Joyce gives us glimpses of
her Western Canadian childhood in the 1930s, her love affair with
husband Hu, the parenting years, the empty nest, widowhood, old age
pension years and her “made up” stories. This all while the taste of
food floats through the mix.
Joyce Harries was born an only child in 1928 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She began writing humorous pieces about the vagaries of old age when she was almost seventy. Now, at eighty-four, her third book, A Wise Old Girl’s Own Almanac, tells about turning twenty on her honeymoon and what she learned at the side of an academic, entrepreneurial, politician, rancher, Shakespeare-quoting husband.
They had six children together, losing their eldest son in the polio epidemic of 1953. She was a runway model from the age of fifteen until she was in her early forties. Joyce was widowed at fifty-eight, when husband Hu had a massive heart attack while riding his horse in a competition. She worked as a florist and caterer and ran artist’s retreats at a vineyard in the Okanagan region of Canada.
She has had three books published: Girdles and Other Harnesses I Have Known, Twice in a Blue Moon, and A Wise Old Girl’s Own Almanac. She has spouted poetry in cafés and became a guest speaker talking about the twists and turns in her world and the possibilities that await those who try something new in later life. People reading her books have gained insight through reflection on their own walk of life. She is presently working on a novel.