Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Jonny Blonde and City of Hamilton Spring Tide Bulb Show

It's March Break.  It was one of my favourite times as a kid.  My Dad used to take the entire week off and take my sister and I on daily adventures.  Maple syrup farms, the Toronto Zoo, the CN Tower, Mountberg Conservation area - every day we did something amazing. I try to keep up my adventures in my old age, so today, we went to the Spring Tide Bulb Show at the Gage Park Greenhouses.
Vegetarian Hash
First, though, we needed sustenance. Jonny Blonde has moved into my 'hood, and I couldn't be happier (well, I could be if I could get dinner, but I'm told it'll happen eventually!).  We decided to stop in for sandwiches. I grabbed the grilled cheese, and Mr. HitH got the Beef Dip. We shared a side of the vegetarian hash.
Beef Dip, pre-dip
 Everything was delicious. The hash was covered in piri-piri aioli which was so yummy. The potatoes and sweet potatoes were roasted so carefully, with the outside crispy and the inside sweet and soft, and the kale made me feel like I was making a healthy choice.  The caramelized onions in the grilled cheese added the perfect sweetness, and the beef dip was perfect.  The jus was thick, clinging to the bun like a baby monkey grasps its mother (how's THAT for a simile?).  The place was packed, so if you're running in for lunch, I recommend calling ahead.
Then we were off to the Gage Park Greenhouses, which have been turned into Oz for the Spring Tide Bulb show.  We spoke to some of the City of Hamilton staff there and found out that, unlike the fall Mum Show, there is no budget for this event.  The staff put it together with no cash given at all, and they did a terrific job!  Also, I'm not just saying that because I worked in this department as a City of Hamilton summer student for 4 years running (thanks for my undergrad, taxpayers!!!).  The blustery, grey day was a perfect one to go into the greenhouses and smell spring coming.

Ding Dong, the witch is dead!

See the elephant???

I found the slippers!

I love that they had a flying monkey

After we were done in the Greenhouse, we decided to go for a walk in the park.  Gage Park was deserted - we had it to ourselves, excluding some dogs who were very kindly walking their owners. 
There is a mountain up there, but you couldn't tell with the fog 
I may, occasionally, stage photoshoots for nothing but my own amusement.
Such a gem in our city. I love our bandshell.

Mini-Whomping Willow (I just realized there is pretty much a Harry Potter reference in every blog post)
 And then, it was time for us to get out of the rain.  If you're looking for something to do this March Break, head down to Gage Park.  The show is free, the flowers fabulous and its just plain fun.


Linda said...

Beautiful photos, and the vegetarian hash looks delicious. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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