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30 May - 5 June, 2005

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We arrived in Victoriaville in the afternoon, to meet my good friend Geneviève, eight months pregnant with her second child (and first daughter), all smiles and cheery greetings. Nicole and Arlène stayed to chat a few minutes, then got back on the road for a return trip to Drummondville.

Nicole says hello to Findo (no, that's
not a typo), the excitable little Shih Tzu.

We immediately set out to pick up Craig from work at Victoriaville's Vision School, a trilingual primary/secondary private school. It's housed in part of a big old seminary - part of which is still in use by the Frères du Sacré-Coeur (Brothers of the Sacred Heart), a local monastic community.

Findo and Alex have
lots of fun together.

Geneviève liked this picture.
Alex is wearing rhubarb.

The Frères du Sacré-Coeur run an apple orchard - a fairly big one, too, that rolls down the Appalachian foothills in back of the seminary. Geneviève and Craig had decided to take advantage of the day by taking family photos in the orchard. So Geneviève, Alex and I waited around for Craig to join us in the back, and we took pictures in the meantime.

Taking photos in the orchard.

wow.

mother and son, under apple blossoms...
could it be any more idyllic?

After an hour of waiting around for Craig, he finally showed up - after an hour of waiting for us in a different place. Oops. Miscommunication. After a few moments of *ahem* sincere discussion and personal growth all around, we all settled down to work on fulfilling our stated purpose (and roll around a bit).

Craig and Geneviève

They're both very
proud of that belly.

What a lovely family!

After the photo shoot, we went back home and had dinner together. Afterwards, Craig and Alex decided to show me one of their favourite sports: cricket! Now, it wasn't the first time Craig had shown me a sport - I became a great fan of Australian rules football once we watched a game together - but I had already seen cricket played, so I was a little skeptical (and puzzled).

So, the "bowler" throws the ball at the "batsman",
who hits it away to protect his "wicket" and score
a "run". That's basically it. It's like baseball...
except it's not.

Alex hits it home!

Alex and the neighbour (can't remember
his name right now), trampolining. I love
action shots.

There's nothing like an Arthabaska sunset.



victoriaville, day 1

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The next day I woke up to what seemed like a million tongues licking my face and hands at great speed. It was just one, fortunately. I was also accosted by Spider-man (Alex), who insisted I help him fight evil-doers. So the day began.

Findo, the infamous Shih Tzu, wielder of the
Doggie Tongue of Doom, who licks to death
all who dare stay in bed past 8:00.

After seeing how stressed and busy Geneviève and Craig were, I resolved to help them out in any way I could. Geneviève had volunteered to sit at a booth selling raffle tickets in the morning, and she asked me to take her place so she could run errands. I gladly accepted, and drove out to the local Loblaws (where, incidentally, I used to work) to help set up.

Hi, would you like to
buy a raffle ticket?

Solidarité Nord-Sud Bois-Francs.
Representin'. Sylvie Gendron
is at right in this photo.

During the day, I was accompanied by several people, including Constance (one of the Baha'is), who told me all sorts of stories about her life and goings-on in the Baha'i community. All in all, I stayed until about 2 PM - and I ended up selling more than my quota of tickets. Hot stuff! Maybe I am cut out for a job in sales. Anyway, I said my good-byes and started scooting around town, visiting familiar sites.

Back in the woods.
Awwww yeah.

Église Ste-Victoire - one of the
nicer churches in the area.

Sprinkler time!
This is something new that popped up
after I moved out of the area. What a
great idea, though - especially with
the hot days we've been having.

To help you get your bearings.
Princeville is where they make
Princecraft boats.

By the way, Victoriaville
has excellent bike paths.

I lived in this house - so did the
grandparents of one of the Baha'is.
Never mind the 100-year difference...

I visited many different places - but one place I couldn't miss was the home of Stéphane and Sylvie, a Baha'i couple I was close to when I lived in Victoriaville. We were happy to see each other, and I was overjoyed to see them in good spirits and in good health. Stéphane gave me a signed copy of his new philosophical CD, "Philosophie pour le peuple". It rocks.

François and Olivier, along with
parents Stéphane and Sylvie.

Another must-see: the top of Mont Arthabaska, the mountain that overlooks Victoriaville and the surrounding villages.

The scenery atop Mont Arthabaska
(aka Mont St-Michel). I used to come
here quite often and just gaze. Lots
of spiritual energy up here.

After all the visiting was done, I popped back in to have dinner with Craig and Geneviève, and Geneviève's mom Monique, who dropped by in the afternoon. We had a nice dinner, and Monique shared news from the Baha'is of Québec City (where she lives). After dinner, Geneviève offered to put Alex to sleep while the rest of us went for a trip to the... driving range???

Craig takes a swing into the sunset.

Here's Craig giving his mother-in-law
Monique a few golf pointers.

I won't say too much about my introduction to golf, except that it was rife with laughter and buffoonery. It's always nice being around friends and trying new things, no?

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