|Butchart at Christmas
|Dear friends and family:
As for age, Mary carries on her physical activities like hiking, as though she were very much younger while Gene is much more sedate, still seeing one specialist after another trying to determine the cause of his dysautonomia. The only sure diagnosis so far is that he has a terminal condition: old age!
|Before mid-April, we stayed home, except for two trips to Whistler for almost a week each time. At home we had only one or two visits from friends but a good week stay by Rose and Nina, who learned a little French at a local program, did some horseback riding, helped us get our garden started and kept us well entertained.
the end of April we travelled to the UK where we spent 2 ½ peaceful
weeks, divided between Jean and Mary in Long Preston (lambing time on
the farm) and then Ann and Hugh in Newton -le-Willows. The
Yorkshire Dales are as beautiful as ever and we have toyed with the
idea of renting a cottage for a few weeks in one of the attractive
villages. We are looking forward to planning travel to the UK and
Italy next year but no action so far.
We love to be able to go to the family in Whistler quite frequently for short stays. The twins - now almost 9 - are lively, to say the least. They enjoy school and love to hike (even with Mary in Whistler's alpine in September) skate, ski, cycle, swim, etc. and to spend time with their friends.
By the time you read this, they will have spent a few days with us, going to see the lights at Butchart Gardens and the Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. We will celebrate their birthday and have an early Christmas week in Whistler with them and Jeremy and Ginny before they leave to spend Christmas in Maui.