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An Accidental Walk to History

An Accidental Walk to History

IMG_20150517_193135Earlier this week Sara and I decided to spend the Sunday of the holiday weekend antique hunting in a new area. About an hours drive from the homestead is an area called Midland/Penetanguishene. Lots of great hunting is in the area as well as lovely towns and scenery. We had a picnic, which since we didn’t get out-of-town with any speed, ended up happening in the car. After some hunting in Midland we took a wrong turn and ended up going the wrong way. I pulled into a road which led me to a park to check the map. Right on the Wye River and since it was a lovely hot day we decided to go for a walk.

IMG_20150517_193813Under the highway bridge on a bike/walking path opened up to this old train bridge which is now a trail which was not part of our walk but Sara and I decided this was a good place to bring our bikes for a bike picnic. It led us to the living history museum called Saint Maire among the Hurons. It is a fabulous museum which I have visited before and I highly recommend.

For more information on this museum click http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca

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The view from the path at the museum of the Wye River.

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The path along the outer palisade and the river.

The path will take you to the grave site of the sainted Jesuit priests which is located on the grounds of the museum.

You enter a small gate and into a building. There are no electrical lights so the light was not enough for my tablet camera. The grave site is free and open during regular museum hours. Often there is an interpreter to give you the history of the grave. In the first photo you can see a cathedral behind Sara which is the other direction of the path which will take you to the final resting place of these saints.

I am not a catholic and even though I visited all of this as a primary school trip I didn’t know you could take this pleasant walk to the graves and to the church. I love museums and I enjoyed this surprised and the drifting wood smoke and glimpses of the museum through the palisade logs. Sara wants to visit the museum soon so I will take lots of photos and report here for all of you.

Please fell free to tell me of a surprise walk you went on in the comments below.

Race Day is Coming!

The Queen’s Plate race is just around the corner and we have been making like crazy. This year will be the fourth that we have been invited to sell our lovely hats at the Woodbine Race Track. On that note we will be on City T.V.’s Breakfast Television tomorrow morning between 7:00 and 9:00 at Woodbine to talk hats and horses with the lovely morning show host.
As always with preparing for the race our little shop/studio is bursting at the seams with hats, vintage accessories for men and women, as well as our writing nook and vintage picnic baskets.
The race is taking place this Sunday, June 24th. The weather should be lovely, and we hope to see you there.

Cheers
Meaghan and Sara

When in doubt, picnic.

I have been daydreaming about picnics since our week of oddly warm weather in the middle of March. The almost summer like temperatures inspired me to dig out all of our picnicking things and make a list of what we had and what we still needed. We have almost everything now except for a fork or two.

Inevitably the weather got cold again, and feels all the more cold for just how warm that week was. So now I am sitting with my sweater pulled up around my face against the early spring air daydreaming about warm summer evenings spent with friends. I also am thinking about going looking for those last couple of forks today, and maybe some linens.

Meaghan and I are making two picnic baskets for the shop. Both are going to be basic picnic sets for two with a “blanket” to sit on, two napkins, mismatched forks, spoons, and knives as well as two wine glasses, tumblers, plates and bowls. Nothing is strictly one set, but everything works together in a lovely kind of way. Oh, and of course a basket for everything to live in. There is something wonderfully nostalgic about picnics, a sort of old world charm when nothing is plastic or paper. Not to mention a picnic this way is environmentally friendly as we are only buying second hand.

I look forward to the adventures the warmer weather brings Yes warmer, I think it only needs to be 15 degrees Celsius and in the sun to be warm enough to start out on a picnic. I think I need to buy myself a bike. One with a basket in the front. One I can wear summer dresses with and tie my books onto the handles.
One like this.

Sara.

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