• Maureen O’Shea at Torrey Pines

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Nobody ever said that packing up the cottage for the last time would be easy.

There is so much to do and so little time to do it! Well there might be more time if we were not so busy doing other things – like golfing, shopping and, occasionally, stopping to eat! There have also been times when people have stopped by to have a coffee with us and a visit, which is great, but now, with our Sunday departure looming large, it’s crunch time!

Grosfillex chairs

Grosfillex chairs outside the cottage

We have made a valiant attempt to make sure everything is clean. There were cushions for the game table’s chairs and cushions for the Grosfillex chairs on the patio. These were washed with care and hung to dry on the clothesline (washed by hand no less)! The windows were washed inside and out and the top panes were washed by the two gals that were hired. These two gals also vacuumed the furniture in the living room and the porch. The BBQ had to be cleaned, as well as all the outside furniture.

Perhaps it would have been easier if the cottage had not been for sale all-in or as advertised, fully-furnished. If that had been the case, we would have HAD to take everything out of the house and the shed.  Now the hard part is deciding what to take for her home in Sun City, Arizona – what to leave here and what we should take to the charity bins. We have to decide which quilts to take or leave. There are paintings in a variety of sizes, from the very large to a number of 8×5’s.

Leaving Memorabilia Behind

The kayaks at the cottage

The kayaks along the fence at Ruth’s cottage

Leaving memorabilia behind is the hardest part for Ruth. She has had so many years of fun here and even leaving the hammock and two (almost brand new) kayaks will be very hard for her. Ruth’s brother Mike has been – and will be – the recipient of many things left behind. On Saturday, he’ll be here to pick up some treasure from the shed.

I have played the role of the mini-hawk, stopping Ruth from taking things that are too heavy or can be replaced at a consignment store in Sun City. But there have been some exceptions.Ruth had two beautiful hexagon wooden planters made locally by Ted Graper and she was bound and determined that they were going to be packed in the car. The only way the planters would fit was by putting it on the floor in the backseat on their sides, facing the front seats.

I managed to pack the car, and it’s packed to the rim with books, games, cards, tools, extension cords as well as many other collectibles. We have a waffle iron, an electric can opener, a coffee grinder and a tea pot ready for the trunk. Oh yes, Ruth has a tricycle-type golf cart that is wrapped in one of the duvets at the back of the trunk.

On Friday, we made the trip to the Salvation Army bin at Wiarton and on Saturday we will wash the bedding and towels, pack our suitcases and be ready to roll on Sunday. Oh, yes we have a farewell party for us to go to at Ted and Maureen Grapers’ home on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday Morning

Mornings here are absolutely wonderful. It is so quiet and there are actually a few robins and chipmunks in the yard to keep me company. This morning I was awake at 6:00 a.m. and I hit the shower while the coffee was brewing. Coffee on the patio was so peaceful. You can hear the waves from Lake Huron slapping against the shore from where I was sitting, and this morning it was just a slight rustle.

Mike came by with The Globe and Mail so we were able to catch up on the world news. I don’t subscribe to a paper at home but I go online to read, like the Calgary Herald and the Regina Leader Post.

Maureen O'Shea in front of Sauble Beach Public Library

Me in front of my main Wi-Fi hotspot, the Sauble Beach Public Library

I just finished washing the BBQ cover and Ruth has now finished the last of the laundry at the laundromat. We also have washed our clothes by hand and they are drying on the clothesline! You might think that’s something normal for an 80-year-old woman to be doing, but truthfully, the last time I did something like that was when I was a girl, helping my mother with the laundry

Mike is now cooking the bacon on the BBQ and the eggs will soon be in the pan and I’m slipping out to the Sauble Beach branch of the Bruce County Public Library to use their Wi-Fi connection to get this posted. The picture was taken by a man named Rory, and I took a picture of him and his son Michael and have posted it to thank them for their kindness in helping me out.

Sadly, this will probably be my last post from Sauble Beach, Ontario. It has been a wonderful time, I’ve met some great people and played golf at some excellent golf courses, done some great shopping, eaten some great meals, and had a lot of fun exploring cottage country with my friend Ruth. Thanks to everyone for making our visit so welcoming and memorable.

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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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