Christmas and Happy New Year
John & Eleanor Coulthard
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We hope this newsletter finds you well and planning for a happy holiday
Our year was full of the unexpected; Eleanor didn't expect to go to
Egypt or New York. We didn't expect to get a garage built. We didn't
expect to have engine problems.
We got away from the cold in
participating in a choir trip to a warm climate - this time
Jamaica Mon! We seem to be addicted to singing and continue to feed our
musical appetite by singing with the local Galiano Choir, Coro Galiano.
Eleanor got one of her long time wishes fulfilled this spring when her
brother Johnny oversaw the construction of a garage and art studio. A
dry car to climb into during the wet season plus a
large space to paint in. Cute isn't it!
We started the sailing season in May with
a trip to the annual Catalina Rendezvous. There we met our
sister ship "My Girl" (also a Catalina 34) skippered by Dave. We
met Dave and Lynn last last year in Desolation Sound and have since
passed many happy hours together. In the photo we are performing a
winning 60's song at the talent contest.
As we were sailing north we diverted to Comox this summer to help Kathy
and Doug out with some
babysitting. The unexpected passing of Doug's father
was a very difficult time for them. While we were there we enjoyed the
musicfest with them. After we left Comox we were plagued by a
problem that restricted us from running the engine more than a fast
idle. However, the problem led to an exhilarating
overnight 26 hour run home to Whaler Bay in a
beautiful north west wind.
Earlier in the year Eleanor took an adventuresome tour to Egypt. She
especially enjoyed the cruise down the Nile and a hike
up Mt. Sinai, as well as two camel rides. In the fall she experienced
two fun filled weeks in Rhode
Island and New York.
went to Edmonton this fall to a surprise 70th birthday party for John's
John was raised in Edmonton and hadn't been there in 15 years.
It was a great nostalgic journey for him.
the Annual Galiano Tennis tournament, organized by Eleanor's brother
John, a visit from Eleanor's father
Jack and friend Kathy, and some great fishing.
And look at Eleanor's Dad. He enjoyed his
99th birthday this
Still playing the harmonica and enjoying life. What a guy!
We are both still busy volunteering,
Eleanor on the Health Care
Society Board, and John at the
Library and Recycling Centre.
just putting the Christmas Cake in the oven and is mixing in best
wishes for all. As you can see we are
alive and well and enjoying our life on Galiano. This year we will be
going to Comox to spend Christmas with Kathy, Doug and their two girls
Michaela and Maile. Our son Michael with Christy and children Tyler and
Jessica will be joining us. It will be wonderful to be with our
We are grateful for all our blessings and wish you and yours good
happiness in the year to come.
John & Eleanor
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