Mar 22, 2017

Shiny and bright!

Winter affords us the time to tackle small, niggley things like doors that don't close properly and wobble, and painted-over hardware.  This time we took on our parlour, entry, basement and bedroom doors... 

As you can see in the picture below, taking off a strike plate can reveal a surprise: a chewed out hole that needs wood filler. (Yes, the frame is pretty banged up too.)  Once the hole was cut clean and any loose wood glued in place, the position of the strike plate was checked and corrected and reattached... after a good cleaning, that is!  
Sadly, a lot of the hardware in this house was painted over.  Steel wool could only do so much, so paint remover had to be used.  This turned out to be quite exciting, for as the paint came off in chunks the decoration on the brass plates was revealed!  Wow!  

When you're here, take a moment to notice these lovely, little details!

Next up:  the parlour door!

Mar 9, 2017

In transition

This time of year can be hard on the nerves, with the thermometer flip-flopping from maybe-it's-Spring to deep Winter, the dirty snow melting into mud, gravel on the lawns and lost recycling turning up in clumps under the crusty snow.  But there are visual wonders too, like spotting this gorgeous, algae-like frost on our concrete steps...

...and the first wee snowdrops pushing through with determination, and then surviving the temperature yo-yo!


And it's a good time to bake!  I almost think these almond croissant beauties look like Easter eggs!
We've had thunderstorms already, and +15C, while now we're going back to -11C... so we've covered the patches of tulip "thumbs" and hope to save them from ruin... Tuesday brought us a rainbow and this stunning sunset... wow.   So who knows what tomorrow will bring?


Mar 6, 2017

Book real estate

In our third year here, patterns are definitely emerging:  B&B winters are slow, but that's okay because there's a lot of touching-up, fixing, renovating, etc... to be done.  We've taken full advantage of this time of year and finally got on to of our own affairs, which included bringing many loads to the local thrift shops! 
  Not so with books, of course.  You can never have too many books... but eventually you run out of places to put them all!  So it was that I desperately needed more shelves, NOT just for books but our collected rocks from a vacation in Utah.  


Market Road Antiques in St. Jacobs came to the rescue!  Obviously we wanted something that looked a bit older, but was still in good shape and could shoulder a load.  We found this piece in one of the stalls and went home to measure our space.  It would work!  Then we asked a friend with a truck (thank you Olga!) to help transport the shelving unit, and it was home!  

The unit is stamped "Vilas Canada" on the back:  it turns out that Vilas was manufacturing in Cowansville, Quebec, and made furniture from 1950 - 1980 according to this website.  

From this blog:  "Canadians of a certain age are familiar with Vilas and Roxton, reputable furniture makers, who produced maple and other hardwood pieces in the rustic American style.  There is a lot of this furniture around from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s; it’s very solid and well-made but definitely stuck in a time warp."  

Along with all sorts of homeless treasures, my rocks went from this:









to this:
A place for everything and everything in its place.

Jan 28, 2017

Blood red beginning to the year




Finally we have enough snow to look like winter again!  And after a week of fog and grey, we had a day of stunning blue skies.







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Dec 28, 2016

Winter Holiday time in Elora

There is nothing ordinary about Elora.  This is the view when you take the dog out for a walk.  Even on a gray day, you have to stop and admire the natural beauty of the place... just right for contemplating the year's end and new beginnings.

And shopping for that extra special gift or thank you note?  Elora's Mill and Metcalfe streets with their pretty amazing selection of eclectic shops certainly do an impressive job of filling everyone's wish list.  
(Not to forget gems just outside of the Village, like Wellington Fibres just a little ways out on Middlebrook Road.)



This is Pariscope, with stunning ice arrangements decorating their doorway...  

but who can beat a woolly sheep with boots on?  This sweetie stood outside Yarn Bird, a must-see if you knit!
(All these photos were taken by my sister Doris on our December 24th walk before Santa's arrival.  Thank you, Doris!)

Nov 14, 2016

Halloween 2016


As that other Holiday approaches far too quickly, I want to rewind just a wee bit and share some Hallowe'en fun with you.  Elora does Halloween in style with its Monster March parade but this time I want to share with you some of the decorations we got to see our neighbours scare up.




























From the elegant to the subtle...


to the just for fun, Elora let its spirits shine.

I had to laugh when I saw this display:  is the abandoned bike and shovel supposed to be there?  I love the gruesome stories you could make up with these elements!!


However, our haunted friends in Aboyne took the cake with their skeleton horses and carriage display!

The skelly horses each even had their own water buckets!


And here was our offering:



 44 children dared to come up to our door on what was one of the most pleasant and mild Hallowe'ens I can remember.  We were expecting more ghosts and goblins to drop in... so there's lots of leftover goodies for our guests to enjoy!

As the light started to fade, the lanterns were lit and and the 2 skeleton dogs were added to the cemetery. 


 
 Howler was close enough to the walkway that he'd start howling when excited children went by, perfect!



And now all the creepy critters have been packed away (well, never all... there's always a bit of Hallowe'en at our house)...  


Until next year!

Nov 5, 2016

By the light of the Hallowe'en moon





Since it's over, I won't be spoiling anyone's fun by sharing these awesome photos of Tim Murton's "Twilight Zoo: Back from the Dead"!  It took place here in Elora at our Elora Centre for the Arts from October 12-31 and was eeriely beautiful and spooky.  




There photos were all taken by my sister Doris, and I'd say she did a pretty awesome job at capturing the beasts and the atmosphere!  




Not only were the beasts awesome but the hand-painted backdrops were gorgeous, really adding to the whole experience.  Not to forget the sound effects:  the original sound effects were perfect, especially the multiple whispering voices in the Tunnel!  The lighting was also just perfect, with just enough to cast eerie shadows everywhere.  In the Tunnel, the lights even went fully OUT! for a few seconds at intervals, leaving you utterly alone in the Tunnel with its many creepy flora (I'm sure man-eating) and fauna!





Sorry you missed it?  Tim has been doing this for 17 years, always making it a bit different, so plan to visit in October 2017!