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Ron and I and Leslie had a visit with my aunt, Ruth Howard in the hospital in Black Diamond last week. Ruth is 97 years old and is amazing. She gets The Drumheller Mail and reads it from front to back and says it is better than the Calgary papers.
Gloria Wilson Anderson, Loretta Wilson, Kasen Wilson and their friend Lindsay Armitage from Kinsella visited Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island last week. They spent a lot of time at different beaches sun tanning, collecting seashells, sand dollars and looking at star fish. They went hiking at Englishman Falls, walking through Cathedral Grove Forest, driving to Port Alberni and sitting at the harbour, fish and chips on the pier in Comox, shopping at Coombs Market where there are goats on the roof and very interesting groceries, kayaking at Ladysmith and eating with Lindsay’s wonderful Aunts and Uncles who treated them like their own. They saw a sandcastle competition in Parksville where there were some amazing sculptures. Kasen and Lindsay experienced the tide change while swimming in the ocean. While it was over 30 degrees here at home it was a beautiful 24 degrees on the island.
Lynn and Clint Hemming recently travelled to Peru where they spent 18 days touring spectacular Inca sites and learning about the history and culture of the interesting South American country. One of the highlights was meeting the child they sponsor with Compassion Canada. They have sponsored this boy for eleven years (he is now 15 years old) and have exchanged many letters. They got to spend two days with him and his family in Lima. They were impressed by the frontline work that Compassion is doing in some of the poorest areas of Peru. Other highlights included a few days in the Sacred Valley, amazing Inca ruins at Ollytaytambo, the unique floating islands of Uros, and majestic Machu Picchu. A few days of their adventure were spent in the Amazon rainforest in an Eco lodge where they saw unusual animals like caiman and capybella and unusual birds and butterflies, not to mention a mother tarantula. They also saw primitive farming methods throughout Peru including harvesting with machetes and stoking grain in bundles and thrashing by hand. Their trip became a bit more of an adventure when 22,000 teachers went on strike in Peru and rolled boulders and logs onto the major highways and rail lines. They were stranded on a train outside Machu Picchu for several hours and had to jump off the train and had a police escort to safety. The teachers there make about $400 Canadian a month and struggle to survive on such wages. It was an adventure filled, educational experience.
Nearly 60 members of the Shadlock family gathered at Bowness Park, Calgary, on July 22 for a family reunion hosted by the Calgary Shadlocks. All four remaining Shadlock siblings were in attendance and all seven families of the Bill and Muriel Shadlock family were represented. As well present were two of the Wilson cousins, Rita and Ralph Gallinger from Grand Prairie and Ron and Lynn Wilson from Buck Lake.
Elson and Pat McDougald made a whirl wind trip last weekend to Saskatchewan. On Thursday they stayed in Saskatoon with Elson’s brother and wife Allan and Gillian. Friday they went to Warman Saskatchewan to visit school friends then on to Regina to stay with Pat’s brother and wife Mike and Donalene McMillen. On Saturday they were in Carnduff, Saskatchewan to visit Par’s niece Jackie and Michael Veriy and Pat’s sister Agnes. Sunday they visited various McDougald cousins and Elson’s Aunt Jean who is 94 years old. Sunday evening they attended the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for Pat’s brother Jim and Georgie McMillen. Monday they travelled to Temple Gardans and enjoyed some relaxation at that spa in Moose Jaw returning home on Tuesday.
What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary than to take a trip into the past and see the draft horse competition at the Verdant Valley Community Center on Saturday, July 29. The day begins at noon with a pony driving competition. The chore horse competition starts at 1 pm. Admission is free. Concession is on site as well as Beef on a Bun supper with live music. Tickets for the supper available on site. Other displays and antique exhibits and activities for kids also on site. Contact Elson at 403-823-9820 for more information.
Happy birthday this week to Fay Hnetka, Charli Anne Calon and Kimberly Polzin on July 27, Lynn Hemming on July 29.
Best wishes on your wedding anniversary to Clint and Lynn Hemming on July 28, Brad and Anita Mepham and Neil and Donna Duncalf on July 30, Larry and Cindy Poland and Ashley (Hemming) and Kyle Green on July 31.