Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Newfoundland and the other Sivaks

My time in St John's was very good, if a little cool. The apartment I rented was very central, close to a big grocery store and downtown. The view from the living room was fantastic, looking out to the harbor and Signal Hill. I took a boat tour in search of iceberg's and whales, saw icebergs but no whales. One of the icebergs was grounded, but the other one was floating, and I could see it rise and fall with the water. Then a few days later I saw one float just past the Narrows from my living room window. As we went past the narrows I could still see some of the structures put up during WW II, watching for German boats. I also saw a couple of good museums, The Rooms which is the provincial museum and art gallery. A really good exhibit there about soldiers in WW I, and lots about NL history. I also went to the Coastal Railway Museum, which told the story about the Newfoundland railway, it was also very interesting. I saw a little park with a statue of Terry Fox, where he started his marathon of hope. People were also very friendly, and some stuff not open because the season has not really started. Flew back to Halifax on Friday night and then back to Edmonton on Saturday. I booked a plus seat with Westjet for the trip, and it was well worth the money for a flight that long.

It was Theresa's birthday yesterday, and we went over to Tim and Court's for supper.

I talked to Aunt Kay this morning. Nancy is planning an extended stay in Edmonton, all of July, so Kay is thinking about flying to Kelowna to visit Mom, her nephew and a friend. I did not say anything about you being in Edmonton Mom and Lisa. She also told me that Allie Cowan has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis just recently. They told her it was hereditary but Kay said they could not think of anyone on the Sivak/Jellich side who had it, and no one on the Cowan side. She is seeing specialists and is on medication. Nate and his wife are having a baby in July, so Deanna and Rod will be grandparents.


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