Friday, July 2, 2010

Day in the Country & Follow Friday 40 and Over

Hey, it's Friday already! And once again I am participating in Follow Friday 40 and Over. If you're new to my blog, welcome! Please stay for a little visit. Hope you enjoy my post today - mainly a photoblog this time around. Every day, I post something different, but I do love to take photographs so I often share them here. So sit back for a moment, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and pretend you were with us yesterday as we ventured into the countryside.

Yesterday was Canada Day, so we had the day off.  I tend to groan a bit when holidays fall in the middle of the week instead of giving us a long weekend, but it was actually so lovely to have a day off in the middle of the week and still have the weekend to look forward to.

We took a lovely drive up to Amish country, spent some time at St. Jacob's Farmers Market, stopped at a garage sale in the little village of Alma, explored the cute little shoppes of Elora, and had an early supper at Elora Mill Inn, on a patio, hanging over the gorge.  It was a beautiful day and I just have to share some of my photos!

First a couple of shots from the Farmers Market.  I couldn't resist taking this picture of these two Amish guys who were having such a good laugh while they were waiting to sell their maple syrup products.  The second shot was taken because I absolutely love the vibrant colours of the fruits and veggies that are available at this time of year.

After we left the market, we went for a drive through the countryside.

Then we stopped at Elora Mill Inn for dinner.  It sits on an incredibly beautiful gorge.

We ate on that balcony looking out on the water.  The glass-topped table made it feel like we were hanging right over the water!

It was so much fun watching the kayakers run the rapids.

When the kayakers were done, the second act of  our dinner show occurred when this lovely blue heron flew in for a fishing expedition.   We watched while he patiently waited at the side of the river, caught one fish, and then waded right into the middle of the rapids and caught three more!

After dinner, we explored some of the little shoppes in downtown Elora.

And stopped for the very BEST ice-cream I have ever had at this little place.  The ice-cream was organic and absolutely so creamy, it was INCREDIBLE!

One scoop of French Vanilla, and one scoop of Cappuccino - the perfect dessert to end a perfect day!

(Oh, and some other time, I'll have to show you a picture of the vintage rolling pin I managed to pick up at that little garage sale!)  


  1. Wow I love that place over the water!! How cool!!

    Love all the pics!! What a great day you must have had!

    Have a happy 4th!!


  2. Hello, I was actually re-visiting you from my white wednesday. So, I became a follower - I am of a certain age :) ; loved the post of your day off and how lovely everything was! Tremendous pictures - cappuchino ice cream - on my list now of things to make this summer!
    Hope you have a terrific weekend now that it is here!
    God Bless,
    p.s. Hope you stop by Tuesday for my Victoria Blog Party!

  3. Hi! Following along, thanks to the 40+ hop ... :) "Extroverted introvert"??? Sounds like ME!

  4. Your photos are lovely! The berries look delicious and what a great view from the dining room of that restaurant! Just returning your visit to say thanks for dropping by!

  5. Beautiful photos. Thanks for stopping by and following. Happy to return the favor and looking forward to getting to know you!

  6. Hello Ro, thanks for the visit. I love the picutures you posted today, but my favorite is your banner. The roses are GORGEOUS!!!

    I'm a new Happy Flower of your blog.


  7. That looks like an awesome market! You take great photos.

  8. Thanks I enjoyed that little trip. It must've been amazing eating on a glass top table and being able to look down at the water and seeing the boaters like that. Pretty nifty break in the week and now here's the weekend. How lucky are you! Smiles


  9. What a beautiful post! You are quite a photographer, and I enjoyed taking your day trip with you for a few moments!

    Came over from Friday Follow, I will enjoy checking out more of your blog!

  10. Hi Ro, all of your photo's are wonderful, but I especially liked the one with the horses and windmill. Sounds like you had a good time. Take care.

  11. Beautiful pictures! That dinner-time view is extraordinary! Don't believe I would ever be so brave as to kayak, especially in those waters! Glad you had such a memorable day off! Have a great weekend!

  12. That sounds as thought it was a day perfectly spent! I would have LOVED it.

    Thank you for sharing the pictures. Beautiful!



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