The beginning of 2013 saw me returning to work in late February. I was asked to organize a dinner party for the 15 people who were retiring from or had recently retired from the Company. This was my first experience organizing a large event that was much like a wedding reception. I quickly asked a few girls with more experience to assist me and set up a committee. I secured a venue, Hotel Arts, which offered a very nice reception room. The whole experience was stressful but also fun. The event turned out very well - the room looked beautiful and the guests were pleased with the atmosphere and food.
Trip to Quebec
In June, my sisters, Julianne, Adrienne, Cheryl and her husband, Larry, and my niece, Kerri, and I embarked on our trip to Quebec. I found Quebec to be very beautiful; the people were very friendly and we did not encounter anyone that didn't speak English. We began our trip in Montreal, where we stayed at L'Hotel, located in the centre of Old Montreal. It was a coincidence, but on studying the maps of Quebec at the time my ancestor, Jacques Philippes Farly, lived in Montreal, he lived in a house located on the immediate spot of our hotel. I was certain I was going to be visited by his ghost, but unfortunately J.P. Farly didn't visit me while we were there.
At the bottom of the map are two lots marked 107 and 37 on Rue Saint-Paul - Antonei Farly and Marie Bastien lived on one of these sites while in Montreal. We walked along Rue Saint-Paul but all the buildings have long since been replaced.
We visited Notre Dame Cathedral, where J.P. and Josette were married. It is beautiful, with high vaulted ceilings and awe inspiring stained glass windows. The church that J.P. and Josette were married in would have been quite a bit smaller but just standing on the spot where they may have stood was moving.
We visited Notre Dame de Bon Secours which inspired me. We visited the Musee Marguerite-Bourgeoys as well which is next to the church. It is one of the oldest churchs in Montreal, built in 1771 over the ruins of an earlier chapel. Marguerite Bourgeoys was the first teacher in the colony of Ville-Marie and rallied the colonists to build a chapel in 1655. The church is often called the "Sailors' Church" because of its connection to the port. I was so inspired by the church that I got a tattoo inspired by one of the mosaics on the wall.
I was very impressed with all the old buildings in Montreal. Before our trip, I had done extensive research on the architecture of Montreal so it was very interesting to see the actual buildings. We visited Place Youville and the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, a national historical and archeological site. It showcases major archeological discoveries made on the site and bears witness to over 1,000 years of human habitation.
We visited a distant cousin, Jean Claude (J.C.) Farly and his wife, Francine, at St-Bruno. J.C. is also descended along the Farly line and we have many ancestors in common. We have been in touch via the internet for years and it was so wonderful to be able to finally meet him. He and Francine were so welcoming and interesting. They served us a wonderful meal and told us stories of Montreal and their lives there. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with them.
We left Montreal and headed for Berthierville, where we would stay for a few days and investigate the sites of our ancestors in the area, Isle Dupas, St. Ambroise de Kildare, St. Genevieve, and the churches and cemeteries there. I took as many photos as I could of the Farlys, Bouchers, and any other relatives we may have been related to. When I was finally able to do research on the gravestones, I found many that were were distantly related to.
We stayed in Berthierville for about 3 days and then headed for Quebec City. The first day we arrived in Quebec City, the weather was beautiful. It was hot and sunny with a gentle breeze off the St. Lawrence. We settled into our hotel, which was located in the oldest part of the city. We were able to visit all the tourist sites just walking there. We took a Hop On Hop Off tour which took us all through the Old City, the Plains of Abraham, all the old city gates, and much more. We visited the Museum of Civilization where we saw many artifacts of New France. The Basilique-Cathedral Notre Dame was about a block from our hotel, and I was very moved when I visited this church because it had stood there in one form or another since my ancestors first lived in Quebec City. Antonei Farly and Marie Bastien were married in this church, and I was very moved when I stood in a spot where they may have stood. We visited many of the art shops and street vendors - there was a collection of street vendors that had their paintings and photos set up right next to our hotel. We bought lots of souvenirs.
The food in Quebec was awesome. Every restaurant we stopped in had a great menu. Our hotel in Quebec City gave us a free breakfast every morning that came right off the menu. No Continental Breakfasts for us. We looked forward to breakfast every day.
The time finally came when we had to return home and back to the present.
We had a new birth in the family this year. My niece gave birth to a baby girl so we were all very excited about that. I travelled to Saskatoon for the baby shower and had a really good visit with my family there.
Two of my sisters who live in Saskatchewan moved this year - my sister, Julie, moved to Rosetown, and my sister Adrienne, and her partner, Brad, purchased an acreage near Darcy, leaving their home in Kindersley behind. They sold it for an excellent price as houses are always in demand in Kindersley, which is located in a large energy producing area.
My son and his wife have settled into their new home in Watermark - their house is lovely. Their children are growing up so fast - the oldest will be going into high school next year, their second son is starting junior high next year, and their little girl, who is 3, started preschool this year.
I decided to retire in June 2014 and am really looking forward to that.