St. Paddy’s Day at the Belgravia (with some photos from Brazil)

Before he left for Brazil, we had asked Evan if he wanted to curl in a bonspiel taking place in the Annapolis Valley this weekend. I was a bit surprised when his response was, ‘But that’s St. Patrick’s Day. Aren’t we doing something?” Our last name, McDonah, is Irish, and D’Arcy’s father’s family came from Killarney, in County Clare, Ireland. Each year, we usually get together with family and friends (and some years, guests!) and host a Guinness inspired meal. I didn’t realize this had become an event the family looks forward to so much.

When I asked for menu suggestions, they came up with burgers. “Patties” for St. Paddy’s! We invited my parents and I made lamb burgers and sweet potato buns. They were really good – the recipe came from Canadian Living and can be found by clicking here: Sweet Potato Rolls. We also barbequed potatoes, carrots & onions, and my mom had brought a salad. I cooked mushrooms & red onions in Guinness to top the burgers. For dessert, we had shamrock shaped cookies and mint-chocolate-chip ice cream while watching a slide show of Evan’s photos from Brazil. There was coffee & Bailey’s for the adults. We ended the evening playing a short version of Pictionary.

I leave you with a few of our favorite photos from Evan’s trip:

First glimpses of Brazil

Evan's Brazilian families - we love them!

The beach in Santos

View from Monte Serrat

View of Santos from Monte Serrat

Evan and Scott at City Hall

They made the paper!

Learning to surf

Surfing!

A view of the rain forest, taken from the home of Jean Piaget's Principal's mother.

Endless beach

Rainforest

Ruins in the rainforest

5 comments on “St. Paddy’s Day at the Belgravia (with some photos from Brazil)

  1. Maxine Vincent says:

    GLAD HE HAD A WONDERFUL TRIP.Quite an experience for a young man. I enjoyed the pictures and comments on his trip.

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  2. Swimminhill says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing your journey Evan (and mom), we’ve really enjoyed following along. We were both so touched reading how much your host family thought of you :). You should be proud!

    Can’t wait to get down there to see more pictures!

    Em, Mike, Phinn and Seamus xo

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  3. Thanks for sharing the trip details , I enjoyed comments and really wanted to see the places. Pictures are real good

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  4. […] March, when our son Evan went on a school exchange to Brazil, one of his favourite, most memorable activities, was the surfing lessons … Proclaimed “a natural”, he was anxious to continue surfing in Nova Scotia. We warned […]

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