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Sorry about that

I just haven’t been around here much lately.  Who would have thought that semi-retirement from dentistry would leave me so busy!  Today will be another day jam-packed with things to do.

Yesterday I sat surrounded by old albums, newspaper clippings, photos, etc and began to put together a presentation for our upcoming celebration at our church.  We have finished paying the mortgage and that is something to celebrate.  Since I wasn’t around in the days when the building was being built, I had some research to do.  MJ has been a wonder at digging up the info I needed.

But the building was built before the days of digital photography. Now we take pictures of everything.  Not so 30 years ago.  I’ve had to dig hard for stuff to use in a powerpoint show! 

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But it will be ready.

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Morning colour

There really is nothing better than visiting friends in the field.  I am always refreshed – body and soul.

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The first morning I woke up to a beautiful display of colour.  I think God must live in the area.

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Country Store

The women at our church go all out for a bake and craft sale once a year in the fall winter.  It was a frosty day but the sale went on and here are a few pictures.IMG_2794

Getting ready and then the crowds came.  The soup was good and we had a fun day.

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It is always about this time of the year that I swear that  for next year I will have gotten my act in gear and made some crafty little stuff.  However… I usually end up buying lots and not getting much made.  Next year…

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Pictures of PEI trip

I didn’t take nearly so many pictures as in Europe and the weather was not nearly as warm.  I did manage to head out into the country on the last day we spent in PEI, rented a car and spent the morning driving north to the St Laurence coast, up to Naufrage (Shipwreck Point)

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and then across the island to the south coast which is on the Atlantic. 

A set has been made and you are welcome to enjoy the view and the fall colours simply by clicking here.

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Wrapping it up – mostly

Today I spent my down time at the office labelling and arranging the photos of the last city we visited in Europe.  Barcelona, Spain.  This is a place I wanted to visit specifically to experience some of Gaudi’s architecture.  It could have justified spending a few more days in Spain but… that’s how it goes.  There is never quite enough time to see all the wonders of the world.

So if you want to see some more beautiful architecture, you might want to checkout the latest sets that I have put together on Flikr.  La Pedrada and La Sagrada Familia.  I would go back to see La Sagrada Familia again.  In that place one experiences a sense of awe and wonder and can read some of the story of God in the stones.

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For those who love fabulous buildings

You really should visit Cordoba.  But maybe visit it in the fall or winter. Unless you enjoy extremely hot temperatures.

You can visit it by pictures here – mostly we saw The Great Mosque since we only had one day there.  The Great Mosque is also the Cathedral of Cordoba and a World Heritage Site.  Well worth a visit.

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Visiting Gibraltar

Over at Flikr I’ve loaded up a set of photos taken on Gibraltar.  This is a place we visited because of old family ties that drew us back.  I was curious to see this place where my great grandfather and my grandfather served in the British Army.  Serving in the British Army was a way to escape the poverty of England and so my great grandfather left England first for India, where my grandfather was born in Karachi, and then other places around the British Empire till when my grandfather was about 16 and could enlist as well, they ended up in Gibraltar.

Some of the photos I’ve taken show the military nature of the Rock. It must have been an arduous place to serve a term.  The road we walked down from the summit of the rock was one that the soldiers would have had to walk up many times, I’m sure. 

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Large rings in the rock were placed there to assist the teams of men who moved heavy guns up and down those same roads.  We think sometimes of the enjoyment of the sun.  I wonder if the soldiers rejoiced in it or cursed its heat as they were climbing.IMG_2515-1

It is from Gibraltar that my ancestors emigrated to Canada.  I guess they were used to hard work but the introduction to cold must have been a real shock.  yet they stayed, laboured again under adverse conditions and helped build Canada.  I suspect most of us have gotten soft over the years.  We owe much to our forebears.

Leo and I rode the cable car to the top of The Rock and then walked down.  It was a long day of walking.  We probably did 10 Kms and it was not all downhill.  It was a good way to see the place.  At the end of the day we had a meal in a place on the waterfront called the Ipanema where they served Brazilian style – endless meats grilled  and passed on huge skewers.  Wonderful end to a great day.IMG_2568

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