Wedding bells

19 May

Usually you only hear from me when I’m travelling. But this blog is about a journey of a different nature. Tomorrow  I’m off to Quadra Island with my dad, both sons, many of my elder son’s friends, and his lovely bride to be – Paula. And a large assortment of other family members. We are headed to Gowlland Harbour Resort for a wedding because Fly and Paula are tying the knot. It’s been a busy few days doing all manner of last minute preparations. A slide show, a quiz, building, staining and painting signs, organizing and creating many lawn games, picking flowers and arranging bouquets, all the clothes to be measured and fitted, the umbrellas and rubber boots, the kegs of beer and the rings – I sure hope someone has remembered the rings! Dog sitters for all three dogs. A cancelled fire works show due to dry conditions. A broken down vehicle in Merrit – so now the DJ is sort of hitch hiking with all his gear to Vancouver…… A promise of a three ferry wait to get to Quadra tomorrow due to a ball tournament – really? But all is calm – reasonably. Months of planning for a two day event to celebrate a solid relationship. The challenge of dealing with a last minute crisis or two. I can but feel the joy. Fly and Paula make a wonderful couple. As I climb into bed tonight I couldn’t be more content.
20 May

I was up early and out into the garden picking flowers, then arranging, then more picking and arranging. Suddenly it was time to leave for the ferry! The three ferry wait was only one for dad and me and two for Fly, Paula and Kyle. Pretty soon we were settling into the lovely Gowlland Harbour. The lawn games were set up, the beverages began flowing and the games began. We all enjoyed a beautiful afternoon as guests began arriving.Almost everyone invited has made this a two day event! With the marriage ceremony rehearsal completed, more beverages flowed until dinner – we all ordered our own off the fabulous menu. The wine and the conversation flowed. A few guests are staying on their boats now tied up at the resort’s dock. For some the night continued into the wee hours but dad and I both turned in just before mid night.

21 May

Fly and several friends went golfing. Fly is reported to have not had his best game. Seems he was a tad preoccupied! Kyle went for a kayak and got back just in time to change. Lawn games continued, conversation continued, naps were had, anticipation and excitement grew. By three the groom and his entourage were ready to make their first public appearances in dressy clothes – ever – I’m pretty sure. They sure looked very fine.  I was a proud mum walking with fly down to the point where he was about to marry  the lovely Paula. There had been no sign of the bride or her attendants for hours! 

Friends and family gathered. The moment everyone awaits at a wedding happened. Paula and her mum appeared on the slope above and made their way down to the point. Paula was stunning in her dress. The ceremony was beautiful in terms of location and the vows given to each other. A champagne toast on the lawn followed. Then applies up in the lodge. The subsequent evening of celebration – dinner, speaches, the first dances, cake cutting, then the real party – in fact – the entire day was perfect in every way. Here’s a few pictures. As you will see they make a very handsome couple. Fly and Paula put together a weekend of  festivities which is memorable for all the best reasons.

Am I a proud mum and happy to have a daughter in law like Paula — oh yes!

Fly with best man, Kyle and one of his grooms people, Lisa

such a lovely couple

walking Fly to the point

Test Blog

Word has it that “word press” has changed a few things…. Gee. Just when I figure out how something works, and when it works well, someone somewhere has to justify their existence with updates….

So bare with me while I test the new system out.

Natasha sends a bear up a tree

Here’s the only one of the pictures that wasn’t super blurry of this morning’s excitement.

I’d put madam in the house – the bear was none too pleased about being up that tree. Lots of grumbling and drooling.

Thanks for call off that noisy dog - but  no more picture taking I'm coming on down right now.

“Thanks for calling off that noisy dog – but no more picture taking I’m coming on down right now and I’m displeased.”

Oh – where was this – by my back fence.

Writing blogs off line

So here’s my getting ready to blog off-line story of frustration. And please – if there’s anyone who knows a better way – let me know! I’m sure I’m pretty much a Luddite! My kids sure think I’m as non-technical as a prehistoric being.

The iPad app “Blogger” enables a person to blog off-line. But it’s limitations are that it is impossible to use other than photos taken with the iPad – a very cumbersome and inconvenient photo taking device. Another downside is that in order to automatically “follow” a “blogger” blog one needs to have a gmail account.

Solution – use the more universal and – in my opinion – better WordPress blog format. WordPress enables the user to take photos from their photo library, thus pictures taken with one’s camera, and downloaded onto the iPad. Anyone with any email address can follow a WordPress blog. But downside of WordPress is that one needs to be on-line to use it.

For those of you who don’t travel to remote areas where there is no Internet or poor slow Internet or seriously scary expensive Internet, that would not be a problem. However as I travel to places where there is no, or very poor, and very slow and sometimes poor-slow-expensive Internet – well the solution seems to be to blog off-line then post when the posting options are optimal.

So at cost, despite already having “word” on my computer, I downloaded “word” as a word processing format onto my iPad.

Here I am using this. It is easy to copy and paste with an iPad. So after typing up my off-line blog, I tested the copy and paste process. And here’s where the frustration level skyrockets. With the iPad keyboard all that happens is that the entire blog post gets copied into the title bar of the WordPress blog. Seriously! There appears to be no way to make the paragraph body section acknowledge the paste function.

Serious grumbling. What to do?

Well you know those add-on key boards that some people have – which are separate from the iPad? If one uses this external key board the copy paste function works just fine.

So here I am – to blog or not to blog? If I blog of-line I need yet another device. One which needs periodic charging. Another “thing” to be carted along and added to the veritable mountain of electronic gadgetry! It is a bit of a dilemma for sure. Thankfully my son is loaning me his keyboard so I don’t need to go out and buy one.

So readers of kimsglobaladventures – if more blogs come your way between now and my departure – please bare with me as they are all practice runs. And if you hear no more from me – rest assured I’ve gone back to the simple days of pen and paper. You shall need to buy the book to know what happens in Nepal this go round.