A Little Bit of Peace From Home

| December 25, 2018

Christmas Parcels The joy delivered to soldiers at the front…a little bit of peace from home. Gathered together they made the most of their day. A little welcome celebration…pooling their newly delivered resources…Tommy, Billy, Robert, James, Jeremy and others…Merry Christmas to all. Across British Columbia news of parcels and soldiers made their way into the […]

In the Service of Peace

| December 20, 2018

Canadian Armed Forces Away at Christmas Sergeant Edward William Ferguson was a career soldier and during his 21 year army career served on several United Nations peace-keeping missions across the globe. Korea, Egypt, the Belgian Congo, Cyprus. His journeys took him to many other places fulfilling a childhood vision to see the world, sometimes not […]

Sayer’s Tea Shop

| December 15, 2018

Codfish, Mackerel, Mimi and Toutou Rose Allnut turned the sign on the shop door one last time. Sayer’s Tea Shop served her and Charlie well since coming to Courtenay two decades plus three ago. As Charlie’s machines spun for the last time, he wiped his brow and back of neck. Now one last evening to […]

I’m Dreaming of Home

| December 23, 2017

Greetings Christmas and New Year I can only imagine a group of soldiers at Christmas with their thoughts of home. Glasgow, Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy, Dundee, Kilmarnock, Falkirk, Peebles and others. Though at home they may rise in the morning to different landscapes they are brothers in this trench, this town, this Scotland. To soldiers near and far, […]

MacKendricks and The Thistle

| December 14, 2017

The Christmas Card and the Table Imagine please, if you will, MacKendricks. Chuntering as he did in the sanctity of his space MacKendricks had outlived – all family, all friends. Each day a similar caned path to The Thistle where with pewter near to hand he sat at an edge-worn, darkened wise table carved deep […]