Good afternoon, new neighbours. I moved into Unit 20 at the end of August and loved my new home right away.
Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the Town Hall meeting this evening. I have met a few of you already but hope to meet more of you in the upcoming months. My unavailability to attend the meeting this evening is due to my commitment to attend a rehearsal of the Richmond Orchestra and Chorus (ROCA). I am a chorus member (Soprano I) — our rehearsals are every Tuesday evening from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. It is important to keep this commitment for the sake of excellent choral performance.
If any of you play an instrument or like to sing, let me know — the Orchestra and Chorus are always looking for new members. I’ll drop a brochure into your mailboxes for you to be aware of our upcoming performances in 2018-2019, and our ROCA website.
My best to all of you, and hope to be seeing you around the neighbourhood.
There were 10 fish when we moved in a decade ago, and we all enjoyed them through the years.
Our grandkids had to see the fish almost each time they visited. There were a few less in recent couple of years, and we were not sure why. They were replaced by three little ones. I need to inform the kiddies about this virus and can imagine their tears. Sorry to hear all about this virus, but glad to see that the council got to the bottom of the koi ‘disappearance’.
Look at the ducks happily visiting (and probably stealing the koi’s food) in 2014…
In 2017, there were still a few big ones.
In 2018, Megan was disappointed to see that there were less and less of them.
I miss the black spotted one myself. Joan Birks named them all but I forgot since. I know one was “Miss Piggy”!
Thank you, Basia (Unit 62), for sharing your thoughts and terrific photos!
Thank you, Lesley (Unit 73) and Sue (Unit 13)… for organizing and hosting a wonderful gathering for our friends and neighbours Lesley and Robert (Unit 26) and George and Marie (Unit 24), who are leaving us for New Brunswick and Agassiz, respectively. And, thank you, Dave (Unit 73), for the great photos…
What a terrific party… filled with lively conversations and funny stories, delicious food and drink, all made even better by both familiar and new faces! How can we have such a happy time while sadly saying goodbye to our long-time friends and neighbours? Who knows… that’s just how we roll around here at Huntly Wynd.
We wish Lesley a safe and smooth flight to the east coast, we wish Robert a safe and scenic drive across Canada (and maybe parts of the US), and we wish George and Marie a safe and uncongested drive out to the corn capital of BC, yum!
At the end of February, as you all know, it was a “Winter Wonderland”… especially if you did not have to drive anywhere! We took a walk around the compound taking a few photos, especially of the inside ponds.
Later, as it was getting dark, we were relaxing when Rob calls me to the kitchen. There were ducklings (7 of them) with mama walking across our patio, from our pond to the neighbour’s. We just gawked with surprise, and by the time we could grab our iPad, mama and 7 little ones had disappeared… then the 8th rushed out of the water, and here he (or she) is!
Did anyone else see them? We think it is a bit early. Will they survive? Don says duck down is very warm, and they will survive (phew!).
It is with extreme sadness that we learned the news of long-time Huntly Wynd resident and neighbour Joan Anderson’s passing on March 7th 2018. Joan was admitted to Richmond General Hospital earlier in the week and was expected to be back home in reasonably short order. The following obituary notice was published in the March 9th edition of the Vancouver Sun newspaper. Details regarding Joan’s service are still pending and will be shared with the community as soon as they come available.
“Joan Anderson, January 5, 1927 – March 7, 2018. Grandmother, mother, aunt, sister and beloved friend, Joan passed away at the age of 91. She was predeceased by her parents John and Agnes Stratton, husband Dr. Joseph Anderson and brother Jack. Born and raised in Vancouver, Joan is survived by son Bruce, his wife Amanda, two precious grandsons, Owen and Alex, sister Lois and her husband Bruce, brother Bruce and his wife Pat and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Nana lived an active life that revolved around her love of bridge, the opera, the symphony, the Garden Club and the Gateway Theatre – but most of all, Joan loved spending summers at her cottage at Crescent Beach surrounded by family and friends. A memorial service will be held in early April. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.”
Upon receiving the news of her passing, Lesley (Unit 73) shared: “Joan was a lovely lady and fought hard for a long time to stay in her own home. She will be missed.”
Bob (Unit 77): “She was a generous and kind woman and we would chat and laugh about our golf experiences from the past. I loved seeing her do her regular walks with her care provider assisting when required. She will be missed.”
Harma (Unit 35): “We are very sad to hear of Joan’s passing and join her family and friends in mourning her loss. Joan was one of the early residents of Huntly Wynd with her late husband. She was very active in her motherly role of the Social Committee which contributed a great deal to our community.”
Joan, it is clear you will be sorely missed by your Huntly Wynd neighbours, and by those of us who were fortunate enough to get to know you on a personal level. May God grant peace everlasting for you in your final rest.
We came to party hardy in the Clubhouse! And boy, did we ever!
Huntly Wynd residents gathered in the Clubhouse on Friday December 8th to welcome the holiday season. As Ernie (Unit 87), Albert (Unit 59) and others took command of the microphone in an effort to claim the title of the evening’s “Karaoke Crooner”, conversation, laughter and delicious food was abundant. Jean (Unit 94) and George (Unit 24) flogged 50/50 tickets to give everyone a chance at claiming the evening’s cash prize – the lucky ticket being held by Vivian (Unit 87), congratulations Vivian! Dave (Unit 73) captured many wonderful photographs of enthusiastic partygoers…
We also joined together to welcome our newest neighbours Mr. Ricky Shun Yiu Fong, his wife Kathy Yuk Fong Chan and their adult children Derek and Christy (Unit 64). We’re pleased they have chosen Huntly Wynd as their new home and delighted that they bravely plunged right into getting to know their fellow neighbours by joining the party that was already in full swing!
“Social gatherings like this present opportunities for us to connect with friends and neighbours we’ve not seen in a while. It’s an opportunity to catch up on important happenings in their lives or to simply get together and talk with one another”, observed Sue (Unit 13), “We need to have this type of gathering more often!” Based on the jovial atmosphere, lively conversations and clinking of glasses that lasted all evening, we believe most would heartily agree. What do you think?
Before closing, we extend a seasonal wish to you and yours from Danita and me…
Whether or not you choose to include the observance of Christmas or Hanukkah in your celebrations at this time of year, whether you decorate a tree or light the candles of the menorah — or neither — the forthcoming holiday season is always a time for giving, for fellowship and for family. We’d like to send each of you our personal best wishes for this time, along with the hope that you will have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the spirit of this season.
Have a great holiday, go easy on the rum and eggnog (unless there’s no viable alternative, of course) and we wish you all the very best of all good things for you and yours in the New Year of 2018.