I have to think in terms of "us" as over the years it has always been about Len and Pam and Joan and Jim, right from when we were all "new Canadian' and, brand new parents! In retrospect it is amazing the confidence we had and, that it would all work out. Canada was wonderful for us all; how lucky we were.
It is wonderful to know, in the absence of family, you have friends who were always there for you. We had lots of fun in those years, silly happy parties, real camping weekends under canvas with all the attendant discomforts - hot, sticky yelling kids, weird one pot meals and toasting marshmallows over the camp fire.
Then they all grew up... Len and I went travelling in our trailer. One April we were returning to Ontario, driving ahead of one of those scary late winter storms. Realized we couldn't make it to Toronto so, of course "phoned Joan and Jim" seeking refuge in London, Ontario. It was the blizzard to end all blizzards and we were marooned for three days - in great comfort I might add.
So happy that Joan and I spent time together one last time in Vancouver - even if, in late March, we had a week of wind, rain and sleet and - being in transit from sunny Australia, she rigged me out in woollies and wet weather gear so I could experience beautiful Vancouver city to the max! All my love Joan, Pam xx