Halifax And Back

Early on Wednesday morning good friends Don and Lynore Harrington and I set off from Comox to Halifax NS. The purpose of the flying visit was to attend the wedding of Emily Minton and Scott Mc. Queen. Emily is the daughter of other good friends Jan and Brad Minton. Emily and Scott live and work in Halifax.

En route through Calgary we met Andy and Shelley, also heading east to the wedding.
We caught up on a whole lot of "stuff" while waIting to fly out of Calgary.

Once in Halifax and at the hotel the family/ friends group snowballed quickly.

With one day between landing and wedding, a caravan of us visited Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. It was a super occasion. We men bundled into one vehicle and gabbed football, hockey, trucks etc. , while the women used another vehicle and talked quilts, wedding and grandkids.

The wedding went very well. Em looked gorgeous and her beau was handsome. They both handled the occasion so well. There was much love in the room, the dinner was great and there was some hot boogying after. I even managed to shake a leg too. Thanks Rebecca!!

We're so glad we went. Now, writing this at Calgary while waiting for the final connection home, it's great to reflect on how love really does make the world go round. (Some more pics below)

'Bye for now and God bless.

Brad and Jan, Em's parents.

Em's aunt Louise tackles her burger.
Andy and Shelley looking great.


Don about to board a corvette named Sackville. Lynore's father had served on corvettes in WW II so the tour of this ship was of special interest to her.


Lynore and Don before Bluenose II

Another New Belt Gained

Oliver with Instructor Richard.

Hi everyone..Grandson Oliver gained another belt in Tae Kwon Do on Sunday, June 04. This one was the Blue Stripe. He has a terrific instructor, Richard Dobbs and you can see the pair of them above.

Many young people went through various tests for different belt levels. Unfortunately because I got my wires crossed (easy for Grandpa to do these days!) I only got to the activities in time to see Oliver and the others presented with their new belts. However, the main thing is the kids did so well and obviously had such a good time.

Below you can see a short video of Oliver involved in one of the requirements in gaining the new belt…board breaking.

‘Bye for now and God bless.

Lady Cynthia

Recently my friend Jannice informed me of an item she’d seen on the BBC news.  In Ladysmith, a small town south of us on Vancouver island​​, a gigantic rhododendron was causing heads to turn. 

A local councillor was proposing that this shrub be promoted as a tourist attraction. The shrub, a version called Lady Cynthia, is 115 years old and was brought from Devon, UK by early settlers. The shrub now dwarfs the house of the current owners.

Today I drove to see it and took my auntie Jean with me for the day out. As you can see, Lady Cynthia was gorgeous to behold and awesome in its presence… much like my lovely lady.

If you’d care to read the whole of the BBC item click here.

‘Bye for now and God bless.

Moving On

A short while ago Tim, Andi,Oliver and I went to see him sparring in a new taekwondo tournament. He did very well, enjoyed himself and appreciated seeing the black belts demonstrate their power and grace. 


Days after, we were able to watch Charlotte in her last cross-country race of the season and the last in her present school. 

How fortunate I am to have these lovely kids and my family living so close. Blessings abound!!

Love to all who read this. 

Martin