Rob and Yvonne hosted.
Mom was my partner for cards. Yep … we won. 🙂
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My father is Eric. His father Angus.
Born 1900. Died 1949 of heart attack.
He was “an ardent outdoor man and keenly interested in both domestic and wild animals. He was well known for his hobby of raising chinchillas, keeping mink, guinea pigs, rabbits and canaries“.
Grandpa trapped that silver fox. Had the fur made into a collar on my Grandma’s winter coat.
He worked for Hollinger Mines in Timmins, Ontario the 20 years before his death at age 50.
Thanks Mark del Monte for sending me this. He’s keen on our family genealogy.
Hiking the Bruce Peninsula, I happened to see Camp Borden nearby on my map.
I drove there immediately because of a family connection.
During the Second World War, both Camp Borden and RCAF Station Borden became the most important training facility in Canada, housing both army training and flight training …
I toured the Military Museum. Then the Camp Borden Tim Hortons.
My camera disappeared somewhere there. Otherwise I’d have more photos.
Sadly I can’t recall my years as an Army brat in Canadian Armed Forces Base Hemer.
I can’t recall traveling to and from Europe by ship.
I don’t even recall the Mercedes my parents brought back to Canada on the ship.
I can’t recall speaking German well enough to have local ladies believe I was a local child. I was family translator. Dad would take me with him to the coal store to place his order.
I’d love to travel back in time to see what Hemer was like back in 1960.
In 1953 Canadian troops moved into newly built barracks in Deilinghofen (Forts Macleod and Prince of Wales) as well as two former German barrack complexes in Iserlohn (Forts QuèAppelle and Beausejour). Canadian soldiers and their families resided in two separate locations in Hemer.
One time I locked myself in the main hotel bathroom … then threw the keys out the window. They bounced into a street drain.
Rent was reasonable post-war. In fact my Dad’s monthly beer bill sometimes exceeded his rent.
The local German men had all fought on the Russian front. Astonishingly none had ever fought British, Canadian, Aussie or American troops.
related – Ruhrmemories 1953 -1971
My Dad has this fishing guide Josh who’s got the magic touch. Every time they go out with him they come back with freezer loads of halibut and salmon.