Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mosaic Monday - Violet Hill

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.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful evening. Wonderful photos and mosaic.

  2. That sounds like an absolutely fabulous event and just perfect for your mosaic.

  3. Beautiful mosaic! Sounds like a wonderful place.

  4. Its a lovely house! And I love its name Violet Hill.
    Lovely mosaic!

  5. Now that sounds like my kind of event! Lovely!
    Happy MM to you...

  6. Gorgeous! Love that fireplace and stove! ~Jeanne

  7. How lucky you were to attend this event. Love your mosaic! Such a gorgeous place.

  8. Violet Hills---what a perfect name. Very nice mosaic and a neat place to go. MB

  9. This event sounds wonderful and what a pretty mosaic you've made.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. Sounds like a delightful spot to visit. Thanks for sharing your lovely mosaic ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

  11. Thanks for sharing these photos! It looks so interesting!

  12. I love doing things like this. Special little shops with the most beautiful decorations. I think I can even smell the aromas here in my head.

  13. That sounded wonderful. Love your mosaic

  14. That sounds like so much fun! I love doing things like that.Nice mosaic.


  15. Oh, that sounds like so much fun! Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful images at MM.:)


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