Leigh's 2011 Adventure travel blog

Purolator arrived as advertised, right at noon sharp.

Tim displays the all-wooden briefcase I made for him a number of...

The dedication on the briefcase.

I cut every piece from scrap wood at the Norman Bethune Housing...

Hinges are all wood, with no metal to rot it.

Handle is wood, and the clasps are leather and velcro.

Tim's collection of carved animals from South Africa.

This angry elephant chased the safari vehicle.

Jocelyn with a rhinoceros.

Tim with a giraffe.

A large female spider, getting ready to mate with her tiny male...

Jocelyn's mom, Leslie, doing the pool-sweep boogie.

Tim and Jocelyn found this in Tanzania. A unique flavor, which I...

On Tuesday morning, I got Wandering Spirit buttoned up and ready to travel, and drove over to Barrie. Since I didn't know when Purolator would arrive, and I wanted to make sure I wouldn't miss them, I parked in front of my kids' house and waited. Their mother Leslie was away, so I phoned and rang the doorbell to see if Tim was there. No answer, so I settled in to wait for Purolator. At some point, the door opened, and Tim and Jocelyn waved me in -- they had been sleeping and missed the phone and door bells.

We looked at some of their amazing photographs from Africa while we waited. I was most impressed by the elephant they had encountered in musth while they were in the Hluhluwe wildlife park, and a huge spider entertaining her tiny male consort. All the animal photographs were so interesting, because they were in their native habitat. We also looked at the carved animals Tim had brought home, and he gave me an exquisite little rhinoceros for my birthday.

He also showed me a briefcase I had made for him when I lived in Vancouver. It is all made of wood, with no metal such as screws or hinges. I cut wooded strips from scrap boards, and laminated them so that the grain stays consistent all around the case. The hinges and handle are fashioned from wood, and the clasps are leather with Velcro. I wanted to line it with leather, but couldn't afford to buy any, so it is still just wood on the inside. Maybe some day.

At the stroke of noon, the Purolator agent pulled up and delivered my package from Caroline. I quickly filled it out and signed it, and set out to mail it back to the USA. On the way, I made a pit stop (literally) at Just Lubes, and they checked my differential to make sure it wasn't leaking or anything. It was good, so I went to the Post Office near Robert's No Frills. They waffled, claimed there were still problems from the labor dispute, and muttered something about being out of envelopes, and sent me to UPS. When I found it, the man at the counter kindly explained that he could take it, but that I would have to provide a street address, not just a P.O. box. I didn't think that would work, so I found another Post Office on Saint Vincent Street. They had their act together, and were able to send my package as Express Mail.

From there it was back to Jocelyn's house. We all went for a lovely sushi meal, and I went back with them for a poolside drink. When the first bottle of wine ran out prematurely, Wandering Spirit produced another one, and we had a pleasant evening watching several Game of Thrones episodes.

We also had a taste of Konyagi, an alcoholic drink that Tim and Jocelyn discovered in Tanzania. Its marketing material says, "It’s not a vodka, It’s not a gin, It’s Konyagi Konyagi is smooth at strength of 35 percent. Konyagi can be enjoyed straight with a twist of lime or on the rocks. Konyagi is among the few leading alcohol brands that is unique that can be mixed in many ways. Enjoy Konyagi with straight with lime, cranberry Juice, orange Juice, Sprite or straight with ice. Konyagi is speciality clear liquor from Tanzania It’s the most popular brand and liquor in Africa." Sic.


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