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A Family Affair With An Exciting Start


supper at mere lagos

Having dinner with John and Velma- our cousins, Paul and Shirley- our brother and sister-in-law and Ken who is Paul and Shirley’s friend.

Had they been in an accident?

On Sunday afternoon Dave’s cousin John and his wife Velma arrived to spend a week with us.  Monday morning we were looking forward to a visit from Dave’s brother Paul, his wife Shirley and their friend Ken. They are staying in a community about an hour’s drive away and said they would arrive at our place at 11:30.  

When they didn’t come by 12:00 we thought they might be a little lost.  

By 12:30 we figured they might be really lost.  

At 1:00 we wondered if they’d had a flat tire.

At 2:00 we speculated that one of them had experienced a serious health crisis.  We kept checking our e-mail but no word from them.

At 2:30 we were sure they had been in a horrible accident.

When they finally arrived close to 3:00 we found out they had gotten REALLY LOST!  I blame myself for not sending them detailed enough directions and was just SO grateful they were all okay and had arrived. 

windy day hiking to lagos

It was a cool and breezy day for hiking .

We had some tapas and then set off on a hike.  We had wanted to go to the spectacular Ponta da Piedade site, but it was a very windy day and some members of the group found the path quite gruelling and so we adapted our plans and headed straight to the Mere Restaurant in Lagos about a 6 kilometer trek from our home. hiking to lagosDave and I took a bit of good natured ribbing about leading them on such a long hike before they could eat supper and for choosing a restaurant that wasn’t very authentically Portuguese and too modern.  

goat cheese appetizer mere

Amazing goat cheese made here in the Algarve served with fig and pumpkin jams.

But……….. a fabulous goat cheese appetizer

cataplana dish

Dave and I shared a hot and delicious cataplana dish

and the wonderful fish offerings on the menu along with the local green wine and a pitcher of  Sangria inspired plenty of positive comments and lots of  merriment as did the promise of a taxi ride home instead of a hike. 


Dave’s brother Paul feeling accomplished after the first leg of our hike.

Back in Praia da Luz we had our nightly glass of port and dish of ice-cream and played euchre, a long standing tradition on the many previous winter holidays we have enjoyed with Paul and Shirley.  Then we all headed to bed.  In the morning two different groups set out on a walk through the community and both came back with Portuguese egg tarts for all. Shirley made coffee and we had a lively visit around the kitchen table enjoying our double round of tarts and a conversation that ranged from art to politics to music to the experiences most in the group recalled from their growing up years in Leamington, Ontario. 

Before noon Paul and Shirley and Ken headed back to their place.  It was lovely to have so much family together in Portugal. 

Other posts………

Terrified Times Three

Snake Wine Memory

A Bone Rattling Introduction



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The Amazing Race Driedger Style

Posing with some of my Amazing Race teammates for the mannequin video challenge on a slip and slide mat

During our four days on Pelee Island with my husband’s family we participated in a number of fun events planned by two of my nephews and their partners.  One was The Driedger Amazing Race.  The more than thirty people in our family were divided into four teams and each was assigned a pick up truck to travel to various destinations around Pelee island. chloe team blueI was on the blue team and one of the first things we did was paint our faces to advertise our team color.  We got bonus points for our face art.  

champion swimmer

My niece is an accomplished triathlete so we were lucky to have her on our team for the distance swim.

Our first event had my niece swimming out to a buoy in Lake Erie to grab a plastic bag filled with puzzle pieces.  puzzle solvingThe three youngest members of our team had to assemble the puzzle before we could move on. 

justin ali and chloe word searchThen we were off to the Pelee Island School where we found a word search puzzle at the base of the flag pole with lots of words related to our family. We had to find and circle every one. 

icecream eating

My brother-in-law John the most senior team member working on his ice cream cone.

One challenge had the oldest member of our group downing an ice cream cone in under two minutes. 

bra tree photoPelee Island has a bra tree to promote breast cancer awareness and one of our challenges was to throw a bra up into its branches.  We decided to pose here as well for a team photo since we got bonus points for submitting interesting team photos. 

golf challengeThere was a golf challenge where we had to chip golf balls into hula hoops for bonus points cemetry runand a gravestone search in a cemetery where some of our Mennonite relatives are buried.

making zwiebachWe had a zwiebach challenge in honor of Dave’s Mom who made the best zwiebach in the world.  For my non-Mennonite readers zwiebach are buns that are two tiered.  We had to form them from play dohzwiebach toss and then toss them into a bucket some distance away. 

inuk shuk puzzleOur final challenge was fitting a big box full of painted pieces of wood into an outline to create an inukshuk within an alloted time.  solving the inukshuk puzzleWe figured it out with just seconds to spare. 

One of our other photo submissions was this one where we pretended to row a boat full of flowers

I happy to report that our blue team won the Driedger Amazing Race returning to home base a full sixteen minutes ahead of our competition. 

Other posts……..

I Did the Limbo on the Golf Course

The Driedgers Bike Boblo Island

The Driedgers Go Hiking in Arizona

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A Family Party

I won’t be blogging for the next week or so as we head off to Pelee Island where we will be staying in a place with no wifi.  We are having a huge family party with all of my husband Dave’s siblings and their partners, our nieces and nephews and their partners, our great nieces and nephews and our own children and grandchildren. Lots of fun family time awaits.

I’ve put together a book telling Mom and Dad’s life stories

The family party is in honor of my mother-in-law Anne Driedger and my father-in-law Cornelius Driedger who have both passed away, Dad just one year ago.  The party has been in the planning since we met for Dad’s funeral last June.

My father-in-law’s family on Pelee Island in the 1930s.

One reason it is being held on Pelee Island in Lake Erie is because my father-in-law lived there for nearly a decade after his family immigrated to Canada.  

This family party will honor Mom and Dad’s  legacy. I am really looking forward to it. 

See you in a week!

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Anne Driedger

Good Bye Dad


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