A lazy morning (I could get used to these). Gail popped around and brought some gorgeous homemade muffins and we sat on the deck with our tea and coffee. It’s really windy at the moment, unusually so and it’s still early so it’s really cool in the wind. We moved the chairs nearer to the house for shelter. It’s much warmer in the sun. We spent a good hour with Gail before she headed home to finish her housework.
Later, we ate the remaining hot dogs and burgers for lunch. What is it about homemade food? It always tastes just as good, if not better, the second day. At least I think so…
After lunch, we all jumped in the Van and headed out for a ride to Robertson’s Farm .We bought some garden potatoes, some Saskatoon Berry Jam, and 3 bags of pod peas. We will eat these over the next few days, straight from the pods!
After the farm, we drove onto The Berry Barn which we visited when we here in 2010. I like this place. They do the most amazing desserts and ice cream and there is a really picturesque walk along the Saskatchewan River which is right behind the Cafe.
Before we went for coffee, we went for a look around the small store, which sells all sorts of garden signs, ornaments and water fountains etc. We bought a wind chime for our garden and a few other things to bring home before going into the Cafe for coffee and ice cream. The vanilla is particularly scrumptious.
After the coffee and ice cream were finished, we went out for a walk along the river. The river is very low at this point and the sandbanks are unusually exposed. It makes the river bank look like a beach as the sand is white and the water is really blue. It’s hot again today too, so it has the feeling of the French Riviera about it. It is gorgeous and there were flocks of water birds on the opposite side…but guess who forgot the camera!?
Saskatchewan River Walk at The Berry Barn
As we walked along, we came across a seat, similar to one we had stopped at for a picture in 2010. We took a picture with me in, then one with the Mr in. just then a lovely Canadian lady came along and asked if we would like a picture of the four of us, as she said “there is always one left out taking the picture!” She is right of course, so it was great to all be in the picture at the same time for a change.
Me, Marty Mavis and Mr Holt at The Berry Barn
Berry Barn River Walk
When we got back, we sat outside for a while but the wind was really strong, so it was quite cold. Luckily, there are two patios at the house and one at the side of the house is quite sheltered, you also get the sun quite late, so we find ourselves following the sun around the garden.
We are having Pork ribs for tea – yummy! A special request from me, some barbecue and some cooked with Oregano and Oyster Sauce. This was my favourite meal from 2010, so I have asked Mavis can we have them again? We also, bought a huge piece of Salmon and cooked it with Dill, Lemon juice and butter. We had green beans, garden potatoes from the farm and lots of salad. This certainly hit the spot! Well cooked Aunty! Absolutely delicious!
Tonight, we are heading for Bugsy’s Bar at Market Mall we met Brad and Sue the other night when they were kind enough to invite us to their house, so tonight we are going to have few beers at their bar in town.
Everyone here makes you feel so welcome and we have been overwhelmed by the hospitality and generosity of the people we have met.
when we arrived we pulled a couple of high tables together and all four of us and Brad and Sue got together. We were eventually joined by Doug and Laurie, who are golfing and darts friends of Marty and Mavis.
While the ladies sat around telling stories and laughing about anything and everything, the men decided to have a game of darts. This got quite competitive as there were small amounts of money involved. The Mr and Doug, played Brad a Marty and even though Mr Holt, hasn’t played darts for donkey’s years, him an Doug came out on top. To say that the Mr had an enjoyable night is an understatement, he really enjoyed the darts and the banter. I too, really enjoyed the company and we are so glad we managed to fit in a trip to Bugsy’s ..what a great place and what was actually supposed to be a quiet night at the pub, turned out to be great fun, with lots of laughter and banter and to top it off, Brad presented Mr Holt with a Bugsy’s Baseball Cap and Tee Shirt.
He is over the moon! What a great night … thanks to everyone who turned up to make it a fun 🙂
After a great night’s sleep (although I seem to have developed a cough), we got up quite late. Mavis had to work today, so she left early but we slept until around 08.45.
When we finally got up, we had tea and toast and then decided we needed to repack our cases, to make sure we had everything. This is our last day here and tomorrow, we head back to Calgary for our last couple of days before flying home on Friday. This holiday has flown by. As they say “time flies when you’re having fun.”
So we sorted all our stuff, packed all our breakables and bottles of wine in the middle of the cases wrapped in our jeans and put plenty of packing around them and got rid of all the rubbish we don’t need to take home. The amount of ‘stuff’ you accumulate in 3 weeks is phenomenal! We tentatively weighed the cases … Phew, we are still both under our 22kg allowance so we’ll be fine!
Marty took us on a trip to the Mall for some last minute shopping and we had Thai food at the food hall. Mr Holt bought a Saskatchewan Rough Riders shirt and I bought a lovely coat which was on sale and almost half price! I love a bargain.
So tonight, we finished off the ribs and Salmon, had a few G&Ts, watched a film and then came to bed by 10.30… no sleep yet though as it’s well after midnight and I am still typing this blog!
Calgary, here we come again tomorrow, a six and a half hour drive for Marty and Mavis… this time we are just passengers.
So it’s goodnight from me and it’s goodnight from him … TTFN Granny 🙂