Land of flatness and extreme weather
08.05.2009 - 12.05.2009 18 °C
Well, we arrived on Friday 8th May, and dropped into Ottowa after a very good flight on Air Canada. i had a very pleasant party all to myself on the transatlantic flight, and then suffered a bit on the leg from Ottowa to Winnipeg (a two hour transfer). By the time I got to Winnipeg, I wasn't sure if I was hung over or jet lagged, but probably a bit of both. The weather on Friday evening was fine but cool.
Imagine my delight when I awoke at 6 a.m., pulled back the curtains to see the snow falling! Only a light dusting, but not quite what I was expecting. By the afternoon, the sun had come out and the temperature was back to a more normal 15 degrees or so. Saturday evening we had a party at Laurie's house to celebrate my brothers 50th Birthday, my father's 75th birthday, and my parents 53rd wedding anniversary. The food was good, the beer and wine flowing and meeting a totally new bunch of people who I had never met before was very refreshing, and great fun. My initial impression of Canadians is that they are very friendly, relaxed and have a dry sense of humour, more so than their neighbours down South.
Des was subjected to a ritual humiliation when "nurse" turned up to abuse him in front of his family and friends. It's not often I have seen Des kept quiet, but this was one of those occasions. By the time I got to bed it was the equivalent of 7 am UK time (1am Canadian time).
In the morning, I woke up early, and Des and I trotted off to the gym to work up a sweat before I went to the local Massage therapist (Jenna) who soothed my aching muscles..
We went for a walk in the afternoon with Mum and Dad to see the local sights, one of them being a local church built the same year as Mum (and in better nick):
Laurie's house is a delightful old colonial style wooden building, which has had a brick facia put on it to make it different:
Today we left Winnipeg for the short 7 hour drive across Manitoba to visit Laurie's sister in Regina. An unbelievable journey across the flat plains...mile after mile (actually over 600km) of straight road as far as the eye could see. You can see the curvature of the earth in all directions.
This evening we had a lovely meal with Andy and Bonnie and tomorrow it's off to the gym again for another sweaty session.
Pictures to follow....