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

Captain James at Sea Summer 2015

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I bin on a gurt ship with no mast or sails. I didn’t even have to row! We bin all round the Baltic.
In Belgium we stopped at Bruges, there be some big ole buildings here. I went to a herring market but they baint very good at fishing as I didn’t see any herring.
Herring Market, Damme 12 July 2015
Damme, Belgium
Then on to Germany and the fishing village of Warnemunde; I did see a sign but they can’t spell my name right.
14 July Warnemunde
Next I did go to the old town of Tallin in Estonia; it be an old place but there baint no Braunds.
Then I be in Russia.
18 July 2015 St Petersburg (26)
I did go on the canals in St. Petersburg.
18 July 2015 St Petersburg (24)This boat be a bit more like the ole Ebeneezer. There be a lot of gold about. I don’t think it would look quite right on King’s Cottage back ‘ome.
17 July 2015 St Petersburg St Isaac's Cathedral
Porvoo in Finland be a bit like Clovelly but they do allow cars on their cobbles and I didn’t see any donkeys.
19 July 2015 (14)
19 July 2015 (4)
In Sweden I saw a proper boat, the Vasa and did try to fire a cannon.
Vasa Museum, Stockholm 20 July 2015 (32)
Vasa Museum, Stockholm 20 July 2015
Then I be off to  Copenhagen to help to guard the palace.
22 July 2015 Copenhagen (11)

Captain James meets Eric Knowles

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Today I be at what they do call a family history fair. I hear tell I be in Birmingham and some Braunds did pass this way. I get to meet folk from family history societies, spending time looking at where Braunds be from with the Guild of One Name Studies
Looking at distributions of the braund surname with GOONS
and then meeting Oakey at Devon Family History Society’s stand.
at devon FHS stand
I did sup a cup o’ tay in the Findmypast café
at the Findmypast cafe
and pass by a gurt monument to the fallen of the first world war.
with the british legion monument to the fallen
Then I did contemplate taking a Baltic voyage in the ole Ebenezer.
Contemplating a baltic cruise (1)
My three time great grandson did say he be taking me there soon but on some monstrous vessel ‘e do call a cruise liner.
 This be a mighty big ship (1)
I did pass by the famous antiques’ expert, Mr Eric Knowles, only to be told I be an antique of no particular value!
 meeting Eric Knowles
With thanks to Mr Eric Knowles

Captain James’ adventures continue – December 2014

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Before Christmas I do be off to Aylesbury, where that there Janet be giving a talk. I be what they do call a ‘visual aid’. I did meet Tony and Nicky from branch 1 while I be there.
Aylesbury d be in Bucks they say but b’aint my sort of Bucks.
Then I did go to Bucks to sing some carols on Christmas Eve

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