Oct 16, 2016

Mother Nature's palette!

We spent a week as tourists!  Well, it's the best way to learn so we can talk with our guests about all the great things to see and do in our area!  And the fall colours were absolutely at their peak, stunning with massive rolling clouds sometimes threatening rain.  Alton Mills was nice to see (good chili!) but the Town of Erin surprised us with its main street of shops and many trails.  We will definitely be going back with the dogs!  We also hiked two trails on Sandy Hills Drive that were very nice. (More to follow in the next post!)

But what I most wanted to share in this post was the brilliant wash of colours in all that we did.  As if the brilliant trees weren't enough, on our drive to Alton Mills along Hwy #18 we passed a canola field, glowing yellow!  This is not our picture but is very similar to what we enjoyed:


And here's a rainbow in a box!  Wellington Fibres on Middlebrook Road just outside of Elora has a great shop right on the farm where you can see the goats in the field.  My sister is needle-felting and shared some of the rovings she bought for her projects.  Wow, what a dazzling selection, thank you again Doris!  If you're into knitting, spinning, weaving or needle-felting, you'll love visiting Wellington Fibres!

Oct 1, 2016

Boo season is here!

My favorite time of year!  Finally cooler temperatures and, like magic, everything goes from green to yellows and oranges and coppers and reds overnight!  

Magnificent!  WOW!  Mother Nature is awesome!  

Before we get into the fun of October, though, we have some seasonal house maintenance to take care of, like fixing up our balcony.  The outside door frame and balcony rail needed scrapping, sanding, priming and painting before the weather turned too cold.

I did manage to start the Hallowe'en baking, though.  Here are the dogs' treats... yes, I have my priorities in order and the dogs are first!  Peanut butter bones and ghosts, and the ghosts still will get a white Merkins coating to be extra yummy.  (Also, dog cookies store really well so they're good to make in advance.)   

And I'm thrilled to say I've been invited to take part in the Twilight Zoo!  My bat conservation display will be part of the October 22nd after-Monster-March fun on the Elora Centre for the Arts grounds.  This photo is from the Twilight Zoo website, where you can read all the details about this month of spooky activities!

Sep 19, 2016

Dog Days of Hallowe'en

So here's a funny story and I imagine this was a unique experience, resulting from having a dog, a bed and breakfast and two animatronic Hallowe'en skelly dogs in your kitchen.  Earlier this month we went to Guelph's Home Depot and adopted two skeleton dogs, one that howls and one that barks and makes some pretty nasty noises.  Unloading the car, I set the two dogs on the kitchen table and Mom went off to do more errands while I waited for guests to arrive and check-in.  I of course played with my new pups (which Willow didn't exactly like) and was testing their sound activation... when the doorbell rang.  Oops!  This, of course, set off Willow who dutifully announced an arrival which, of course, set off the two mechanical dogs!  They work just fine, thank you.  So I had three barking, snarling and howling dogs to deal with, and needed to get to the door pronto!  Where to turn first?!  The on/off switch for the dogs of course is in their mouths, on the palate behind their snapping jaws.  So I scooted Willow into the bedroom before gingerly inserting my fingers into one dog's mouth turning it off and hurried out to get the door.  
  I was grinning ear-to-ear and was probably quite red when I greeted our guests, and they asked about the commotion in the house.  I had to laugh as I told them, no, we only have one dog and no she's not making all that horrible noise all by herself.  

Aug 10, 2016

Farmers' Market harvest

There's nothing like fresh, local fruit and we were recently at the St Jacobs Farmers' Market to find Niagara peaches... oh, they're SO good!  

Of course we brought home a lot, so our guests have been enjoying them with breakfast and also baked in this yummy peach cake... 

St. Jacobs is a short 20 minute drive from our B&B and right now you'll find all the best the season has to offer, like these gorgeous blue berries.  (Well, they're actually from BC; there are no Ontario blueberries this year we're told, due to the drought.)   

Lots of these pretties got frozen, so I'll have summer berries in my winter baking!

Jul 28, 2016

While it's still Summer

July is almost over and time is passing faster than a melting ice cream cone in this heat!  

We are short of rain and it's been a hot week, but before we go any farther I wanted to share some garden photos from June.  August is going to be crazy-busy here at the Flying Leap so before we dive in enjoy these images. 

And here are Willow and Merlin with the iconic painted doors of Elora.  These doors are featured in many photos and paintings... but only this one features two exceptional canines.

Hope you're enjoying a Summer relaxing with ice cream in the cool shade!

Jul 18, 2016

105 Days to Hallowe'en!

There's always a wee bit of Hallowe'en lurking here at the Flying Leap, and come October we can't wait to let the bats, skellies and monsters out of the basement.  I'm always excited when I see something new that we could incorporate into our spooky decor so when I saw this I was in giggles:

It's from The Art of Darkness blog which has basic construction instructions/ideas. 

If Hallowe'en is your thing too and you can't wait to see the ghouls and ghosts arise, Elora is absolutely the place to visit in October.  The Twilight Zoo creatures appear on store fronts, private homes and parks and it's Monster Month!  Here's a list of October events, you'll want to stay overnight and the Leap will be deliciously creepy! 

Elora Fergus Studio Tour -- September 24 - 25th, October 1 - 2nd, 2016 http://www.elorafergusstudiotour.com

Elora's Horse and Hound Parade -- October 2nd, 2016  http://elora.info/events/2nd-annual-horse-hound-parade/

Elora's Sensational Soup Off -- October 10th, 2016  http://www.wellington.ca/Museum/

Guelph Studio Tour -- October 14 - 16th, 2016   http://www.guelphstudiotour.ca

Family Hallowe'en Activities at the Museum -- October 16th, 2016   http://www.wellington.ca/Museum/

Monster March Parade, 6:30pm -- Saturday, October 22nd, 2016  http://elora.info/events/monster-month-elora/

Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour -- October 22 -23rd, 2016 http://www.kbtstudiotour.ca/

Spirit Walks at the Poor House -- October 20 - 30th, 2016  http://www.wellington.ca/Museum/ 

(This list will be updated on our website: http://www.theflyingleap.com/elora.htm.)

Jul 12, 2016

Global News: Exploring the Village of Elora

We're in the news!  Please take two minutes to watch this nifty little news spot:
  and then come and experience it all for yourself!