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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Childhood Memories

I just thought it would be nice to get away from the "romance, travel" mode for a bit and think back to when we were children. One of my fondest memories is when my family went camping in the Banff area (border between Alberta and BC). I was about 5 or 6 years old and loved to slide down the HUGE slide at the campsite. I slid all afternoon and literally wore a hole in my pants. Then, that night, a bear came into the campsite. My Dad (macho man) took a broom and chased it out of the area. Through the canvas of the tent, we could see the shadows of the bear with my Dad chasing and yelling at it. Another summer when I was about 8, we camped at Wasa Lake in BC (hot! hot! hot!) and spent most of the days in the lake floating to stay cool. In the early evenings, we read comic books like Little Lulu and Archie and Veronica, and then we roasted marshmallows on an open fire. Good memories. Let's hear yours.



happy said...

Leslie, I LOVE your site! Don't know what the heck a metalxmonkey is, but I want one!! :) HA! Tell MXM she'd better beware - now that cloning's available, cbloggette, suzanne, dbnc & moi just might grab her!

Maybe I can squeak a in here little later today with a post on today's topic. There's nothin' quite like a walk down M Lane, is there?

happy said...

Leslie--it'll have to wait--totally got carried away with getting stuff off my chest at clickgirls site. Left you a message there too..sorry

happy said...

I'm gonna blog in here late anyway.

Visits to Aunt Graces'. I never knew until I was grown just how poor she was. But I was 10 and to me her place was magical and rich. Only an hour away by car, but so unlike my own suburban town!

Rough, subsistance farm, it was. But to my childhood eyes it had everything. Acres of woodlands and fields to roam. Barns to play in. Wells to store milk in and draw water from. Metal dippers to drink from. Warm sun-ripe tomatoes to pick. Smoke houses where we carved of a chunk of pork for supper. A watering 'tank' (man-made pond) for the cattle to drink from and for us to bathe in. Never mind the fish nibbling on your toe, just watch for rattlesnakes.

Breakfast was hotcakes - edges crisped by lard drippings -yum!- cooked on an old wood stove - yes in the summer too! Aunt Grace always served her hotcakes & biscuits with her special homemade "chocolate gravy"-a thin pudding to be poured over all.

Mornings were spent on horseback - with a couple of cold biscuits in your pocket for lunch - looking for lost or new calves.

Afternoons were spent weeding or harvesting the garden and stacking haybales or firewood. Sometimes, just for fun, we walked a mile or two to trade tomatoes for eggs with a neighbor. The real purpose, of course, was to visit and gossip. Bedtime came with darkness, since there was no electricity in her humble little house. And the country night sounds were magnified by the quietness. Wolves, coyottes, big hoot owls, eerie sounding tiny screech owls and other critters I never knew, sang us to sleep.

I stayed for a week at a time on these visits and relished every single minute. I loved testing myself against a harsher lifestyle than I usually lived.

And where, at this time was Aunt Graces daughter - my 11 year old cousin? Back in my own suburban bed, visiting my mother, her Aunt, and relishing the good city life of air conditioning, movies, nylons, lipstick, a downtown to explore, and lots of people - especially boys to see.

She grew up to live in the city. I grew up to live in the country.

The grass is always greener... :)

Leslie: said...

Thanks Happy for your input. Sounds like the city mouse and the country mouse story. I remember when I was 10, I spent the summer at my aunt & uncle's place in Osoyoos, BC (desert area). They had an orchard and I learned how to drive the tractor with all its levers and we picked peaches, plums, and apricots. My aunt warned me about the snakes so I was very vigilant - I have a phobia. It was a great summer working/playing in the orchard, swimming & water skiing on the lake, horseback riding, bbquing, ice cream, parties, etc. So different from my suburban life. It's amazing what comes back when we stop to remember.

happy said...

SNAKES in Canada! Say it isn't so!

Otherwise--sound like fun--Now I've got to look up Osoyoos!

Leslie: said...

Happy - yep! the south central portion of BC that we call the Okanagan region is actually desert, believe it or not. It is lush and green because of all the orchards with irrigation. And there are multi rattlers out there in them thar hills. Also in the hills of the Cariboo. There are also some huge black things that eat the rattlers. Eewww - not good for someone like me with a phobia. Ah is a city girl me thinks.

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