Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Weekend drive in the country

I have always loved drives into the countryside. Doesn't matter what province. Having grown up here, my husband and I know quite a few of the roads in Ontario but it's always nice to find something new.

I took this by just sticking the camera out the window. That's the antenna in the middle. 

The name of this road is Green Lane.

Fields of mown hay.

I think it's wonderful to see farms that are still being worked and they are not too far from the big city.

A field of something being grown.

We didn't stop and look. We have enough stuff in our house.

There were signs for Strawberry Socials, Strawberries and Salad or Strawberry something all over. Usually on church notice boards. This one was in front of...

a house that was once home to Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the Anne of Green Gables books. L.M. Montgomery was a minister's wife and the church where he was a pastor was right across the street from this house. We didn't go in and I'm not altogether sure you can tour it.

This is one of the plaques outside the house.

Here's the other one. This one was put up by the federal government while the other one is a provincial government historical plaque. Seems sort of overkill to me.

We saw some horses...

some cows...

and a lot of bikers out for a ride on a wonderful warm day.

Checked out a new quilt store in Lindsay, Ontario that's only been opened for about a half a year.

The owner, Sandra Falconer, kindly let me take a few photos. 

They gained about a foot in floor space when they renovated and loads of height since there were false walls and a false ceiling.

They did a super job with the renovations and if I am in the area, I will drop in again. There used to be a Fabricland in town but it closed down and so it's nice to know that quilters in the area have a place to go to.

When we pulled up to this chip truck, there was only one customer. When I went into the quilt store, there was only one customer besides me but when I left (after about 15 minutes) there were many more people that had come in. I guess we attracted a crowd.

We had eaten here before and, although the chips and gravy were OK, next time we will try another chip truck. These weren't fresh cut, homemade fries.

We kept driving through small towns.

We saw some gorgeous old brick houses. These red brick houses are the norm in southern Ontario.

Some newer houses mimic the old style.

We saw more farms.

And an old cemetery.

We drove through more small towns.

Someone turned right instead of left and look, there in the distance, is that water?

A little off course and we ended up at Lake Simcoe. Oh well, it wasn't too far from home. Just head straight south.

For some reason this fellow...

juggles on the street corner. We have seen him before. 

And through it all, Baxter slept in the backseat.


  1. Some of us think that back roading
    is more enjoyable than "simply
    messing about in boats".

  2. looks like a great rip...especially the fabric store!!! I am assuming your dog is a ''he'' dog...only a man could sleep through that!

  3. What fun! My great-aunts owned a farm in Ontario, how I loved to visit. I have family scattered all over Canada. Lucy Maud's house, oh my I would LOVE to see that - I adore those books still - I have a friend in P.E.I. that I've wanted to visit for years, she's a huge Anne fan too.
    That fabric shop looks wonderful!

  4. Nice drive..great quilt shop.So pretty.Love the red brick houses.Dear old Baxter having a nap throughout..

  5. Most enjoyable! (but did you know you were driving on the wrong side of the road!?!)

  6. Thanks for the drive, Dolores. My dad was born in Woodville, just a stone's throw from Lindsay and was raised in a beautiful brick farmhouse similar to the one you showed. Do miss that countryside (I'm in Calgary). The quilt shop looks great and very nice renovations. Hope they do well.

  7. Thank you for taking me to such a wonderful road trip! It was quite magical :-)

  8. I love those country drive as well:-) No, you can't go into the former LMM house, it's privately owned. The LMM society wanted to buy it so that they could turn it into a museum but they didn't have the money to pay the asking price. Steve & I were there 2 years ago and talked to the president of the LMM society, she's the one that told us this:-) Met her while we were strolling the LMM gardens so it was perfect timing!! So many of the areas you took pictures of are familiar to me. We must try to meet one day:-) xoxo

  9. Baxster my dreams are with you :-) bet it was about cookies :-)xxx


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