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    • Day 29

      Debbie Does Christmas

      May 30 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Had the honour of being Marc's first WS visitor...or so I thought but was pipped to the post by Paul, a Quebecois guy also riding E->W! Started off the conversation with
      "Haha! Someone else stupid enough to go from East to West"

      Paul returned a blank look.

      (note to self... when trying to ingratiate yourself with new people don't start by slagging them off)


      Marc was lovely, treated us like kings, and we three chatted happily over some delicious homemade food and ice cold larger.

      Paul's Mrs - Debbie - has made every day Christmas Day in the basement!

      Such fun!
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    • Day 11

      Day 11 Carlton Place

      August 11, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      We have now arrived at Sally & Tom’s beautiful house in Carlton Place. It’s been so lovely to catch up with family.

      Last night we went out to dinner in Carlton Place Town with Shirley and Geoff at the Black Tartan Restaurant. Great to catch up. A lovely meal with great company!

      Today saw an easy start to the day. Sally cooked us breakfast - we have eggs laid fresh from their 9 hens kept in the back yard. We went for a wonder in Carlton Place after that and then this afternoon Geoff & Shirley, Phillip & Christine and Kayla, along with her boyfriend Andrew joined us for a lovely meal. Tom cooked a huge piece of beef in the smoker - it was delicious.

      I’ve had my first 50th birthday celebration. Shirley ordered me a beautiful gluten free cake with chocolate filling and a cream frosting – complete with a chocolate inscription. It was totally yummy.

      This evening, we have had a fun evening with Sally and Tom, just sitting and chatting. The whole day has been great.

      We’re off to the cottage tomorrow with Christine for a couple of days. There is no WiFi there and the phone signal isn’t great either, but I will take lots of pics and post them up when we get back to civilisation!
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    • Day 17

      An afternoon on the lake

      August 17, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Spent a fab afternoon on Tom's boat cruising the lake at the end of their garden. We stopped off for a spot of swimming when we got too hot, had a few beers in between and ended up with a picnic off the edge of the boat. A really great afternoon followed by a meal out together in the evening.Read more

    • Day 10

      Day 10 - Kingston to Carleton Place

      August 10, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Today we had another look around Kingston during daylight hours.

      We took the trolley bus tour around the city so as not to miss out on any of the main attractions.

      It’s a beautiful city with lots to explore. We only just touched the surface, but we were able to get a feel for the place, before heading off to our next stop - Carleton Place, via the cottage on Lake Christie in Perth to drop in on Philip and Christine to surprise them for a quick drink and a catch up. The Union Jack had already been raised in readiness for our visit!

      Then on to Carleton Place to meet up with Sally and Tom at their house. Was great to see them again - albeit briefly as they had left a friends wedding to let us in.

      As they were returning to the party in the evening, Shirley and Geoff drove over to join us for dinner. They took us to a lovely restaurant in the town called The Black Tartan. A lovely meal with great company followed by a drive-by tour of the surrounding area from Shirley then back to the house for a much-needed early night!
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    • Day 13

      Day 13 - Christie Lake

      August 13, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Today’s highlight was the sunrise! No Words necessary!

      That being said we had a lovely day vegging out at the cottage and took an early paddle in the canoe to the bottom end of the lake. When we got back to the cottage we treated ourselves to scrambled egg using the eggs from Sally & Tom’s chickens - they are obviously very happy hens as the yokes are huge and a deep orange/yellow colour! We are never going back to supermarket eggs ever again!!

      Sally came up at lunchtime with Shirley and Geoff. Due to Geoff’s health, they hadn’t been to the cottage for a few years so it was lovely for us to be there with them. Sally bought lunch for us all and afterwards Sally, David and I went for a swim in the lake. Earlier David had seen a water snake, but by the time we got in the water there was no sign of him - I think we must have scared him away!!

      Sally headed for home with Shirley and Geoff and David and I had another paddle to the other end of the lake around sunset – with all the fresh air and exercise you can imagine how well we slept that night!!
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    • Day 14

      Day 14 - Cottage

      August 14, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Today we had another lazy day at the cottage with another paddle on the lake and a swim.

      The mosquitoes were out to dinner and their favourite restaurant was me! After lunch I had a nap in the cottage to have a break from the sun and a break from being the local food court!

      David stayed out on the dock and had a near-death experience involving a plastic deck chair, two towels and a bikini top! A sudden gust of wind blew said items into the lake and not wanting to lose someone else’s property David jumped into the lake to save them but very soon discovered that you can’t swim if your hands are full. I woke up to the gurgling sounds of David spluttering as his whole life flashed before him. With my sympathetic help (?) and an oar, all the items were safely rescued and after a nice hot shower David was none the worse for wear.

      After so much excitement, we headed back to Carleton Place. In the evening we dropped Sally off to her Dragon Boat practice and headed out for dinner. We had a lovely meal at the Grand Hotel. We sat on the patio and I tried my first Caesar – the Canadian equivalent of a Bloody Mary, but made with Clamato Juice. Not sure which version I enjoy most as they are both yummy!

      Sally and Tom got home a little after us and we spent the rest of the evening chatting in the basement.
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