We went to Fern last week, and as
expected, we had a great time. The weather co-operated, for the most part; we only
had rain on one day, and only for a couple of hours. We went to the indoor pool
during that time, so we had fun anyway. The guys went golfing (9 holes) on Tuesday
morning. I got one par, and missed chipping in for birdie (would have been my
first one) by a fraction of an
inch. I got to try my new driver out for the first time — the ball went
left a lot, but it went a lot further than with my old driver. Obviously
going further into the trees is less than ideal, but once I figure out
how to hit it properly, it’ll be very cool. I’m hopefully going to the driving
range tomorrow evening with my neighbour (the guy who made the driver), so he
can give me some tips on how to straighten out my swing.

Back to Fern; a summary of things we did:

  • pedal carts and bikes — Nicholas was big enough this year to get the
    carts going
  • Gail and I each tried archery (Gail did it two or three times; I think she’s
    getting addicted)
  • I played 4-way volleyball twice (I think I’m getting addicted)
  • I had casino (blackjack, roulette) and Texas Hold-’em lessons
  • Gail went for a walk (2.5 to 3 km) every morning at 6:30 (I was very
  • Ryan and I played golf — Ryan did really well, for his second time
    ever on a (non-mini) golf course (his first time was last year), and I got two
    pars in five holes!
  • I made it to the top of the “vertical playground”, which is a sort of obstacle
    course that you climb, consisting of rope ladders, poles with wooden spikes that
    you climb, and some tires as well.
  • Ryan went fishing and caught a minnow and a catfish

The vertical playground was actually easier than the rock climbing wall that I
climbed last year. Next year, maybe I’ll try the teeter-totter, which is just
your basic see-saw, except that it’s mounted at the top of a 40-foot telephone

I didn’t manage to get a ride on Jeff’s jet-ski; whenever he had it out, I
was busy doing other stuff. I also wanted to play tennis but never got a chance,
and we didn’t get the lacrosse sticks out either.

We then dropped Nicholas off at Gail’s dad’s place and Ryan off at my
parents’ place on Saturday, and drove home, stopping to see Pirates of the Carribbean in Barrie
on the way. We also stopped at the Colisseum at the 400
and 407 to see Superman Returns,
but the timing didn’t work out, so
we went home. Sunday we saw Superman Returns at the Imax theatre in Mississauga,
and Monday we tried to go and see X-Men: The Final Stand, but the
theatre had technical difficulties and had cancelled the movie, so we went
to see that tonight. Since Saturday, we’ve also rented a bunch of movies, painted the bathroom and replaced the light fixture, installed a new cover on the
bathroom vent (to keep birds from making nests in there like they did this past
spring), and we’re going to order a new garage door this week as well.

I’ll post mini-reviews of all the movies we’ve seen this week a little later.


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