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Trains and Planes and Automobiles

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Were you ever part of a progressive dinner? You remember them – you went to the Jones for appetizers, the Smith’s for the main course, and then the Johnson’s for dessert. This year for our traditional Girls’ Week we set out on a grand progressive road trip! For me the pre-appetizer started with actually GETTING to Pennsylvania (since we seem to be in an endless renovation loop here in Waco), and spending a bit of time with my sister Joie. From there we headed on to our main appetizer –  Vermont!

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“We’re coming, Elna!”

We rested a day in Bradford with Elna, worshiping with her and getting in a quick Cabin-Fix,
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before we piled in the car to head for our main course – our Canadian Family in Cobourg, Ontario.
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That’s our step-mom (Jo-Jo) and her two daughters (Susan and Sally)on the left. (Elna is not taking the picture – sadly she  was back at the house suffering with a nasty cold.)

Apart from Elna’s cold, we had a perfectly lovely time! We stayed at our step-brother’s home (who was not able to make the ‘party’) which is less than a block from Lake Ontario.
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That’s the view from his front step!
And right at the end of the street….
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Our dear Jo-Jo was in the process of making a move from her sweet Cobourg home to an apartment in Toronto to be nearer to her kids, grands and greats, so it worked well that we weren’t underfoot at her house all the time. We were so delighted that her daughters, Susan and Sally, were able to come for two days and together we helped get some of her items ready for the move.
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Some of those lovely ironstone dishes may or may not have crossed the border back to the US with us.  Just sayin’.
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Of course it wasn’t all work. There was lots of laughter too, as we caught up with each other’s lives and shared memories of Dad. On our last afternoon there, after a quick storm cleared the air, Jo-Jo took us on a lovely drive through the countryside and eventually looping back  to the lake shore. This is such a beautiful area!
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It was a delight spending time with family we don’t get to see very often, and our time there passed quickly.
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(Our official GW19 photo – Elna was finally feeling better!)

Friday morning we sisters were back in the car, and heading back to the USA for our ‘dessert’ course – our final weekend in Bradford.  Although we slept at Elna’s house, most of our time was spent at the Cabin (of course!). There is nothing like the Cabin in the springtime!
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Ahhhhhhh……
Monday morning Joie and I were on our way back to Pennsylvania, and Tuesday I did the whole train-plane-automobile combo to get me back Waco. (Where I had my second dessert – being back home with my honey!)

This indeed was a Girls’ Week to remember!
So many miles (over 5000 total for me), but oh so many smiles (countless!).

If you’d like to see a few more pictures of our adventure you can check ’em out HERE (for the GW19 pix) or HERE (for the Cabin shots!)

Cobourg – Ontario’s “Feel Good” Town

When I mentioned on Facebook that I was in Cobourg, Ontario, a friend commented that they were thinking about visiting Cobourg and asked what it was like. Now I knew that WE were in Cobourg to visit family – my stepmom Jo and her son Charlie and his family. And a lovely, lovely visit we had!
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(Sorry, Charlie, you never made it into a picture!)
But little did I realize that lots of folks come to Cobourg because of “its appealing location along the lakeshore and abundant opportunities for feel-good fun and play.” Located about an hour east of Toronto, the Cobourg area was settled in 1798 by United Emipre Loylists (you know, the folks that weren’t too happy with how that Revolution played out), and was also enjoyed by wealthy Americans in the late 19th century and early 20th century who built their summer “cottages” there. (For many years there was ferry service between Cobourg and Rochester just across the lake. Today you get to take the long way around the lake.)
There is a lovely downtown –
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filled with parks and restaurants and shops. On Saturdays there is a Farmers’ Market that is outstanding!
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Cobourg's Farmers' Market
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And while there is a beautiful sandy beach right in the downtown area, we enjoyed stops at some of the less-traveled beaches –
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But while the downtown was lovely, and Lake Ontario stunning, we also enjoyed the beautiful countryside just outside of town.
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So, while we will always go there (with great delight) because of family, YOU might want to go there just because it’s a beautiful place to be! (Of course, you’re welcome to stop by and say Hi to Jo, too! She’d love to meet you!)