Christmas, 2003, Port Orford. Brian and Jasmine, his niece, on the dock, at Garrison Lake.
The entire family was together that Christmas, some in sleeping bags, some on couches. The small cottage of three bedrooms was bursting at the seams. The weather was cool and wet, typical December, and these two pictures were taken on an occasional break from the rain.
What I remember most about that Christmas was how Brian and Jasmine spent hours trying to fish in the lake, cold and wet and focused.I have a whole roll of film showing the two of them on that dock. Jasmine and Brian casting and casting and hoping.
They didn't catch any fish on that occasion.
We did, however, have fish for dinner: Cioppino with crab and rockfish and shrimp we purchased from Tony's Crab Shack in Bandon.
During the same week, we experienced our first Port Orford storm, hurricane winds that knocked the power out for a few hours and rattled our nerves. Brian kept the fire going in the fireplace, hauling wood from a dark garage, helping with a make-shift breakfast that included coffee in an old-fashioned metal ware pot.
He loved these challenges!