Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Welcome to Canada

We made it here at a leisurely pace, stopping off at Rondeau Provincial Park for a picnic lunch, then on into town and our hotel. We had a small dinner at the hotel bar (proving that bar food is great if you’re drunk — but we weren’t) and now we’re settling down for the night.

Southwest Ontario is a beautiful part of the country. The fields are ripe with crops, the small towns neat and tidy, the architecture of the late 19th and early 20th century in Ridgetown is preserved with taste and charm, and even the years-long project to widen Highway 401 between Windsor and Chatham has been completed, making the welcome to Canada less nerve-wracking.

Tomorrow we have a “table talk” session on Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, followed by a performance of the play, and then dinner at Rundle’s, my dad’s favorite restaurant.

Meanwhile, here’s a little reminder of Canadian pride.