Friday, 1 May 2009

Sunday 26/04/2009 End of Official Visit

The delegation was all packed, ready to leave their host family’s
We visited the Waimakariri River, where Gavin (Lieves husband) took all for a jet boat ride. Again the weather was beautiful. We had a champagne toast to good health, lasting and enduring friendships.
We then went to Lieve’s and Gavin’s for a coffee and to look at her artwork.
What an amazing coincidence took place….It is hardly possible to explain but it is certainly a small world…. See the posted message on Sunday 12 April for an introduction. The surprise connection with the artwork Lieve made is that she used the same soldier for her art work as we have adopted here in Belgium without knowing of each other. 5000 soldiers were victims in Belgium and we took the same unkwown young man!!!!! The surprise is even more... Maria Vander Meiren who had placed the flax cross on his grave had bought that artwork about Ewen Taylor when she was there with the first delegation in March without knowing anything about the identity of the soldier mentioned in the art work.

We went to the people from Kaiapoi - Don and Carol Fairbrother the great neice of Ewen Taylor , we visited last year from who we received some personal memorabilia for the Museum - to tell them this incredible story.
We then headed to the award winning Pegasus Winery for wine tasting and a superb farewell lunch………we dropped the delegation to their hotel had a last drink and said our farewells.

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