And So The Seven Week Gluttony Tour Comes To An End

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.
Ken explains how big the fish that got away was.

Ken explains how big the fish that got away was.

 
Our last view from Ken's magnificent West Van home.

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 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.

Levitt Lake

Levitt Lake

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.

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."

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.

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...

Another big crowd, another big meal, another big drinking opportunity…

The ladies wanted in on The Shoe Blog!

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?

Would anyone like some wine?

The boys in the wine cellar...

Some of the boys in the wine cellar…

Magnificent great room

Magnificent great room…

An assorted - (Ed. note: some might say motley) crew.

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

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.

We don’t get sunsets like this in Jiaxing – or likely anywhere else in China.

The fireworks were fantastic - Thanks Laurie.

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.

We got to see the Peach Festival in Penticton…

Mount Norquay

…the spectacular Mount Norquay…

We saw this sculpture in Calgary.

…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

Douglas Coupland’s art piece #1 and his…

Gum Head

Gum Head?

Now I’m not an art aficionado, but I think this is more to my liking.

A Lawren Harris

A Lawren Harris

Then off to Ken’s new home overlooking Burrard Inlet in Gastown.

Quite the view

Quite the view

Maybe the best place of all, though was

Our own little backyard.

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.

Ah, the Chinese shopper.

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “And So The Seven Week Gluttony Tour Comes To An End

  1. KAREN AND MAL MACPHAIL

    The blog email came thru in a readable form rather than having to search the net.

    Not a very nice welcome home to all the mold, hopefully no residual effects.

    Rain on the way here, but golf later this AM.

    Karen

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Val

    The blog came through on Bob’s iPad, Yahoo! BTW, I guess guys do the get away thing too… The 24th annual North/West Van Golf Tour…

    Reply
  3. lois and gerry

    Glad you had a grest time this summer. Fyi…no trouble getting the blog. LOVED the photo of the Aucoin home. Enjoy your lives together.

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  4. Joan

    The blog came through on my e-mail. Glad you had a great summer back home! The weather sure cooperated for you! Goodluck during the next school term! We will be thinking of you.

    Reply
  5. kenrhaycock

    Well, the first photo is not the fish that got away. As I recall it was: “Geoffie, if you keep eating and drinking that way you will be this wide and 12 pounds heavier by the end of summer!” But did you listen in time? I must add, with all due respect (a devastating lead-in) that the North American shoe entry is pretty pathetic compared to China.

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