Aug 21, 2015

Whimsy Away!


I'm sneaking this in under the wire...posting later then expected but I'm still in vacation mode, so the day moved by at a laid back pace!  Yes, we went, we enjoyed, and we returned, from our first vacation away in almost a decade!




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And where did we venture to?? Well, we headed south...southern Ontario that is! To beautiful St. Jacobs!  Where we stayed two nights and three days, taking in loads of shopping, the local Mennonite culture, gorgeous sights and delicious food!!







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Our Besties moved into our house, to take care of the kids and it while we were away.  Aren't they amazing?!  As someone remarked, "You found someone to take care of four kids for you?? Hang on to them!" (oh...I think we will! lol!!)   And so, with the kiddos in good hands we headed off early Tuesday morning.  We had a smooth ride all the way there and arrived in time to tour Canada's largest Farmer's market (well, we toured some of it), checked into our hotel and then caught a horse drawn trolley ride through a sugar bush, on a seventh generation Mennonite farm.




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The area is home to a very large Mennonite community!  And it was really interesting to see the range from the Old order to what is accepted by the younger generations today.  Out of respect, I didn't take any picture of the Mennonite people, many of whom do not believe it is right to have pictures or images of people, but there were plenty of buggies to capture on film!






The country side was unbelievably pretty!! Ontario is a wonderfully diverse province, rolling hills, expanses of farmland, lush forests, mountain ranges, it's has it all and this little part had a nice mix-match of everything!!





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On our second day we toured an AMAZING Antique market, which was suuuper fun and followed that with our scenic country drive, more shopping, an early supper and then a stop at Ontario's last covered bridge.  


Also known as the Kissing Bridge!


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We enjoyed late night ice cream, scads of walking, shopping after supper, long quite chats, sleeping in, cable tv, meeting new people and all in all, just being alone together!!  The weather was perfect, the scenery amazing and the company fantastic!!  We arrived home after supper on Thursday and were very happy to see the kids again and very thankful to our friends for taking care and loving them for us while we were away!!  


It went by fast...and even now, only 24 hours after arriving home, it almost seems unreal...did we actually get away for two whole nights??? lol!!!  I will cherish our little get away and will look forward to when we can do it again....






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And so, the final, (for now) Whimsy Wednesday challenge prompt was fitting, both for the end of this short photo challenge and for our sweet mini vacation!  I was sad to see the time away end but I smile at all the fun we had!!



(oh and I'd had hoped to capture a great leaving shot from our vacation for this photo challenge and how nice it would be, to be able to say that was the sunset when we got home - except Noooo!! The drive home was horrible!! Seriously, bumper to bumper traffic for two hours through Toronto and then once we cleared that, torrential rain for the last three hours of the trip! Sheesh! It was nuts....so I smile that at least that part of the trip is over! hahahahah!!)



Thanks again to all who enjoyed this challenge!  I may incorporate more words and photos together...I really did enjoy it and liked how most of my images worked out.  But as for now, committing to once a week is too much...and summer is almost gone...so I'm going to soak up these fleeting summer days and I'll see you all when I do!



























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5 comments:

  1. So glad you two had such a great time. Don't wait so long next time. Love you.

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  2. Ahhh!! looks and sounds a lot like our Lancaster Co. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. And that is wonderful that S and R cared for your kiddo's. wow. I know what that is like - kinda. Our kiddos went to our "besties"/our fremily's house... when we went to a marriage retreat for almost the same amount of time. I can relate.. Wonderful!!!

    So - what's going to come out of all of this?? We'll have to talk on the phone again someday...soon!!!

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  3. Beautiful pictures - those farmland scenes look so restful! I'm glad you guys had a good time and it was nice to hear a bit about it in person today! And a very fitting quote for this post! :)

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  4. What a wonderful trip together! Your pictures are gorgeous and it looks like a lovely place to visit :) So glad you had time together and friends to care for your kids :)

    ~Julia

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  5. Thanks ladies! It was such a great time! Simple sweet fun!! I'm happy you all enjoyed the photos too! :)

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