This morning I got a notification that Jessica Outram had added “A Short History of Porch Bingo at our Annual Girls Week at the Cottage” to her wonderful Blog, Sunshine in a Jar.
Over the past few years I’ve been privileged to meet Jessica and her wonderful family. During the summer her parents, Dave and Maureen, stay at the family cottage on the Britt side of Byng Inlet, in the family compound just downstream from the last range markers before entering the narrow part of the Inlet.
As you read “A Short History of Porch Bingo” you will see some of Jessica’s talent which she shares with the world as a school principal, a songstress, a photographer, a playwright, and as a good person. Her staff and students are fortunate to have her running the show. So are the rest of us who read her works, listen to her music and view her photography.
In my summer photography trips I often meet Dave, usually on my return trip from the end of Riverside Drive. He often has a treat fresh from Maureen’s bake oven for me. We exchange pleasantries and opinions on the state of the Universe. Always an uplifting experience.
I have attended two “Summit Meetings” with Jessica and her cousin, the high-impact Chantelle Tunney. Chantelle’s mother is Maureen’s sister, Pat Skene, who entertains and stimulates us with her blogs, especially with her storytelling.
A Short History… captures some of the entertainment in our hamlet of Britt, where Bingos, Bazaars, Ball Tournaments, and (Seniors’) Breakfasts are Big Deals.
And it captures Jessica’s love for her Aunt Estelle who passed on Sunday, April 23.
This photo of The Beach was taken two days before her passing. Perhaps a sad portent. But look how peaceful it is.
My condolences to the family.