Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Great Escape

Hi Friends,

It has been quite awhile since my last post.  I have missed posting and visiting your blogs also but I just haven't been up to it.  Life has definitely changed.  For the last 2 months I have had my daughter and my 3 year old granddaughter living with us and it has been challenging.   Quiet time just doesn't exist anymore and it's so hard to concentrate on writing or reading posts when you have a little girl that just loves to talk and talk and talk...LOL!!  I do miss all of you!

A couple of weeks ago, my hubby and I decided we MUST get out and spend some time alone together.  No noise, no disruptions...just us.  We enjoyed the day so much we discussed not returning home ever kidding.  But we definitely joked about it.

We decided to visit Creemore, a small town about 1 1/2 hours away from home.  My co-worker told me it's a quaint little town with interesting shops, etc. so I thought, why not.  I was ready to visit somewhere different.

We had a beautiful drive there.  We found some beautiful back roads, dirt roads that wound back and forth, up and down hills through both forests and fields.  I didn't want to leave the area, it was so peaceful and we definitely needed that.  We live very close to the Niagara Escarpment so there are some great hills to go up and down and different rivers to cross.  We decided to take this drive again in Autumn, it will be gorgeous!

    Unfortunately, I forgot to take some pictures of the main street but did obtain photos of the little jail.  The sign states it's the smallest jail in North America.

The jail has 3 cells.

I love the door to the jail.  Very rustic.

Beside the jail was this wonderful old log cabin.  Here is more information about The Creemore Log Cabin.

One of my dreams has been to live in a rustic cabin, I think this one is beautiful.

While there, we also visited a small flea market and the main street shops.  My hubby mostly stayed outside and waited for me to browse through the shops, what a wonderful guy!

One shop in particular caught my eye.  It was a small shop full of character and charm.  The front of the store was full of wonderful antiques such as dough bowls and buckets, ironstone, old sack cloths and many other items.  The store itself was from "yesteryear".  Unfortunately, the items in the store were out of my price range as they're priced to sell to the many visitors they get from the city.  I enjoyed the experience all the same...I didn't want to leave.  In the back of the store were milk paints, etc.  As I couldn't quite decide on a colour of paint, the shop owner took me outside to show me one of her projects.  We went through a quaint iron gate before winding our way through her beautiful perennial garden.  At the back, she was working on an old farm table, how I would have loved to have taken that table home.  She had painted the legs on it and there it was, the exact colour of paint I was looking for.  SOLD!!!!  I went in and bought some paint, antiquing wax and a brush for some future projects which I can't wait to start.

After we finished shopping, we went to a small diner, the food was delicious.

When we were ready to leave we thought...where do we go now?  We weren't ready to go home yet.  We decided to drive over to another town and found an antique store there.  I found a wonderful antique mirror which will fit perfectly into my farmhouse decor.  As it is a pale green, I may use my new paint to change the frame colour although I love the chippy look of the old paint.  I can't believe the weight of this antique mirror considering it's small, it's definitely old.

Here's a close up view of the chippy paint.

On the way home, we tried to find the road that we originally came in on but no such luck.  There had been so many twists and turns that we couldn't find it although I'm sure we were close.  What we did find were other roads that were different but also very beautiful.  I'm so glad we got to experience this.  

This is looking down at Georgian Bay from up on the Niagara Escarpment.

You can see land off in the distance.

I love old bridges.

Some people in kayaks peacefully paddling down the river.

Another old bridge.

Thanks for dropping in, I'm always thrilled to have you.   I hope you enjoyed your visit to a small part of Ontario, Canada.

~ Kelly ~


  1. Awww...I came in from out of doors to take a quick break and thought that I needed to see what was going on in everyone's part of the world and was delighted to find that you had posted. It is so good to see you, Kelly.
    My you certainly had a wonderful day just the two of you by looking at your gorgeous photo's. I trust that you were refreshed after your beautiful day away?

    We have the oldest grandson here for a few days and then will work our way down through each grandson in the next few weeks. We are having a great time!
    We are now heading to the skate park so he can be filmed by Pa. :)
    I thought of you this morning when we had funnel cakes for breakfast, yes, for breakfast! :)

    Love to you~~

  2. So enjoyed your photos and your excursion. That's a trip I would like to make. Look forward to seeing all of your completed projects. I can use decorating inspiration.

  3. Hello Kelly,

    What a beautiful day adventure. I loved all the photos. You have a great husband willing to wait around while you browse the shops and stop to take photos of bridges :)

    Thanks for the pleasant visit here.

  4. I love taking daytrips to charming small-towns. Thanks for taking us along to Creemore, Kelly!

  5. Evening Kathy, loved your trip and the pictures you posted. Great small town browsing, I always like to browse the shops, fun fun. Thanks for sharing,Blessings Francine.

  6. So enjoyed you taking us on your road trip..Beautiful! I know how you feel living with a houseful. My daughter and 2 grands moved back in with us for a year. It was a big change for us as well. Janice

  7. Hi Kelly, I enjoyed our little tour on the backroads and the rustic old buildings. Yes sometimes you do need to get away on your own for a while to reboot the batteries.


  8. What a beautiful area you visited. We all need time out now and then!

  9. Good morning, sweet Aunt Kelly! Ah, what a delight to see a post from you. I am so, so sorry that you've had a lot on your plate, but I am very glad you were able to get away for a little bit and simply enjoy some quiet time. Your photos were absolutely fabulous!

    Please know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Also, mom gave me the tea cup from you and I wanted to let you know that I LOVE IT! I have been meaning to write you a nice note, but time has gotten away from me. I was truly overwhelmed with your love and kindness. And just so you know, that was my first yellow rose tea cup {{smile}} I hope to share it on my blog sometime soon.

    Much love to you!

  10. Wonderful to get out and about with you!! Enjoy your painting!

  11. Even though my grandson no longer takes a nap, I do. An hour to one's self is essential. On the plus side the bonds you build during this time are beyond price. Lovely post.

  12. So nice to have a little 'getaway' with your sweetheart! It looks like a beautiful trip and my idea of a good time is shopping for antiques! Love your new mirror and all the pretty scenes. xx Karen

  13. Oh Wow Kelly I had to laugh at your beginning, we too had our daughter and son in law here living with us for 1 1/2 months (they moved out a week ago) as they were looking for jobs and an apartment, it is quite the adjustment after it just being my hubby and I for 8 years. We had two times that we went away during that time period, and it was nice to get the break. Hope life gets back to normal for you all soon. Glad you were able to get away and to find some fun things for your home. So good to have you back to blogging again :)

  14. What a fun get a way you two had. I loved the jail.. so cute. ha
    and the log cabin.
    Your frame find was great.. Proud you ventured on to the next town.

  15. Sometimes it feels good just to switch off a bit - during my holiday I never blog. :)
    I'm glad you had a terrific time,these photos are gorgeous. The bridge looks like the one I saw in a movie with Meryl Streep. Thanks for sharing

  16. wow that looks like a weekend I'd love to have! (need to have!) lol We have 5 kids, 6 pets (since we lost 1 hamster!) and we are constantly craving QUIET TIME! Sometimes I sit up way too late just to sit in the quiet and then up early just to sit and have a quiet coffee-but then I just end up tired! not enough sleep! The struggle is real!! lol but anyways that place looks so quaint and beautiful! and the scenery! wow! that is therapy at it's finest! lol ;)

  17. OH! and we are located just outside of Port Dover ON!

  18. Creemore is 10 minutes from me. My son played hockey there for years. It is a beautiful little town.