Last weekend was the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada. Race time was 2am local, and I had intended to stay up and watch it. But, my luck being what it is, there was a short storm that took out the power to half of Perth for 24 hours.
During the afternoon we noticed it was getting a bit blowy, and while starting to prepare our 2012 Canadian “Taste of the Race” meal we saw that our trampoline in the back yard had blown over and was banging up against the side fence.
The last known image of our trampoline
As you can see, it’s the type with a big
cage net so that we can lock the kids in there the kids wont fall and hurt themselves. This net had caught the wind and the trampoline had fallen on it’s side.
We rushed out to secure the tramp. But to what? And how? We had rope, but nothing to tie it to. I thought about taking the legs off so we could tuck it under the bbq area roof but that proved time consuming. The wind picked up, and so did the tramp. It lifted me up in the air, and if Suzanne hadn’t been holding it at that moment as well then I would have taken off with it, looking much like a round hang glider, and landed on a roof a block away.
It’s then that we decided to cut our losses and sacrifice the tramp. Suzanne took to it with a knife, ripping apart the safety net and mat. We were then able to take the rest of it apart at our leisure, if you can call unscrewing nuts and bolts in stinging rain “leisure”.
Anyhow, we weren’t able to go ahead with our planned meal of “Poutine” until yesterday. Poutine is a French-Canadian dish of French fries (or “chips” for Aus/UK folk) and fresh cheese curds, covered with brown gravy or sauce. Sometimes additional ingredients are added. I first had Poutine at La Banquise, a restaurant in downtown Montreal that has specialised primarily in Poutine for almost 50 years. It was actually race weekend when I was there a couple years ago, and I could hear the cars from across the river. La Banquise, I was told, is kindof an institution among the locals, so I was obliged to dine there. Our own recipe included diced bacon for a bit of extra meaty flavour.
Never mind the quality; count the carbs!
Too bad I can’t tell you much about the race. Lewis Hamilton won with Perez and Grosjean rounding out the podium. Hamilton became the seventh winner in seven races, and as usual Michael Schumachers best lap was in the pre-race driver’s parade!
Looking forward to the European Grand Prix in Valencia.