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. 

 

























Monday, July 16, 2018

These flowers are in my front gardens - these ones like the heat but the blooms don't last long.




Saturday, July 14, 2018



Flowers are doing okay with almost daily watering - sure wish we could have a day of rain to break the heat and help the flowers along.

Clematis

Coneflower

Double bloom Million Bells





Bee on Salvia

Wednesday, July 4, 2018




Dan & I went to the Art Gallery of Hamilton to see the Vivian Maier Photo Exhibit which was amazing.  If you don't know the Vivian Maier story, there are a number of books written about her plus there is a documentary that is sometimes available on the TVO website.  Her story is fascinating and sad at the same time.  Here is a link to the Art Gallery of Hamilton:  https://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com/


These 2 figures are hanging around the main entrance lobby - must be the official greeters.
 




 
This sculpture was located in the Gallery courtyard where they host a number of events.

I loved this VW van and it is something that you could spend hours looking at plus it continues to have items attached to it.