A Day at the CNE With my Girls

….it’s been three years since the last visit to the Exhibition

We were all excited to be going back to the CNE. For the last two years the Canadian National Exhibition was closed due to COVID.

Having my granddaughter, who is now six, with us made the day extra special. We started the afternoon in the Kids’ Amusement area. Winnie played a fishing game which guarantees a prize for all. Even though she ‘won’ the smallest prize she was delighted. She was very independent and went on several rides and fun houses on her own but on the kids’ rollercoaster she was escorted by her aunt Andrea.

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There was one ride in the Kids section that Winnie really wanted me to go on with her. It was called the Raptor Run and it basically went around in circles but the cars went in circles as well and the platform tilted up and down. It was fun and I screamed like a little kid. Just when I thought it was over it changed directions and kept going.

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We decided to save a few more rides for later so we headed over to the Food Building and the Midway. Andrea had a corndog and the rest of us shared a large chicken and chips basket. Winnie wanted to go on some of the adult rides but for many of them she was too short but she was okay to go on the Tornado. Again she wanted me, her Oma to go on the ride with her. I convinced Andrea to join us but Winnie’s Mom refused. I’m glad Andrea joined us because the cars were high off the ground and I needed a hand to get into my seat. This ride was similar to the Raptor Run but it flew through the air. What I won’t do for my granddaughter!!!!

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Of course I can’t go to the CNE without playing some midway games. One of the big differences this year wasn’t the type of game that was offered (they were pretty much the same as other years) it was the price. Many of the games were $10.00 a pop. We were very selective as to which games we played.

A must every time we go is the Birthday Game. We found one that was only $2.00 to play. Andrea, Winnie and I all played the first game and guess who won?. Winnie of course. She was delighted. Then we went to Whack-a-Mole. We love this game but the competition was very intimidating. One of the guys offered us his spot but I thanked him and declined because I knew I couldn’t win against these young guys. Turns out the this same fellow won and he turned to Winnie and asked her what she wanted. She was shocked and we were surprised. She chose a blue Sloth and we thanked him profusely. What a nice guy.

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I always like the water pistol game where you aim at a target and the first toy to reach the top wins. This time Andrea and I were the only players, so again Winnie won another prize, a sparkly blue dragon. What a day.

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Friendly Friday – Summer Traditions

,,,thanks to  Sandy for hosting this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Summer traditions may be on hold this year as we’re still not allowed to go to the cottage. Hopefully we’ll hear in the next few days when Christian Island opens up to lessee holders. When it does there will be quite a few restrictions, like no friends and only immediate family will be allowed on the ferry.

Having said that we’re still able to barbeque in the backyard and go for walks through the parks. Some of these photos are from years past.

Community Corn Roasts (cancelled this year)

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Driving Through the Country
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Ice-Cream with Winnie

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Swimming at the Lake
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Summer Fun Runs (cancelled this year)
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Sunsets on Big Sand Bay
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Walks Along the Beach
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Sharing a Meal at the Cottage
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The CNE (cancelled this year)
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Relaxing on the Deck at Friend’s Cottage
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BBQ in the Backyard
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Vanishing Point

…thanks to Cee for hosting The Fun Foto Challenge

The vanishing point is where the road ends at the horizon, or river, pathway, row of trees, or anything else that gets smaller the further away it is.

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Waiting

…thanks to Lens Artists Photo Challenge  for this week’s theme, ‘waiting’

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Waiting to start kindergarten
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Waiting to see what Olive will do
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Waiting in line
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Waiting to be seated in the restaurant
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Waiting for me
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Just waiting for his turn to touch the car
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Waiting for her pizza
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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Electric

…thanks to Snow for hosting this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Electric Guitar

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Electric Lights

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Distorted City Lights


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Electric Scooter


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Electrical Box


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Battery Operated Electric Lanterns


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Electric Car


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Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge – Week 34

…thanks to Xingfu Mama for hosting Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge

From the rides on the kid’s midway at the CNE to the old and unusual seats at the Ancaster Mill.

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