Saturday, May 13th is the Big Day. Well, at least for my 3 sisters, 2 nieces and I. We’ve been planning for it for a while now and collecting donations for the cause. We are all very excited to do this for Alzheimer’s research and more personally, we are also doing it for Mom.
We left the Suite just after 8 this morning and the sky was absolutely perfect for a walk along the beach. Donna met us at Concession 12 and Hwy 6 where I hopped in her car and Bill went on to Welbec’s. We picked Gayle up and met Wendy and Morgan and Joanne and Brandon at Kelso’s Beach.
Today’s walk took us approximately 2.5 miles along the Pottawatomi River which empties into Georgian Bay at the Owen Sound Harbour. It was a wonderful turnout with many different walking teams. After getting registered, any participant who had personally raised $100 in donations received a t-shirt, representative of the day.
|Gathering at the Pavillion|
There were tables set up with crackers, cookies, tidbits and fruit along with coffee, water and juice. We were being well looked after.
|Here comes our Sunflower team!|
We headed out at 10 after getting free group or individual pictures taken. These were available for pick up at the end of the morning.
|Morgan, our designer and my sister Wendy|
|My sister, Donna and her daughter, Joanne|
|My sister Gayle|
It was a nice sauntering walk along the water and as far as the 10th Street bridge, where we turned around to return to the pavilion. The Grey and Bruce County Beef Farmers had cooked up a mess of beef for sliders and it was a great way to end the walk.
|Walking past where Wendy works, the Heritage Waterfront Museum|
|Mid-way point of our walk|
With a few speakers, one being the director and one being the Mayor, we applauded the successes of the teams. Combined figures for the walk, in Hanover and ours in Owen Sound, was a total of $60,000 raised for Alzheimer’s. Yay! We hugged and said goodbye around 12 noon and headed for home.
|One job done, shelter is covered for the summer|
Donna and I drove to the Acreage on Concession 6 to meet up with Bill and Gerry. The black flies were already making a feast of my husband so I lathered him up with some Deep Woods Off lotion. We hung around long enough for Bill to finish his beer and then came home.
|Our portable solar panel to catch the earliest morning rays|
The clouds had moved in so the air turned noticeably cooler. With the winds pretty calm, we decided to pull the canopy over our cargo trailer/car shelter. It is crazy what the fresh air does to me. Bill can usually sleep any afternoon but I truly felt knackered. While he slept in the recliner with Clemson and the radio playing, I found solace in the bunky where I only shut my eyes for a moment on the futon.
|So happy to see these finches visit my feeder|
Thirty minutes later I woke up, not quite fully refreshed but more surprised than anything. We had made plans to go to Riverside Fish and Chips in Durham for supper with Donna and Gerry so around 5 headed out. It has new ownership and we almost hate when that happens to a good thing.
|Vulture looking for dinner|
The staff was very friendly, food was quick and still pretty good. Bill and I had the 2 pc. haddock with fries and shared it. It was more than enough. By the time we got home we’d gone through sun, clouds, cool and hot temperature changes. It is still 16C as I sit here at 6:30.
|He must know I'm taking pictures of him|
I’m too tired to wait for the sun to go down in order to close this post, so will say that I am very happy not to have had to cook tonight, and bid you goodnight.
|Our little logo designer|
|Cute little one, she got to ride during the walk|
She found all fours much quicker anyway!
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