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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.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Big Chill Weekend - White Lake, BC

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Nine years ago, six friends who used to play hockey together on the old Burnaby Grizzlies team got together for a "Big Chill" weekend (remember the movie?). Some of these guys had moved away and as a result, hadn't seen each other for many years. Some of them weren't even talking to each other due to some old spat. But they all realized that because they were all getting on in age, they should let bygones be bygones and reunite their friendships. The Big Chill Weekend was born.

This year, I was included with the other wives and we all had a great time at White Lake in the Shuswap area of British Columbia. The guys went fishing one day and everyone played golf (and I use the term "played" very loosely) another day.

On the last evening, they had a ceremony of sorts where prizes were presented. My sweetie won the prize for "the shortest drive" and we all had a great laugh about that. (He whiffed the ball and it just went plop in front of the tee!) Someone else won a putter that had been made for the occasion - it was a real hit! And the biggest prize, the Rusty Skate Award, was presented in absentia to the sixth member of the group because he's gone through a terrible ordeal these past few months and almost died. As a result, he couldn't be with us this year.

While the guys were fishing, the girls went out on a pontoon boat with Captain Al (he doesn't like to fish) for two relaxing hours floating around on the lake. We found the guys in their boats and took a few photos of them, but they yelled at us to go away because we were scaring the fish. And Al took a photo of four of us "girls" at the front of the boat.
There is so much wildlife at White Lake and the ducks are so tame, they'll follow you everywhere, even allowing the ducklings to come close. We also saw lots of turtles, loons, otters, and all sorts of birds. I got lots of nature photos, and another day, I'll show you more of them. All in all, we had a great few days at White Lake before going to Peachland with Al & Heather for another 2 days. In the meantime, I better get back to the laundry, housework, and garden here. Now "that's" another post!


Pear tree cottage! said...

Leslie, the weekend sounds and looks wonderful - just as much as the lovely sparkle I can see in your writing - You are very happy, you with your dear "knight"

best wishes ALWAYS. Lee-ann

Tamara Jansen said...

We love going to osoyoos in the summer. The water's warm and it's perfect for water skiing. Not that I ski but....the guys love it!

Looks like you had a super time :)

nancygrayce said...

Looks like a fun trip! You do truly seem happy and content!

Liz Hinds said...

I was wondering if you were all right as you'd been a bit quite. Glad you were off enjoying yourself!

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Maggie May said...

Great to have such a lovely weekend with friends.
Glad you had such a good time.
Lovely pictures.