Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Big Changes and New Opportunities!

Tomorrow, our daughter, her husband and their family (our grandchildren) are moving to British Columbia!  They'll be living in Abbotsford, just far enough east of Vancouver to have reasonable house prices.

Yours truly (a particularly photogenic 30 year-old picture) with the 3 kids
 at the Calgary Zoo Prehistoric Park, 1986,

I think it probably started for our daughter when we took the kids on five camping trips across the country, starting in 1986 when our daughter was 2.  Three big trips through the mountains of B.C. out to the ocean, and as far north as the Yukon and Alaska meant they all fell in love with the west.

 The family outside the Tea House at Lake Agnes, high above Lake Louise 
in Banff National Park. 

The trips west certainly cemented William's love of the mountains, and he spent much of his flying career in B.C.  Our daughter and her husband fell in love with the mountains anew last fall when we went to Alberta and B.C. for Will's memorial services.  She has stayed in touch with a couple of Will's friends who live in or near Abbotsford since then.

Three of us on the many switch-backed very steep trail above Lake Agnes, 
headed for the lookout on top of the Beehive - 1990, when our daughter was 6.

And so the talk of moving west started last fall, new job opportunities were checked out, and a trip west to investigate where to live was organized.  Then suddenly it happened; they bought a house there and sold their house here, and now off they go!  The past five days have been some of the most intensive in our retired life, helping them pack, and then having our daughter and the grands here for 3 days while her husband drove the car west.  She will fly tomorrow.  As you can imagine, there are some mixed emotions, but we are thrilled for them and hope they love their new life in the mountains and near the ocean.

The last trip, in 1994, when the kids were noticeably older, 
at the Arctic Circle on the Dempster Highway in the Yukon.

And what are the new opportunities for us?  Well of course a very big incentive to spend some time travelling in B.C., and perhaps all up and down the west from Arizona to Alaska.  There are national, state and provincial parks galore all the way through Canada and the U.S.A., with some of the best scenery in the world!  There are many in Canada we want to revisit; and parts of the U.S. we've never seen.  So it's a big change in our lives; cross your fingers for us that it will all work out well.  I may have to change the name of my blog 'cause we'll be spending more time away from the valley.  "Furry Gnome's Adventures" has been suggested!

Dug out my little-used laptop for tonight's post; an older and slower laptop is doing much better than the newer and faster desktop tonight!

Big Changes and New Opportunities!

Tomorrow, our daughter, her husband and their family (our grandchildren) are moving to British Columbia!  They'll be living in Abbotsford, just far enough east of Vancouver to have reasonable house prices.

Yours truly (a particularly photogenic 30 year-old picture) with the 3 kids
 at the Calgary Zoo Prehistoric Park, 1986,

I think it probably started for our daughter when we took the kids on five camping trips across the country, starting in 1986 when our daughter was 2.  Three big trips through the mountains of B.C. out to the ocean, and as far north as the Yukon and Alaska meant they all fell in love with the west.

 The family outside the Tea House at Lake Agnes, high above Lake Louise 
in Banff National Park. 

The trips west certainly cemented William's love of the mountains, and he spent much of his flying career in B.C.  Our daughter and her husband fell in love with the mountains and  anew last fall when we went to Alberta and B.C. for Will's memorial services.  She has stayed in touch with a couple of Will's friends who live in or near Abbotsford since then.

Three of us on the many switch-backed very steep trail above Lake Agnes, 
headed for the lookout on top of the Beehive - 1990, when our daughter was 6.

And so the talk of moving west started last fall, new job opportunities were checked out, and a trip west to investigate where to live was organized.  Then suddenly it happened; they bought a house there and sold their house here, and now off they go!  The past five days have been some of the most intensive in our retired life, helping them pack, and then having our daughter and the grands here for 3 days while her husband drove the car west.  She will fly tomorrow.  As you can imagine, there are some mixed emotions, but we are thrilled for them and hope they love their new life in the mountains and near the ocean.

The last trip, in 1994, when the kids were noticeably older, 
at the Arctic Circle on the Dempster Highway in the Yukon.

And what are the new opportunities for us?  Well of course a very big incentive to spend some time travelling in B.C., and perhaps all up and down the west from Arizona to Alaska.  There are national, state and provincial parks galore all the way through Canada and the U.S.A., with some of the best scenery in the world!  There are many in Canada we want to revisit; and parts of the U.S. we've never seen.  So it's a big change in our lives; cross your fingers for us that it will all work out well.  I may have to change the name of my blog 'cause we'll be spending more time away from the valley.  "Furry Gnome's Adventures" has been suggested.

Dug out my little-used laptop for tonight's post; an older and slower laptop is doing much better than the newer and faster desktop tonight!

Big Changes and New Opportunities!

Tomorrow, our daughter, her husband and their family (our grandchildren) are moving to British Columbia!  They'll be living in Abbotsford, just far enough east of Vancouver to have reasonable house prices.

Yours truly with the 3 kids at the Calgary Zoo Prehistoric Park, 1986,

I think it probably started for our daughter when we took the kids on five camping trips across the country, starting in 1986 when our daughter was 2.  Three big trips through the mountains of B.C. and as far as the Yukon and Alaska meant they all fell in love with the west.


 The family outside the Tea House at Lake Agnes, high above Lake Louise 
in Banff National Park. 

The trips west certainly cemented William's love of the mountains, and he spent most of his flying career in B.C.  Our daughter and her husband fell in love with the mountains and  anew last fall when we went to Alberta and B.C. for Will's memorial services.  She has stayed in touch with a couple of Will's friends who live in or near Abbotsford since then.

Three of us on the many switch-backed very steep trail above Lake Agnes, headed for the lookout on top of the Beehive - 1990, when our daughter was 6.

And so the talk of moving west started last fall, new job opportunities were checked out, and a trip west to investigate where to live was organized.  Then suddenly it happened; they bought a house there and sold their house here, and now off they go!  The past five days have been some of the most intensive in our retired life, helping them pack, and then having our daughter and the grands here for 3 days While her husband drove the car west.  She will fly tomorrow.  As you can imagine, there are some mixed emotions, but we are thrilled for them and hope they love their new life in the mountains and near the ocean.

The last trip, in 1994, when the kids were noticeably older, 
at the Arctic Circle on the Dempster Highway in the Yukon.

And what are the new opportunities for us?  Well of course a very big incentive to spend some time travelling in B.C., and perhaps all up and down the west from Arizona to Alaska.  There are national, state and provincial parks galore all the way through Canada and the U.S.A., with some of the best scenery in the world!  There are many in Canada we want to revisit; and parts of the U.S. we've never seen.  So it's a big change in our lives; cross your fingers for us that it will all work out well.  I may have to change the name of my blog 'cause we'll be spending more time away from the valley.  "Furry Gnome's Adventures" has been suggested.

Dug out my little used laptop for tonight's post; an older and slower laptop is doing much better than the newer and faster desktop tonight!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Computers!&$X#%€?¥£!

Computer is not co-operating, so I'm writing this on my ipad.  Damn nuisance, I had things I was going to say.  Hopefully see you tomorrow.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Barn Quilt Trail

After spotting this quilt block on a barn up the road two weeks ago, I strated investigating.  Turns out there is a brand new "For the Love of Grey Barn Quilt Trail", started just this past June, centred so far around the hamlet of Rocklyn, a few miles to the north.  The other day I went out to find what I could using their map.

Here's the original one I found two weeks ago.

Another colourful one with an interesting pattern.  These all appear to be painted on two 4x8 sheets of plywood and mounted on the barn.

I liked this one that looked like a Scotch Thistle pattern.

There was one I never did get a clear view of, because the barn is behind both the house and some trees, but it's a bright star pattern.

And this was a nice mainly green pattern, rather unusual design I thought.

The "For the Love of Grey Barn Quilt Trail" has its own Facebook page, which tells you a bit about the history of this new initiative, and provides a map for anyone to drive around and spot them.  They are not all in place yet, but it will be an interesting addition to our countryside when they all are.  More participants are welcome.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Grey County Cattle

Quite a lot of beef cattle around these parts, to go with all the hay that's produced.  Spotted several herds along my route Tuesday.

This big bull was the most massive creature among all the herds.  Not often you see a real live bull out with the cattle anymore.  Rather flimsy fence in the background I thought.

And these were the cattle nearby, all resting by the fencerow.  Look like Herefords to me.

But the rest were all Charolais, and these ones were all moving steadily playing follow the leader.

Except one who stopped and looked up at me.


This herd was playing follow the leader too, all headed one direction.

But this herd thought it was time for a rest.  These was the biggest group; these are only a few of them.

And there was one lonely sheep farm.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

August Skies

On my drive the other day I caught a lot of beautiful Grey County skies.  The white clouds were blowing across the blue, the temperature was pleasant, just one of those great late summer days.

A view across part of the Wodehouse wetland just around the corner.

A recently combined field of wheat.

Another combined field, but the straw hasn't been baled yet.  Probably mixed grain or barley. 

One of three herds of Charolais cattle.

And another.

And another of those quilt barns - more pictures of those in a day or two.

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