Traces of summer at Eldon House

Eldon House garden London OntarioAlthough I’ve been inside Eldon House (London Ontario’s oldest residence) a number of times, I had never seen the gardens from this perspective. Playing with my newbie photographer skills, I caught this point of view and just knew it was a great photo. I’m not sure if I just got lucky or my technique is improving!!!

The Bag Lady

The Bag Lady London Ontario entrance and vanInterior restaurant and counter | The Bag Lady London OntarioCookie pedestals at The Bag Lady in London OntarioVintage object display in The Bag Lady | Restaurant in London OntarioGirl face mugs at The Bag Lady in London OntarioSeating area in The Bag LadyCutlery and napkins in The Bag Lady in London OntarioInterior of restaurant with patrons of The Bag Lady in London OntarioWhite wrought iron tables on the patio at The Bag Lady in LondonExterior building and patio at The Bag Lady Everyone says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I couldn’t agree more. I will wake up an hour early just to start the day off with a hot meal. I must admit that this does take a toll on my sleep (and who couldn’t use a little more shut eye!). Finding a place in my London neighbourhood that takes breakfast as seriously as I do, and is a super cute spot to meet with friends is amazing.

Stepping through the door of The Bag Lady I felt like Alice walking through the looking glass. The pastel technicolor and over-the-top retro design can be bit overwhelming, but the vibe is really easy going. The food feels homemade and will make you a breakfast addict, especially the mixed potato hash. Whether you decide to sit inside or outside, a visit to this delicious wonderland is a must.

Weekend Edition


Bridge over the Thames in London Ontario

River Forks Park, London Ontario


The final long weekend of the summer is so bitter sweet. I adore these extended weekends spent with family and friends, or on a little getaway. But this unofficial end of summer, which already feels short in Canada, brings so much change. The weather begins it’s descent into the single digits. The leaves start changing colour. Everyone gets back into their official routines of school or work, or both. No more careless joie de vivre of “what shall we do today”. If you still have some vacation left – celebrate! If not, I suggest these links to help prolong that summer feeling…until next year!

  • Brooke Saward created her own dream job by starting an exquisite travel blog which has allowed her to visit many beautiful places around the world, mostly on her own. Escape reality with her 12 most scenic countries.
  • If I could run away to England, I would head for the cottage of Louise from Cygnet Kitchen and hope she’d invite me to stay for tea and these delicious scones. 
  • Grand Budapest Hotel” was definitely the escapist film of the summer. Amazing visuals and an intriguing plot made me want to travel back in time.

Scrolls and Stones

Bud Gowan Antiques Store FrontBud Gowan Antiques Top HatAlthough the shop has now closed down, Bud Gowan Antiques was London Ontario’s magical place of curiosities curated by an even more extraordinary man. The intricate facade of the Clarence Street storefront calls out to those strolling by but, to me, the tiny hat is the cherry on top.