Well we are back in Jiaxing – city of grey skies and mold. Mold? you ask. Indeed. Normally every summer is hot and humid in Jiaxing – last summer there were 40 days over 40º. The heat serves to kill the mold the humidity brings to life. This summer, however, there were only 4 days in excess of 40º. There is mold all over the place. The vice principal left his car at the school for a month – mold all over the seats and steering wheel. One of our teachers had it in various places – on his bed (6″ circle worth), other teachers found it on their pillows – 4 had to be thrown out. We were fortunate – only a little on some bamboo place mats and the wooden blinds in the bathroom. We still have the left over smell, but it is gradually diminishing.
Anyway, back to the Gluttony Tour. 7 fun-filled, food-filled, wine-filled weeks – 12 additional pounds for Geoff and 2 for Terry.
(Fear not – I have already lost 4 of those pounds!) Let me take you on a pictorial voyage. (Ed. note: My apologies to those who failed to get into the photos – what can I say.)
Our first week included dinner at Ken’s.
Our last view from Ken’s magnificent West Van home. The blue skies amazed us all summer – with the exception of the three days of rain Terry, Petra and Tanya had in Kelowna.
From there is was to be surprised when Ria and Scott showed up at Joan and Dennis’.
The food was great – but no ribs!
The following week Terry was up at Levitt Lake with Jan and Jenny – and Quinn – for some quiet time – except for traipsing back and forth to the vet for to get Quinn’s meds.
Meanwhile Geoff was on a 4 game golf tour which ended for him after 3 games when his back went out.
Tom in the kitchen – again.
Vern picks up his ball after his first hole in one! “A high arcing 158 yard 9 iron which bounced twice and fell into the hole.”
Celebrating the 24th annual West/North Van Golf tour. Looking froward to Year 25.
Next up – Dinner at the Cregg-Guinans
Another big crowd, another big meal, another big drinking opportunity…
The ladies wanted in on The Shoe Blog!
The following week Terry was off to Kelowna for a girls’ shopping trip and wine tour. When she came back we had a wonderful eating and drinking evening with our pals from the golf course at Paul and Ingrid’s magnificent home.
Would anyone like some wine?
Some of the boys in the wine cellar…
Magnificent great room…
An assorted – (Ed. note: some might say motley) crew.
The next week brought our visit to Laurie’s new home downtown on Beach – on the night of France’s fireworks.
Laurie’s rooftop deck was a .great place to have dinner and drinks
We don’t get sunsets like this in Jiaxing – or likely anywhere else in China.
The fireworks were fantastic – Thanks Laurie.
Then it was off on our whirlwind tour of Penticton, Calgary, Trochu (Ed. note: Terry spent a whack o’ cash at Henry’s shoe store again) and Salmon Arm (Ed. note: Where Geoff decided it was time to give up drinking – thanks Ken!)
We got to see the Peach Festival in Penticton…
…the spectacular Mount Norquay…
…and this sculpture in Calgary.
When we got back we had the chance to visit the Douglas Coupland art show at the Art Gallery
Douglas Coupland’s art piece #1 and his…
Now I’m not an art aficionado, but I think this is more to my liking.
A Lawren Harris
Then off to Ken’s new home overlooking Burrard Inlet in Gastown.
Quite the view
Maybe the best place of all, though was
Our own little backyard.
Once again, our thanks to all of you.
The Shoe Blog
You didn’t think I was going to forget, did you? Terry and I were downtown at the Bay. Two young Chinese women tried on some shoes and then walked away and left them on the floor.
Ah, the Chinese shopper.