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Cruising away from the farmette

It's a sunny, cold day in Grey County. We haven't had sun basically since the year started. So very, very welcome.

The world is getting wackier. Crazies from the right in Brazil recently trashed the country's legislature and shat on the floors. Lefties in Germany demonstrated and built treehouses outside a coal mine scheduled for expansion. Interesting times. Anyhow. It was sunny yesterday, too, when Sandy and I went on one of our 'capture cruises'. She needed to go nearly to Orillia to pick up some supplies for the maple syrup season, and asked if I wanted ride shotgun. After being cooped up for weeks, who wouldn't say yes?

After picking up the supplies - new buckets, spools and bottles - we trekked into town for brunch.

We went to 125 Breakfast Club and, if you're ever there, we highly recommend indulging. Sandy had the mushroom crepe and I had a scrumptious omelette that was stuffed with tomatoes, peppers, spinach, onion and cheese. With a side of hash browns. Perfectly cooked. YUM.

Then, we toddled down the street and stopped at a kitchen store, where I scooped a wok (ours was about 20 years old and starting to burn things), a cookie sheet (ditto) and a couple of mixing bowls. Haven't done shopping like that in a loooong time.

I remembered that my great niece Carmen lives in Orillia, so we went looking. She is Rob's sister Anne's granddaughter, and I hadn't seen her in person since she was wee. So we went hunting, first to Fanboy, the store she and her husband Brendan own. He directed us to Apple Annies, a cafe just down the street, where Carmen was working.

What a sweetheart she is! She knew me right away, gave me a big hug, and while we didn't have a lot of time, it was very touching. With her red hair and lovely eyes, she reminded me a lot of her grandma.

On the way home, there were some choice photo opportunities. The frosted trees were stunning against the clear blue sky.

There was also an old abandoned farmhouse house that also needed to be captured.

It was a fabulous day. I told Sandy we had accomplished more in those few hours than I had in weeks!

I love, love, love the time we spend on our day trips. We visit the whole time in the car, make each other laugh, catch up on what's happening in each others lives, plot and plan about future events and generally enjoy. Until next week.

Gratuitous cat photo courtesy of Calvin, who was pretty concentrated on the juncos this morning.


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