Day One.

I left Victoria at 1400. First stop Vancouver where I ran into Ray Sturgeon a former apprentice and a deputy minister under Brian Mulroney. We both boarded the a/c heading for Heathrow. He was heading to Bruxelles

Nice flight watched a couple of movies. I transferred in heathrow  to the British Airways flight to Glasgow. Safely in Glasgow and checked in at Hotel.

I had a call waiting from an old buddy from days in Algeria and Baku.David Yuill a great Scots Chef aka  “Bounty Boy” more on that later

David showed up with his wife Lynne and their daughter Sophie. We had a great catch up chat, a brew and naturally being in Scotland a wee dram.This is a part of my life that I have always enjoyed. Meeting up with old friends even for a short time. It is like we had only met yesterday, when in fact it was at the Holiday Inn in 1999 Thta we last met face to face.

Thanks David, Lynne and Sophie for a great evening.

A great Mate and a wonderful Chef
A great Mate and a wonderful Chef
Sophie
A Bonnie Wee Lassie The Apple of her dad’s eye.
Lynne
Lynne and David met 30 years ago, and have been married 25 years this year. Congratulations to both of you

 

Every Journey begins with One Step

 

The saying goes that every Journey starts with just one step. Forty years ago in 1973 i was part of UNEF “The War of Yom Kippur” or “The Ten day War”. I left Petawawa with my Kitchen truck, my SMG, and a UN Blue Helmet.

As I hugged my kids Mike and Steph, who knew perhaps for the last time. I knew I was heading into a War Zone and that our mission was to, separate the warring   parties.

I must admit that I absolutely, loved that tour of duty. I have been back to Egypt, many times over the past  40 years. Now I return to a country that is still in turmoil. I will arrive Monday God willing, In Sha Allah.

And the creek don’t rise. Two photos from Canada showing my departures.

Mike and  Stephanie  1973  Petawawa Mike and Stephanie  1973 Petawawa
Mike and Stephanie 1973 Petawawa
Mike and Stephanie 1973 Petawawa

1973 leaving Petawawa

"K" man and  Lily"Z"
“K” man and Lily”Z”

Koan and Lily 2013

Forty years 2 children and 7 Grandchildren. My life is full.

Photos from my past !

Where do the Kids Blue eyes come from???? yup Bradley proud papa
Where do the Kids Blue eyes come from???? yup Bradley proud papa
1973  perhaps I need a larger Camel nowadays  ha ha ha ha
1973 perhaps I need a larger Camel nowadays ha ha ha ha

 

Who has a BIG mouth   .... Granpaw
Who has a BIG mouth …. Granpaw

 

Mange Mange  Granpaw  Delicioso
Mange Mange Granpaw Delicioso
Not quite as big BUT noisy sometimes  LOL
Not quite as big BUT noisy sometimes LOL
Always a Happy Clown my Brother
Always a Happy Clown my Brother
Elspeth and the Mike  McRobb Gang
Elspeth and the Mike McRobb Gang
My Rock and Roll Daughter
My Rock and Roll Daughter
Cap'n Mike and Cousin FiFi (Fiona)
Cap’n Mike and Cousin FiFi (Fiona)
Not Quite the Cover of the "Rolling Stone"
Not Quite the Cover of the “Rolling Stone”
Contemplation  I coulda made the Rolling Stone
Contemplation I coulda made the Rolling Stone
3 Generations
3 Generations
Planet of the Apes  Hound Dog
Planet of the Apes Hound Dog

photo 4 photo 3

First Christmas  such a Joy
First Christmas such a Joy

photo 1

Laughing fella Germany tossing leaves
Laughing fella Germany tossing leaves

Mookie 003 Mookie 002

First Grad in my branch of family tree
First Grad in my branch of family tree
Fashion Shoot for Golfing
Fashion Shoot for Golfing
Daddy I can Hit HIGH  C
Daddy I can Hit HIGH C
I told ya I wanted my 2 Front Teeth.
I told ya I wanted my 2 Front Teeth.
Deep in Thought
Deep in Thought
Throw  throw
Throw throw
Buzzin  Cuzzins
Buzzin Cuzzins
Cook Soest 1968
Cook Soest 1968
Family Portrait at 180 Pacific Ave  approx. 1955
Family Portrait at 180 Pacific Ave approx. 1955
My Lovely Marvellous Tuzie a friend who was a comic. RIP my Puppy xxx
My Lovely Marvellous Tuzie a friend who was a comic. RIP my Puppy xxx
Mike and Partner Mareesha
Mike and Partner Mareesha
Fidan  and Mehriban 2 Azeri  beauties
Fidan and Mehriban 2 Azeri beauties
Oooohhhh  a TRUE Scot !!
Oooohhhh a TRUE Scot !!
Time Warp Note the High heels
Time Warp Note the High heels
Ahh Giza
Ahh Giza
What a Cutey
What a Cutey
Beautiful  Quinie
Beautiful Quinie
Is My bacon Slipping?
Is My bacon Slipping?
Is that Sasha hiding?
Is that Sasha hiding?
Bacon Bandaid   Canadian Eh !
Bacon Bandaid Canadian Eh !
Listen  do you wanna know a secret   ( I Love You )
Listen do you wanna know a secret ( I Love You )