August 2022 - Stratford/Toronto ON
My birthday weekend! It started with a basket from John with my kind of goodies (he doesn't like), smoked salmon and salmon pate, wine, prosecco etc.
Heading out to Stratford Saturday morning (of a long weekend) we didn't think traffic would be bad. WRONG! It was the worst, and no matter what way we tried, 401, then 407, then QEW it was awful.
We had thought we could stop for fish and chips before the 2PM show. But we were delayed about 35 minutes so went straight to the theatre to get parking ($20) early. Gardens outside the theatre. I have shown the gardens and sculpture before, click here.
The red flowers are crocosmia.
John snapped a couple of photos before it started. We were seeing Chicago!
Chicago was fabulous. Click here to see a a clip.
Some photos I found online.
A few more garden photos.
At the time, the hotel had a special ladies waiting room where women were required to wait while their husbands finished business and social meetings. We’ve come a long way baby!
We went to the LCBO (liquor store right across the street) and got chocolate and then rested in our room before going for a drink and dinner.
Sunday morning we ate in the hotel restaurant and should have eaten here last night. Prices are comparable and the menu better.
We debated walking around town but decided to check out and drive about 15 minutes west to the town of St. Mary's. Click here to see a lot more of the town and its history.
Monday, a holiday, John golfed. I stayed home and enjoyed puttering around. John had reserved a birthday lunch for Thursday but I said we should cancel, we've been out and about and didn't need to spend the money.
I went for a haircut while John relaxed at home. we binged on Top of the Lake although I had already seen it!
Friday John golfed. I went for some groceries and went to Winners.
W have been away the last two weekends so it will be nice to be home this weekend.
According to Google this was our July.
We watched Crime, created by Irvine Welsh (a favourite Scottish writer of mine).
Saturday - Stratford
Sunday - ordered Swiss Chalet
Monday - slow cooker beef stew
Tuesday - spaghetti Caesar salad focaccia
Wednesday - pork belly bites tacos
Thursday - rotisserie chicken nachos
Friday - steak, broccolini mushrooms and onions
My new cookbook came, the one I raved about last week!
I am binging on Claire Allan's books set in Derry, Northern Ireland. I finished The Liar's Daughter, dark and twisty, it spills dark family secrets. It was a little predictable towards the end but I still enjoyed it.
I started another of hers, Ask No Questions. I am reading her books out of order, there are recurring characters, but it doesn't matter to me.