Saturday, 5 April 2014

Maple Syrup Festival

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Maple Syrup Festival in Elmira, Ontario today.
This year marks the event's 50th Anniversary and although it was a bit chilly, it wasn't raining or snowing.  

Of course, my first priority was to head for the main food tent where I had a yummy breakfast of pancakes and locally produced maple syrup.  


Then I enjoyed a leisurely wander around the outdoor craft and food stalls set up along the town's main street. There were lots of creative people showing and selling their handiwork.  
                             I really liked these photographs arranged to spell words.
                                    This one was all ready to smile for the camera.

                                                    Some other lovely craftwork.
I love these old baby carriages on display at the antique show. 
There was some interesting food to sample, like these unusual one-piece potato chips! 


Further along the main road, the sap was being boiled in big kettles over an open fire.

And the star of the show ...... jugs of sweet, golden maple syrup.

More than 2000 people volunteer during this annual one-day festival and profits from the day's events are distributed to charities and organizations within the local community.
It's a fun-filled day for the entire family and well worth a visit if you live in the area.




Saturday, 15 March 2014

Small Scale Renovations

Well, I am happy to report that I am finally getting around to finishing up my 1:12 scale dollhouse.  I did not build this one, but purchased it second hand and it needs a bit of work doing to it.  I’ve cleaned it up and now it’s ready for floor coverings and wallpaper.  I will have to do some repair work on the exterior and roof as well. 

I’ve been meaning to get this house spruced up for a long time so I am pleased that it has finally crept up to the top of my ‘to-do’ list and I’m ready to get it finished so that I can furnish it with all the lovely little treasures I have collected, been given or made over the years.


                                        Dollhouse Interior

My little house will be set in the 1950’s so I will be looking for some nostalgic/retro styles of wallpaper and it will be fun to spend some time looking through my stash of miniatures to choose just the right items to use in the rooms.  I’m looking forward to completing this project and will post pictures as the work progresses.

A cloudy, grey and windy day with a few snow flurries here; the temperature is only -3 but it is feeling like -10.   

Have a good day, everyone!!  Cheers, Nanny Anny 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Snowstorm yesterday ... sunshine today!

Well, the sky is blue and the sun is shining again after yesterday’s snowstorm.  The snow banks along the streets are still very high; it’s going to take some time for it all to melt, even when it finally warms up to that stage.  It has been a very cold winter here with far too many days when the temperature has registered in the -20’s or even colder with the wind chill factor.  I’m definitely ready for some warm, sunny days!  Come on Spring!!


With that in mind, I have been busy sorting through my winter clothes and have set aside everything that I did not wear this year.  I figure the chances are good that if it didn’t get worn this year, then it won’t be worn next winter either so it’s all getting bundled off to the local thrift shop.  No sense storing it when I’m pretty sure it’s all surplus to requirements.

I had a comment from a bloggy friend who noticed there were no current posts and wondered if all was well.  Yes Mum, I'm pleased to say that everything is fine but thank you so much for your comment and for noticing my absence.  I shall try very hard to keep up a bit better and get into the 'blogging mood' more often. 
Have a good day everyone!  from Nanny Anny



Friday, 3 January 2014

A Brand New Year ....

Belated Happy New Year greetings to everyone!! 

Well, I've been thinking about resolutions but it seems they have a habit of falling by the wayside very quickly so I needed to come up with some other ideas for taking some positive steps in 2014.

There are a number of sort of long-term projects that I have on the go but I don't seem to have any regular schedule for working on them so I have decided to try and remedy that situation.

I have several decades' worth of photographs that I need to sort through and arrange in scrapbooks instead of leaving them to languish in numerous cardboard boxes.

I have a lovely, big 1:12 scale dollhouse that needs to have floors finished and wallpaper applied to the walls.

I have a rather large Family History database that needs to be printed out and arranged in a binder along with the relevant photos and certificates so the information can actually be read and enjoyed.

And I have a blog that I started way back in August and haven't posted on it since then! 

So I think I will focus on just making a promise to myself to work on each of these projects once a week for starters and see how I get along.  Seeing progress in any of these areas will, hopefully, encourage me to want to work more often on them. 

Also, I need to be more dedicated to monitoring the food and fitness areas of my life. I need to shed some pounds and generally tone up so that is something else to work on in the coming months.

A little vignette on my bookshelf.
I hope all of you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year celebrations.  I had a lovely time with family and friends ..... lots of fun and good food, some lovely gifts and some nice quiet time, all the while trying to remain mindful of the reason for the season.  Now it's time to pack away all the decorations for another year and get back into a regular routine.

Best Wishes to All .... Nanny Anny