Friday, October 21, 2016

"Time Between"

Chuck and I have been enjoying some time together these last two weeks as he is in between contracts right now. I was very happy when we learned the dates of his last contract and it stated Chuck was done October 7. That meant he had pretty well the whole month of October off. My favourite month! The plan right now is for the next contract to be just part time work, maybe a couple days a week, until January when we think Chuck will go back to full time work.
The weather has cooperated for the most part (it has been raining for the last two days) so we have been getting out for day trips a few times a week.
We picked up my Mum last Friday and brought her back to our home for the day as she hadn't seen our new house yet. We had a lovely day and she was able to view some of the gorgeous scenery around our town.
The leaves are still so incredibly beautiful right now.
We have a set of train tracks that run right through the middle of our town. The train whistle is a sound I like. My grandparents lived right by train tracks so it is a sound of home to me.
These are the Murray Hills. Always beautiful but more so this time of year.
We are corn and soybean growers in this area.
Corn everywhere!
We have watched this little shed deteriorate over the last 30 years or so.
Sweet Pea seems to have made a friend in another one of the cats in the neighbourhood. Sweet Pea sat a foot away from this white cat while it was eating on the deck and then came inside for his supper.
Beautiful cat but very skittish. Hard to tell but it is very large.
We visited one of our local antique stores while on our walk a few days ago. You know me and old magazines! Two for $6.00 was my price. The Chatelaine (a Canadian magazine) is from 1955 while the Journal is from 1971.
This was the evening sky a few nights ago. I love the wispy clouds.

We plan on finishing cleaning up the gardens this weekend and hopefully starting on the painting in our bedroom.

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"Walk On The Wild Side"

Since moving to Brighton two months ago we have been wanting to take a walk in the Proctor Park Conservation Area. It is beside the Proctor House Museum I wrote about recently. There is 91 acres of forest with walking trails of various lengths through it.
I assumed the trails would be well marked, with pea gravel or something similar underfoot. Oh man, was I wrong! The first bit of the trail is gravelled but that soon ends. If I had been alone I would probably have got lost. Luckily Chuck has a very good sense of direction and kept us on the proper path. Hard to see where the paths were too as many of the trees are losing their leaves.
That all said I would happily do it again. It was so peaceful and serene. In  about 90 minutes we met only two other people and one very friendly dog.
We had our walking shoes on but I will be looking for a pair of hiking boots with ankle support. The paths are strewn with rocks and roots from the trees.
Gorgeous day!
We crossed a couple bridges over Butler Creek.
Many interesting mushrooms.
This tree had fallen down some time ago but appeared to still be growing at the top.
I shot a video of the creek but can't figure out how to put it into the blog. The water was low as we have had so little rain this summer.

I am looking forward to walking these trails again as it is a wonderful workout! A peaceful oasis just a few blocks from our home.

Have a great week.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"The Apple Orchard"

Our new home is located two blocks from the western edge of our town. Beyond that are farms. The farm closest to us is a 100+ year old apple orchard. A few days ago we walked out there to enjoy all the apples.
On the way we passed this building. I thought this was such an interesting sign.
Beautiful, huge catalpa tree on the farm next to the apple orchard. I grew up with two of these tress so I do have a soft spot for them.
Interesting old plow (I think!)
It has been a wonderful year for apples. The trees are full.
The old farmhouse. I don't believe it is occupied at this point. The back is looking a little saggy!
Great use for old garden tools!
This is one of the great bargains I got when Kim was down last week. The quilt is mostly hand stitched with some machine stitching on the butterflies. It was only $10.00! Not a mark on it and in beautiful condition.
Kim gave us this beautiful bouquet of sunflowers when she was here. Sweet Pea seemed to enjoy them.
Yes, I sanitize the counter after he eats. I have tried to get him to eat on the floor but he just won't!
Such a handsome guy!
This little girl has been hanging around too but she is very skittish. This was taken at 6:00 a.m. a few days ago. She will now let me pet her head after initially running away if she spotted me but if you reach for her she runs off. According to a neighbour she has hung around the neighbourhood for the last few years. I now count 5 cats that roam the neighbourhood. Most of them do have owners. Only one wears a collar. We will continue to feed them. Sweet Pea must have put out the word that we are a soft touch!

We are continuing to enjoy the Fall weather. It has rained for most of today but it is warm.

Have a good week.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"Walk Through This World With Me"

Chuck and I have always enjoyed walking. When we first met I had just finished high school and Chuck was waiting to get into welding school after a stint in the Navy. This was back in 1982 during a recession in Ontario. Neither one of us could find a job so for the first few months were were dating we had time on our hands. This would shortly change as we both went back to school. We walked everywhere! It didn't require any money and we both enjoyed exploring the city we were living in then. Walking is something we have continued to enjoy for the last 34 years. Sunday we walked up a large hill right on the edge of town. It was a beautiful day.
The asters are still blooming.
Looking out over Lake Ontario.
Looking towards town.
We then walked over to Proctor House to see where the road goes that runs beside it. It ended up being a dead end but it was heavily forested most of the way. I have no idea what this flower is called. there were quite a few clumps of it.
We could hear the chipmunks and squirrels chattering away.
Lovely tree.
This is in front of the Proctor House Barn Theatre. I love the masks.
Looks like some damage after our last wind storm.
A beautiful day ended with a beautiful sunset.

Monday, October 10, 2016

"That's What Friends Are For" Part Two.

Oh my goodness, where do I begin? We had an early start on Friday morning as I had to drive Chuck to work for 7:00. When I got back home Kim was eating her breakfast and getting ready for our day.
Our first stop was Campbell's Orchards which I have told you about a few times. The critters had all new cages and there seemed to be more of them, critters I mean. Newton the pig was living up to his name and "hogging" all the apples.
Many chickens were enjoying the sunshine.
A great corn maze to wander through. Kim and I just didn't have the time. Too much on the schedule!
We went and found some ground apples and made sure the two sheep got a snack.
So many delicious kinds of apples! The two ladies that do all the baking were busy working away in the kitchen. We had a good long look around and just as we were leaving one of the ladies brought out fresh pumpkin chocolate loaf still warm from the oven. Heavenly!
We headed back home for lunch. I wanted to quickly show Kim Proctor House which I wrote about a week or so ago. I knew the ticket office for the Proctor House Barn Theatre was open as there was a play being performed this last few weekends. We walked around outside so Kim could get some photos and then I suggested we head into the office (located in the house kitchen) to just ask if we could look around the kitchen. Well the lady said sure and I will turn on all the house lights so you can tour the whole house. I was flabbergasted! The house is only open for tours in July and August. The volunteer left us alone to wander around wherever we wanted to go.
First we toured the dining room and one of the parlours. I can't even begin to describe how beautiful it was.
The china on this table was all hand painted by a female member of the Proctor family.
Parlour on the left side of the front door.
I love the antique everyday things like this sewing basket. Look at the plank floors.
Imagine having tea at this table.
Some Proctor family portraits.
Front hallway and stairs.
Chandelier in front hall.
A window in the upstair hall.
One of the bedrooms housed some display cases and various family possessions. Look at how tiny the waist on the dress mannequin!
One of the little girls room.
I do love the vintage clothing which there was quite a bit of.
This was in the nannies room.
An indoor outhouse. Very rare in this time period.
On top of the house was a belvedere for Mr. Proctor to watch for his ships out on Lake Ontario. I did not take this photo, Kim did. I am not a fan of heights. We had to climb a very steep, long staircase to get to the belvedere. Then the area to stand up there was very small with no railings around the stairs. I was worried I was going to fall right back down the stairs so I was hugging the back windows. Kim was very brave and took the photos!
I only stayed up there for a few minutes. Kim stayed up a bit longer and enjoyed the view. Coming back down was treacherous as the stairs were only about 5 inches wide. You really had to watch where you put your feet. Back on the second floor we found the master bedroom. Lovely and big and bright.
Such beautiful dresses!
I love the curling irons on the stove.
Upper hallway with the stairs back down.
We eventually got back to the kitchen. I love this display of head coverings and shawls.
The volunteer let us look in the summer kitchen. It is used for storage too. What a wonderful stove with all the cooking utensil's.
Just everyday things but if they could talk!
I would have loved to try on one of the aprons! We ended up touring the house for about an hour. We noticed a donation box so we both dropped in a donation. I plan on going back when tours are given to get a full history on the house.
After our tour we quickly headed into Trenton for one last quick look at the thrift stores then headed home so Kim could pack. I believe Kim came with two bags but she left with four! We sat and chatted for an hour or so then packed up and took Kim to the train station. A wonderful two days which I hope we can repeat again.
If you are still reading this thank you, it was very long!

I hope you enjoyed all the photos. I had a wonderful time taking them.

Have a good week!