A Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend

We are into Thanksgiving Monday of our long weekend and are off to turkey #2 today. Of course turkey also means dessert. Maybe not directly but it is a direct association dessert, turkey.

Thanksgiving weekend here also has many traditions, maybe not as heavily as Americans but there are still quite a few. One of them in our area is that it is festival weekend. We have a large selection of local activities to choose from and Trevor and I took some time for ourselves this weekend and participated.

I took my camera with me and had a blast playing with my new toy.

Come along for the ride, won't you

there are a lot of photos so i'll try to keep the talking light

First stop The Grower's Daughter Vintage Tag Sale

Maria came to my show last weekend so I joined in her sale Saturday morning.Sadly she was ill that day and had to stay home but there was a lot of white and lovely goodness to go around.

i have wanted a sleigh for a few years and this display did not help that yearning


Next stop was a manly barn sale with lots of crusty goodness that I didn't take photos of but I got a neat galvanized chicken feeder and crate.

Continuing down the road was the Balls Falls Festival held yearly at the Balls Falls Conservation area. It is a much simpler craft show (it can't hold a candle to the Country Living Fairs) that we hadn't been to in quite a few years and it seems not too much has changed. The one thing that never dissapoints however, is the scenery at this show. The colours of nature are everywhere.

I did snap some photos of a few of the booths that caught my eye,

this booth had lovely knit items for adults and children, and had some lovely vintage styling that for obvious reasons caught my eye. i got myself a fabulous chunky brown knit cowl for the cooler weather. these ladies are also on etsy; Heartmade Fibres


Then we wandered into one of the barns and like a moth to the flame I was drawn to this next booth. Daryl McMahon is the man behind these creations and this booth also manned by his wife was spectacular. A breath of fresh air and I couldn't wait to take some photos to share.


there are many people out there making creative businesses out of reproductions of the german grainsacks and antique signs we all crave. this business does them very very well. they look perfectly primitive and quite real which is always a good sign of a fantastic reproduction.

I WANT THIS SIGN! IT WAS IN MY DREAM THAT NIGHT! I didn't bring that much money with me to purchase this fantastic sign but I may have to haunt another show to visit it




After the booth shopping, we wanted to walk around and take in the conservations sights,

the waterfalls

the flour mill

the birds of prey and

the church

my husband watching one of his loves, motors of all sorts


this may seem like a brown water photo with some colourful foliage but those dark brown blobs in the water are actually huge salmon spawning. nature at work


Our last stop of the day was at Kacaba Winery in Vineland and we did some tasting and touring. The scenery didn't hurt either.


Thanks for coming along for the ride

Have a great day,


PS: I just wanted to add that at all of the booths that I took photos of at Balls Falls, I asked the owners of the booth prior to taking photos of their displays because as a blogger we are aware of this common courtesy. All of them were quite thankful for being asked. Blogger or not however please be aware these business owners put a lot of pride into their displays and may not appreciate you taking photos of their work without asking.

So next time, ask before snapping away, it may save you an uncomfortable confrontation 

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