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Autumn Leaves tour

It's a grey, dreary day at the farmette, unlike yesterday when it was chilly, but bright and sunshiny.

This is the weekend of the Autumn Leaves studio tour in this area, so Rob and I decided to go on a bit of a road trip around the county to see what the local artists are up to. It was fantastic.

By the time we got our chores done at home, though, my stomach was grumbling, so we actually began with lunch at the Bicycle Cafe in Flesherton. It's a lovely, eclectic little place with old fart (or classic, depending on your POV) music playing in the background (think CSNY and Cat Stevens) and funky art on the walls (think gigantic poster of David Bowie in his androgynous years).

The food is delicious though, and Rob said the coffee was tasty. Since I'd already loaded up on the java before we left, I had a cuppa Earl Grey.

The toasted western I had was gigantic, hot and good. Rob had the ample all-day breakfast. Obviously it was quite satisfying for the both of us.

The first stop was next door at the ArtsonTen gallery. The Keith Richards mural is on the outside wall of the gallery facing north. Cool, eh? Gives you a little taste of what's inside.

The artist who was staffing the desk didn't want me taking photos of the art on display because she had been burned by a woman who blatantly said that her husband took a photo of one of her paintings, blew it up and put it on their wall. Nice. Apparently the customer didn't think there was anything wrong with what he did. In the words of our dear departed friend Rossie, "F*&#@ing people, man".

The gallery is chock full of whimsical and serious art - oils and sculptures and acrylics, as well as ironworks, ceramics and a very cool collection of papier mache creations - one was of a sheep knitting a sweater!

We then stopped at a few places in and around Eugenia. Infinite Glassworks is on Pelliser Street close to the Flying Chestnut restaurant, which I've mentioned before.

Artist Kate told me she finally managed to get her dream studio three years ago after blowing glass for nearly 20 years. She demonstrated how she makes delicate apples with stem and leaf.

The oven is set at an astonishing 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. Alternately blowing, heating and shaping the blob, she expertly produced a glass pomme in about 20 minutes.

She had tonnes of her art for sale, and I couldn't resist picking up these two for Rob and I. Our tumblers are getting a bit long in the tooth, so I 'needed' them. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

After stopping in for a wee visit and nap (!) at sister Sandy's place near Feversham, we made our way home through countryside that's just now starting to turn into the full 'Autumn Leaves' colours that will grace Grey County in the coming weeks. Until next time.

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