Carcassonne - the Count's castle
I also showed a slideshow of photos I had taken with the new camera the family gave me for Christmas, and a 10 minute video of my mother and her sister Violet telling family stories they had heard as children. When their mother was young she was a servant for a Lord and Lady Stokes in England. When she started working for them, she worked in the kitchen, as she did not yet have the training to serve as a parlour maid. There was a big party, and the girls serving the food left the door open a crack so that she could look out into the room. What she saw was something she would never forget. The wealthy ladies were wearing rich gowns and a fortune in jewels and some of them wore jeweled tiaras in their hair. The men also were richly dressed with diamond cuff links and diamond tie pins. It was a very different world from the working class London that she knew! The milk man would come to the Stokes home delivering milk. When he did, he would call "Milk-oh! Milk-oh!" and the cooking staff would rush out to get the milk. But there was a parrot who learned to imitate the milkman's call! Often the girls would rush out the door to find no one there, and return infuriated by the parrot's mocking laughter! It was before the age of the internet, but my grandparents courted by snail mail! Finally she received his proposal of marriage, and they made plans for her departure for Canada. My grandfather and some friends traveled from Kirriemuir, Alberta to the closest railway station at Macklin, Saskatchewan. He arranged that the minister there would marry them when the train arrived. But unknown to Grandpa, a rock slide had blocked the railway tracks and it took several hours to clear the tracks. Grandpa was tempted to give up waiting and go back to Kirriemuir, but the minister said "Please wait! We need more young couples like you." So he waited and the train arrived many hours late and they were married. She had bought a wedding dress and brought it in her baggage, but because of the mixup she didn't get a chance to put it on! With the new camera I could get these old stories on video, which I could not have done with my old digital camera ... which I have passed along to Evelyn and Ed. I have finished using AncestralQuest to synch my database with the new FamilySearch. I think Gaylon Findlay has done a wonderful job with the FamilySearch menu in AQ12, but I find it awkward that the keyboard shortcuts and icons are often different from PAF. I need to start working on the Ing family book and the Lidgett family book, but Ernie is currently without a computer which makes it hard to collaborate on the project. I have been helping Andrew to put in a suspended ceiling, but it still needs some finishing touches. Then we can install the laminate flooring. I also promised to help Blaine to install the plumbing in his new kitchen cabinets when they are installed. Somehow I seem to be as busy as I was when I was serving in FamilySearch, but it is all in a good cause. Last Wednesday I spent a few hours in the Edmonton Riverbend FHC, helping to make it easier for patrons to use the computers there. I hope to follow-up tomorrow.