Robert relaxing by the pool last Saturday, August 25, after his father's funeral in Barriere.
The Monte Carlo motel is spotlessly clean. It's run by a German couple.
We love staying here when we visit. Right across the highway and to the left 2 blocks is the
Houben homestead, now owned by Margaret and Wim.
A shot of our little motel. We stayed in room 101 and it had a comfortable queen bed, large bathroom, table and chairs, 2 night tables with lamps and a TV and small fridge.
We met at Sam's Pizza place for supper which was really good.
We had never eaten here before.
Robert, Antoon, Sylvia. Sylvia is in Australia this week for the wedding of one of her daughters.
Wim, Merina and Margaret.
Friends of Antoon on the left, and Fred, Ruthie and Sam on the right.
Ruthie, now known as Liz, is Robert's niece.
Fred Azu and his daughter, Ruthie/Liz.
Me by the mighty Thompson river on our journey back home last Sunday, Aug 26.
The weather was gorgeous while we were there; it dropped to 10 C at night which is perfect for me.
You can really see the Milky Way well up in Barriere at night!
The Thompson River. It used to be a thousand times prettier before the Great Fire of 2003.
If you click on the photo you can see the dead timber where the fire blazed a path before petering out near the Catholic Church in Barriere. I have many fond memories of this place. Now another era has come to an end. It was so strange to visit without seeing dear Pop Houben. My parents and I always called him Pop to differentiate between him and my Dad. We will miss him greatly.