was also into basket making and created this beautiful fabric piece...
Once the darling buds of May burst into bloom James ditched the chef’s uniform and began work on the long awaited teahouse in the Japanese garden. In true Japanese style James built without nails or screws and by the end of August the building was finished. Only the interior and the landscaping remained when Paco and Lourdes, (honeymooners from Spain who are travelling the world for nine months), stayed for a couple of weeks and did a great job creating a truly Japanese rock garden complete with dry riverbed...
The happy, helpful couple also created a truly authentic paella for us and a group of friends...
The visit by our Cuban friend, another Lourdes, at the end of July gave us an excuse to take a break and become tourists in our own land. Lourdes, from Havana, was enchanted by the pristine beauty of British Columbia. She loved the lakes and forests...
She was enthralled by the historic charm of Victoria on Vancouver Island and intrigued by the floating houses at Fisherman’s Wharf...
She just adored the beautiful flower displays in Victoria's Beacon Hill Park...
But now, as the summer flowers fade and the rain sets in, it is time for us to head out in search of lands less visited. Stay tuned as we travel half way around the world to the heart of Central Asia. First stop – a hop across the pond to visit some spectacular structures of medieval Europe.

Posted by Hawkson 23:19 Archived in Canada

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Woke up to this reminder that you both begin your new adventure escaping the rainy days of BC and colder nights.
Will be here your faithful armchair traveller, waiting for Jim and Shelia’s next instalment. Looking forward to it.

by Sue Fitzwilson

You two sure manage to cram a lot into a few short sunny months! I love the tea house and I may be picking your brains for ideas about the dry river bed rock garden. The basket is spectacular Sheila. And then the books. My goodness! Love the blogs and look forward to more! Thanks for sharing with

by Alison Fitzgerald

Sheila - I am so impressed with your basket and you didn't even share it until now. It's gorgeous. A couple of very busy people with lovely projects on the go. Enjoy your adventures!

by Joyce

I was wondering when you two would be heading out again. Gorgeous artistic endeavours - you are so inspiring!

by Ginny

Oh my goodness! You've almost outdone yourselves, though I suspect there are reserves of creativity ready to reveal themselves, in your travels too....have a wonderful trip, and we will all benefit from it!

by Shelley Tillemans

So sorry to miss seeing you! we head to V. Island tomorrow!

by Bronwyn

Pleased to see your latest post and that you will be back travelling soon. I really enjoy reading of your travels to exotic places I know I am never likely to get to and it sure brightens up the grey skies here in England.
Look forward to your forthcoming books and thanks again for the privilege of sharing your adventures.

by steve breame

What a creative pair you are. The japanese tea house and rock garden look wonderful and the fabric basket is beautiful.
I shall have to come and see this little paradise again.
Enjoy your travels and keep posting your reports.

by Heather MT

We so enjoyed reconnecting with Lourdes, with whom we stayed in Havana, and seeing your beautiful teahouse and garden this summer. But you are on the road again, so we will also enjoy your exotic travels and entertaining blog. Bon voyage.

by Alison and Steve

Pardon my absence, but the return to discover what you have done are for me, only daydreams and wishful thinking,

Busy decluttering to move into a pigeon hole of 3 rooms overlooking the Rideau River a km away from the Unesco rated Rideau Canal

More later. meegwetch

by kenhuocj

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