Beware the End of March (Break), Part 1

March Break was a whirlwind this year. Only one day, plunked smack down in the middle, was spent at home.

On Monday, we headed to the Metro Zoo. Even after leaving the Durham region, we kept up our membership because it pays for itself after only two visits. It’s open 364 days a year, so we make trips in every season. Getting there right when it opens is the best because just as we’re leaving, the incredibly long line must feel like this:

The afternoon was spent celebrating Marshall’s birthday (belated) with our Durham family. We also went to Costco and purchased an obscenely large container of mixed nuts and a giant block of cheese. Mmm, health food! Vinda left for his skiing adventures with his dad.

Tuesday was a Toronto Adventure day. We started our day at…


I had never been there before (or so I thought…more on that later…), and Teeny Man *loves* all things animalia, so we were thrilled to see:


6 day-old twin Cotswold lambs


Posing by the quiet goats is easier. Mama Cotswold bleated so loudly when we entered the barn that he did not want his picture taken by the lambs.



This little gem is tucked into a very lovely neighbourhood in Cabbagetown, and it’s FREE! We didn’t even get to see everything it has to offer, as much of it was closed off due to icy pathways. When I told my mom about our trip, she informed me that that wasn’t my first visit to the farm. In fact, I was about 2 or 3 when I went there with her, she told me. It was the first time I saw a black person, apparently. (I am from a very white town, which, over 30 years ago, was even whiter, so please excuse what I said as an “out of the mouths of babes from very white towns” moment.) Fortunately for my mom, the man was out of earshot when I noticed him and exclaimed incredulously, “Mommy! That man is made of chocolate!” Oh, my.

Our next adventure was walking to The Second City to see a children’s production: Big Bad Wolf Vs Lord Underwearface Von Schtinker. It was a hilarious production that included some improv with the audience, and given the average age was about 8, you can imagine that those bits involved boogers and nose-picking.

What we weren’t expecting, however, was the Adventure En Route from A to B. Our google pedestrian map had us cut through a park where we discovered this:


Allen Gardens Conservatory-a wonderful respite during a cold and blustery walk

I had no idea this place even existed! Everywhere we turned, there was another room full of plants, cacti, trees, even some little turtles.




PS Happy St Patrick’s Day!

I almost forgot that it was not quite spring, and still very cold outside. It was lovely to smell hyacinth in full bloom!

More fun and adventures to come! Stay tuned…





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