Today is officially the last day of summer so I thought I’d do a round-up of our summer adventures. We went hiking in Lockport and visited the historic Kennedy house on River Road. We went on many walks in the St. Boniface Forest.
We had weekly golf dates together, often inviting another couple to join us. We golfed with Grace and Gerald, Brian and Merle, Rod and Lynne, Mark and Morgan, Bruno and Caroline, Les and Shannon, and Reg and Ingrid.
We went quadding and crocus hunting in the Sandilands with our friends Bill and Marie.
I signed a publishing contract for my novel.
Dave’s ball team won a provincial title.
I attended a wonderful outdoor concert in the backyard of a lovely home on the river.
Dave met regularly with his beer club.
We went bird watching with our friends Fran and Marge. We went to an alternative Folk Festival on the farm of friends Ruth and Roger
We went hiking on Tunnel Island near Kenora with friends and family. We spent a few days at Gull Harbor Resort on Hecla Island with friends. We did tons of biking and discovered all kinds of interesting public art in the city. On a couple of our bike rides, friends came in from Steinbach to join us and were amazed at how many and varied bike paths Winnipeg offered. I visited my Dad several times a week. I went to check out one of my childhood homes and was surprised at what I discovered. I preached sermons in two different churches. We watched lots of beautiful sunsets while having a glass of wine on our rooftop patio in the evenings.
Besides that…………. we shared weekly outdoor meals with our son and his wife. I met with my book club and writers group regularly, usually by Zoom, but a couple of times out of doors. I wrote several short stories and daily blog posts.
Dave golfed with three different groups each week and played pickleball a couple of times a week. He went birding and on long bike trips with other serious bikers at least once a week.
We had many great meals with friends on restaurant patios or on our rooftop patio or in their backyards. We had a farewell family wiener roast for my brother and his partner who moved to Victoria. We visited friends with cottages at Hillside Beach, Louise Lake, Falcon Lake, and Jessica Lake. We both read lots of books and enjoyed Face Time conversations with our children and grandchildren in Saskatoon.
This summer was very different than most others. I could have filled this blog post with all the things we couldn’t do this summer, all the things we would have liked to do or had planned to do but the pandemic prevented us from doing. Instead, I decided to focus on the things we DID do. It was a pretty good summer!
A Different Kind of July
A Different Kind of Folk Festival
Crocus Hunting in the Sandilands