As part of our Trains, Boats & Automobile Summer Manifesto, this past weekend we did the boats part.
Along with some friends we took a lunch time cruise on the Grand River. It was not what I expected. The actual boat was smaller than I had envisioned, but that was OK, it meant that there wasn't a large group of people on board.
Prior to departure there was a welcoming reception of tea/coffee & muffin & a 30 minute performance from The Blazing Fiddles. When does a violin become a fiddle? They were quite a lively group.
There are 3 boats; The Queen, The Princess & The Belle. This Saturday, The Belle was for a private party celebrating a family event; The Princess was for a teacher's year end celebration & our boat, The Queen was made up of individuals or smaller groups like us.
The deck around the boat was very narrow. The speed was quite slow. Being that it was covered we were able to enjoy the breeze without getting wet.
There was very little scenery to be had. A rather overcast, with some light rain day.
The part of the river that we were on, ran mostly through the Six Nations Reserve. Six Nations of the Grand River
The lunch meal was quite good & they were able to accommodate my vegetarian needs. Mr Man had the roast beef lunch & he said it was quite tender & tasty. Our friends both had the chicken lunch. Freshly made that morning, bread to start with, which we bought a loaf to take home with us, & homemade apple pie for dessert. The captain of our boat, The Queen, kept up a running commentary through the 3 hour cruise; he thought himself the comic - he was not. I was able to get an item done from the SPSH list, an unexpected reflection.
I had mentioned that last Thursday was our anniversary, we bought ourselves three hanging patio lanterns, these run on batteries which means when we go through the often village power outages, we'll have another source of light for inside. One hanger stand has two of the lanterns with 1 hanging plant & the other hanger has 2 plants & 1 lantern.
I made two cards this week; the cat birthday card is for a friend who is also a cat lover. The other is the card I made for Mr Man for our anniversary (it's on the right). He's also a cat lover. He bought me the most beautiful worded card.
Not sure how much our provincial elections made the world news, but we went to the polls on Thursday to elect the Premier of Ontario. The majority of the polls closed at 9pm (two stayed open until 9:30p because of electronic difficulties) but by 9:20pm Doug Ford of the PC party (Progressive Conservatives) was declared the winner with a majority win. That is the fastest I have ever seen a winner announced. The party currently in power, The Liberals, lead by Kathleen Wynne did not gain enough votes to retain official party status!
And my final update is regarding my sister, who has been in hospital since breaking her leg (femur) in April. At the fracture clinic they took an x-ray of the mended leg & hip, all is healing well but still another 6 weeks before she can put weight on it, so it was decided that she could rest at home & then return to hospital once the all clear is given, when she will begin physio & learning to walk again. It has been an incredibly long road for her. The surgeon said this repair has been in the making since the original accident many years ago. The drunk driver that hit her was never caught in spite of several witnesses.
Hope everyone has a delightful week.