I am not waxing Political, just sharing a memory or two…

Today I read of our young PM Justin Trudeau and his wife taking a day break on the trip to Japan. I am definitely not a fan of Trudeau or his party of Liberal hacks. BUT I do understand the need for a break from the Protocols etc of a state Visit.

Who should care if the current PM takes a break to celebrate his wedding Anniversary. No One that is who.

Anyway after reading that I got to thinking about my last trip to Japan. Then out of the BLUE I received an email from my Cribbage playing Amigo. Bill McCarthy.

22 May 2016. Life comes full circle … again. Adam boards a plane today for Japan with the PM. 27 years ago today I

    Bill's Baggage Tag
Bill’s Baggage Tag

was boarding a plane to Dakar – Brussels with My PM. (27? Adam just turned 27). Adam is Bill and Annamaria’s son. Currently Photographer to PM Justin Trudeau.

My memories of Dakar came flooding back. A local Senegalese Policeman standing guard in the hallway just outside the Prime Minister’s suite. He had the obligatory wrap around sun glasses on and was sound asleep standing up?? A feat that I thought impossible until that time. At the conference centre a Senegalese Police man sitting on a plastic Coca Cola crate. Ejecting rounds from his 9mm into the sand then picking them up and reinserting them  hmmmm wonder if the weapon would fire or Jam.

21 May 1991 I was boarding a plane with My PM to Hong Kong – Japan. (I was 33) This year we celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary.

Once again Bill has his tag
Once again Bill has his tag

Buddy Hazel and Junior my little Moose. They were my constant travelling companions. In hotel rooms around the world i’d leave them on a window sill,taking in the views. Returning to my room each evening i never knew what to expect. They might be tucked into my bed, in my pajama pockets, in the pockets of the House Coat hanging on the door in the bathroom, peeking out of a dresser drawer. Sitting on a pillow watching TV. I wish i had more photos of what the chamber maids did with these three.

Here are Buddy Hazel and Junior in Tokyo 1991 and as they are today here in Kyiv! I wonder if Spot will be on the plane today?

Spot is the mascot that Adam Travels with. He is certainly his Father’s son.

The family in JAPAN
                                                                         The family in JAPAN

I do believe they were MOOSENAPPED in Tokyo ?

I had such a sore back, and was pleasantly surprised when the female staffers chipped in and had a masseuse come to my room to give me a massage…….Oh it was fantastic. Even the masseuse was a tiny lady of indeterminate age. She was a strong as an Ox as the saying goes.

Ah sweet memories of a great time with a great Boss.

The Family retired in Kyiv
                                     The Family retired in Kyiv

Thanks Bill for some great memories and well done on Adam followi ng in his Dad’s Footsteps.

Canada is very Lucky.




The Wonders of SKYPE

As Sasha and I have been in Scotland for a year and a bit. I must admit to being a Skype addict.  The wonders of the Cyber World Free calls anywhere on the Globe. From my Daughter, Steph and my grandkids Koan and Princess Lily, To old buddy Georgie Girling calling from Ho Chi Minh City. Then naturally my best buddy Melvin George Edwin Williams  aka “Limey” and his spouse Irene. Skype from their various house sitting adventures. Skyping is a great way of keeping up with family & friends.

Yesterday I had a very long Skype with Limey and Irene. They showed me on Skype one of the dogs they were watching “Chip” by name, fetching the paper. What a lovely dog.

Here are a few pics of Chip getting the paper.

Down to the Drive way in Sunny North Vancouver
Back up the stairs….what is he thinking????
Here’s the daily news Irene…where is my treat???
Chip’s pal saying c’mon c’mon treats are this way Yummm Yummm Yummm.

Great dogs. Sadly Mel n Irene are now heading out of North Vancouver to Gabriola Island and the good old B&B.

But First Things First FIND A STARBUCKS. I am sure he has an app onn his phone to locate even the most remote Starbucks
Success he found it and it has FREE WiFi wonder if he is Skyping me???
Approaching the Ferry Termius
What a beautiful peaceful setting to wait for the Ferry.

You guys enjoy your next sit , and please do let me know how the wedding party brekkie went. Safe journey my friends.


Banchory Pipe Band Competition

Deeside breakfast club in association with the Banchory Legion and Aberdeenshire Salutes set up some mini marquees at the Pipe Band Competition.

It was great to see so many young pipers and drummers at this event.

Note the young Drummer in centre
                                                           Note the young Drummers  in centre
Set up morning Alistair showing the official and Navy Vet how to secure a rope
Set up morning Alistair showing the official and Navy Vet how to secure a rope

Our Mini Marquees:

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