In the rolling hills of rural Shelburne Ontario is a quaint little village called Violet Hill. It is said that in early morning sunlight the hills appear to be washed in a purple haze which is likely why the settlers came up with this fitting name.
The old Orange Lodge is now home to Granny Taught Us How and Heidi's Room; a country store filled with gourmet foods, quilts, art, decor and many other treasures.
Across the road is Mrs. Mitchell's Restaurant which used to be a one room schoolhouse where Mrs. Mitchell taught. Today, she ushers guests into her restaurant and also helps serve. The food is delectable and afternoon tea by the fire is comforting.
I photographed the outside of Mrs. Mitchell's home which used to be a church and is just down the road last summer. When an invitation to a candlelight tour of the home arrived, with camera in hand, I couldn't wait to see the inside.
The wood stove has been converted to electric, there's an admirable collection of pewter and the red rug with fringe you see is painted on the wooden floor. Noah's ark and animals sit atop a bureau.
The decor outside Granny Taught Us How and Mrs. Mitchell's was a delicious combination of evergreens, real apples and pineapples.
This year, for the first time Mrs. Mitchell and her daughter Heidi hosted after hours shopping, the tour of the home followed by a 3 course dinner at the restaurant and it was one magical evening.
I hope you'll visit Little Red House for other mosaics to enjoy.