Thursday, I went for a drive to Fergus and Elora then stopped by in Mosborough at the farmers' market. As soon as we were parked on the back street in Fergus, I made a bee line to the General Store on the main street. I had an "in" from Susan, a redhat queen.
There I lingered over soup, sandwich and a bottle of filtred water. Their local version of split peas and ham soup consisted of cubes of seasonal squash along with bits of succulent back bacon as well as the usual split peas. The custom-made sandwich had a couple of slices of peameal bacon fried right there in front of me and slices of tomato cut just for my sandwich. The filtred water came in an old-fashioned milk bottle style carafe and was served with a tumbler.
After lunch, I asked for a taxi to send my RHS calling card to Susan's door then finished off luncheon with a small sugar cone of chai ice cream. I had just enough time to purchase a small cache of salt-water taffy and circle back to the front of the store when Susan came in looking glorious with a fresh hair cut.
We walked along to the end of the block where the bus had passed over the bridge before parking and then turned right back along the edge of the Grand River. She told me the library was slated to be enlarged right back to where we had passed and introduced me to the stairs down to the river's edge, called the Temple Garden.
Now the Temple Garden is totally without vegetation except the natural growths along the riverside. The structure is made of shale block masonry.
We returned to the main street and went into B****'s F*** T*** where Mary the baker owner and sole operator of the tea shop joined us at another table in the nook and a retired Torontonian took a third table. That's where I had a Kuppa Ttee & Company (name of (Moi's) Fabulous Empress Tiko Toyomi's RHS Chapter).
Afterwards Susan took her scones and crossed the street to her "chariot" and I returned to the back street to ours to go on to Elora. Before departing, I had to peek into W****'s a fly fishing supplies store.
As I walked in there, there in front of me was a work table for creating flies with supplies in, on and above the table for sale. To the left,... now that's where I found my bonanza...ready-made flies to choose from. I came home with a purple and red fly and got an authentic fishing brand box to protect it.
This choice fly will occupy the honoured position on one of my red hats with which I wish to commemorate the eclectic style of a hat worn by a certain lady physician. We were assigned to the same table at a fashion show and luncheon in Oshawa a couple of years ago. Of course, it won't look anything like hers. Fond memories of the day...won the 50/50 Draw...
Happy as a lark, I proceeded on to Elora. We sped right through the town to get a precious glimpse of the beautiful Elora Gorge through the full foliage of late summer before backtracking to charming Mill Street's row of boutiques. There, we did the tourist's obligatory window shopping which can be devastating to the purse.
Also on Mill Street, I walked into a café and crêperie and emerged with two postcards and a blank Thanksgiving card which I shall finally send in return to Melba, my friend Carmen's sister, who gave me my first Thanksgiving card quite a few years ago.
I came home and discovered my Talk Like A Pirate Day costume, my birthday club list and resumed daily living by dying the white blouse purple and hemming the costume, an overskirt with lace-up front. I finished the day writing birthday cards.
So, until next-week, God bless.