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happy birthday, mrs phoenix!

I'd been pestering Woodrow Phoenix for ages about meeting his mum, ever since I heard about all the amazing stuff she gets up to. I swear, this woman is probably one of the most remarkable people on the planet, fostering over 200 kids, setting up a house for homeless girls and doing about a zillion other things. She's played a part in almost every bit of our local history I've ever heard about.

So I got a phonecall from Woodrow mid-Saturday, saying, if I wanted to meet his mum, she was having an 83rd birthday party, and right then would be a good time to come over. So my little neighbour friend and I trundled up the road and got to meet this remarkable woman. Hooray!

A snazzy hat, modelled by an obliging family friend

My neighbour friend asked Woodrow to draw her getting thrown off a horse, so here's what he drew.

Woodrow, Bridget and neighbour friend

We drew on a map in my neighbour friend's sketchbook, showing Mrs Phoenix's birth country of Guyana, and a few other places we talked about, including Seldovia, Alaska. Seldovia's where I am going with my family, to stay at my uncle's house. So I'll be off the blog for awhile because there isn't any internet there. In fact, there aren't any roads there, it's just bears and whales and halibut. I'm stopping by Seattle first to see my sister and Mike and meet up with some of the lovely comickers there, including dlasky, inkboy and mr_sadhead. Hopefully I'll have lots of sketchbook items to post when I get back!



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Jun. 22nd, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Wow -- Have a fantastic trip!
Jun. 22nd, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I don't leave til Wednesday morning, but I'm going to be running about crazily tomorrow, so thought I'd better get a post in real quick! :-)
Jun. 22nd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who took a trip to Alaska recently and completely fell in love with it. Personally I've been a fan ever since Northern Exposure.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
It is a gorgeous place. Last time we had some amazing days out fishing, where the porpoises were racing my uncle's boat and doing, well, you know that thing where you're zooming down the motorway and you stick your hand out the window and make waves in the air? Well, the porpoises like to do that on the front of the boat, they get a big kick out of it! They're like, faster! faster! And when we stopped, the huge whales came up and stared at us a lot and you could hear them breathing all around us. It was eerie and amazing and probably the coolest thing that's ever happened to me.

That said, maybe this time we'll just see a couple squirrels and have to make do.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
Blimey - I had no idea Woodrow was from such stock. What an amazing woman!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
It's true! I had no idea there was such an amazing person living nearby! She's a walking history book.
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