Carol-Lee's MailChimp Invitation
So finally for his 70th, he's getting his wish!
The long summer days make it a magical time up here and we like to mark it by celebrating the midnight sun on the Summer Solstice. The northern sky stays a light azure blue all night long and on a clear night, you can read a newspaper outside with out any artificial light.
So Bruce won't be suspicious this year we will have the solstice party for family and far away friends at my house on the 21st. On June 20th, Saturday will be his big party celebrations.It will be hosted at my friends', Darwin and MaryAnn Eckstorm's farm north of town.
Darwin and MaryAnn have an annual Solstice party celebrated on the Saturday closest to the day. This year we have agreed to we combine resources and include Bruce's birthday with their Solstice Party so it will truly be a SURPRISE!!!!!
Come prepared to greet the first day of summer with all the indulgent, summer trimmings, food, drink, music and dance. As usual, BYOB (bring your own babe, boy, bottle, bongo, bugle, bassoon...) We will supply the food.
|Back Story: I have said I want to change my pre-Christmas birthday
to the Solstice - longest day of the year, always a party. Carol-Lee took
it seriously and for over a year planned a surprise party weekend. I didn't
have a clue.
I was well aware that it was a two party weekend. I was a bit suspicious that something special was going to happen at the Sunday party. I had no idea the surprise would be at the Eckstrom's party and that it would involve people from across Canada!
Unbelievable when I opened a cabin door to see Howard from Calgary, Emma from Edmonton, Cliff & Pat from Qualicum Beach, Eric & Linda from Langford, Brian, Bruna, Kyi & Kaidon from Mississauga. Then Uncle Murray from Montreal strolls onto the scene. Later Francoise & Carika arrived from South Africa via Rocky Mountain House.
And what a great weekend. The weather cleared up perfectly for Ecksrom's annual solstice party Saturday night. The Grand Prairie Regional College Jazz Band played on the veranda. Click on the picture below to see a video of them playing. Note the song: A Day in the Life of a Fool
Bruce and his Western children Eric, Emma, Francoise & Carika
|Brian, Bruna, Kyi & Kaidon stayed at Carol-Lee's friend Cled and
his lady Vivian' house in the country. Cled is quite a character on the
Grande Prairie scene and a very genuine and generous person. First of all
he is a GP GP doctor who looks after the health of 5000+ local residents.
He is instrumental in EMS infrastructure. Many years ago Cled started polo
in Grande Prairie.
There is aways an entertaining collection of people and animals around Cled's 'farm' that contains two polo fields and 35 horses, goats, donkeys, sheep and a lama. Bruna said staying there made the trip. A special thanks to Cled and Vivian for their generous hospitality.
And thanks to Fernando for treating my grand sons to their first horse
Kyi and Kaidon enjoying the back yard playhouse complex that Carol-Lee's
father built many years ago.
CL had me refurbish it with new ropes and willow ballisters (a clue I missed)
Extreme left to right: Murray, Charles, Francoise, Carika, Kyi, Pat,
Linda, Cliff, and brother Eric
CL's sister Adele, husband Darren, daughter Kaylee and our 'adopted'
Uncle Murray & Charles
3 Generations of Eckhardts
4 Generations of Douglases
Thanks to old Bootsie for guarding the picnic table against squirrel
and thanks to Maggie the magpie chick for a week of entertainment while
it learned to fly