Saturday morning and we awaken to a text from Dee who has spent the past two nights away on business in North Bay ‘What are you kiddlettes up to this weekend? Fancy going up to Trenton to visit Big Billy?’ …who could refuse an invite like that?!
A 90 minute car journey along the 401 and we approach Trenton – a small town on the northern shores of Lake Ontario (the very same lake that Toronto sits on – yeah, it’s really THAT big!) It’s been a glorious day of sunshine and temperatures in the mid-twenties – very unusual for this time of year and we’ve heard on many occasions that we’ve lucked out with the weather since our arrival a mere 10 days previous. We arrive around 5.30pm, just as the sunshine dips below the large oak trees that surround the western edge of Billy and Angies huge hunk of land. Pleasantries are exchanged between the four of us and within 2 minutes of meeting we are stood on the patio with a beer in hand…Billy has already won us over! Stood on the patio I cant believe the views; swimming pool, hot tub and a large field with four gorgeous horses is sat next to the cutest red barn that Billy and Angie had built themselves for the horses when the harsh winter weather strikes. We get a tour round the property, get up to the cosy hay barn and meet the four horses. Shortly after we retire to the comfort of the house where Angie has cooked up a feast fit for a king! A huge morsel of pork with all the trimmings including the most delightful homemade apple sauce is sat out on the dining table for everyone to help themselves. Safe to say we cleaned up! All washed down with a bottle of white wine from Sandbanks – a local vineyard located 25km away in Prince Edward County.
Later in the evening Dee reminds us of the ‘tubby’ outside so we grab our drinks and head to the garden for a hot tub under the stars! The sky is the sharpest, most clearest sky I’ve seen in a long time and you can see every single star and planet around. Every airplane that passes is so high in the sky you cannot even hear it. The moon is full and lights up the whole garden. We spent about an hour in the tub and then we all head straight to bed, verrry relaxed indeed.
Awaken the next day to another gorgeous day. We sip our coffees on the front porch overlooking the fields, accompanied by Dallas the big golden retriever – he’s a sturdy chap. When asked to ‘go grab an apple off the tree,’ he does just that. A big breakfast conjured up by Billy has our tummies fully satisfied for a day of exploring the hotspots of Prince Edward County. We hit the car (when I say ‘car’, I mean a massive big truck – this is the biggest car I’ve ever seen!)
The scenery is stunning. Greig, Dee and myself sit in the back seats gazing out the windows at all the island has to offer. First stop is the Sandbanks Estate Winery – a cute wee house type building surrounded by rows and rows grape hedges. We go in and are immediately taken aback by the warm, enthused welcome by the girls behind the bar; ‘Who wants to do some wine tasting; 5 different tasters for 3 bucks’, can’t really go wrong with that huh?! By 11.30am we had had our 5 tastings, accompanied by an interesting explanation on each. We then went for a wee wander around the estate, tasting the berries as we went. This was followed by Billy treating us very kindly to our favorite bottle of white and our favorite bottle of red as a lovely ‘welcome to Canada’ gift.
We then drive on to Sandbanks Provincial Park. We park up and take a small walk to Outlet Beach. Its gorgeous, with long sprawling white sands that seem to go on forever. After little encouragement from the family, we dip our toes into Lake Ontario for the first time! It was pretty bitter! Another short drive later, we arrive at the other beach in the park. It’s even better as there is no wind, nice and calm and we take a seat on the sand and chill for a bit.
Next stop on the journey is a little town called Picton. We stop off here for lunch in a cute wee bar with an outdoor seating area and live music hosted by two old-timers complete with cowboy hats and an array of instruments. We say another ‘cheers’ and have a lovely lunch (bar the annoying wasps which seemed to have taken a fancy to Denises ‘Shmirny Ice’.)
Stop number 5 on Angies Prince Edward County Starter Pack Tour was a short drive away to ‘Lake on the Mountain’. Lake on the mountain is a bizarre formation which is still intrigues everyone to this day. It’s a massive expanse of water which lies 60 meters above Lake Ontario which is situated across the road (and down a 60 meter hill, obviously). The lake is a natural curiosity – nobody knows how it got there as it has a constant flow of fresh, clean water with no apparent source. The scenery is beautiful, all helped by the bright blue cloudless sky.
We then head back to the house where a final drink is had on the patio overlooking the garden. Before we head back on the 401 down to Pickering, Greig and I have a quick scoot around the ‘track’ on Billy’s ATV, mowing into everything that we came into contact with!
All in all – an amazing 24 hours in the company of some awesome people!