Victoria Day Weekend: May 19-25

Toronto friends Malcolm and Gerard invited us to their Thornbury home for the Victoria Day weekend. After a two hour drive through beautiful Ontario countryside we arrived at their home, The Pines, in a farming area on a rise several miles from Georgian Bay and the Bruce Penninsula.

[Malcolm] [The Pines] [Gerard]

Their home is a wonderful multi level design with a number of decks overlooking the pool and pines beyond with quiet places to relax or party. Their natural gardens were full of spring colors: lilacs, poppies, tulips and more.

[natural garden up the drive] [Front Door] [Rear of house]

The pool was uncovered, but only Malcolm braved the chilly waters, while Robin preferred to read on the brightly painted deck with a mock Mexican rug.

[Pool from deck] [Robin on deck] [Painted Mexican rug on deck floor.]

The living spaces inside were filled with marvelous paintings and items brought back from their many travels to the East, Mexico and throughout Canada. And no home is complete without the resident cats, Memphis and Cleo.

[Living Room] [Study] [Cats Memphis and Cleo]

[Horse collection] [Ferns and books] [Nautical theme]

Saturday we did some sight-seeing of area sites including a wonderful lunch at a gourmet restaurant in Flesherton. And on Victoria Day Monday we were invited to the farmhouse next door being rented by a Toronto family. The two brothers there were former students (but not mine) at York Mills Collegiate when I taught there in the late 60s. Early Tuesday morning we were on our way back to Toronto then by GO train and bus to St. Catharines.

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