Anita and Claude still live at Caleb Manor. Anita travels to City Hospital twice a week for her dialysis treatments. She fell and broke her wrist and has been wearing a cast for a few months. Her bones are more brittle than normal because of the dialysis. Her indominable spirit has led her to overcome this latest setback. She celebrated her 87th birthday in February and she enjoyed birthday celebrations with her family. She has enjoyed having Julie and Francis living so close. However, they have just moved back to Palliser, and Anita will miss them after enjoying their company this winter.
The Saskatchewan Centenniel was celebrated in Elrose in July and many family members travelled there for the celebrations. Anita and Claude were able to travel to Elrose for the weekend, and Anita enjoyed watching the parade and visiting with the friends she had grown up with.
My sister, Cheryl, was married in Mexico this fall. The happy couple were married on the beach alongside the azure waves and amid gentle breezes. Many of the family enjoy vacations in Mexico. My sister, Julie, and her husband live in Texas in the winter, but this winter they stayed home because Francis had a double knee replacement at Xmas. In fact, he spent Xmas in the hospital. My brother, Evan, and I travelled to Saskatoon after Xmas and my mom enjoyed having most of her kids home with her for post-Xmas celebrations.
My Trip to the United Kingdom
My adventure for 2005 was a trip to Great Britain. I flew to London in early September and enjoyed London for two days. Then I joined the Trafalgar tour (called the "Little T") to enjoy our travels through England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales . There were only 30 people on the tour, which made the trip very enjoyable. There were Americans who had booked the tour but cancelled because of the London bombings. The weather was cool and it rained some days. However, I enjoyed the trip very much.
I loved the mists of the Scottish highlands, where we stayed in a hotel close to where the "Monarch of the Glen" is filmed. I was moved by the "Vale of Weeping" at Glencoe - it is a very spiritual place, just as Culloden is. As you walk through the area, you can feel the spirits of those long-ago highlanders fleeing through the harsh landscape of the highlands in winter, fighting for their lives. The Isle of Skye, the home of the Clan MacLeod, serves the most amazing fish and chips in the world.
I enjoy Ireland because of my connection to my ancestor, Antoine Farly, who grew up in Galway, and whose plentiful descendents live in both Canada and the United States. The Celtic Tiger is alive and well in Ireland. The roads are being updated all over the country, which is good for tourism. During Ireland's years when they were not as prosperous as they are now, the roads were not kept in good repair. Many of the roads in Ireland date from Cromwell's time, and therefore are very narrow. On the west coast, where Galway is located, the narrow roads hug the cliffs and it is quite an experience travelling on these in a large coach. Eyre Square in Galway is being rebuilt and was all torn up when we were there. I would like to return to Galway and spend a few days there so I can visit the genealogical societies and do some research.
We visited Bunratty Castle and Bunratty Folk Park, and touring the park gave me a good idea of living conditions during Antoine's time in Galway. We attended a Ceile at the castle in the evening and enjoyed the traditional Irish dances and folk songs.
On our return to England, we stayed in Plymouth for two nights. We visited a Devon pub for an evening meal, after which we drove through the haunting, dark moors and thought of all the ghostly happenings that have gone on over the years. On the second day, my friend from Truro, Cornwall, travelled down on the train and spent the night. We caught up on all the news and compared photos of our grandchildren. In the morning, I was off on the coach to Salisbury plain and Stonehenge, then back to London. I looked forward to seeing my family in Canada, but I was sad to leave this country I always enjoy so much.