DIARY FROM ONTARIO CANADA JUNE 1999

30th June 1999

I have not been anywhere much in June, but thought you might like to consider this account of my trip to Pelee Island area. It makes a pleasant day's outing from Guelph and there are places to stop for snacks along the 401.

Last week I took a Ďbus tour to Pelee Island Winery. It wasnít actually on the island. The Cherry Bus Lines are very comfortable and air-conditioned, but remember to take a coat. Although the day was very hot, I was seated right next to an air outlet and would have had a frozen shoulder, but a gentleman changed places with me.

On the way we stopped at Colasantiís vast tropical nursery for lunch. They have a web page, I think it is just Colasanti's.com. (I've put a link at the end of this page). There were many creatures - from boa-constrictors and alligators to beautiful parrots. They keep the nursery heated all winter. Itís a popular place to visit if one cannot afford to go south. That area of Ontario is the most southerly, so land is very expensive for building. It is mainly peach and grape growing land.

The Winery imports itsí experts and grape vines from the most famous wineries of Europe. After a video on winemaking and a tour of the winery and cellars, they gave us samples of their wines to taste. Sorry to say I didnít really like any of them. I seem to have completely lost my taste for wine. Everyone else on my table thought the samples excellent and a couple, who often entertained, ordered cases for their cellar.

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Colasanti Nursery and Greenhouses - an outing for the family.