It's raining in Canada, but I'm still having happy times.
I'm really enjoying Kevin's book, and relate to a lot of his early years and 'leaving home' thoughts to join the RN.
The morning read mentions classes of ships I've served on, and at ports I visited early in my 22yrs Royal Navy Service.
Valletta Harbour and the delightful 'Gut'.
Crossing mountainous oceans in a grey ship the size of a trawler (HMS Hubberston above in my case and HMS Brereton for Kevin) so many stories of so many foreign ports, great times (apart from the empty stomachs). No lamp swinging today though …Time to explore Canada :-
Driving between the dozens of little bays and harbours is a dream experience that I didn't expect to be such a 'seafaring' one. Victoria Harbour was a charming little place with a massive marina but tiniest beach I've ever seen
The houses opposite the beach were as grand as those I'd seen in Florida. They overlooked the Bay and a marina that looked full of garage type berths, but most had their own pontoons
I left Victoria and popped along to Port McNicoll. The ship thee was a museum piece that had linked the railway across Georgian Bay. It had tours and a neat museum. SS Keewatin had my interest for a few hours. The guy (Pete) who made the models on the ships museum deck was working on another model, and a tour was about to start, so off around a Steam Ship I go
Every place in Ontario I travelled through was busy throwing up bits of timber on 2 metre high square blocks of concrete. The finished product looked very impressive here, and the thousands I'd seen in Toronto, Ajax and along the way. E.g..
Talking to folk as I get about Canada (and from my train journey across last year) it feels the end game is to create a boom, fill the houses with young immigrants in order to support an ageing population (pensions need to come from someone's pay packet). Will this strategy work? I think I've seen it a few times now. Home owners enjoying double digit inflation rises to their properties, prices rising above some classes ability to buy, and immigration of low wage earners to denser population areas.
President Trudeau has a 'marmite' following I think. His open arms immigration policy and Bill M-103 have split a lot of Canadians. It's fascinating as a visitor to read the papers and follow the politics. I hope the decisions being made won't change the Canadian culture. I love the Beer Store, the music in the bars, the warm greetings everywhere. Assimilation – it's worth keeping an eye on Canada to see if they achieve peacefully what has been tragically failed in other countries I've spent long spells at.
After the ship visit and hi to 'Timmys' I travelled back home to see the boys. On the way I stopped at yesterday's beach. I'd meant to see what the big rock in the park had on it as a plaqueAh, good. These guys were used to settling disputes between peoples and lands, burying the hatchet is not a problem – come on in, Canada is lovely ..