07.03.2017 - 14.03.2017 -18 °C
Special days meant very little to me until I turned eighty and went to L'Institut de Français in Villefranche-sur-Mer where I knew they would make a fuss. I really have no idea why I wanted attention but I did and it was wonderful. So I repeated that experience with the same pleasant result for my eighty-fifth birthday and then did the same this year only went to my son's home in Toronto instead of France. What can I say? The day started with Doug and I going to his gym. We aren't really competitive with each other but there is a little bit of rivalry I think. And my daughter-in-law Linda outdid herself preparing a terrific feast and party for me. Five of my six Toronto grandchildren were there along with partners and two of my great-grandchildren. Two more couldn't make it. And Linda's Mom, sister and her husband completed the gathering. I'll never forget how wonderful it was.
Then we had a couple of days in Toronto during which Linda had one on one time with her Mom and Doug and I had the same. We had a pub lunch and as a highlight which we likely won't repeat visited the Royal Ontario Museum. To the best of my memory I last visited it seventy-five years ago. How time flies when you are having fun.
Next on the agenda was going to Doug and Linda's cottage in Muskoka where Linda's sister Diane joined us. We went skating.....well I had to hold on to Doug. Skating isn't the same as riding a bike so I felt like a novice but enjoyed it. And we all snow-shoed on Three Mile Lake. What a great time! Then, although I usually resist playing board games we got out the Scrabble Board.
And so a memorable and very happy birthday trip came to an end. What a lucky guy I am!
Heading for the gym.
Birthday celebration. Granddaughter Carolyn joined us on FaceTime from England. Her grandmother Margaret and I enjoyed that.
These pictures from Muskoka are self-explanatory and I added one of Doug and me from 1956 when he needed my help skating.