8-) At long last I've found some time to update our home page.8-)

Now that we're feeling a little more comfortable about h2g2,:-) I'll tell you more about us. As I said, we are 2: the mouthy one who just jumps in and joins conversations is ME - otherwise known as LINDA. I'm the gregarious one of the pair. Some may say my partner (husband) GORD, is so quiet because he can't get a word in edgewise!:-( NOT TRUE.:-) He's just quieter and shyer than I am, and very smart - maybe that's why he just lets me madly lip off - he's too smart to get involved!! We have a son, HARLEY, who's nearly 21, lives in the city, has a girl friend, a good job (though he hates it) and a wonderful black tomcat named Spook. Our cat, Promise (long story) is old - 17 - white with beige spots, and loves to cuddle, hates the yellow tabby next door, and figures she owns the place, as any self respecting cat does!!

8-)THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BARNEY'S BUCKSAWS8-): Several years ago we were camping at the lake for holdiays. We set up the camper, and got our campsite organized, launched the boat, and got in a water supply. Then Gord says to The Boy, "Harley, let me introduce you to Mr. Bucksaw", pulled said instrument out of the back of the truck, and lead the way to the wood pile. Thence he instructed Harley in the fine art of sawing wood. Over the years, with all the teasing that goes on in our household, Mr. Bucksaw became BARNEY. It serves as a collective name.

As previousln mentioned, we are rock hounds and lapidists. This amounts to searching beaches and gravel pits for good stones for making jewelry, and trading with like minded people. We work in agate and jasper mostly, but also some jade, labradorite, or whatever else we can find or trade for. We saw, grind, polish and drill the stones and set them in findings. The tiny pieces are put aside and I make Ming trees - bent wire "trees" resembling bonsai with colored stone leaves. We sell our wares at craft sales. The best way to test for agate is to wet the stones, thus agate pickers are known as "agate lickers". Better, though, is an "agate detector" a spray bottle of water.

We live in Selkirk, which is a small city on the Red River. It's pretty quiet out here, and for us that's its charm. The big events of the year are the winter Festival on the Red in February, July 1 (Canada Day) celebrations in Selkirk Park, The Manitoba Highland Gathering on the first Saturday in July, a community street celebration in late August or early September, and watching the ice break up on the river whenever it happens - happened yesterday (March 23). That seem like a silly activity, but the Red River has been known to overflow its banks BIG TIME, and one should know these things. More about Selkirk in the future. There's lots to see and do here, so I'll tell you all about it some time.

If you'd like to see some of our beautiful province try "" >"

We'd love to hear from you. Please E-mail us at [email protected] 8-)


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