Published: June 20th 2012June 18th 2012
We could have stayed here but thought it might be a bit too seedy.
When Dianne retired as Principal in Chemainus in June 2007, we thought we were moving back to Victoria. Dianne took on a couple of part-time projects with her school district to ease into “retirement” and things started to settle down. Then she heard about the opportunity in China and things geared back up. As we approached the end of our three years in China, she learned of an opportunity to go to Williams Lake for a year. Since we had never been to Williams Lake, the Cariboo or the Chilcotin, it seemed like a good idea.
And it was; we have really enjoyed our year here. Another year would have been fun but the contract was for a year so we started to think about packing up.
Then other possibilities started to appear. An opportunity in Kamloops arose but turned out to be a false start. An opportunity in Prince George appeared. We even spent a weekend there checking the place out. But it, too, didn’t pan out (hey, this is Gold Rush country). Then the Kamloops opportunity heated up to the extent that we drove down there for an interview. At the same time, another interesting project appeared
What's for breakfast?
These two youngsters dropped by to see what was going on. There is quite a bit of green space nearby.
in Prince George. Yikes!
But the timing on the Prince George job wasn't right and the timing on the Kamloops job was - so Dianne accepted the job as Vice-Principal of the Elementary division at St. Ann's Academy, a K-12 school in Kamloops. I guess the U-haul trailer will be going there from Williams Lake! They were having trouble finding a vice-principal with the qualifications they wanted (IT and coaching for high school teams). While Dianne's forte isn't either of these areas, she brings a lot to the table that they can draw on (except art) for a year while they continue their search. Yet another adventure for us. Prince George
This weekend trip was a bit like one of our China weekend adventures except that we got to drive ourselves. Dianne had scoured the internet looking for a nice Bed and Breakfast. I had looked at hotels to see if there was anything like the Dalian Kempinski but, if there was one, it would have been way too expensive. We settled on Ridgeview Gardens which looked pretty nice in the pictures. It looked even more impressive in person. It was a full suite: huge bedroom, kitchenette
Neighbours were a bit squirelly
A couple of squirrels took up residence in this birdhouse after first expanding the entrance hole.
and a magnificent living/dining room. It was even nicer than the suite we had enjoyed at the Kempinski which up to now had been my favourite place to stay.
I had made a lasagne to enjoy on Friday night after our drive north. Oops. The kitchenette had everything we needed, except an oven! Our hosts cooked it for us in their oven while we went out for a walk around the area. We had planned to go out for dinner on the Saturday but the place was so nice we ate at home the second night. When we returned from our walk, our host mentioned that another couple had dropped in to check out the bed and breakfast but he thought they were more interested in just the breakfast. Huh? See pictures.
We had both been to PG independently on business but this was our first chance to visit just for fun. The walking trails along the river are great and we are told the trails make for good cross country skiing in the winter. Hmmmm. May just have to try that.
Lots of shopping opportunities in this city of nearly 100,000 people. Of course, in China
The suite was really a great place to spend two relaxing evenings. The complementary glass of sherry helped too!
that would be a small town. There are also lots of cultural activities so we thought it would be a great place to spend a year or so. Likely and Quesnelle Forks
More towns that owe their existence (or former existence) to the Gold Rush in the 1850s and 1860s. We are constantly amazed by the influence of the Chinese in these areas. The museum provided many interesting reminders of our time in China. What now?
Now that we have an idea what we are doing next year, we can concentrate on the summer. The main event is the gathering of our grandchildren (without their parents) for a week in July. Should be fun (gasp). Then we celebrate out 45th
anniversary which is actually July 8th
but we can’t get everyone together until later in the month. Fun, fun and more fun…..
And next year? It sounds like it is going to be pretty exciting too...
To be continued…
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