Mark your calendars!  What are we marking?

The Stormy Petrels of B.C. (a scion society of The Bootmakers of Toronto) are turning 30!

Why are we “stormy” and what do we have to do with “boot makers”?  Find out at our all-day event taking place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Billy Bishop Legion (Pub).  Aha! Now I have your attention!

If you are in Vancouver, please come help us celebrate.  If you have not yet planned on being in Vancouver but are looking for a good excuse, now is your chance!  The West Coast is calling!

The day promises to be a fun day filled with food, fellowship and featured special guest speakers. The price for our special day is $30, payable at registration time at the door.  But we would like to know if you are planning on attending, as we need to know how many cups of coffee to put on.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am and we will wind down at 4:00 pm when the pub will be open to the public (it is, after all, a public house).

Please RSVP to Fran before August 1st, 2017 if you plan on attending this milestone.  More details can be made available if you contact Fran at:  franziskah@shaw.ca

Hope to see you all there!

May Meeting

“Come, Watson, come!” he cried. “The game is afoot.”

So begins our next story for discussion at the Stormy Petrels May meeting: “The Abbey Grange”

One imagines Holmes smoking his cherrywood pipe* as he comments on Watson’ s writing style, prompting Watson the remark (bitterly) to Holmes: “Why do you not write them yourself?

*we are told that he smokes this type of pipe when his is in a “disputatious mood” (Copper Beeches).  In this adventure, Holmes and Watson also happen to be discussing the same subject of Watson’s writing style.

In this case, we hear from Scotland Yard’s Stanley Hopkins, that one of the richest men in Kent, Sir Eustace Brackenstall, is dead.  His beautiful wife, formerly Miss Mary Fraser of Adelaide, South Australia, has given her evidence as to what happened.  The marriage had not been a happy one, as everyone seemed to be aware.

We see Holmes examining ropes, cords, wine glasses, and the cork of a dusty bottle.

Thinking over all the evidence and the eye-witness account of the Lady and her maid, why did Holmes suddenly exclaim: “It’s wrong – it’s all wrong – I’ll swear it’s wrong.”

Join the Stormy Petrels as they delve into this story on Tuesday, May 2nd, 7pm at the usual Hampton Place at UBC.

For more info, please contact Fran

Bonus question for those attending the meeting:

What was the name of the ship on which Mary Fraser met Jack Croker?




2017 Master’s Dinner

[Unfortunately, the Stormy Petrels will not meet in April.  We will, however, resume our regular study sessions in May.

The next regular meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd and the story for discussion will be “The Abbey Grange”

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: Hampton Place (UBC)]

The Stormy Petrels had a very successful “MASTER’S DINNER” in March. Toasts, games, skits and great food! Thanks to the Hart House, Burnaby.

Dinner-welcome (3)

President Fran


Lea and Brian


“How They Met” (Brian, Gary, Ryan)

Dinner stuff



Dinner letters

Len and Elsa