We have been in transit: Hornby Island ... Victoria ... Birch Bay, Washington ... High River, AB. We will be returning to Edmonton soon.
On Hornby Island we enjoyed getting to know Amanda Hale, author of novels and short story collections. Currently I'm reading her book My Sweet Curiousity (novel, Thistledown Press, 2009) and Greg is reading In the Embrace of the Alligator (linked stories, Thistledown Press, 2011) .
Near the end of our Hornby time we connected with Al and Lynn Forrie for a mountain hike -- three hours! -- then back to their home for snacks and drinks.
It was so good to see them. I did some quick math and realized that Al and I have known each other since I was 26-years-old. I took his community college creative writing class, and a year later Thistledown Press, of which he is publisher, released my first book of poetry, A Few Words For January.
|Shelley and Greg at the summit of Mount Geoffrey|
|Greg, Shelley and Al Forrie on a hike|
|Al and Lynn Forrie, Shelley and Greg|
After Hornby we were in Victoria for two days, meeting for a family picnic and celebrating Greg's mother's birthday.
|Greg and his cousin Cindy|
|Greg and his Mom on her birthday, lunch at Cadboro Bay|
|Shell and Greg at the family picnic in Victoria|
|Greg, his mother and sister Laura in ever-floral Victoria|