Girls’ Night Out at the CNE

….the Canadian National Exhibition is one of the biggest and oldest fairs in Canada


Last evening my three girls and I paid a visit to the CNE. I’ve been going to this fair since I was a little girl. As a teenager it was one of my favourite events of the summer even if it did mean that school was about to start. The fair runs for 2 1/2 weeks at the end of August through to Labour Day.

The Food Building was always a highlight of our visit but it has changed considerably over the years. There was a time when you could fill up on samples alone and take home great bargains. Now it’s more about the outrageous meals that one can purchase. One of the big draws this year was the Thanksgiving Waffle. If you’re thinking turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberries you’d be right and all wrapped in a waffle made with mashed potatoes and topped with more gravy. Sounds pretty disgusting but it was actually quite tasty. Both G and J each bought one but it was so large that the four of us shared them.

After our somewhat unhealthy dinner we walked along the midway and played a few games of chance. Whack-a-Mole is one of my favourite games but none of us won a prize this year. We also went to the Farm building and took in the butter sculptures and enjoyed learning about farm animals. My favourites were the turkey and the piglets.

After three hours we called it a night and headed back out through the Dufferin gates. Luckily the entrance fee is greatly reduced after 5:00 pm and we found parking on the street so the entire evening was relatively inexpensive. Until this time next year my CNE experience is over.


Mystery of the Fallen Bird Feeder

….the hummingbird feeders are often empty after I’ve been away for a few days but I’ve never seen them on the ground

When we arrived at the cottage last weekend I found one of the hummingbird feeders lying on the forest floor and of course it was empty. In fact all the feeders were empty but the rest of them were still hanging where I left them.

I quickly filled all the feeders and rehung the fallen feeder. It wasn’t long before I discovered what caused the feeder to fall. I think the following photos are pretty self explanatory. Enjoy!

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Harvesting the Garden – Part 2

….all summer we’ve been enjoying lettuce, beans and zucchini from the garden

On Sunday we started to harvest our root vegetables from our boxes. We were pleasantly surprised at how well our carrots have grown. We planted red, orange, yellow and white carrots. The red ones we discovered are orange inside so if you scrape them they don’t look any different from the orange variety. IMG_0201

We’ve been pulling the beets for a couple of weeks but we had a few left so out they came along with the the few red onions that we had planted. I’ve been roasting the beets in the skins until they’re tender. Then the skin just pops off when cool enough to handle. I slice them, sprinkle a little vinegar on them to refresh them and when we’re ready to eat them we drizzle olive oil on them and season with a little salt and pepper. Delicious!


Now we have cabbage, Brussels sprouts and Jerusalem artichokes left in the garden along with a few more carrots. I think the zucchini is done for the year and we uprooted our pea and bean plants. We may throw in a few more bean seeds and see what happens. If we have a warm autumn we might get another bean crop.



Share Your World – Week 34

….more great questions from Cee’s Photography

What is your favorite smell? What memory does it remind you of?

My favourite smell has to be cinnamon. I love the smell of Christmas baking. Another smell that I really like, especially in a perfume scent is lemon or a citrusy smell. It reminds me of a perfume my mother always used to wear, 4711 or Tosca. photo 1-83

Name a song or two which are included on the soundtrack to your life?

The songs that come to mind are Let it Be by the Beatles and Your are the Sunshine of my Life by Stevie Wonder. The later was the song that my husband and I danced to when we were dating and on our wedding day. 

Do you play video/computer game? Which one(s) or most recent?

The only game I play on-line is Scrabble. I’m addicted. I play with my sisters and a few good friends.

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best? Plus what would the 8th dwarf’s name be? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey)

I think I’d be Doc, the voice of reason. Although not perfect and often mixing up this words, Doc is kind and keeps the other dwarfs in check. If there was an 8th dwarf his name would be Techy because in today’s world the dwarfs would need someone who can tinker with modern technology.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for a nice weekend at the cottage with my husband and daughter, A and her partner, J. We finally had decent weather. I’m also grateful for everyone’s help getting the outhouse properly set over the new hole and that it is no longer sitting on an angle but is perfectly level.

This week I’m looking forward to having lunch with my friend, AB and going to the CNE with my daughters. I’m also looking forward to celebrating my birthday on Thursday with my family.