St Patrick’s Day, first day of spring, some warmer and sunny weather, and local hikes have been the order of the week.

Cathy has discovered her strong Irish lineage this year through 23 & Me, so we decided for St Patrick’s Day to try making a couple of traditional Irish dishes – a Guiness Irish stew and cabbage with bacon. It was actually quite good and made for a fun evening.

We did our first ever visit to Bluffers Park that sits at the base of the Scarborough Bluffs on the eastern side of Toronto. Great views back to downtown and the CN Tower, some nice trails and interesting to see the row of houseboats and also the folks wintering on their boats.

Our next hike was along the boardwalk in the Beaches area of Toronto. It was quite windy and some hardy winter surfers were enjoying the onshore waves.

We went with our daughter and our grandson to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. The spring shoots are just showing.

And our last hike of the week was the Humber East Park. Again great trails along Lake Ontario and views from the west back to downtown. Here we met Igor and his friends who were going for a swim in 1 degree water. I am sure vodka was involved. Limited outdoor dining has just been allowed in Toronto as a small first step in loosening our pandemic lockdown, and so Cathy and I capped our day with brunch at a local restaurant.

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