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Dominik & Marija June 1987 - Part 2

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Uploaded on Feb 24, 2012

Throughout my childhood my parents would bring my sister and I for visits by ferry boat an hour and a half from Vancouver, and we would sleep in the basement rooms with wood burning in the stove to keep us warm - I remember hearing frogs and crickets at night outside the basement windows, they were in the water at the bottom of the field. Evenings would be spent watching Lawrence Welk, All in the Family etc. and after dinner, a glass of white wine or cherry would be served with salami, cheese and bread. Terezia my aunt, who appears very sleepy in this video, made traditional Slovenian potica (po-teet-za) cake and wonderful lemon marangue and apple pies. Grandma was an amazing cook who learned in Slovenia, and made an incredible streudal. At the end of this video, my father Milan gives a tour of the area he hunted deer, grouse and pheasant and where he picked cascerra tree bark that he would sell. My grandfather appears again briefly at the 9 minute market raking his garden as I has seen him do countless times before. He called me a city slicker when I was young, but on a return visit from Toronto at Christmas 1987 about a month or so before his death, we shared a hug goodby at the doorstep and that was the moment he chose to tell me how proud he was that I'd finished school and found a respectable banking job. He had tears in his eyes and I believe he and I both knew we would not see each other again. A very hard working, tough and at times harsh man, but an honourable man who with my grandmother started with nothing when they arrived from Slovenia to Vancouver in the late 1920's, and worked very hard all their lives to retire in peace and adequate means. Grandma was a hard worker who loved to laugh and sing, and you can see the humour in the evening clip at the 8m 45s mark when she made us all laugh. Note: In the basement you see photos of Teta/Aunt Dracica Gril, Teta/Aunt Milka (Emily) Beg, Grandma Mariaja, a family photo of my father and aunt with Grandma/Grandpa and a wedding photo of Grandma/Grandpa from 1929.

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