July 4, 2016
Always ready for a ride
The big man was getting a hair cut. The Captain was content to watch
One of the sons in the family, William Kenneth Braund Wiles came to visit for the Victoria Day Holiday (24th of May).
He was doing a small repair in the front garden and he let the Captain watch. Martin got out the riding lawnmower so he could give me a ride while he cut the lawn.
The Lilacs are out in bloom. They smell good!
Dandelions are also growing profusely but when they go to seed it is fun to blow them away!
Captain James matches the pansies.
July 4, 2016
Samuel Champlain was a French explorer who came to this part of the country in 1615.
He spent the winter and made friends with the Indians.
This is a commemorative monument in our beautiful Couchiching Park at the waterfront in Orillia. Captain James wanted to sit with each of the statues and couldn’t make up his mind which one he like the best!
July 4, 2016
It is spring and we finally got to have a proper welcome for Captain James to our city, Orillia Ontario Canada. We went to the outskirts and showed him this sign.
Caro-Claire Braund Wiles and her husband Martin are hosting him and he goes about with them to their various appointments. This time it was to the dental office in Newmarket.
The dental hygienist was all set to check his teeth but he was reluctant to do that and wanted to make a quick exit!
After the “dental experience”. We made a hasty exit and we took him to a very famous Chinese Restaurant Buffet called “The Mandarin”
They have a senior’s discount and as we did not have the Captain’s birth certificate with us we explained that he was visiting with us from the UK and he was born a LONG TIME AGO and that he really did qualify!! They allowed him to have it!
What a feast there was!
However when he saw this fish entrée, he couldn’t resist it and he bypassed some of the Chinese cuisine (after all he is fisherman!)
Dessert was a different story!
As we were getting ready to leave, he realized that they had an aquarium of fish, complete with a ship wreck and lots of fish swimming around.
He felt right at home – Hope it didn’t make him too homesick for the sea!
March 24, 2016
After the Canadian reunion I be taken home by Caro-Claire and Martin (branch 2) and I bin spending time in and around Orillia in Ontario.
I’ve bin very helpful. Here I be helping with the shopping. A bit different to a walk from Bucks to Bideford Market back home.
Caro-Claire found me a ship but I be enjoying meself so much I baint sailing ’ome yet. This looks a bit bigger then the ole Ebeneezer. I had some fish ‘n’ chips and I didn’t even have to catch it meself.
It be a mighty lot of snowy ’ere, we don’t get nothin’ like this in Deben. I’ve even given a hand with shovelling the snow.
They let me join in the Christmas celebrations. Being ’ere in Canada be a proper job.
Looking forrard to spending more time on this side of the pond.
February 29, 2016
October 9, 2015
‘I be away again. I did leave from Bideford Quay as my big brother William did in 1836 but instead of taking six weeks at sea, I be on a plane, right across Canada and back again in that time.
That there Janet has me being a visual aid at the conference for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa – much more o’ this and I be chargin’ an appearance fee.
Then we do ‘ead for Prince Edward Island. Many folk from Bideford be settled ‘ere. Some o’ me mates be on the timber ships, back and forth for the shipbuilders in Appledore.’