Canada Day 1st July 2016

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Here I be in Orillia celebrating Canada Day. Me big brother William and other folk from down ‘ome did emigrate to Canada and it be a proper nice place.

Out and about in Canada June2016

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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.


A trip in history Canada 2016

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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!



Spring in Canada 2016

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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!


Decisions, decisions!

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!

Captain James in Canada

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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.

Captain James Visits Canada

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I did travel across Canada in one of them there camper vans; it be a gurt big one.
011 8 October 2015
 We did head to Upper Canada Village where I saw a Mill but it baint like the mill back home at Bucks.
006 Upper Canada Village Mill 1 October
007 Upper Canada Village General Store 1 Oct There were plenty of fish but that there 3x great grandson of mine said we weren’t allowed to catch them.
008 Fishing, Upper Canada Village 1 October 2015
Then on a train up the Agawa Canyon.
009 Agawa Canyon 5 Oct 2015
I paid a visit to Port Hope, home of me big brother William who came out ’ere in the 1830s.
010 Port Hope 8 October 2015
I did find where his house were before they built a gurt bridge. Funny that cos me nephew James be buried under a gurt bridge in New Zealand.
I had great fun meeting all them Braunds in Toronto. DSCF2021

Captain James is off to Canada September – October 2015

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001 Bideford Quay 15 Sept

002 Bideford Quay 15 Sept

‘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.

003 On the Plane 16 Sept

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.

004 BIFHSGO Conference

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.’

005 Prince Edward Island

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