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.

Osgoode Hall

Osgoode Hall Toronto OntarioOsgoode Hall front gate Toronto OntarioOsgoode Hall gate detail Toronto OntarioOsgoode Hall lawn Toronto OntarioOsgoodeOsgoode Hall gate Toronto OntarioOsgoode Hall streetcar Toronto OntarioToronto’s Osgoode Hall, it’s history and present steeped in the legal affairs of Ontario, is a landmark steps from the hipster and uber-trendy Queen Street West. Yet when you slide through the ornate gate, the noise of the city melts away. The old and new fuse seamlessly. Whether an afternoon rendezvous, a moment with a good book, or a snooze in the sun, consider yourself lucky to snag one of the coveted benches…I did!

Weekend Edition

Candy Pink Roses London ONIt’s so easy to make me smile in the morning. Just give me sunshine and beautiful flowers. These are my gift to you this weekend…along with a few links which I hope you will enjoy.

  • If I had my wish, I’d be spending my weekend flying to Marseille and lunching right here. The view alone will make you hungry thanks to Aisling Greally!
  • As a die-hard chocoholic I’m always on the lookout for divine (and easy) chocolate recipes. These pot de creme from Green Kitchen Stories are definitely going on my list.
  • Lavender was one of the first things I planted in my balcony garden at the beginning of summer. Now, every time the wind blows, the scent transports me to Provence. But there are many other uses for lavender which Renee Reardin lists on her blog