It’s been awhile… it’s been too long

Wow, the end of 2013 became pretty hectic for me and I sadly neglected my corner of fun. For the duration of November and December I had the opportunity to work at a local theatre company and help out with their holiday production. I didn’t realise how time consuming it would be, working 12+ hour days 6 days a week and trying to keep sane didn’t permit a lot of fun blogging time.

I’m back now and super excited for 2014. To say that 2013 was horrible would be unfair, it started out great, had a great run through the summer, and then it teetered off. I want to make 2014 the year of me – how cheesy, but I love it.

I’m promising myself to  go on more adventures with my Canon, take more time to appreciate family and friends, and just grow into my own.

I honestly cannot believe how quickly this past year has gone by, it just doesn’t seem right that it’s already January 2014. So much has changed in the last little while and so far I think it’s good change.

Here’s to a fabulous 2014 filled with love, laughter, family and friends!

xx.

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Hiking the Escarpment

I love the fall, as I’ve said before the colours are mesmerizing. I’m lucky enough to live in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment along the famous Bruce Trail – the outdoors are all around me. It’s a great sight throughout the year, from the buds in the spring, to the fresh green of summer, and the changing of the leaves all throughout the fall. I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area!

For me, I visit any time that I feel the need to get out. Last Friday, I convinced my dad to take a hike with me and my family’s dog, Monty. Monty is an English Springer Spaniel, we adopted him from a rescue about 4 years ago, he’s 9 now and has as much energy as a puppy does, perfect for hiking.

I wanted to share some beautiful shots that I snapped during our 2 and a half hour hike along the Escarpment Trail and Bruce Trail. Enjoy!

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dad and monty

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Over looking West Hamilton and McMaster University

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Best friends

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On our journey back to the car, we stopped at a bakery that I’ve been going to since I was little. We had a spot of lunch and a cookie, we were famished and I forgot to grab some shots of the delicious food so no photos of the food – sorry!

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We also passed by a family friend’s vineyard who happened to be out picking some grapes to sell at the side of the road later in the day.

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The farmhouse

Being an animal person, I had to stop and give a pet to this beautiful horse at the side of the road. She trotted right up to me, not shy at all!

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It was a great day to hike, I can’t wait to do it again soon…

Autumn Musings

It’s the time of year where all I want to do is look at the leaves, be outside, and of course, shop. This past weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada and I had the chance to take a country drive and do some antique shopping. If only I had my very own house to decorate how I see fit.

This particular antique store is only minutes from my house, very convenient for the odd trip. There are some great finds, some not so great, and some very overpriced – not to mention the place is a tad bit creepy when venturing alone, the rooms extend far into the warehouse.

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wax skull

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I had to stop at the lookout coming down the escarpment, it has great views of the valley and even tucked away in the back there is Lake Ontario.