Jan's sister Linda and her partner, Andrew and his two girls, Sarah and Katie, are our latest visitors from the UK. They arrived on the 25th July and stayed with us for 5 days before heading off on a tour of the Rockies (where, we hear, they have seen a multitude of bears (both adults and cubs). Jan and I have only ever sighted one bear in the Rockies and so we are delighted for them (or insanely jealous...one of the two!)
Here's the family group, in front of the Okotoks Big Rock that we have featured on previous posts.We took a trip over to Saskatoon Farm...
...but you know by now what the traffic is like around here. We were caught for, ooh, it must have been seconds, in a horrific traffic jam!...The entrance to Saskatoon Farm......and these are the buildings that form the store and restaurant - they are quite individual......they have some beautiful floral displays......and a very sweet dog (we think he is called Pedro).Later, we whizzed past the local RCMP office...no, seriously, that IS a police station!...We also went and met Jan for lunch down in High River (as Jan has had to continue working while our visitors have been here). We took a little drive down to where we had previously seen Eagles (see prior posts) and this time we got to see an Osprey.High River has a number of painted murals on local walls. The Glass family are based in the town and they have a long association with Chuckwagon Racing, as celebrated on this particular illustration...http://www.highriver.ca/Portals/0/PDFs/Tourism/Mural%20Brochure.pdf
Later, we had some lunch in a local park by the Highwood River......where they do a rather large Dandelion!On one of the evenings, the dart board in our basement came into use. The competition was fierce...Katie, Jan and Eamonn versus Sarah, Linda and Andrew. Despite Katie's fine efforts here (well, if you excuse the dart embedded in the wall a couple of feet beneath the dart-board), victory went to Sarah and co.However, when they return from the Rockies this Friday, (they then stay with us for another week), there will undoubtedly be an opportunity for revenge!
Part 2 to follow in due course.