March 29, 2015
Tomorrow is departure day for Paris and the Camino. It is also my father-in-law’s 93rd birthday. We are in Niagara this weekend celebrating that. I made a chocolate layer cake for the occasion. I used a different recipe and was disappointed to see the two pancake thin layers that I produced. I made extra icing and put sliced strawberries in the middle to make the cake look taller. Fortunately looks are not everything. The cake was very moist and chocolatey and tasted good, and there is plenty left for a few more desserts.
We left home yesterday where all was white. Even our snowdrops which were visible for a day were buried in snow. By the time we got to Hamilton, the only snow visible was on north-facing slopes and tired old piles.
Although the sun shone brightly into Our Lady of the Scapular Church for 7:30 AM Palm Sunday mass, the outdoor temperature is only -7C and colder where the wind blows. Roma treated us to breakfast at The Queens with Rosemary and Margaret joining us. We arrived in time to find a table for six. There was a lineup at the door the whole time we dined.
I checked out Margaret’s backpack contents last night. She was doing her final laundering before packing again. I am still reconsidering my list. Brian and I will dump our packs today and reassess our contents one more time.
We are delighted with the many good wishes from friends and family far and near. We are ever hopeful that we will have a “buen camino”.