Friday, August 31, 2018

I was playing tourist in my hometown of St. Thomas and started my staycation with a pizza from Elgin Harvest which has their oven parked at the RailCity Brewery.


I ate my pizza on top of the Elevated Bridge Park.

This is the sun shade sculpture created by Mira Lavoie - it is in the next section of the bridge that is not open to the public as yet.

New art gallery / venue located at 400 Sunset Drive, Central Elgin / St. Thomas.

First show features the art of Laura Woermke, Jaclyn White (Jac) and Emily Copeland.

Beautiful venue.

Additional room available for photography.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

I purchased these 3 prints from Gardner Galleries online auction and I am starting to do a bit of research on the artist.  I found this link and will be contacting the art gallery for more information about Roberta Haviland:  https://www.temiskamingartgallery.ca/roberta-haviland






After picking up my prints at Gardner Galleries, I went to the Brydges Street Market to see if they had any more owls that I could add to my collection and, luckily, they did.  Quite an assortment of materials - stone, cut glass, ceramic and vintage plaster!






Goldfinches love this time of year when the seeds on the coneflowers are ready for eating.



Monday, August 27, 2018

Dan & I went to the Elevated Park fund raising picnic long enough to pick up our lunch and listen to the busker who was quite good.  Too hot to stay and eat lunch on the bridge.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018




Garden at Waterworks Park, St. Thomas

Tuesday, July 24, 2018










 This sculpture by Sam Radoff was added on June 25th.  Here is a link to his website:  http://yosemitesams.com/
 This new sculpture by David Morris has now been added to the elevated park.  Here is a link to David's website:  http://www.davidmorrissculptor.com/


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

I noticed a couple of these decorated pianos in downtown Stratford - this one was located out front of MacLeod's Scottish Shop.  A unique tourist attraction.  Take a look at this website to see other places around the world that have added pianos to their streets:  http://streetpianos.com/stratford2012/

Found these cute own page markers at H. H. Delea & Company - they have a great selection of cards, calendars, gift wrap etc.

How could I not buy these quirky hand-knit owl slippers?!?!?  The store had a wide selection of locally made items.  Here is a link to a description of the store and what it sells: https://www.visitstratford.ca/member/Treasures

Amazing store with a ton of unique and kitschy items.  Here is the link to their website:
https://small-mart.ca/

I bought this owl key chain at Small-Mart - if you press a button on the back, the eyes light up blue and the owl makes a screeching noise.  Couldn't resist!!

I bought this owl at Watson's Chelsea Bazaar - this is a lovely gift shop with a huge selection of dishes, household d├ęcor and a lower level with kitchen utensils!  Here is a link to their website:
http://www.watsonsofstratford.com/watsonsfinal_003.htm

I added another item to my owl collection by purchasing this pin at MacLeods Scottish Shop - the clerk was rather handsome in his kilt and I think he was glad that the humidity had broken.  Here is the link to their website:  https://scottishshop.com/

This Christmas decoration owl was purchased a little shop tucked away on York Street  - this street had a number of shops that I have never visited.  The shop is called Symphony in Brass - there were a lot of unique items in this shop and they had a number of owl items but I did show a small bit of restraint and only bought one owl from this shop.  Here is a link in TripAdvisor: 
https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g155015-d6855911-Reviews-Symphony_In_Brass-Stratford_Ontario.html

Right next door to Symphony in Brass is a shop called Emerald Muse - quite eclectic with incense, Buddhas, crystals, and palm readings by appointment.  Here is the link to the shop's website:
https://emeraldmuseworks.com/

I made a quick stop at Fundamentals Books and Toys - this is a great store with the best toys & books and very friendly staff.  I am suffering through a self-imposed ban on buying books for the month of July so I bought a puzzle of a Book Shop instead.  Here is the link to their website:
https://fundamentalsbooksandtoys.ca/

After all of that shopping, I had to take a lunch break and went to Boomers which has appeared on You Gotta Eat Here!  It is a very small place with a community eating table and delicious burgers.  I had a turkey burger and sweet potato fries - so yummy!  I can understand why John Catucci praised this place.  Worth another visit if I'm in the area.
http://boomersgourmetfries.ca/



What visit to Stratford is not complete without a visit to Rheo Thompson Candies?  I thought it best to have lunch before I visited so I wasn't tempted to buy out the place.
Here is a link to their website:  https://www.rheothompson.com/

I didn't know there was an orange flavored smoothie so I must give it a try.  I like the dark chocolate mint but the original is still my favorite.

  
I drove along Lakeside Drive on my way to the Antique Warehouse - the swans were close to walkway so I was able to get some photos.  So graceful!

My final stop on my visit to Stratford was the antique warehouse.  This place always has a great selection of interesting treasures so, of course, I was able to pick up a couple of owls to add to my collection.