Sunday and the rain was overnight.

First, the picture I couldn’t upload of the girl in the wet suit and another shot of those amazing home made brooms.

The day dawned cloudy and cool but dry and improved as it went on. Off to the float plane trip round the city and islands at 10-00 am. Needed photo I.D. Which I didn’t have, having not read the small print. Luckily Mary did and they accepted two cards with my name on, phew!

I’m not looking pensive about the flight, honest! I had put the camera accidentally on a setting where all I could see on the viewfinder was technical data and not the picture! I did eventually solve the problem. The twenty minute flight was wonderful with views of boats, ships and houses from a unique angle.

We walked up the exit gang plank and there was Ken Shane waiting for us. An old work colleague from London’s Burning days. He has lived her for 13 years and I probably had not seen him for 20! Off to brunch, very close to where we saw the steam clock yesterday. Lots of catching up to do and very little of the 20 years covered, not surprisingly.

IMG_1867He really hadn’t changed a lot. He drove us back through China Town and described various places on the way. A quick refresh in the hotel and away to the Vancouver Art Gallery, the weather still looking a bit uncertain and a stroll round the Monet exhibition.

A huge collection that was really interesting. Mary loves his work so was in her element, and when we get home to do the blurb book, his pages should look pretty good. We decided not to buy the lovely statue of Her Majesty with a lovely waving right arm for $26-95, but were impressed by the pan pipe player outside the Art Gallery, giving a beautiful rendition of Β ‘My heart Will Go On’ from the Titanic film.

So tomorrow off to Avis and out first hire car and away to Whistler, where I have been reliably informed Ted Ayling broke his jaw. (Another LWT chum). Ouch! I wonder if there is a small plaque on the ski slope?


Take care folks. I may take a day off tomorrow (distant very loud……..hurrah!) depends on the wi-fi.

Be lucky M & M πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

7 thoughts on “Sunday and the rain was overnight.”

  1. Brilliant.. Loved it.. Have been away a while repairing my Ayling Porch. Loved the Monet pictures.. Please steal some and send them to me.. I’ll tell no-one!!… Caught up with Ted in Manchester at the Comm Games about 12 years ago.. What a small World… I didn’t break his jaw though…. Marty

    1. There were more Monet’s but space and all that. I knew you had been away becauseit tells me where in the world the hits are! So at last NZ has come up with 1. Don’t think Keith W, is bothering nor my chum John McEvoy in Australia as that has never popped up; maybe I forgot to tell him?

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