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Sauble Dunes

Sauble Dunes Bar & Grill – photo courtesy Sauble Dunes

We went to Sauble Dunes Bar & Grill around 10:30 a.m. (to have a coffee and get Internet access) and realized they had their Sunday buffet happening!  We got seats facing the tv so we could watch the golf and we had a really great Sunday brunch!  The lasagna was impressive and eggs, ham, three-bean-salad, croissants, coffee and fresh fruit pretty well made our day.  Oh, and yes, we did have dessert!  I had chocolate cake and Ruth had banana bread – and cinnamon bread! Delicious!

We were standing up to leave when Canadian and Saskatchewan PGA Tour player Graham DeLaet was making a shot so we stopped to watch. On Saturday, he was already in good position to win the Travelers Championship at the TCP River Highlands in Cromwell, CT and were hoping that he’d be taking home the Sunday win. So, as we stopped to watch, there were two young men sitting at the bar watching, too. One of those fellows asked if we had bought our glasses at the same time (they are very similar) and Ruth said that we didn’t even know each other when we purchased our glasses!  He said they were very sharp and mottled! And so the conversation began!

I asked him where he was from and he said just north of Sauble Beach, at Pike Bay.  I told him I was from Saskatchewan and a Saskatchewan Roughrider fan and to which he replied, “You fans are something else!”  I said that’s true, Rider fans are nothing short of rabid.”

We shook hands and he told me his name was Josh and he said he would call me “Mo” (which is my nickname anyways). Then I introduced him to Ruth, and he introduced us to his friend, Ian, who was busy eating chicken wings the size of drumsticks! Soon we were all talking. It seemed to me that Josh has Frank Sinatra-blue eyes – just like Old Blue Eyes himself – and I told him so!  He said he was going to call himself Josh Frank from now on!  I said that Ian had sexy brown eyes and our waitress said I hit the nail on the head – I was so right about their eyes!  Josh said it is so much fun to strike up a conversation with strangers and we couldn’t agree more!  Both guys put my blog on their iPhones and said I had two more followings for sure!

As you probably know, DeLaet didn’t win the championship – it was American Bubba Watson who won in a playoff against Englishman Paul Casey for the win. It was very exciting golf, and for a while it looked like any of the leaders, including Brian Harman, might take the Sunday lead. Anyways, well played, Graham DeLaet, who took home 4th place.

Maureen and Ruth

The Bobsy Twins!

We are back home at the cottage, and have put the heat on.  Sunday was a bit chilly.  Hopefully, it will warm up for tomorrow as we are headed to Cobble Beach for our practice round of golf before the Tournament on Canada Day. Whoohoo! I just know it’s going to be great!

And, BTW, here’s a picture of our “Bobsy Twin” tops that we bought while shopping in Southampton! They’re funky, and oh so nice!

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What a beautiful day to wake up in Sauble Beach, near Owen Sound in Ontario.

I woke up with the sun shining through the tall maple tree outside my window.  I stepped onto the patio to check the temperature and it was shorts weather! When I am comfortable in shorts I know it is already +10C or more…I just knew it would be a great day for golf!

Tree on golf course

Large weeping willow on the Saugeen Golf course

We drove down Highway 13 and Highway 3 to the Saugeen Golf Club – we’d made a reservation to play the nine holes of the Legacy and then nine holes of the Sunset.  They had us down as a twosome – no one had opted to play with us – and for any of you who’ve played on a sunny summer Friday, you’ll know that being a twosome behind foursomes isn’t a heck of a lot of fun. Ruth and I spent a lot of time waiting, we tried to keep each other amused (although, let’s face it, that too gets old!) Finally, on the sixth hole on the back nine the foursome in front of us let us play through. Ruth played her better game on Legacy and I played better on Sunset, so we each had our day! We loved this Stanley Thompson-designed golf course and are very sad to say we most likely will not play it again this year, as our real road trip will begin, in earnest, in just under a week, from Sauble Beach, Ontario to Calgary, Alberta. After our round of golf, we were on to Southampton and back to the shops where I had put a pair of Simon Chang pants on hold – and both of us found a few items we had not seen before! Both L and Co. and Sisters on Huron were happy to slide our cards – and we were happy with our purchases!  Ruth and I bought identical funky tops: bright colours of the rainbow with black inserts on the side.  These are long and look great with a skirt or leggings.  Ruth bought a navy and white classy top as well and I bought a black and white sundress and leggings. The lady at L and Co. was sad to see us leave as we had such a fun time in her store.

At Sisters on Huron, they have a room at the back that is filled with samples.  Now many of you know that samples are what the manufactures make up (mostly in size SMALL) to show prospective shop owners.  Then the owners order what they have seen in the sizes they figure will sell best in their stores.  This entire room is filled with marked-down prices and then everything in this room is on sale at 30% off the lowest price.  There were a lot of extraordinary pieces, such as reversible jackets regularly priced at $300 for around $100.  The sizes may show “S” but they could really be medium or large as these are only samples.  You could spend am hour just in their back room!

We had a light dinner and we’re off to watch some sports at Sauble Dunes, the sports bar.  With the time change from Eastern to Mountain we found that the CFL game was not on here until 9:00 pm.  We decided it would be too late for us to stay for the whole game, so we came home.

One last thing I nearly forgot to mention. Before we left the cottage – which is still for sale, by the way – we made a phone call to Cobble Beach to find out all about their Canada Day Golf Tournament, like I mentioned to you in my last post. They had room for both of us, and made us an offer of a practice round on Monday and the tournament on Wednesday for the price of $175 each. We’re thrilled to be golfing at Cobble Beach and we’ll be golfing with another woman, a club member, for the tournament! They’re also having a Canada Day Party starting at 7:00 pm and we’ll be there – maybe in our matching tops – who knows?! In any event, it’s so exciting and I can’t wait to try out that course!

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Southampton Beach.

The beach at Southampton

On Monday, two of Ruth’s friends from her nursing-school days in Guelph, Ontario arrived for a two-day visit. Marg and Barb arrived around noon and they were a lot of fun. We spent most of the afternoon outside until the rain came. And when it came, it poured for a couple of hours – and hardhard enough to knock some leaves off the trees. We probably got half-an-inch, all tolled.

We had a nice dinner together, then spent the evening playing Scrabble, a game I love to play both with friends around the table, as well as playing online, against two of my friends as well as my daughter, Lisa. Barb brought her game as she is known to do whenever she travels, and why not, Scrabble is always a lot of fun and puts your grey matter to good use!

Downtown Southampton

Downtown Southampton, with great shops for ladies wear!

On Tuesday, I had an appointment to see Brenda at Sauble Hairwaves and, in no time at all, she had my hair just the way I like it! We had an interesting day, although it was exceptionally windy and cold, cold, cold. We were off to Southampton, about a half-hour drive from Sauble Beach, heading south. There, the four of us checked out three stores on one side of the street. Each of these stores offered a great selection of clothing, with designer brands like famous designer Joseph Ribkoff as well as Lissette L, both from Montreal. One store was called L & Co., the second was called Sisters on Huron– owned by 7 sisters, and a brand new store called Cottage Chic, which had men’s clothing and furniture in addition to the ladies wear – and seems to be the talk of the town! Southampton is a diamond in the rough when it comes to great fashion at reasonable prices!

Like Sauble Beach, Southampton is on Lake Huron, and on the mouth of the Saugeen River (just a stone’s throw from the Saugeen Golf Course I told you about yesterday!) We managed to keep our cameras still enough to take some pictures of the beach – but swimming was definitely out of the question!

Group photo at the restaurant

Maureen, Ruth, Barb and Marg at Lord Elgin’s Fish and Chips

We drove along the Great Lake from Southampton further south to Port Elgin, headed for the famous (at least to the locals) Lord Elgin’s Fish and Chips. True to the advertising, they had all-you-can-eat haddock, but we opted for the halibut instead, and all of us enjoyed our meal. Then, we stopped at the Farmer’s Market where I bought 5 pounds of fresh asparagus for $5.00! We came home and had a fantastic dinner of pork tenderloin with fresh vegetables and for dessert, I whipped together another rhubarb strawberry crumble. It turned out really well, so I’m going to share the recipe with you, below.

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble with frozen yoghurt on top

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble
1/2 cup melted butter         3 cups cubed rhubarb
1 1/2 cups rolled oats          1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup flour                         1 1/2 tbsp. flour
2/3 cup brown sugar           2 cups sliced strawberries
Combine butter, rolled oats, 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar. Put 2/3 of this mixture in an 8″x 8″ cake pan.  Cover with rhubarb and strawberries. Combine granulated sugar with 1 1/2 tbsp flour then sprinkle over top.  Spread remaining oat mixture on top of everything.  Bake 45 minutes at 350 F.  Serve with frozen vanilla yogurt or ice cream.

Marg and Barb left for home at the same time Ruth and I headed to Pinewoods Golf Club to join the ladies group for nine holes. I had a partner on the cart and, our group was a threesome. This time, I played with Deryn Preston and Carol Bohnert and we had a lot of fun. Deryn spends half the year in England and the other 6 months here at Sauble Beach. What a lady! She hit the ball pretty darn good and has a lot of class! After golf, she insisted I had given her so many tips, she was buying me a drink! She ordered a Coors Light for herself and a Palm Bay Lime and Cherry for me. My game was one stroke better than last week and I was low gross again! More bragging rights!

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