Monday, September 26, 2016


Last week Rob and I were on vacation and had made plans to go to Sir Sam's Inn in the Haliburton region of Ontario. We had never been to that area of Ontario before and were really looking forward to getting away for a few days to de-stress and spend some quality time together.

It was the perfect location for a 3 night, 4 day mini getaway. A small and intimate resort located on Eagle Lake, and a short drive from the village of Haliburton. The surroundings were gorgeous, the room comfortable, delicious food, and the waterspa pool was fabulous. I could go on and on about how much we enjoyed our stay there, and how we both look forward to going back, but I think I will just show you in pictures. Enjoy!

The view from our room. 
We enjoyed our morning coffee and other beverages on our walkout.
Of course we always make a furry friend or two while away.
Lounge area over looking the lake.
The main inn.
Fire Pit for nightly fires. 
Eagle Lake and Sir Sam's boat, the "Lady Hughes".
The food was exceptional at Sir Sam's. We had done the meal plan, so our breakfast and 3 course dinner was included. The menu changed nightly, and being a small resort it wasn't an overly large menu, but deciding what to have every night still proved difficult. Everything we had was delicious. I took photos of my last dinner there.
The dining room.
Crab Cake
I tried bison for the first time.
Lemon Tart
The Waterspa Pool was incredible. There are different areas of the pool that have different jets that massage different parts of the body, plus the "champagne grotto", which was like sitting in a glass of champagne with thousands of tiny bubbles! Of course there was also an area of the pool just for swimming. But my favorite part was the "ice bucket"!
The wonderful waterspa pool.
Lounge area. 
Despite the look on my face, this felt wonderful on the neck and shoulders.
Fill a bucket full of cold water and dump it over me, YES PLEASE!
We enjoyed our time here so much; listening to the Loons, sitting around a campfire looking at the stars, and feeding the Chipmunks. It was blissful and I look forward to going back someday.
Loon on the lake. 
One of our many well fed Chipmunks.
I learned something on this trip as well, the best cure for stress is a bag of unsalted nuts and a Chipmunk to feed. Worked for me!

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Sunflowers made a pretty picnic table centerpiece.
Rob and I had a lovely long weekend. The weather was great, and it was the perfect balance of friends, time at home, and a little road trip.

Saturday afternoon our friends, Dave and Andi, joined us for a BBQ. Lots of food, drink and merriment. They had to leave around dusk due to an early start the next day, and missed the wildlife show that took place soon after.

A skunk parade!
   Sunday had Rob and I heading west late morning on a little road trip. First stop, Weir's Lane Lavender.  I love lavender and have been wanting to visit for a few years now.

Field of lavender, unfortunately not in bloom, we'll try to catch that next year.
KITCHEN TIP; - Use dried Lavender in place of Rosemary or Tyme in recipes, they are from the same herb family
Honey hives at the farm, the bees pollinate the lavender.
See the bees?
Best smelling port-a-potty ever! Smelled like lavender.
Goodies purchased; bath salts, honey, chutney, and soap! 
Time for lunch! We went to a German restaurant in Hamilton that we recently found out about.  Black Forest Inn has been around since 1967 and Rob was very excited about checking it out! It was very authentic, and I know we will be returning.  
Rob and our friendly waitress, Dimitra.
On our way back home we made a quick stop at Spring Ridge Farm to pick up a few things. We love their Dill & Garlic Salad Dressing, and a Peach & Raspberry Pie came home with us too.
Giddy up!
 It was our first time road tripping in a couple years, we really enjoyed it, but as always, we're always happy to return home.

The holiday Monday was mainly spent in our favorite hang-out, the backyard. It was the last day of the CNE and also the Air Show. We always hear lots of noise as we aren't far from the airport, and sometimes we get some good looks.

We were treated to a great fly-by of the Snow Birds!
First time out birding in 4 months due to a knee issue.
We hope you enjoyed your last long weekend of the summer as much as we enjoyed ours.