Now that I’m firmly in place at the Tarandowah Golfers Club near Avon, Ontario, it’s time to compose a journey. In my brain, I know that each day is one but I want that perception to become a deeper reality. Centered on my days spent walking the fairways, I want to create a series of experiences that I can repeat many times. Sort of an heroic quest … for breakfast … for sitting in a comfy chair, blogging or reading … for an evening meal and brew.
So I ventured forth this morning towards golfing heaven. Where will breakie reside? Avon doesn’t have any restaurants but the town of Belmont is nearby. On a previous trip, I ‘d seen a sign for the Belmont Diner. Just to be sure, I googled “Belmont restaurants” but no diner materialized. Maybe the place is closed. I remembered that there was a supermarket in the same building so I phoned there, and found out that the diner was alive and well and open till 2:00 each day.
I pulled into the parking lot and opened the door to a gaggle of conversation. Six guys at one table, about twelve women at another. Ahh … my kind of place. I sat at the lunch counter and was greeted by a smiling waitress. Later, she was there in a jiffy to refill my coffee when she saw the severe angle of my cup. “It’s not my first day on the job, nor will it be my last.” As I chowed down on my bacon and eggs, a conversation unfolded with a woman nearby, focused on our mutual love for Stephen King. Very cool.
Next on my menu was that comfy chair. I had discovered that Belmont has a library and that it was open today at 1:00. And here I sit, tapping away. Maria welcomed me and set me up with a library card. Free Internet plus a space for me to enjoy Stephen or perhaps a book about the spiritual side of golf. Oh … life is good. It’s so quiet in here. Just a customer or two. And there’s a big old clock on the wall which reminds me of my grandpa’s farmhouse way back when. Maria and I have chatted some about Belmont. She’s even told me there’s a pub in town – The Barking Cat. Hard to get my head around that name but sounds worth checking out.
I’m just about done here. Even though it’s raining, I’m heading to Tarandowah. Brought my umbrella. I just might stroll the first fairway, with a song on my lips.