From the west coast I headed east to Saskatchewan. The two weeks spent there were incredibly busy, composed of happy times seeing family and friends, but also tough times with saying goodbyes to special people and learning of serious illness within the family.
The first weekend was spent on the road, traveling from Regina north to Saskatoon, North Battleford, Unity, Kindersley, and Warman, then back to Regina.
I was so glad to visit my dear friends Crystal & Dustin in their home and get caught up on their recent summer vacation and to share some music on Dustin’s piano which I’ve known from many years ago!
Crystal is, among many wonderful things, a talented photographer. She’s currently running a photo project of her own, challenging herself to take one photo every day of the year. Be sure to check out Crystal’s blog to see her daily photos. Dustin & I were featured in the photo from the 252nd day! Crystal’s post follows:
We had wonderful company stop by today. A little preamble, my husband grew up taking piano lessons which eventually led to composing music, teaching piano lessons and being in a band with his a group of friends from highschool, and now his skills can be heard usually around Christmas when he plays piano for the choir at his school or on a random day of the week at our home when he feels like playing. When he taught piano lessons, he had a few students but Dale was probably the one student whom Dustin has remained in contact with over the years. Over the past 11 years, I have also became friends with Dale and am always excited to find out what new adventure he is on. Besides playing piano, he also can play guitar, is a photographer in his own right, can ride a unicycle, and operate a helicopter, to name a few.
As Dale is currently between adventures, he stopped by with his girlfriend, Frances who we were very happy to meet for the first time and his Mom, Sherry, who is one of the nicest ladies I have ever met. After a good visit and some apple crisp, we were treated to Dale playing the piano. He played for me “Linus and Lucy,” a piece that he had played years ago at a competition that Dustin and I had went and watched and then he played one of his own compositions on the piano. I can honestly say it was one of the loveliest pieces I have every heard. He blew us away with his creativity and playing. He then treated us by playing one of Dustin’s compositions that Dustin had taught him as a student probably about 15 years ago. It was quite extraordinary! A took a quick photo of Dustin and Dale at the end of this visit. Next adventure for Dale, he is taking his guitar and going to Europe - we can hardly wait for the stories! Happy travels Dale, see you when you get back and thanks for the visit.