December 2018

December 2018




I guess I will start with last January.

Dale and I continued our visits to the chiropractor and he has been giving us wonderful advice as how to keep everything in the correct place. Of course walking when it is super cold or icy is a problem but we get out as much as we can. Dale does 10 times what I do but nobody complains

In Feb we visited White Point Lodge for a few nights in one of their cabins. Koda enjoyed the rabbits that were about but was not allowed to chase them. Dale had the fire on in the fireplace within minutes of arrival and it did not go out till we left.

Here is a short video taken in front of our cabin.


March was a sad month. Koda came down with some medical problems that took a few weeks to evaluate. Finally it was established that he had a very rapid developing cancer and late in the month we made the decision to stop his pain. We still miss him a great deal but are waiting at least a year to see if we will get another dog. Much harder to look after in an apartment than in Silly Acres where dog walking was not a problem.

April was a busy month. To celebrate Vimy Ridge Day, I did some searching regarding my maternal grandfather who was a surgeon with the 9th Canadian Field Ambulance that was stationed just 5km behind the lines at Vimy. I discovered that he was the CO for the unit and all the daily reports were created and initialed by him. Interesting to follow the reports through April 1917 as his unit looked after the wounded.

Visits from friends from Newfoundland, a trip to Dale’s sister’s home in Saint Malachie, Quebec and on to Belleville, Ontario to visit friends who had moved from NS to ON. Finally visited in Dartmouth by more NL friends. Rotary has sure broadened our list of friends.

May was an ‘at home’ month. But never a dull moment with little excursions locally.

June saw us visiting friends in Charlottetown, PEI for a few days then home again and volunteering at the Rotary Halifax Ribfest late in the month. Lots of fun.

July saw us again in Charlottetown for a few more days and then doing the regular at home routine for all of August.

In September we drove to Yarmouth, NS and left the car there and boarded the “Cat” ferry to Portland, Maine. We were picked up by Rotary friends and spent 3 wonderful days catching up and touring Maine and New Hampshire back roads.

October, November and December again were stay at home months with small day trips to different parts of Nova Scotia searching out small restaurants to enjoy lunches at. A hard life but someone has to keep these small businesses healthy.

We have now been in our apartment for close to 2 years and still enjoy it every day. No snow to plow, no grass to cut and a heated garage for our car. Internet speeds at 300+Mbps and FibreOp TV.

No fireplace but also no hauling wood.

Our health is in most parts good. We are both diabetic but so far looked after by pills and trying to stay away from goodies.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

All in all we are:


The Happy Hankins, Gord & Dale

Finally an update

I have been very slack in keeping this blog current. However her is what is the latest in our lives.

In March 2017, Dale and I decided it was time to really retire and get rid of many of our chores upon which others have become dependant.

Therefore we took the big step and moved to an apartment in Dartmouth NS where we are only minutes from Tina and Kim and fewer minutes from grocery stores and other important services. Moving from country life to city life was a big step but we were ready for it and have found that over the last 8 months we have become even happier with our decision. The days go flying by and we are getting to know our way about the HRM and surrounding territory. Have we had any regrets? No, we are becoming more active. Dale is walking 10km every morning and I am up and walking the dog at 6 am and loving it. Both of us have been visiting the chiropractor regularly and our aches and pains have diminished considerably.

For me, one of the great advantages is the internet speed. Going from less than 2Mbps to more than 300Mbps download and 0.5Mbps to 100Mbps upload has made my Rotary work so much easier. The only setback is that I no longer have time to drink my coffee while waiting for the news to download.

For both of us, the easy access to Dartmouth ( 10 minutes) and Halifax ( 20 minutes) is a real advantage. We can now attend theatre and such and be home in no time.


Perce & Miramachie

We left our campsite by the St. Lawrence and proceeded around the Gaspe Peninsula in a clockwise direction. Some of the colours were a little faded but the scenery travelling right along the river was fantastic. The rock formations and cliffs were stunning. Coming through Perce we first saw rock from a distance and then did a quick stop to take a photo. We have been there many times and it is still as beautiful as ever.





On Tuesday night we stayed with my niece and her husband who live in a lovely home that is totally off grid and yet has all the conveniences that wind and sun can provide. Wednesday saw us leaving after breakfast and heading in the direction of home. Wed night we stayed at a campground just outside Miramachie. It was open but I think we were the only ones there. The photo of our truck and trailer gives an idea of the campsite.

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Mont Joli

Here we are on the shore of the mighty St. Lawrence River. The temperature is droping fast and the wind coming off the river has a distinct chill. I suspect frost will be on the pumpkin tomorrow morning.

We had a good drive from Saint-Malachie to Mont Joli. All the traffic was going in the opposite direction. Wondered at one point if everyone was leaving the Gaspe.

The colours are fading considerably here. But we did see many flocks on Snow Geese on the fields and river. We have seen them many times in the Spring on their way north but never before in Fall on the southern journey.

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Saint Malachie Quebec

Another exciting RV experience. Here it was the Friday before the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and just as I arrived at Dale’s sisters home, the spring on the passenger side of the trailer broke. Everybody seemed to want to help….on Tuesday. Finally having good connections in the local area, my brother in law was able to find someone who found a replacement spring and another who came on Saturday morning and replaced the part. It is under warranty so hopefully the dealer will go for the extra costs to get it done on a holiday weekend.

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October 2016 Quebec trip

img_2764 img_2765 img_2837 img_2869 img_2875     Here we are in October already. Oct 6 to be exact and we are on our way to St. Malachie, Quebec. It is also time for the fall colours to be making their debut and as usual they are on time. Actually they are the best we have seen in years. Below are some examples taken as we drove from Pictou County to Edmonston, New Brunswick.

Sept 13 Western Newfoundland & home

We left Deer Lake and drove to Corner Brook in the morning and then on to Stephenville where we had coffee with Eclub member David Anstey and then headed west to take a tour through Port au Port, out to Cape Saint George, back through Lourdes to Stephenville and on to Port aux Basque. The wind was very strong and blustery and at times shook the truck and trailer. Fortunately it died down late in the afternoon and our crossing on the ferry to Nova Scotia on Wednesday was very calm.

The scenery was wonderful but not quite as spectacular as the trip tp Trout Point.

Finally I will leave you with two photos of my favourite friend happy to be going home but sad to leave her new friend.

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Sept 12 Gros Morne

Sept 12

We left Deer Lake leaving the trailer in the campground and headed for our first stop in Woody Point. Then overland to Trout River and back and up to Rocky Harbour and Cow Head.

The scenery was absolutely unbelievable and breath taking. We took over 150 photos and 15 gig of video. That leaves me with 35 gig of GoPro video to work on when we get home.

The weather was perfect with sun and cloud leaving mottled mountains and hazy horizons.

These photos are not in order but complaints must be accompanied by a certified cheque of $100.


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Sept 11 We remember

We left Grand Falls this morning and headed west. At the same time a 1 meter piece of steel from the south tower of the World Trade Center was heading east to Gander. We had hoped to see the convoy but turned off to Kings Point before we met it.

Kings Point is a beautiful little spot and we had lunch there and headed back to Deer Lake to see the Insectarium.  Yes, in the middle of nowhere in Der Lake, NL there is a world class Insectarium.

A beautiful butterfly exhibit where you go right into the room with them and they fly all about and even land on you. A great place.

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Sept 10 Grand Falls NL

Just a relaxing day with great friends ending with a wonderful BBQ with a family gathering.

A Newfoundland Labrador Family affair.

Photographed on Saturday evening Sept 10 enjoying wonderful fellowship are ( L to R )

Past President of the Rotary Club of Grand Falls – Windsor and Past Assistant Governor Mike Goodyear

Past District Governor Terry Goodyear (82-83)

President of the Rotary Club of Happy Valley – Goose Bay, Geoff Goodyear