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Published: January 23rd 2019
Vancouver August 15th 2009
We ae nearing the end of a fantastic stay in Vancouver. Worn out but seen all the sites! We are on the way to Kelowna a 395 Km drive tomorrow after we check out.
Missing my family and friends back in Wales. Sunday 16th August 2009 7.00 a.m. Canada Time 3.00p.m. Dinas Powys Time
Had a good sleep at last! My body must be getting used to this silly time.
I still look up the road waiting for a bus, only for the bus to surprise me by creeping up behind me. Why don't they get organized and drive on the proper side? One thing though.... no more exaggerated facial expressions trying to understand each other… at least they speak 'proper' English.
I was shocked the spell checker on this computer did not recognize Dinas Powys.
The others are all in bed but will be down soon for breakfast before we depart for the long drive to Kelowna. We will be stopping in a place called Hope for a break. Hope it's a nice place. I think Hope is probably a nice place but who can tell. Bummer
there is a guy waiting on the chair nearby for the computer.
Oh well, I have no idea if anyone will read this but me. If you do read it let me know.
Be in touch Monday August 17th2009
At last we have reached the main focus of our holiday in North America as we arrived safely in Kelowna, British Columbia. The journey up yesterday took about 7 hours but included a couple of stops, the main one in a place called Hope - no sign of Bob anywhere - but we did have a picnic beside a beautiful mountain lake, it was stunning, and we began to appreciate the beauties of Canada after the busyness of Vancouver.
We drove up through the mountains and eventually reached Kelowna and had a happy reunion with Lyndon, Laura and the kids, Charlotte, Jamieson and Jacob. We had a BBQ in their backyard - looked like a garden to me? - and then made our way to the cabin we are staying in this week.
Then disaster struck!
Just as we left Lyndon and Laura's, as I was
feeling good about driving this car which had its steering wheel on the wrong side, the police got me! - I drove a similar one in Italy a couple of years ago and spent two weeks banging my hand against the inside of the door trying to change gear, only to find the gearstick had been put on the wrong side as well!!) This one is automatic...so very smooth and very easy to drive.
As I drove away from the house, we turned right and then left and at the next junction a police car drew up behind me. I turned left and saw a sign 30km/hour max... So, I went 30km/hour which is very slow indeed (even for me!). Anyway, on went the flashing blue lights so I stopped and got out.
This voice screamed at me, ‘Get back in the car Sir!!!
So, I did... quite quickly actually!
A burly police officer walked up and asked if I owned the car and where I was going. I explained as clearly as I could about it being a hire car and me being a visitor.
He then said, "Why are you going so slow
Why does everyone always say that to me?
When I explained about the sign he laughed and said that was only when the kids were in the nearby school. He gave me directions to our place and wished me well.
I drove off shaking - with Boo a quivering wreck beside me...and we reached our cabin at a respectable 50 k.p.h. More news later Tuesday 18th August 2009
Things have certainly quietened down now after the excitement of my 'arrest' for slow and careful driving, but we have had such fun talking and laughing about it! We spent yesterday quietly in Kelowna. We visited another mall, which they seem very proud of here. We started with a Tim Hortons Coffee - very famous here and very nice indeed - a great way to start any day. I wasn't fussed on the shopping bit, but I managed to find Chapters Bookshop with a Starbucks, so all was not wasted!!
We spent the rest of the day in our cabin and by the pool.... boring for you to hear about but hugely enjoyable for us...must get you some pictures.
In the evening
we trekked over to Laura and Lyndon's for Pizza and Corn on the cob. We had a fab, fab, time. They are looking after us so well. We are so grateful. We have so many happy memories to share. Kelowna Day 3 Wednesday 19th August 2009
A chilling day today at our cabin. Nothing much to report other than we are all well and enjoyed this much needed day doing nothing. I did use the time wisely to give our Canadian friends some bombing lessons. Bless them they are tough outdoor little kids used to hunting, skiing in the winter, they get involved in all kinds of sports and outdoor activities but have no clue about 'bombing’, so I sacrificed my day off by concentrating my efforts in improving their bombing skills. It took a while, but they just about got the hang of it towards the end of the day. I was pleased that even after the lessons I could see them trying to improve their skills in their own time. I even saw Ben and Nathan having a little go but of course as true Welshmen they were born good 'bombers'.
Had a great BBQ in the evening and Lyndon and Laura joined us for a Thommo special around the pool.
More news as it happens
Happy bombing!!! Friday 21st August 2009
We have settled well into Kelowna life and we are being looked after so well by our friends Lyndon and Laura. Their kindness and generosity are quite amazing. Kelowna is a fascinating place and although it is high up in the mountains it has a semi-arid climate; this despite snow for 3 months of the year. We have explored Kelowna, done the downtown shops, the lakeside and perhaps best of all Knox Mountain. We had to drive up here to near the top, but the view back over Kelowna was fantastic and well worth the effort.
Later this day my father passed away and we were called home. Life changed forever.
Canada we will be back.....
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