MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY 2023
There is not much news for 2022 from our little corner of the world. You must be relieved to read that, when there is so much bad news from the remainder of the planet..
Jean and I have been very well behaved through another Covid year and associated health crises – by mostly staying close to home and avoiding crowds. However, Covid, flu and RSV have become a nuisance to the old folks who need attention or reassurance from the overloaded medical sector. Sadly, as with many at our age, we have lost friends this year but we have had a lot of fun and joy too!
The highlight of our year was a 60th Anniversary cruise tour to Vancouver Island. We stayed at the Empress Hotel in Victoria for a couple of days, courtesy of the children, and thoroughly enjoyed the ambience and handy location for walking around downtown Victoria and the harbour. We then drove up the coast at a leisurely pace with stops at places of interest. We stayed in Parksville at a hotel on the beach for a couple of days, re-visited the beautiful Cathedral Grove and travelled to Tofino on the West side of the island where we watched the surfers at Long Beach.
Other trips and daily adventures and hikes were local, with visits to Mission’s Westminster Abbey, Steveston, (an interesting and picturesque working fishing village in Richmond) and miscellaneous Vancouver wanderings. One of our favourite places and a great place for long walks and hikes is up in the mountains near Squamish via the Sea -to –Sky Gondola (a must do for visitors), By the way, the sea-to-sky highway from West Vancouver to Squamish is one of the most scenic drives to be found anywhere in the world.
The family seems generally to be doing well. All busy and working. Randy and Molly are the ones who habitually get out into the world with their jobs and both thoroughly enjoy their adventures. Randy is grounded at the moment and working from home. He fell with his bike on wet cobblestones on his way to work and damaged his knee. Lauren has joined the workforce at a restaurant at Lonsdale Quai. Jennifer attended a convention for women police in Niagara Falls, Ontario. and was enthusiastic about meeting fellow officers from around the world, e.g. New Zealand, Africa etc. Janet is still very engaged with her secondment to SFU. Jean stays very busy with keeping us semi-organized and fed. She is involved in visiting friends who can no longer get out and in helping in various ways at our church. She reads a LOT and enjoys online calligraphy and art classes, She also goes to an art “open studio” every week all year round to paint, sketch and drink cappuccinos with other artists. Myles’ golf activities have been reduced to once per week in good relatively warm weather. In 2022, summer and fall were exceptionally dry and warm. ( More rain on non golf days would have been useful). During the year, we have enjoyed many a family dinner, brunch or lunch with everyone attending, including the granddaughters’ boyfriends. Always fairly noisy joyful events.
The new excitement in the family is the arrival of Lexi, a mini-schnauzer, at the Lewis household. Lola, her much loved predecessor died earlier in the year. Lexi is a 9lb bundle of energy who will present a training challenge of epic proportions and provide an entertaining contrast to her blind sister, Inka, the Toy Fox Terrier.
A few local photos from 2022 below. Summer Fall and Winter photos. And some art added to the Art Gallery>
(NOTE from Jean: It is a long time since I used WordPress and something strange seems to happen with the mobile view of the Art Gallery. Just pinch out to the size of your screen to view.)
So far, the only big plan for 2023 is a cruise at the end of April with Randy and Jennifer around some Mediterranean countries.
Wishing everyone safe and joyful holidays and a New Year filled with hope.
Myles and Jean