Newcastle 2018

16 Aug 2018 – Kensington Market

Tue: Phở Hưng, Vietnamese Restaurant for beef noodle soup. The large bowl was enough to fill us up for a whole day – was unable to finish it. Had to doggy-bag the summer-rolls, a case where the eyes are wider than the stomach!

Kensington Market, a bohemian multicultural neighbourhood attracting artists and tourists.

All kinds of trendy and interesting shops. Cocktail Emporium and could not resist this tiny MoscowMule copper mug – originally C$8, got it for $5 as there is a slight dent, even got the a straw C$5 to go with it. Now I can carry this with me, no more disposable straws and the perfect size for sampling any drinks, ie one sip 🙂

Courage My Love&Dancing Days, both clothing stores; another colourful wall mural.

All kinds of unknown fish to me and would have liked to try them all.

Would not have mind wearing any shoes from the Bata Shoe Museum if someone was pulling me around in this red chair or if I could ride the rainbow coloured zebra!

A contrast from the buzz and colours, Little Pebbles Cafe is a nice cozy place to quiet the eyes and mind ending this visit. Sakura cold coffee with a Sakura cookie hit the spot – the creamy dessert was just for my pix, did not feel like anything creamy.

En route to Newcastle (app 80-100k from Toronto depending which way you drive) on the DonValley Highway turning off for food-shopping and this must be the only place with an Indian Hakka Chinese Cuisine – wonder what that taste like?

Ho Ho BBQ 银湖烧腊 in Scarborough, good reviews and locations like these do make me feel that I am not that Chinese as I thought myself to be!

Amazing with all these places of worship on the same road, not even sure of what kind of religions? My favourite quote for places of worship is still –

It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport – Fridtjof Nansen

Would not like to drive on the Highway-401 with 12 lanes of traffic – the way to give my heart an attack…

More grocery shopping – wonder how the Chinese characters Good World Supermarket become Field Fresh Supermarket?  Am I lost in translation again??

Grocery shopping with May&Lock to be sure to have enough food to feed an army 🙂 Her BambooClams were delicious, especially after we learnt and spent an hour cleaning them!

Wed: beautiful sunrise walk by the lake which is so vast that it feels more like the sea.

Morning has broken like the first morning
Seagulls have spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world – Cat Stevens

Peaches galore in the backyard peach-tree and a beautiful Campsis radicans-creeping trumpet-vine.

Tonight’s dinner yummy Paella and fresh sweet corn from the farm.

Thu: beautiful serene morning with a fisherman and wild life@Wilmot Coastal Wetland, 5mins walk from where we stay.

Abundance of life with another sunrise.

Somehow cousins like Wilki in HI & Lock here like taking me to shop@Costco – we were not even hungry for their C$1.50 hot-dog. Wonder how many bottles of wine this glass holds?? PortDarlington with Newcastle in the far background, and no tkx to swimming here, too choppy even though it is a lake.

Decent CrabCakes@BobbyC’sDockside/PortDarlington. Not too hungry, had to doggy-bag.

Yun arr this afternoon. Haircut in Bowmanville C$23 and fan shopping@CanadianTire, where you can get everything under one roof except for food. May&Lock bought 2fans and I got 1tiny one, so imagine how hot it is here at present. Yummy LambRoast for dinner which was marinated a day ago.

Civilization is the lamb’s skin in which barbarism masquerades – Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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