Week Forty Nine - Toronto

Trip Start Aug 26, 2003
Trip End Aug 24, 2004

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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Day 322 - Tuesday 27 July

We get up at 8 and, after breakfast, follow William's well grooved routine for shutting down the cottage. We pack up the boat and get the hounds aboard. The fishing boat is secured in the boathouse and we head for the mainland. We shuttle the supplies to the car and head off for Toronto. After a brief stop in Tim Hortons we mosey on down the highway. As we approach the outskirts of Toronto the rain starts. We arrive back in Caledon at 3.30. After dinner I have an early night.

Day 323 - Wednesday 28 July

Our tee-off time is booked for 1010 at The Devil's Pulpit. The course is owned by the guys who invented Trivial Pursuit and has been ranked in Canada's top ten golf courses. William's playing partner, Brian, makes up the three ball. The course is superb, along the lines of Furry Creek, BC. My golf is ropey enough but not too bad. I enjoy the course greatly. After a couple of beers in the Clubhouse we drive back to Caledon. The decision is made to return to the Pulpit for dinner. What a fine dinner it is too.

Day324 - Thursday 29 July

This mornings challenge is The Devil's Paintbrush, sister course to The Pulpit. It is a mere fifteen minutes drive from William's place. This course is much more a links style course and is preferred by William and Brian. Cousin Will makes up the four-ball. We tee off at 1010 again. I knew from the practice balls that I tried to hit on the driving range that this wasn't going to be pretty and so it proved. The Clubhouse where we enjoy a couple of beers is much less formal than the Pulpit. William introduces me to the chef who is from Newry. We drive back to W & M's and pick up my bags. I say goodbye to my Uncle and Aunty and drive into downtown Toronto. Will gives me the driving tour of the city then we pick up his partner, Lisa, from her job at a harbour cruise company. Back at Will's loft-style apartment, I am booked into the communal guest suite of the condominium complex. It is a smart place. I get showered and join Will and his mate, Ryan (or Fatty) and head into town. Lisa doesn't join us as she is heavily pregnant and tired. We start off at The Keg then leave the suits to it and get a taxi out to Maddison's. This is more like it. We meet up with some Aussie guys and their girlfriends and go on to The Beer Market which is closed. We find an adjacent bar which is open then head back to Will's for a final beer. A good night was had by all.

Day 325 - Friday 30 July

My second cousin, Rod Waugh, lives in The Beach area of Toronto and has invited me to join him for a few days. We haven't met up for ten years. Will gives me another tour Toronto and then drives me over to Rod's place. Rod is away on a two day golfing trip with some friends (playing a course called Taboo which is ranked as Canada's best new course) but his wife Judy is a home. Judy is an actress and can be seen in the movie 'Death To Smoochie' starring Robin Williams and directed by Danny Devito. Judy has to take their two lads, Garnett and Jamie to a kids' birthday party so she leaves me to rest in peace while she is out. The house is another beauty with a fine swimming pool out in the back yard. Judy and the kids return around seven and Rod gets home at 7.30.. We have dinner and then sit around the pool with their friend chatting over a few beers. An early night is welcome.

Day 326 - Saturday 31 July

I sit around the patio while Rod, Judy and the boys splash around in the pool. In the afternoon, while Jamie has his afternoon nap, Rod, Garnett and I walk into town for an ice cream and wander along the shore of the lake. We are home for dinner around six. Judy has barbequed salmon which is lovely. After dinner and another session in the pool with the lads, Rod and I head out for a drink. We call first to his golf club, the Toronto Hunt, which is an impressive place where Margaret
Thatcher once attended some summit or other. We sit on the lawn and have a beer before joining some friends of Rod's for a drink. Next we drive into town to Rod's favourite jazz club. We don't arrive until eleven and the place shuts at 11.45. We have a drink and catch the last set of the band. It is a pleasant music but not enough to convert me to jazz. We drive back home and have a brandy on the patio before retiring.

Day 327 - Sunday 1 August

This is the last month of my year's trip. Rod and family are heading up to their cottage up North. I pack up and say farewell. I take the tram across town to Will's loft. Once Lisa returns from a final morning's work and we drive out to Uncle William's. It is a fine sunny day and we sit out on the patio before dinner of steak and veggies. After dinner we adjourn to the home cinema and watch 'The Wrong Box', a funny film starring Peter Sellers amongst others. An early night.

Day 328 - Monday 2 August

We all take a drive in William's Jag to the country for ice cream. Afterwards, Will and Lisa drive me back into Toronto. We have dinner in a nice restaurant in Little Italy. Back at the loft, Will and I watch some golf then crash at eleven.
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