The subject, a cart of tulips in a cluttered area - below are some things one can do with a scene like this. Mostly it is to simplify the image or try a different angle - go low to remove cars and buildings. I used a 10 meg camera with an 18-125 (35 mm equivalent) lens, really nothing different than most other cameras.
Aileen drove herself to church in
After a while, I went to the Coombs Market (a local tourist mecca known for its goats on the sod roofs) to wander around and met Bev, one of our Okanagan friends, sitting on a bench with her crutches. She’d recently had her second knee replacement. Carole, her partner, showed up later in company of their two lady friends from
I visited back at the sale with my brother Sam then distant cousin Garry for awhile. It was getting on for 2 when Aileen arrived and she and Barb (Garry’s wife) had a good chat. We wandered home just after 4 and Aileen made supper in the house as Sheila was working at the sale til almost 6. I barbequed steaks and they were very good. Aileen made her famous oven roasted veggies and salad.
Aileen has been puttering away on the family diaries again and has picked up the pace a bit more since Chas told her how much he has enjoyed them. My Dad started the diary before I was born and Mom took it over in the late 40’s. There was the odd year taken off but it has been pretty constant since the early 50’s. Aileen being the faster typist (actually a real typist) does the initial typing and I come along behind to proof and print. It has been an interesting challenge as lots of the old diaries are fading badly as Mom used whatever was handy to write in, often school scribblers, and the old inks either ran or faded, sometimes both. There were times in the earlier ones where I would have to hold the page up to the light to discern what was written and then quote it to Aileen. Mom’s writing was often difficult to decipher as well. In recent years she has gone to printing quite neatly. The amount of family and local history makes for lively reading and sometimes there’s some humour at family members’ expense. Mom tended to tell it like she thought in her writing, so the odd time some of us were spoken of rather directly. She did tell me at the beginning to clean up the structure as I liked but not to alter any details because that was how she saw things. I started proofing this week beginning with January 1993 at page 4403. I have done up to page 4458 so far. These are solid pages done both sides and we have used a lot of paper and ink over the years we’ve been working on the project. Mom was still writing the diary until after the dementia got the better of her so we still have a long way to go. I packed my printer into the house and will hopefully leave it set up for a few weeks.
We went to the Shady Rest Pub right on the beach at Qualicum to meet Bev and Carole for lunch on Monday. We managed to get a window seat in the north end and had the little room all to ourselves the whole time. Aileen and I both had cod and chips which were really good. We spent about 2 ½ hours chatting inside and another ½ or more outside. Those two are fun to visit so it was great to be able to get together over here on the
On Tuesday morning we’d heard sirens in the night which turned out to be the long closed
After lunch on Wednesday, I went to
Our little baby, Bev, turned 38 yesterday. Aileen spoke with her after supper for awhile then Chas, Sheila and I sang happy birthday to her. We’re hoping to take our grand daughter, Georgia, for a picnic tomorrow and see our son Richard and wife Robin as well for awhile.