Guaranteed Rugged - LillooetFriday, August 02, 2013
|Ale, Lloyd McNary & Rosemary|
Tuesday and Wednesday Rosemary and I spent it with our eldest daughter Ale (Alexandra) in Lillooet. It was not as hot as we expected it to be. Thirty degrees was just fine for me. It is one of the most exquisite pleasures in life to sleep on a sheet with nothing on.
I cooked except for breakfast on Wednesday morning. We had Thai Ketchup barbecued chicken wings and fresh corn (also on the barbecue) on Tuesday evening. Ale did not much like my bottle of sweet moscato that I purchased in Bellingham last week. Since I consumed most of the low in alcohol bottle I had a very pleasant evening. We watched The Jane Austen Book Club. I have a thing for Emily Blunt and I rather like Hugh Dancy who is charming and sort of makes me almost forget what his namesake, Hugh Grant did in a car with a prostitute in LA. And besides even my Rosemary who does not like much thought he (Hugh Dancy) was terrific in Hysteria.
Ten minutes into Hysteria I asked Rosemary if she liked the film. She nodded yes with a smile and it was only then that I revealed that Hysteria was about the invention of the personal and electric female vibrator. We had seen Melancholia the day before. Having managed to see those two films with Rosemary I left the Virgin Suicides (or Repulsion) for another day.
|Ale & her potato fork|
Before we arrived to Lillooet in our fantastic Malibu, we noticed a new sign that says Guaranteed Rugged – Lillooet.
Ale’s 84-year-old friend Lloyd McNary who has suffered all kinds of heart attacks (“I am at the end of the road,” he told us) came for Wednesday night supper. We had flank steak, small potatoes done in the oven with a bit of oil and parmesan cheese, and fresh sliced tomatoes and corn, of course. For drink I made my iced tea with Russian Caravan tea. Dessert consisted of very good Manila mangoes (Rosemary knows how to buy them) and we taught Lloyd to eat them Filipino style.
Lloyd told us he could not abide living in a home for old men and has moved back to his ranch in Texas Creek. He is being helped by a woman whom Lloyd has told us is a terrific worker. She cleans but I am sure that Lloyd still does the cooking. Like Lillooet, he is guaranteed rugged.
The two days went smoothly. We helped Ale in the garden and I weed eated (not weed ate!) part of her almost one acre property.
I particularly enjoyed a time free of electronic devices in which the only silence of the country was the frequent crowing of a neighbour’s rooster and of the many diesel-engine trucks that seemed to idle nearby at all hours of the night.
We drove back to Vancouver quite refreshed and almost felt cold when we arrived to the mid 20s Celsius city.
I think that my Fuji Instant FP-100C snaps pretty well capture the low-key fun of our two day stay with Ale. I am excited at some pictures I took with much sharper film in which I pose with Ale for a self portrait. These will have to wait to be processed as I shot them with Fuji Superia 1600 IS0 colour negative film.