Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Summer happenings - Wordless Wednesday with Linky

I've been busy the last 2 months and haven't posted much.  I recently wrote about getting my butt in gear and posting more often (among other things) but it seems I have a lot to catch up with.  So hear are some adventures we have gone on the last month.   Epic sandcastles, ancient ships, birds of prey and the fall fair have kept us busy the last few weeks.

After Sloan's birthday we went to our friend's cottage at Wasaga Beach.

Tall Ships of 1812 was in town.

The beginning of our epic sandcastle

regular sand buckets just won't do.  Recycling bins all the way!

snuggles for daddy

Dig, dig, dig, all day long.

Our masterpiece and  most of the gang

complete with moat and drip castles.

and a guard turtle

by the time we brought Sloan down to see it after her nap, kids had destroyed it.

the turtle was still in tact.  Bad guard turtle, you let he kids destroy our castle.

For the first time since I was a kid I saw a

praying mantis.  It seems he likes our front porch
because I have seen him/her in the same spot a few times.

Went to the fall fair and saw a falconry demo

Bald Eagle with her hood on to keep her calm.

I got to hold her!

3 year old, female bald eagle

entries in the tallest sunflower category.  My husband is 6'1.

biggest sunflower head

Sloan was scared of it

I have opinions on this "participation ribbon" trend, but I'll save it for another day.

beautiful quilts make me want to learn how to quilt!

At the fall fair, there was a lovely mini-market of local organic produce, honey, eggs and crop share programs.  Here are the websites of the wonderful farmers I met:

Terra Verde Homestead 
(owned and operated by a family I know - took care of their kids for a little while)

Tin Roof Rusted Farm
(their website is under construction currently - this is their Facebook page)

Levendale Farms
(I bought a Lemon Cucumber from them - unique looking and delicious!)

Ontario Falconry Centre
(Sam is a professional Falconer and lives to entertain and teach children about his birds - he does birthday parties too!)

Wellington County Safety Initiative
(Just found about this at the fair.  Important and great initiative!)


  1. You had a beach day too! So much fun. That is a seriously impressive sand castle.

  2. Looks like you are really enjoying the last days of summer.

    Rhonda @Laugh Quotes

  3. Sand Castles and Eagles..........Husband love mean looking eagles.

    Thanks for hosting
    Oh My Heartsie Girl

  4. Nothing beats a great day at the beach!

  5. Oh the baby at the beach in a diaper is classic. Thanks for linking up this week. See you next one, too.

  6. Awesome photos, the tall ships are amazing. Bad guard turtle, he needs to be fired from his job!

  7. Great pics! Especially the castle and the falcon!


  8. Wonderful photos, beautiful sand castles ~ carol, xo