Leaving, Root canals, hairdos and the Royal Tour

Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
Trip End Sep 12, 2012

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Well we finally got out of Dodge (aka. Summerland) after spending several days cleaning and organizing our home for others to enjoy while we are away and for Sabrina to complete her final two exams.   Arriving in Merritt at my mom's in time for dinner we had a good visit with her and my brother.  After our short stay and preparing to leave we discovered a puddle of 'engine fluid’ under our van.  Assuming our transmission fluid was leaking we went to Wal-Mart and had 5 guys trying to find the right fluid for our van.  Finally making a decision we left Merritt heading for our mechanic’s house (aka Janice’s brother) in Port Coquitlam.

Our van problem was no longer our problem so we decided to go to the Coquitlam mall and purchase a ‘few’ last minutes items for our journey.  By noon Sabrina had seen a dentist because of a major tooth ache and it was discovered she needed an emergency root canal so that is what she did for the next 2 hours and $1,200 later she gave us a few drug induced ‘droolly’  smiles with her dentist and dental hygienist

Meanwhile and the whole while plus some…………….Janice was getting her hair done at one of the shops in the Mall.  James also agreed to get his first ‘professional’ hair cut which afterward we almost lost in the Mall because we didn’t recognize him.

I was reminded of a few things while contemplating Sabrina’s fate – dental work in Canada or Bulgaria; the whereabouts of Janice; and after the events of the day how were we going to make it 78 more!  By dinner time with the family and some wine everything was looking ‘doable’ again.  I did learn something that day thought – a root canal takes LESS time to get then does a woman’s ‘hairdo’ and almost costs the same!

A new day and a new place – London! (England)  We have the great pleasure to be given the Royal Tour of London and Canvey Island (and surroundings) by our now great friends Alan & Elaine.  I’m guessing you have heard of London but perhaps not Canvey Island:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canvey_Island Our connection to this wonderful couple goes back to Summerland where Elaine had been my campaign manager when I attempted to become Mayor and who went on to become very involved in our community right up to being Councilor for the Municipality of Summerland.

I said Royal Tour as we got Alan’s 60 years of living in London and area tour first hand via their van where we saw as much and learned as much as 6 people could in one day.  I bet you don’t know the Queen’s middle names …..if not ask Monique!  Elaine and Alan have made their home ours and have given us a real English experience which will not soon be forgotten.  Thank YOU!!

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Allan & Shirley on

Happy Canada Day, Eh, from our new digs in Peachland. We watched the
run from our patio this morning, and the sun is starting to come out. Enjoy
your trip and keep us posted.

Alan and Elaine on

It has been our pleasure having you all with us - what a wonderful family you have! Come back any time - we will look forward to seeing you. Wishing you a safe and fun trip to China and back and every good wish to Sabrina for her adventure year. Love from us both

Cecile, Bill, Josh, Tessa & Taylor on

Hi there Maaske Family,

Wow!! What great news.On the road again. Pictures look great. Everyone looks happy and healthy. Grown up too. We are still in Otara, frosty morning with the fire blazing. We shall follow your trip with great delight and interest.
Have fun. The Frey-Mcleans

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