Monday, 17 October 2016

Finish of my October travel

The trip ended in Windsor at the casino   Loved the  riverside  of Windsor looking at the Detroit skyline

garden in front of casino.....
This was the first of  several trips I hope to take  this coming year.  It was with Senior Discovery Tours and as a single enjoyed every minute of it.  Met some lovely people. 

Where has the time gone?


Here it is almost the middle of October.  Weather has continued to be warmer than normal. Even with that I have been doing some decorating  for  Autumn .... Halloween.  This fellow   adds a welcome on the front porch after I put away   summer chairs and table....
Then inside pulled out my Dickens Village to   dress   mantel. for  Halloween.

Small  touches  but   since I had planned a  vacation for a week   needed to get   this done.  I like to leave the  Village out until  March  changing items  for Christmas as well.   
So the first week of October  I  climbed aboard a tour bus ..heading to Sault Ste Marie.
On to   Agawa Canyon Train to take in the gorgeous Autumn colours   of  northern Ontario.
 Gorgeous   60 %  colour on the hills
It was cloudy for part of the day and then the sun came out  the colours were dazzling.
Hydrofoil to  Mackinac Island

Main Street

Grand Hotel for lunch

Tour  group picture on  red carpeted  stairs of the Grand Hotel
 Delicious  buffet  at the Grand
I can't   say enough of the beauty of Mackinac Island  . Lovely homes , gardens . Crystal clear air.   Clip clop of horse hooves,  bicycles everywhere.
Dahlia fence  in front of  cottage.
Back on the bus to  Frankenmuth 

Bavarian Inn Lodge.

River Walk 

Bronners was  a must

Saturday, 3 September 2016


Here it is the 3rd of September .  School starts next week... Feels like summer is over..
 August has flown by. It was a very  warm month    but finally  got enough rain to turn everything green again..
 How did I spend my time?  Worked on Christmas tags What you say? Will save that for another post.
Went to  a Sunday Brunch at a local garden center Heeman's.  There were  7 booths of  London restaurants there featuring strawberries which Heeman's are  renown for.
round tables  in main greenhouse  nicely decorated with  geraniums.
 Tried several of the items. 
traditional  waffle with strawberries, mascarpone cheese and candied rosemary from Garlics. Good

My favourite  was , 
Warm caramelized shallot tart  brushed with citrus infused Monforte sheep's cheese  finished with macerated strawberries  a cedar crème fraiche  burnt  Soiled Reputation honey and aged balsamic  and black pepper caviar..  

For a beverage from Only on King   a White Balsamic  strawberry fennel shrub., went with  strawberry bacon jam on egg toast.

Finished up trying  Grassroots  cornbread  with apple and sage sausage with spicy ketchup.
Was a  great venue and if  Heeman's holds this event again will  so go. It was the first  time  they tried this.
Off then to Appleland's  pre season  tent sale , apples are just starting here. Will go back once apples are in full swing.

   To finish up August my travels   a leisurely  drive  to Kincardine to   have a peek at Lake Huron   and  visit  The Saltbox Shoppe looking for a ladder.

Strolled along the  Lions boardwalk   .    

 Saltbox   shoppe   has rusty things......

   Note the  birdhouse made from  an old honey pail......
 I was lucky to find an artisan fair in the park besides the  playhouse.
Beautiful park but no purchases.  
 Quick stop at  a  yummy cheese shop. Who knew  they would have Chocolate  cheese....

So did I get my ladder? I did .. Nope not a regular ladder  an old wooden one, inspired by one my daughter Rosanne has in her living room . Wanted it  to hold all the  special quilts my Mother had made over the years and gifted me... 
Like  the homey feeling.  Just can't bring myself to use them..

Sunday, 7 August 2016



The first half of summer has flown by. It has been very hot and dry...On those rare  warm summer days without  oppressive humidity I have been enjoying  back deck  usually at breakfast. Faces south so by noon  too warm for me So then  I  find a cool spot on front porch to enjoy  .
Have  managed to plant  enough it is quite private   tho the Japanese beetles have been a challenge.

 Did  a couple of road trips

Quiet road
one with Shirley to Walters Family Theater in Bright  to see an Elvis impersonator . Lots of fun.
First barn I have been in with Chandeliers..      

 Rosanne and I went to  a Christmas in July Xmas card crop.......
Rosanne has posted the cards  we made on her blog.......  
Did a Saturday  summer road cruise on my own  to explore Woodstock ,Tavistock, Harmony , Kintore and Stratford    just to get rid of  my restlessness..... Stopped at  a favourite   drive in.......
Good soft ice cream  ........ What will August bring?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Game of Thrones Beginner’s Guide: Uncensored (HBO)

My favourite show   Samuel L. Jackson does a  fantastic narration.