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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, February 22, 2007

Manhattan Beach Reunion

Well, I survived the reunion even though I was congested with a head cold the whole time I was there. :( And I found a pair of jeans that fit!!! We had a fabulous time Friday night meeting with everyone and eating great food at the Matisse Restaurant (at the hotel). Then Saturday, the salty sea air was good for the congestion and some of us biked for 2 hours along the Strand - from Manhattan Beach all the way south through Hermosa Beach and to Redondo Beach and back. Saturday night a marguerita snuck up on me so I couldn't finish the second one but the Mexican food was delicious (the hot salsa helped with the congestion, too, lol). Chatted with an actor who had come along to give his single friend moral support. After dinner, we snuck booze into the hotel and partied on the outdoor patio until 1:00 am with the help of a local sheriff. Yes!!! Sunday, we got a few shots of some of the group that was staying at the hotel and then Suzanne and I drove through the Mojave Desert to Tehachapi and Stallion Springs to stay with her Mom. We had a great time driving around the area looking at some property dreaming about moving there together. I spied a cute cowboy at a restaurant where we had lunch and am going to contact him through the owner - she happens to be one of Suzanne's Mom's art students! Talk about a convoluted connection! Hah! All in all, a fun week! And my cold's all gone now. :D

Suzanne and I having Japanese food in Tehachapi - is that ironic or what?

Monday, February 05, 2007


I think this is my favourite one.

Hi everyone - thanks for your comments on my photos (blog below). It's now voting time! So if any of you are interested, click on http://photos.globetrotter.net/index.asp and join up so you can vote. There are 404 entries in the "golden age" theme and my photos are scattered throughout.

The sleeping Sicilian is on page 3 and is number 35.

The 4 old Italian men (above) is on page 5 and is number 69.
The photo of the Colosseum is on page 11 and is number 163.

The old villa in Ravello is on page 16 and is number 243.
The ancient Greek temple in Sicily is on page 19 and is number 290.
Check out all the photos and you'll see some fabulous shots from people all across Canada. Once you've joined, you can vote for 10 of the photos - 1 vote per photo. Even if I don't ever win, I really enjoy looking at the great shots people get and I'm sure you will, too. :D