Monday, July 21, 2008


This weekend my cousins had a reunion picnic at this beautiful Provincial Park on Vancouver Island (Bamerton P.Pk)
There are camp sites above the beach and along the beach lots of picnic tables and a changing room and other fascilities.
There were about 30 of us there including all the little grandchildren. So it was quite a merry gathering.
Lots of good food and warm family cameraderie.

The beach was strewn with clam and mussle shells as it's obviously quite a rich harvesting spot. But because of a red tide warning the seafood here is inedible at this time. The kids had fun chasing all the tiny crabs that were scuttling across the sand.

Most of the adults stayed up on the grass under the shade trees, visiting and catching up on family news. Eating, of course. There were salads and hot dogs and watermelon. All the good stuff you usually have at picnics.

Here's my cousins Adele, Lynette and Merilyn and their foster sister May and me. I always love spending time with my cousins and it was a real nice surprise having May along this day too. We really enjoyed ourselves. May and I had gone over on Friday and spent the day in Victoria with Adele and her husband Garry. Then we drove to the Park on Saturday and met the rest of the crowd who were coming from various parts of the Island. A few family members were missing, but most of them were there, even the newly weds who had just got married on Thursday (Merilyn's son and his new wife). And my goodness! I've not seen so many little ones. It's hard to keep track of them all.

The two Grandpas, Garry and Marv, took some of the little boys down for a swim. The water was quite refreshing and the beach is sandy and shallow so it's a great place for the kids. They had so much fun making sand castles and later they found a little waterfall and a creek running down to the beach so they went exploring.
A really great day was had by all!
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Sunday, July 06, 2008


What have I been doing since the last time I blogged here? Well, besides a 10 day trip to California to visit cousins, Auntie and attend the graduation of my grandson from UCSB, I've had a very busy time. For two days I was involved in a media culinary tour of Steveston and Richmond, two of Vancouver's suburban municipalities. Here I am riding a cruiser bike on one of those days. We rode down the river to a heritage farm, our first stop for that day and the beginning of an amazing culinary adventure.
The summer finally arrived, and in good time as California was so lovely and hot. So I headed for my favorite swimming/picnicing place at Second Beach and had a little picnic on the beach after a refreshing swim in the pool. That will be the first of many such outings to the pool and beach this summer. One of my favorite pasttimes!

And then there was the International Jazz Festival. I missed some of it but did manage to get into one event and of course there was all that free music on Canada Day. And just look what a lovely venue it was, right by False Creek yacht harbour. And a lovely sunny day so everyone enjoyed lounging on the grass while we listened to music.

Summer is just beginning. There's be lots more fun in the sun. Just watch this blog and I'll keep you posted!
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