Saturday, 30 October 2010

Hallowe'en Eve

It is the eve before Hallowe'en, known in some parts as Mischief Night.  I decided to take a walk around our neighbourhood to see how the preparations for the main event were coming along.

There are some fairly unusual guests outside this house.  It looks like they may have been waiting for an awfully long time.

Is that a witch I see waiting outside this door?

I wouldn't like to see this character on a dark night.

And I don't much fancy a walk through this graveyard.

 The spiders have been busy too.  But possibly the most unnerving sight is the giant cat with ferocious claws!

Happy Hallowe'en!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Meet The Tooth Fairy

I found myself wondering what to give my niece for her sixth birthday and then I thought about teeth.  She  is approaching the age when her baby teeth will be falling out and I came up with the idea of a pillow.  Anyway, I did a bit of searching online and found an even better idea ~ a tooth fairy!

This was a fun and fairly easy project which was quickly completed once I had stopped procrastinating about dragging my sewing machine out of its usual place.  The one problem was that the fabric glue I purchased wouldn't stick felt, so I ended up trying to handsew the pocket through hard glue!  Yes, the fairy's mouth is a pocket for the tooth.  As my niece enjoys ballet; I thought that a ballerina tooth fairy was most appropriate.

In my day, I used to put my tooth under my pillow and find a sixpence in the morning.  I think that times have changed.  I don't know what the going rate is for a tooth these days.  If you want to create your own tooth fairy, you can find the pattern here.

Monday, 25 October 2010

To Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;

To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.
John Keats

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Anyone For Tea?

During our recent visit to the area of Georgian Bay known as Grey-Bruce County, we took a scenic drive and stumbled acoss this lookout point which was all laid out for tea. 

The memorial commemorates the 110th anniversary of the Kemble Women's Institute, which is the oldest WI in the world.  Established in 1887; the 'tea table' was created in 2007.

The motto at the bottom of the plaque reads 'Building strong families and strong communities' which is at the core of the Women's Institute.  I read the plaque and then I thought about the daily struggles and hardships faced by the women who settled in this area. I hope that joining the WI gave them a sense of belonging and helped them to make the place feel like home.

In case you were wondering, this is the view from the lookout point.  Not a bad place to stop for tea.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Saving The Best Until Last

Our journey on the Island Queen continues.  Sadly, at this point, the camera batteries died, so these photographs were taken with my Blackberry.  Anyway, I couldn't resist a photo of this "cottage".  Isn't it amazing?

As we travelled between the islands, there were new sights at every turn.

The sign to the right of the red boathouse stated that the cottage was for sale.  Now all I need is a lottery win!  Wouldn't it be marvellous to be able to spend the summer in such a beautiful place....

Many cottages are hidden in the trees, so we just caught glimpses of them as we passed.

The colours of the trees got even more impressive as we neared the end of our journey.

The trees that were protected from the wind still held on to their beautiful autumn foliage.

It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon: cruising around the 30,000 Islands and admiring the natural beauty of Georgian Bay.

Who knows when we will be back?  Maybe next year...

Friday, 22 October 2010

Some Flowers For The Weekend

I saw these beauties on a recent walk.  I know they are of the daisy family, but I'm not sure exactly what they are.  They were putting on such a lovely display of colour that I had to take a photo.  I thought that I would share some flowers with you all for the weekend.  Whatever your plans, have fun and get outside and enjoy the last of the colours!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Glorious Autumn

I love the colours of this season.  The trees are breath-taking and what better way to admire their magnificence than by taking a cruise? 

We had been thinking of cruising around Georgian Bay again this year, but had thought that we would take a boat from Midland where we were staying, but it was such a glorious day that we changed our plans and hopped on the Island Queen at Parry Sound.

We were aboard and awaiting departure when this float plane taxied across the water.  There are many such planes to be seen around the lake and some people are fortunate enough to be able to fly in to use their cottages and avoid the traffic.

Parry Sound dressed for fall.

As we left the harbour, we caught glimpses of the glories to come.

From past experience, we avoided the upper deck of the Island Queen and chose instead to be at the stern of the boat on the lower deck, which is open, but sheltered from the wind.  In doing so, I was able to stay outside for the entire three hour cruise without getting cold.

Sunlight sparkling on the water.

Although never that far from a shoreline on this trip, it still manages to feel like a real adventure.

Looking back and seeing the rocky terrain that makes up the 30,000 Islands.

We passed a Provincial Park and saw the almost empty beaches which would be busy in summer.

The reds of the dogwoods and the maples look like fire in the trees.

You get an impression of just how spectacular the canopy of colour is when viewed from a distance.

Navigation around Georgian Bay can be treacherous for those who do not know the area.  There are many shipwrecks in the area and one can understand why when seeing rocks protruding from the water in places.

The weather was picture-perfect.  Hardly a cloud in the sky and the sun shining throughout the cruise.

Many of the islands have cottages on them, which are accessible only by boat.

Some of them are just rocks with a few sparse trees which struggle to survive in fairly inhospitable conditions and lean in the direction of the prevailing wind.

Is this farewell to Georgian Bay?  Not quite.  I have a few more photographs left for future posts.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Did You Guess?

I recently posted about a fun knitting project and left you guessing.  Well, as women, we are all born with one, so I didn't think that it would be too challenging, though I suppose that would depend on whether you ever studied biology.

It is a knitted uterus!  I have to admit that the uterine tubes actually bend outwards, not in; but it is easier to hang it up if I bend them the other way!  I now have my woolly womb adorning my bookshelf.  Should you wish to have a go and knitting one, visit this site for the pattern.  As there are pipe cleaners in the tubes, you can have hours of fun bending them!  I'm thinking of hanging it in my car...

This post is for Beverly at Tea Time & Roses, who asked about recent knitting projects.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Return To Georgian Bay

Last weekend, we were able to escape the city for a few days and make a return visit to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron. Our last visit to this area was a short one, though we did spend a few days there last year on what proved to be one of the coldest weekends of the summer.  The weather on this occasion was kinder to us and it was even warm enough to go out without a coat for the first couple of days.

It was so wonderful to get away after what has been a hectic and at times very stressful year.  There is a legend attached to this area regarding the creation of the 30,000 Islands. 

We revisited the town of Penetanguishene, sometimes shortened by the locals to Penetang.  Many of the communities have native Indian names and I believe that this name is derived from Ojibwa.  It means "Place of the white rolling sands".

Penetanguishene is situated on the south-eastern tip of Georgian Bay and it was incorporated in 1882.  It is a bilingual (English and French) community and there is evidence of this in some of the street names. 

I feel that my photographs don't do the place justice, as the autumn (or fall, as it is described here) colours of the trees were spectacular with the sun shining on them. 

The final photograph shows the canopy of trees in all its glory.  I have lots more photographs, including a cruise on the Island Queen around the 30,000 Islands, but will save them for some future posts.