Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Best of Both Worlds

I'm fortunate to have the best of both worlds living in Innisfil, Ontario. It is a rural area spreading across 284 square kilometres with pocket villages dotted throughout. I live in the village of Alcona which is close to lake Simcoe and since our house is less than 30 years old, we have town water and sewers. Many homes are still on wells and septic systems, specifically the homes and farms on the country roads.
Our subdivision front yard.
As I climbed into my car after Bible Study at our church Tuesday morning I sat and watched a farmer across the road loading huge bales of hay onto a trailer. 
Driving south an abandoned barn lays waiting for the next chapter of its life.
Further west is a large sheep farm, a place I intentionally drive past on my way home whenever possible. I've seen one of the great pyrenees nose to nose with a lamb and on another day one of the dogs was laying on his back in the sun with all four feet in the air. Unfortunately these were the times I didn't have a camera with me.
 The farm store on the next line where I buy our eggs and birdseed.
At the end of our street an apple tree that was once part of a farm property drops its fruit, the loving hands that once picked it for pies and apple butter long gone.
 I had a giveaway earlier this week for a cardinal teacup and other goodies and the winner is:
Pondside. Please email me your address and I'll get the parcel off to you.
I deal with a bank for a horticultural bursary fund I chair and have to travel to another town to make deposits. There's a thrift store in the same location and I'll have a quick look if I have time. How lucky a find was this, two cardinal mugs on a shelf just waiting for me! So, I'm keeping one and drawing another name - Debby who blogs at My Favourite Things will receive the mug and some goodies. Please email your address as well.
Thank you to all who entered the giveaway.
Linking to Mosaic Monday.

50 comments:

  1. Congrats to the winner . Lovely mug as well . I like thrift and antique shops they have some great finds there. You are 3 hours north east of us way down here in the valley of Vienna Ontario . It has been years since I have been up your way . It is a pretty area there as well . Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  2. Congrats to all who won. It looks like you live in a very nice town. Loved seeing the pictures.

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  3. I love the glimpse of your home area. It's lovely. Reminds me of here where we have towns, cities and farms.

    Deanna

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  4. What a lovely area you live in. It reminds me of an old friend who raised sheep and had an old apple orchard at the end of her street.

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  5. Congratulations to your winners! Loved seeing your rural surroundings, especially the sheep farm. Must be fun to visit in the springtime with all the baby lambs. Love the old apple tree, too.
    Have a lovely weekend Judith. xo Deborah

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  6. I love this post, Judith, and I'm so happy you found a treasure at your local thrift store!

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  7. Hello, Judith
    You live in such a lovely place and I enjoyed your photos. The sheep farm and the abandoned barn, they are pretty and of course your cups too. I am especially interested in the local farm store which sells eggs bird seed. I would love to see the inside, if you are permitted to photograph it?
    Hope you have a good weekend.

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  8. Congrats to the winners of your very generous giveaway! And the pictures today are lovely, really enjoyed the tour through your wonderful area! We have been giving considerable thought to getting a great pyrenese dog here, as they are great at keeping all manner of big and small critters away. What a joy to see such lovely scenes close by your home. :)

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  9. Congratulations to the winners ! What a nice treat to find 2 cardinal mugs just waiting for you to take them home.

    You live in such a beautiful place and yes, you are so blessed to live in a place that gives you the best of two worlds.

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  10. So nice to have a look around the area you live. As I love the countryside I never get enough of these wonderful farm and nature views. And indeed you have the best of two worlds. A comfortable home and able to enjoy all the beauty surrounding you.

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  11. I really enjoyed seeing some of the things that you see...very pretty countryside...loved seeing the sheep...is that farm on a river or lake? The eggs you get must be very fresh. I need to rethink where we get our eggs because the price is through the roof these days.

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  12. You live in a beautiful area! I'd love to have country to drive through to and from home. Love seeing the sheep. When we were up north last month, driving through farmland, we saw a long straight line of sheep walking across a pasture. It was so interesting and of course we passed so quickly I could not take a photo.

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  13. What a gorgeous area...indeed best of both worlds. We too are in a city surrounded by forests and farm land within 1/2 of a mile...why I love it here as well. Would loved to have seen the dogs!
    Ruth

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  14. Congratulations to the happy winners! Both the tea cup and mug are really pretty.
    Your front yard looks lovely. I think the photo wasn't taken in these days. You can't have so many beautiful flowers in November... or can you? :)
    The lambs look really cute.
    Have a beautiful weekend!

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  15. Congratulations to the winners! You must have a good deal of fun in your capacity as chairperson. Enjoy your day.

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  16. Love that sheep farm photo...you have a very lovely area there :)

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  18. Hi Judith, You have a lovely home and garden! :)
    I always enjoy blog posts that show a little bit about the blogger and where they live. What a nice area you live in, Judith! I want to congratulate your giveaway winners too. Have a nice weekend!
    Hugs, Beth

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  19. I so enjoyed your photos today, Judith. They reminded me of our farmstead, before moving here at the lake. Brought back some wonderful memories of riding our horses around the countryside.
    Congrats to the ladies that won the give aways.
    Have a grand weekend.
    Debbie
    xo

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  20. What serene views you have as you meander in your world - so beautiful, Judith!

    Congrats to the winner of your wonderful cardinal teacup! It's awesome!

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  22. I loved seeing the area surrounding your subdivision, Judith. I don't think I'd ever get tired of look g at sheep. My late beloved and I enjoyed all the sheep when we were in Ireland.
    Congratulations to the winners of the teacup and the mug. I enjoyed another cup of pumpkin chai tea this afternoon....mmmmm good!!!
    Enjoy your weekend, my friend, in your beautiful area.

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  23. Oh my goodness!! That is, indeed, a thrill. Cardinals are the birds I really miss from our Ontario days. There is quite nothing like the flash of those red wings. Now I will sit at the window and see a Cardinal whenever I please. Thank you very much!

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  24. You live in such a lovely area, Judith...I would also drive past that sheep farm every chance I got...how precious! I think I would go crazy if I had to live in the city. My subdivision is also rural and and although there are pretty close neighbors (which I am really not close to), it is mostly country around here...actually I'd prefer to live more rural than I am now. I hope you enjoy your weekend :)

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  25. Congrats to the winners! Country living with modern inconveniences is definitely the best of both worlds!
    Innisfil was trending on FB last week because there was a Halloween fight between the Tin Man and Scarecrow...

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  26. You live in a lovely part of the province Judith. We live in a similar location and I love being rural but so close to town/city amenities. Great find with the cardinal mugs.

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  27. You live in the best part of all the worlds around you Judith. It's gorgeous to see the farms and fields....that's what I love about my world here too.

    And your gate!! I"m smitten.

    Jen

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  29. What a wonderful area you live in, Judith. You have a pretty gate. I do love seeing the sheep and there's a farm not far from us where they raise them. We too live on the outskirts of the city and it is farmland all around us with trees and trails behind us. Sears, HomeSense, and Sobey's is five minutes away. We love our location and we too have the best of both worlds!
    Congratulations to your winners! Their gifts are lovely.

    We are having a very mild day today and I'm loving it. Hope your weekend is going well.

    Autumn blessings,
    Sandi

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  30. Such a pretty mug you found! Sounds as though it has been a good few days for you. You live in a lovely place! xx

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  31. Beautiful yard, Judith! Love your gate!

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  32. Hello Judith. I love your rural country scenes. The lambs are so cute. You do live in a pretty area! Congrats to Pondside! Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week!

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  33. Congratulations to Pondside and Debby!! The mug is so pretty too :) You really do have the best of both worlds Judith. I desperately hope to move back to the country one day, but the dream is slipping by I think and I'm trying to be happy where I still live in town.
    Wendy

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  34. Judith, How love that you can enjoy both worlds of rural and urban where you live. I'm always smitten with sheep in green pastures and usually recall Bach's music Sheep May Safely Graze (also a favourite).

    A lovely giveaway you had ... congrats to the winner over at Pondside!

    Wishing you a beautiful day...
    Brenda

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  35. You have a lovely outlook, great to have all that wide open space nearby. :-)

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  36. Great variety of subjects today. The RG is picking up our annual order of birdseed at the Agway store today.

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  37. It is beautiful indeed! I come from a small rural town and loved growing up in that environment!

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  38. Congratulations to Pondside! That was a wonderful giveaway. Love the rural scenes, especially the sheep, and have often considered getting a Great Pyrenees. Beautiful dogs, but I do think they'd be happier with a herd of sheep as I know my GSD would have loved.

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  39. You do live in a great place....the farmland is beautiful, but city amenities are life easier. Thank you so much for hosting! I'm sure both winners are thrilled!

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  40. I'm so happy for these two sweet ladies. You give the best gifts! And I love the sheep and that old barn. It's nice to carry the camera everywhere we go. You never know what you'll see along the way. Enjoy your day Lavender Sis, Diane

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  41. Very lovely area, I like the farmlands. A place to ground oneself :-)
    Have a good week, Judith, and thank you for hosting.

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  42. I enjoyed seeing your neighbourhood Judith. You have the best of both worlds - country and city - as I do. Congratulations to the winners of your giveaways!

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  43. Congratulations to the winners! Enjoyed the photos and farm life in your area.
    Thanks for hosting

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  44. Congratulations to Pondside! I know she will think of you every time she uses that pretty teacup, Judith. You live in a lovely place--a mix of town and country. After seeing young lambs frolic with their Moms in Ireland I could not eat lamb any longer. If I were a farmer I think I'd be a vegetarian ;)

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  45. Ah, sheep! I've got goats in my post today.

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  46. Dearest Judith; Wonderful post of both both worlds of country and city, my friend. I LOVE the 'sheep farm' photo as I was born in the sheep year from the Chinese Zodiac sign p:-)
    Congratulations to the winners And thank you so much for hosting.

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in Canada, xoxo Miyako*

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  47. I've with you re the mains drainage! It was lovely taking a little tour of your neighbourhood with you today, such a pretty gate if I was closer I'd be knocking on your front door to ask if you want to come pick some apples with me! Congrats to your winners!
    Have a lovely week.
    Wren x

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  48. Every time I see your front entrance I just swoon.....I love it Judith and your location sounds similar to mine...heavenly.

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