GARDEN: Eight women strip in Richard’s backyard !

You can’t believe it. Eight women came over to Richard’s home, to his back yard and began to strip. Richard was mesmerized. What an incredible surprise. Not one, not two, but eight women, and each one stripping, all in one place, all at the same time. Richard had his camera ready. Richard was ready! This was incredible. You have to see the photos.

The eight women stripped, stripped in Richard’s backyard that is. Like real pros! Snip, snip! Another vine stripped. You should have seen the dedication, the seriousness, the focus. There was no diverting these women from their appointed task. They were collecting the raw material to make wreaths,  cutting down the grapevines and stripping away their leaves, for wreaths they were about to make over at club member Barbara Rivett’s home. Snip, snip,… small branches cut away to get an ideal piece of vine for the start of a wreath.

Yup, these strippers were grapevine leaves strippers. Now, I want to know what you were thinking.

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In any case, on a mid-October Monday morning, with the rain doing a two-step dance of showering these vine strippers, one moment on, next, off, the eight garden club members came over to Richard’s back yard to harvest some grape vines for their wreath making workshop at Barbara Rivett’s home.

Vine stripping lacks the inherent excitement and fun of other kinds of stripping but it got done, in short order, in about an hour. Fermo, Richard’s rambunctious Scottish terrier, greeted and growled at everyone, assaulted shoes indiscriminately and just added to the fun of the whole endeavour.

Trish Stephens, Garden Club convenor, tried keeping everyone on task though her greater priority was simply to permit everyone the opportunity of socializing and integrating with everyone else. She succeeded. There was laughter, giggling, and lots of camaraderie as the ladies cut, and cut, and cut. Richard’s wife, Nadia, was pleased as punch that much of her work of cutting down the vines for the winter was being done as a group effort. Kudos to Trish !

The finished products were still a while away during the photos session but watch for the finished products hanging in club members’ homes in the very near future.

Once again, the Garden Club scores with another enjoyable event where there was a lot of enthusiasm, energy, fun and productivity for every participant.

Check out the photos of how serious an endeavour this was for all the Garden Club members involved. Bravo ladies !!!

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SAVING $$$: SHOPPING TIPS from the PRO’s

  1. Become a “flyer fiend” and use them!
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  2. Comparison shop to see where the deals are.
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  3. Know your prices to pay the lowest price.
  4. Stock up on non-perishables when the prices are good.
  5. Mark price on purchased products to avoid paying higher prices in future.
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  6. Shop with a list and stick to it.
  7. Avoid buying every bargain in sight…do you really need it?
  8. Try the “house brands;” sometimes they are as good as the name brands at a
    much lower price.
    (PC Plus, Select)
  9. Share membership at places like Costco; why pay for unnecessary memberships.
  10. Consider buying in bulk/larger sizes when advantageous; buy by the case, box, etc. but only ‘non-perishables.’
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  11. Avoid shopping when you are hungry.
  12. Reading weekly ads; doing price comparisons.
  13. Buying small portions of meats; having veggie only dinners more often.
  14. Freezing leftovers into meal sized portions for quicker meal preps later.
  15. Prepare weekly menus in consultation with the published specials of the week.
  16. Comparison shop and buy in bulk whenever a product you use regularly is on sale.
  17. Ask about senior’s discount if it applies to you.
  18. Certain stores,certain day discounts: Bulk Barn, WED, Shoppers Drug Mart, THURS.
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More money saving tips coming SOON.

These tips come from Shopping PRO’s:
Dolores F., Kathy W., Barbara T., Judy H., Patricia S., Barbara R., Maureen M., Nadia G., Jan M. and Joanne B.

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APPS: Inaugural meeting of the PROBUS BOOK CLUB

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The club: PROBUS PICKERING BOOK CLUB
The location: Viva Residences, Pickering
The Convenor: Mary Leigh
The Book: ROOM by Emma Donogue
The Date:  Oct. 17th
The Time:  2pm

The Verdict: Well written, lukewarm approval

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The Probus Book Club met for the first time ever on Friday, Oct. 17th to discuss their first book. Mary Leigh, the club’s convenor was superbly organized with a book return bag for transporting the books back to the local library, a laptop connected, Internet connected, so that club book kit reservations could be done immediately once the five members in attendance decided which book they would read next.

Two members, Sue Baron and Fran Sancroft, brought their personal copies. This has to be the epitome of dedication. Sue even read the book a second time to refresh her memory about the story.

Convenor Mary had a set of questions to kick off the discussion, which became quite lively when two of the members passed a less than favourable acceptance about the book. Nancy Cooper and Richard Szpin both felt the subject matter of this book made it into a disturbing read, not readily acceptable as good entertainment. However, the entire club agreed that the book was well written and the plot situation was very true to life, maybe even very current. The plot in short, is about a mother and her 5 year old son being held captive for many years in a single room. The group underlined how the story was not so fictional as there are cases from the USA and from EUROPE of these things happening in real life.

The discussion detoured into sociopathic behaviour and psycopath guilty of similar crimes. Commentary also included how the media reports the news today, sensationalizing and titillating its viewers to keep them possibly more entertained than informed.

Though the book was not an upbeat story, the group turned out to be a very lively one. Now, the next book has a plot which is more in tune with the personality of these very energetic and well opinionated members.

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Discussion became quite pedestrian at times as you can see !

Check out the club’s next read….soon !

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WEEK: OCT. 17 – 24 Events

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POSITIVE THINKING: A dog is a booster cable to your life…

IMG_0266Diamonds, a girl’s best friend? What nonsense! They obviously never owned a dog.

Do you have pets? The unconditional love of a dog is just so awesome. I have a Scottish Terrier called Fermo. It’s Italian for ‘stop’ and he does stop, but only when he’s napping on my couch in the office or at my feet while I am watching TV. He brings a smile to my face whenever I see he ‘spring’ across the back yard or on a walk when he may see a rabbit or a squirrel. He is a coiled spring bouncing into life and makes me laugh out loud when he does it. Fermo brings much pleasure to my life, and now I can’t imagine a life without him.

If you don’t have a dog, consider if your life would accommodate one. He can be a rescue, or a pure bred, a mongrel or a crème de la crème. They are all incredibly lovable. If you can’t have a dog in your life, buy a fluff toy dog. It will comfort you as you watch TV, nearly as much as Fermo comforts me.

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The joy of a dog is priceless. I am sure cat owners would say the same about their cat.

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BOOK CLUB: Isabel Allende talks about “Aging” in TED Talk

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Isabel Allende is a Chilean journalist and author born on August 2, 1942, in Lima, Peru. Her best-known works, which include the novels The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts, are written in the style of magic realism, which uses fantasy and myth to override time and place.

Several months after her uncle’s assassination and the overthrow of Chile’s coalition government in 1973, Allende left Chile and found refuge in Venezuela. Her first novel, The House of the Spirits (1985), which arose directly out of her exile, became a worldwide bestseller and critical success. Some of her works include Of Love and Shadows (1987), The Infinite Plan (1993), Daughter of Fortune (1999) and Zorro (2005). Allende’s work is written in the style of magic realism, which uses fantasy and myth to override time and place.

At the urging of her three grandchildren, Allende wrote her first book for young adults, City of the Beasts, which was published in 2002. Her next books for young readers, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (2003) and Forest of the Pygmies (2005), soon followed. Along with fiction, Allende also delved into her own life with several memoirs, including Paula (1995) and My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile (2003).

View and listen to her talk given at TED. The link below should take to the talk automatically:

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BILLIARDS: Convenor Don considers biweekly meetings

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Club meeting dates possibly to be rescheduled.

“Attendance at weekly meetings is erratic. We may have to change our schedule,” says club convenor, Don Voorhees.

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Dolores gets coached on the importance of smoothness in cue movements.

Don has found participation at weekly club meetings has been up and down, some weeks many attendees, others, fewer. He believes PROBUS PICKERING members lead very busy lives with involvement in many activities, events, trips and outings elsewhere also. He himself has found his schedule jammed with golf games, billiard club meetings, and consultancy work in his own professional life. He feels other people must have full calendars as well. Hence, Don is considering Billiard Club meetings be every other week, so it is easier for people to fit in a game every second week, rather than every week.

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Richard is trying to relax while very serious with his playing.

Even stalwarts like Doug Hines, normally a regular attendee, have been unable to come out every week. Therefore, Convenor Don will be conferring with participants to consider the possibility of revising the Billiard Club schedule.

Stay tuned and visit back to the Billiard Club page for updates regarding the club meetings.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone !

TURKEY

 

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NEWS FOR SENIORS: Time for Seniors to act … unitedly ! This is a political message

This is a political message

Larry Smith   –   Conservative Party of Canada
Province:   Quebec
Senatorial Designation:      Saurel
Appointed on the advice of:         Harper (C)

Larry Jeff Smith, a Conservative Senator from Quebec, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared “Social Security ” to a Milk Cow with over a million teats.

Here’s a response in a letter from Patty Johnstone in Ontario …. I think she is a little ticked off!  She also tells it like it is!

Oh sooo true!

“Hey Jeff, let’s get a few things straight!!

  1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FIFTY YEARS.
  2. I have been paying CPP & OHIP for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).
  3. My Canada Pension payments, and those of millions of other Canadians, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.
  4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and “your ilk” pulled the proverbial football away from millions of Canadian seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age, 67. NOW, you and your “shill commission” are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.
  5. I, and millions of other Canadians, have been paying into OHIP & CPP from Day One, and now “you morons” propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because “you idiots” mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from OHIP & CCP to pay the bills.
  6. I, and millions of other Canadians, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you “incompetent bastards” spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the Canadian taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.

To add insult to injury, you label usgreedy” for calling “bullshit” to your incompetence.

Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU:

  1. How much money have you earned from the Canadian taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?
  2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the Canadian taxpayers?
  3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
  4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co- conspirators called Parliament who are the “greedy” ones. It is you and your fellow nutcase thieves who have bankrupted the Canadian

Pension, OHIP and stolen the Canadian dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.

And for what? Votes and your job and retirement security at our expense, you lunk-headed leech.

That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted our benefits for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic, political careers. You know it, we know it, and now you know that we know it.

And you can take that to the bank, you arrogant son of a bitch. And NO, I didn’t stutter!

P.S. And stop calling CPP & OHIP “entitlements”.

WHAT AN INSULT!!

I have been paying in to the CPP system for years.

“It’s my money”- give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks.

EVERYONE!!!
If you are a senior, collect a CPP and OHIP benefits, heed the message and act accordingly. Any federal politician who argues for changes to the CPP, OAS and OHIP benefits for us seniors, is trying to exploit us. Re-read what Ms. Johnstone has written, then act on it when you hear a politician trying to alter our benefits. Voice your opinion, write your MP, email him or her. If us members of the “Grey bloc” do not act together, as a united front and with out votes, we are going to see our benefits, our money, slowly eroded away till each of us lives below the poverty line, on dog food ! Act! Get angry! Dont just sit there. We need you to join in into making our government, OUR government working for OUR benefit and in OUR interests. Enough of sending aid to countries who bite the hand that feeds them. Enough going to wars where reforms we have affected for sake of human rights and democratic equality, get altered the moment we leave. Stop OUR govt from wasting our money and then digging into the CPP, OAS, OHIP till to re-establish national solvency.

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ACTIVITIES & SOCIAL EVENTS: PICKERING LIBRARY does it again…another special event, THURS, Oct 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm

The PICKERING LIBARY does it again with another special event…and you’re invited !!

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COOKS: Royalty eats like this!

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817 Dundas St., W., Whitby 416-994-0996

Off the Cleaver, the newest and arguably best meat purveyor in the Durham region, opened in September near the heart of Whitby. It will soon become the butcher shop of choice to the “rich and famous” of the area: their meat products are unquestionably among the best in the entire region but at no small price. You pay but for what you get and you will receive outstanding quality, organically and Mennonite produced meats beyond the quality sold almost anywhere in the region.

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Craig and Todd Leslie dreamed up Off the Cleaver during their 20 years of working in the family meat businesses. Then the brothers dove into the deep end of the pool; they opened Off the Cleaver, a shop dedicated to the sale of superior quality meats.

Frowning on frozen products, the brother’s store sells locally or domestically produced meats, carved, cut, marinated and prepared in house by their very own professional chefs.

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Monarchs of meat
The store offers sausages made in house (brats, blancs, honey garlic, spicey Italian…all 100% meat); Mennonite produced chicken (organic in the real sense: no antibiotics, no hormones), some marinated and kebab prepared (variously spiced: Cajun, chipotle, curried, rosemary and orange-ginger)…it looks so good you could almost eat it from the display.

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Where’s the beef
Bison, deer, duck, elk, Cornish hens, in varied cuts, tenderloin, breast and strip, all displayed in a refrigerated wall display almost as long as the the entire store. The display counters at the front offer more: marinated meats, double smoked thick-cut bacon that will activate your taste buds just by seeing their display. The Angus strip loins, tenderloins, burgers promise dining like royalty with certainty. The King Kut though is the ‘Off the Cleaver’ marbled Frenched bone-in prime rib steak. A greater than 2 pound slab of prime rib that cries for high heat barbecuing, salt, pepper and a hearty appetite. The prime USDA dry aged certified Angus beef, the pride of the proprietors, is sourced locally from renowned producers, South 50 Farms.

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Natural change, not chemical

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Assitants Tanya and Emily about to select dry aged meat

The Leslies boast about their 28 day dry aging process, justifiably. Very few other meat purveyors use this time and cost consuming process but the brother’s dedication goes so far as to have a dry ager unit in the front where clientele can see how the dry aging meats change in appearance. The dark colours of the meat in the display confirm the transformation process where removing the water converts the meat into ‘melt in your mouth’ incredibility.

 

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Of course, the shop offers surprisingly more, much more: lamb in various ways, stuffed, shoulder and leg as well other prepared meats such as Cordon Bleu chicken and Beef Teriyaki. Then, it kicks it up a notch with imported Italian salamis, cured, black peppered, your charcuterie presentations will escalate to royal levels.

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Meat ain’t everything
In other refrigerated displays, Off the Cleaver presents cheeses: domestic and local, from producers across Canada, Prince Edward County, Prince Edward Island and back home in Ontario and imported from Holland, England and France; a cheese lover’s paradise, unreservedly. If they set up a taster table with crusty bread and wine, customers would never leave.

Monarchs dine on more than just meat and cheese and you can too: aged balsamic vinegars, olive oils and artisanal dried pastas. Off the Cleaver is far more than a grocery store; it is a specialty meat shop selling products which in earlier times would have been destined for serving on the dining tables of kings and queens. Today, your dining table can serve as royalty did.

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Prepared specialties
Master Chef Josh Heuvelmans is the master behind the specialty foods prepared in the Off the Cleaver kitchens: Beef Bourguignon, Duck Confit, savoury pies and lip-licking sauces.

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Ably assisted by Chef Eric, the two professionals create curry dishes, season soups, and superb sauces for ‘take away’ so your dinner preparations develop an even greater level of goodness. Dine like royalty and bask in inevitable compliments!

Chef Heuvelmans trained across Europe and in North America. He is no stranger to Michelin starred eateries and his prepared dishes prove it but let’s save his story for another time.

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Off the Cleaver as it is today, is just the beginning. The store already hosts in-store cooking sessions and personalizes ordering of seasonal favourites such as turkeys and hams. More is to come, a website, a Client Loyalty Club, and other in-store events and experiences which at the moment are in the creating stages.

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More than just superb products
The Leslie brothers’ philosophy as displayed on the wall is to ‘appreciate the customer.’ The customer is as important to Off the Cleaver as what they sell. Their experienced staff, the clerks, the brothers, the chefs, each is ready to assist you with cooking advice, preparation methods, presentation variations, and dinner content ideas. Just ask and receive timely, knowledgeable tips guaranteed to enhance your dining occasions.

Your home, your castle!
Off the Cleaver is a meatery beyond the average. Hence, prices are above average but you are buying products that are far above average in quality, the best that is available, superb quality. Your dinners will reach up to the stars, the Michelin stars and your guests will recognize your pride and dedication to fine dining served in your own royal castle.

OFF THE CLEAVER
817 Dundas St. W.,
Whitby, ON
416 994 0996

www.OffTheCleaver.ca

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VIVA: VIVA smacks another HOME RUN with “Friends Forever” writing contest

 The “Forever Friends” short story contest at VIVA Residences

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Jenn presents Diane’s friend Lynne with the winner’s award

VIVA Residences held a writing contest recently. I entered. I lost. Shucks. But rightfully so as I wrote about my second best friend, Fermo, the Scottish Terrier while everyone else wrote about people. And so, as disappointed as I am, I feel all the others should have won. Fermo may be a good friend, but he can never be as good a friend as a real person and Fermo and I are lucky that we have a person friend too, Nadia.

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(BK) Don, Colin, Richard, Betty, Murray, isabelle, Judy (hidden), Marguerite            (FRT) Dianne, Wendy, Maggie, Ann, Lynne

Once again, VIVA Residences must be congratulated on organizing another event held on October 1st which brought cheer, pleasure and enjoyment to the whole audience. Nine finalists read their “Friends Forever” contest submissions before three judges. The judges were challenged in picking a winner as every read piece tugged at the heart strings, twigged the emotions and even brought the hint of a tear among audience members.

WINNERS CLEAR

The smiling winners, Dianne and Lynne

The winner….Dianne and her best friend, Lynne. Dianne, a First Nations member, deserved to win as her piece included prose, poetry, cheering and lots of nostalgic anecdotes to which many could relate with their own friendship memories. But no one would dispute that all the other read pieces were winners also, even the one about Fermo was a great ‘runner up.’

Congratulations and thanks were due to event organizers, Maggie and Jenn, who may be Viva staff, but their hearts are involved in the job of supporting all the VIVA Residents in their endeavours and many activities. Bravo ladies and many thanks to you and to all your behind-the-scenes assistants.

SPKR DON SPKR DIANE SPKR MARGUERITE

SPKR BETTY SKR JACQUES SPKR WENDY

SPKR MURRAY SPKR WHO

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A knelt proposal might have won the prize but his best friend says, “He’s my winner!”

Some lively tunes from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s had the VIVA crowd toe tappin’ after the conclusion of the readings.

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The singing duo enlivened the whole crowd with their songs from the Fifties and Sixties.

VIVA Residences again surprises me in how lively and energetic it is in making their residents’ final chapter the really golden years !

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BOOK CLUB: Toronto Star MOVIE CRITIC speaks at AJAX Public Library Oct. 21

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Registration is a must for the event

Register at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or 905-683-4000 ext.8813

Ajax Library, Main Branch
Tuesday, October 21st, 7.00pm.

 Peter Howell , movie critic for the Toronto Star, will be leading a discussion about movies and his career as a movie critic.

He contributes to thestar.com website regularly and often discusses movies as a guest on local and national radio and TV shows. Prior to movies, Howell was the Star’s pop music critic and has been in the Star’s Entertainment department since 1991.

An ebook of Howell’s reviews of his favourite films, titled “Movies I Can’t Live Without,” has recently been published by the Toronto Star. Howell is also the author of the self-published pulp novel Hot Pine, a tale of mystery and lust set in the dark forests of Algonquin Park. He is an honours graduate of Carleton University’s School of Journalism, Ottawa.

 Register for the event. It will be an enjoyable evening if you are a movie fan !

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@ SHORT_GETAWAYS: OVERNIGHT Getaway to PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

SYNOPSIS:
- drive is approx 2 hrs
- many motels, B&B’s and hotels…my recomms below
- many fine eateries for great food
- galleries, museums, locally produced foods, cheese, charcuterie
- wineries everywhere !!!

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The Drive

From Toronto, 401 East, take Exit 522 south (Wooler Rd.) and drive south about 18 kms. to Hillier.

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Kemp and Amber Stewart have developed a picturesque winery offering some very nice reds, roses, and whites. The winery has a casual eating patio out back with great stone oven baked pizzas. Kemp, retired Canadian military and Dr. Amber, region coroner, are two super personable representatives of the very hospitable Pr. Ed. County citizenry.

Wellington
Less than 10 minutes further along, admire the shoreline residences, stunning homes in a breathtaking setting.

Staying in Wellington
Two accommodation choices dependent on budget consideration, both excellent, clean, with lots of parking and great views of the lake.
2014-09-28_10h43_06The Comfort Inn is clean, spacious with free WiFi and cabled TV.
Owner Cheryl and her husband are long time Wellington residents and can advise you on the current things to do and see. Talk with them for the latest events in the region.

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Budget breaker but well worth it…for accommodation, brunch and fine dining.
The Drake on the Lake…stop in and try it out, for a luncheon or a great dinner.

East & Main…outstanding dining
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Chef Scott Kapitan isn’t testament to his outstanding cooking skills. A short, very slim chef who explains he his thin stature as being essential for working in his cramped kitchen. No matter, his work is expansive and broad in taste and selection.

The extensive menu calls for an appetite inducing cocktail for the time to read and choose from the many offerings. Extensive choices, each likely a great taste success if what we ate is an indicator.

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From the scallops with maple smoked bacon strips

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to a superb salad with prosciutto and pickled beets

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to slowly braised lamb shanks with roasted veggies, to die for !

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to bacon wrapped pork tenderloin that activated tastebuds the moment it was set before us.

The sister restaurant located next door, Pomodoro, was closed for the season with re-opening scheduled for spring, 2015.

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Even Hillier Estates Winery padrone, Kemp Stewart, along with his wife, Dr. Amber and their visiting French exchange students dine with great gusto at East & Main. Note the wine on the table is from Hillier, understandably. Buon appetito folks!

In summary
There’s much more to Prince Edward Country than just eating and sleeping.

Do visit some of the wineries. Their product will have you rethinking your old views of Ontario wines. Gone are the days of the hybrid varietal Marechal Foch, a wine of questionable taste in my opinion, no matter how many I have tasted. Hillier Estates eschews its production also, thank goodness.

Prince Edward County: wonderful scenery everywhere, many very successful wineries, a number of craft beer producers and dining that ranks with the best anywhere in Ontario. The county, recognizing the important role of its visitors, caters to them with many seasonal events suitable to all interests.

It’s worth a drive to PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY.

 

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BILLIARDS: OCTOBER update from Convenor Don

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Our own PROBUS Hustler displays his great technique !

 Another fun day at Petrina’s last Friday. Our group is growing. Great to have Marlene and Joanne join in on our latest challenges. The ladies are outdoing the guys and I am the only one showing up with my own pool cue. Maybe I should leave it at home, I may have a chance.
 
Friday may be our meeting date for the future
It looks like Fridays are the most convenient time for everyone to get together.  Every other Friday may help us to plan ahead.
 
Let’s look at
Friday Oct. 10 at 11:AM
for the next meet. That is the Friday before the Thanksgiving weekend.  Let me know and I will keep in touch with all of you.
 
Regards,
Convenor Don
905-427-9653
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BILLIARDS: Hustler Hines racks up more wins !

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Again, the Billiard Club met at Petrina’s Taps and Billiards.

This time a new lady joined regulars Don Voorhees (convenor) and Doug Hines. Joanne Brown proved to be a confident student learning fundamental skills quickly. In no time, she was sinking long shots to the enthusiastic surprise of the guys.

Doug wins another game

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POKER POOL

Frank, manager and proprietor of Petrina’s, taught the club participants another new game involving the use of playing cards. Doug took to the game like a fish to water, and quickly trumped all of the participants. Richard, the Activities Coordinator, started and finished strong but couldn’t hold off Don and Doug’s pool skills in the middle games.

Hustler Doug

GAME PLAY WAS ENJOYED INTO THE MID-AFTERNOON

The group later switched to the larger format game of snooker on a much larger table. It must have been enjoyable because they all stayed until the middle of the afternoon. Quite a relaxing way to enjoy a lazy fall afternoon.

Next meeting date to be determined

The Billiard Club is still in the midst of finalizing regular game days as convenor Don, still does occasional work in his old profession. The work takes him away from retirement relaxation and it means he has to examine his calendar closely in order to find the next suitable game dates for all participants.

This will be a great way to pass the afternoon in the snows of winter !

Don and Doug plan strategy

Look Doug, you ain’t gonna win ‘em all !!

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