8.10.2006

report, part two

We headed out to Buffalo very early today, after reports of massive delays at the border and at airports, because of today's "terror alert". I'm happy to say it was smooth sailing all the way - no traffic, no delays - another successful airport run.

It was also a very successful visit with our niece E. Great talks, lots of laughs, beautiful weather, and even our neighbour's swimming pool - what more could we ask for?

While chatting about Toronto, I told Eva about our theatre subscription, and the Distillery District where we see the plays. She's an artist, and very interested in crafts of all kinds, and really wanted to go there. So, ironically, we went to the one cultural place in Toronto where we've been more than any other, rather than finding someplace new to us. But even though Allan and I have been to the Distillery District many times, we haven't explored the galleries and studios very well at all. So we had lunch at the yummy Brick Street Bakery, strolled around looking at ceramic making, furniture making, weaving, painting and sculpture, then topped it off with Soma, the incredible chocolate and gelato makers. Eva has a very strong interest in organic food and creative cooking, so that was also a great hit.

From there, we drove up to the flagship LCBO store, always fun, although not quite the scene it was last year before the holidays. We drove around Toronto a little, to see a few landmarks and neighbourhoods from the car, then back down to the St. Lawrence Market, to buy cheese, bread, and fruit for our picnic.

We all have fun memories of picnics in Central Park, combined with Shakespeare In The Park or a free concert from the New York Philharmonic. ("I think I've had too many grapes.") Between that and the perfect weather, we decided not to go out to dinner, but to picnic in our backyard.

Then: photos of India, photos of Peru, more baseball (I fear the Red Sox may never win another game), and this morning, a lakeside walk with Cody. I had such a good time this week.

Tomorrow, it's back to real life - work, and time to start my next round of writing assignments.

4 comments:

James said...

We all have fun memories of picnics in Central Park, combined with Shakespeare In The Park or a free concert from the New York Philharmonic.

I don't know if you're aware of it, but there's a traditional midsummer production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in High Park every year, put on by CanStage.

The production works the play right into the forest surrounding the natural amphatheatre.

Granny said...

I hadn't been keeping up with the Sox but my Giants have managed to go from 1st place (just for a day but still...) to last in just about 3 weeks.

Now that takes real talent.

L-girl said...

I don't know if you're aware of it, but there's a traditional midsummer production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in High Park every year, put on by CanStage.

The production works the play right into the forest surrounding the natural amphatheatre.


That sounds fantastic. I remember hearing there was Shakespeare performed in that park, but I didn't realize it was by CanStage or that it was Midsummer Night's.

I have to look into CanStage anyway. Soulpepper was fun this year, but we're not renewing, and I'd try something else.

L-girl said...

I hadn't been keeping up with the Sox but my Giants have managed to go from 1st place (just for a day but still...) to last in just about 3 weeks.

Ugh. A collapse. Or maybe a crumble. "Wait til next year..."

The Red Sox had been in first all season, then they hit a prolonged slump - including a hideous run against the two worst teams in baseball. It was awful - and of course, it happened just when the Yankees got hot.

Before yesterday's game the Sox were 3 games out, and a 5-game series agianst the Yankees looms. However... they won last night, and looked very strong, and the Yankees lost, and we are feeling good again. :)