A lovely family stay

Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
Trip End Jul 13, 2012

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Grandma Barbara's

Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

23rd Aug cont.

We successfully arrived in Welland around 3pm and rang Barbara to confirm it was ok to come round. Her husband John, said 5pm would be the best time, so we drove down to the local park for an afternoon read and snooze. At 5pm we turned up on Barbara & John's doorstep and were invited in with open arms. Within a few minutes we were being introduced to their family. as they seem to have an open house policy, which was really nice. One topic of conversation was that most of them had felt the ripples of the earthquake in Virginia. At 8pm dinner was ready and we tucked in to a nice family chicken dinner, listening to all the stories while more family members were popping in and out to say hi and borrow something from Granma & Granpa. After dinner, Barbara's youngest son Jeff drove us down to Port Colborne via the 'sinking building' (an optical illusion), but it was a little dark so we thought we would return tomorrow. On the way back, he took us to the ice hockey rink where he works to watch the try-outs that were on. Some of the pucks hit the surrounding glass quite hard making us jump and Cat letting out a squeal. It was really good to watch as they go quite fast around the rink and this was only a local team. When we got back we showered and then sat and chatted with Barbara until midnight. We then plugged in the van and went off to bed.

24th Aug.

We got up around 8.15am to use the facilities and then had a lie-in to 9am. Barbara had mentioned she would be popping out between 8 and 9 and had just got back. Unfortunately, she had just got back from the hospital as John had had a nasty turn in the night and had been taken in an ambulance around 5am. He's not a well man. Even after all that, she got busy making us some French toast for breakfast, which was delicious, especially with corn and maple syrup. After chatting for a while, we got moving around 11am, thanked Barbara and drove off to the 'sinking building'. We know it's an optical illusion but it really is a must see. Whilst we were there, we had a look round the mouth of the Welland canal which joins the lakes Erie & Ontario to the sea, after passing through the locks we saw a few days ago. Then we got back on the QEW and headed to Toronto and on the way, as we were passing St Catharine's, we saw Lee on a test drive and he gave us the thumbs up. Bet that made his day seeing the van doing well!
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