How Many Excellent Restaurants areThere in Peterborough?

Since I’ve been working full time at the Ministry of Natural Resources this past two months, I’ve had little time to do much else. One thing I have done though is visit many restaurants that I’ve never taken the time to experience before.  It is a policy for our office staff to venture out for lunch every Friday and downtown Peterborough offers a vast array of culinary fare.

Yesterday, for example, we went to a little deli called Sam’s Place, on Hunter Street. It’s a very casual type of place with half a dozen tables and a high counter in front of the window.  Once you’ve made your choice from the variety of sandwiches and side dishes available, and placed your order, you can sit down and enjoy the eclectic surroundings and, if you’re facing the street, observe some of the more colourful residents who are out and about.  Your food will be delivered to your table.

A sign in the window declares something like this: “All of the meat used in our sandwiches is created from meat from Otonobee Packers”, in other words, locally produced and not processed.

I ordered the daily special, The Canadian Club. It came on bakeshop fresh rye bread and was piled high with thinly sliced turkey (fresh, not processed), Canadian pemeal bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and mayo.I didn’t order a side dish and at first regretted it.  While the others at my table were enjoying creamy macaroni salad, or Greek salad, or baked beans, my stomach was growling. But when my sandwich arrived, I knew I’d made the right decision.  It was so thick that I could hardly get my mouth around it, and it was delicious! It’s a good thing that we had a several-block walk back to the office, because, as usual, I was feeling very stuffed.

Unfortunately, I don’t carry a camera to work, so I’ve been unable to take photos of the wonderful lunches I’ve enjoyed.  I’ll just have to go back with camera, pen and paper, and time to take in all the details to share with you, at a later date.


Saving Family Stories



Everyone has a story that their descendants will want to read. Where are your stories?

This is the tag line for a new project called Canada 150. The goal of the founder, Harry van Bommel, is to get 150,000 Canadian citizens and communities to share their stories in published book form in time for Canada’s 150th birthday, July 1st, 2017. Canada 150 is a national, not-for-profit group established not only to pursue the mission but also to facilitate the pursuit of the mission by its member organizations.

An historically large data base of stories is being created, as is a data base of writers who can assist you with gathering and writing your stories. I will be on that list. For more information about the Canada 150 project and to get a free e-book that will get you started on your story, visit

Now is the time to do it! In the busy lives that we live today, time slips away too quickly and by the time we realize that there is probably a very interesting family  history, and stories, that our children might like to hear, it might be too late.  I regret not asking my father about his life before he was gone; now it’s too late to hear any stories from either his family or that of my mother’s, since she is now in a state of dementia, and no other members of their families are still alive.

Fortunately, it wasn’t too late to get the stories of my husband’s family recorded, and I have just published them in a book called Through Thick and Thin: a History of the Audrey and Ernie Victor Family. It is available at Titles Bookstore in Peterborough, or you can order it directly from me using PayPal. The price is $15.00 plus $4.00 shipping.

Through Thick and Thin Book Cover