In October of 2019, while we were in Salzburg, Austria, Dan turned 60. Although we celebrated at the time, we didn’t give him his official gift at the time. Michael has made him a book of photos from the many years of their friendship. In no special order, these are just a few of those images.
August 16 saw us travel up to Ottawa with George Larry and Marucia to visit George Patrick, Andrea and Jade. Although GL’s 85th birthday was back on July 3, we had not had an opportunity to celebrate – he was in Czech Republic at the time. So a family get together was in order.
It was also a perfect chance for GL & Marucia to visit GP & Andrea’s new home. So after a Thursday evening Jazz Festival night in Picton, we headed to Ottawa. Unbeknownst to GL & Marucia, we had planned a birthday dinner at his cousins place. Jim and Mary Holmes are the ultimate hosts and we had a lovely evening visiting with them in their backyard oasis. The meal was wonderful and we even were serenaded by Jim & GL with their ukuleles. Sarah and Rob (their daughter and son-in-law) as well as Jim’s sister Nancy joined us for wonderful birthday celebration for GL. Sorry there aren’t more photos of the evening….but of course there are several of Jade!!
June 1 was a very special day at the Wotherspoon household. Mum (Nina) turned 85 years young. Little did she know that her birthday was not to be merely a dinner prepared by Joanne, but a visit from almost the whole clan!
Joanne and Mark came over to Mum’s for her birthday in the early afternoon. First Audrey and Michael arrived, which was a surprise to Mum. John, Robin, J and Alistair quickly followed. Very quickly, the house was full again. And the biggest surprise of all, Patrick, Andrea and baby Jade arrived. It was a lengthy journey in traffic especially due to a misguided google configuration faux pas. But they finally showed up for the surprise at about 7pm. They had traveled from Ottawa to our place on the previous evening and we managed to sneak in some foot print painting. Saturday morning they visited briefly with Kyle before he headed to work – unfortunately he was unable to make the trip to Hamilton that day. The normally 3 1/2 hour journey to Hamilton took them 6+ hours – a rough ride with a newborn!
But it was well worth the journey. Mum was thrilled to finally meet Jade Stella and to get to hold her. We all had a wonderful time and Jade made the rounds. Her first time meeting the Wotherspoon clan – with lots of passing the baby. J and Alistair even bravely took turns holding her. Alistair’s first time ever so close to a newborn.
A great time was had by all and hopefully we left Mum with some great memories!
I dug out a bunch of photos to take with me when we visited Eddie. Unfortunately, he was only awake for a very short time and he never got to see these. But I did get to connect with him and am eternally grateful for that hand squeeze.
I shared these with Toby (thank you Toby 🙂 ), but wanted to share with the rest of you also. If you view as a slideshow, there are descriptions at the bottom of each photo. My apologies to Nadine & Emily – I had a limited selection of photos and don’t seem to have either of you (I may have your backsides, but nothing identifiable 🙂
Michael and I won’t be able to make the funeral as we will be in Czech visiting Michael’s brother and his new wife (my sister in law also passed away from cancer, a few years ago), but please feel free to share these if you wish and send our love.
Audrey & Michael
Check out the unique crawl.
Bautista in action.