r-anne-dom : a place for me (anne) to leave random blog posts.
Such as:
..knitting, sewing, and other random activities pursued
..Girl Guides of Canada : yep, Guiding Lives Here
..the 3 shops on Etsy : one features quality handmade items; the second has lots of patterns, & crafting supplies; and the third is stocked with Vintage
Enjoy the r-anne-domness!

August 30, 2015

Day Tripping: Fresh Corn on the Cob!

Day Tripping: Fresh Corn on the Cob!

London Ontario

Best corn on the cob ... at the Johnson farm!


Clarke Road at Killaly.
Just north of the entrance to Fanshawe Conservation Area.
Bring small bills or loonies and toonies so you have the correct change.

And enjoy your corn on the cob!!

August 22, 2015

Day Tripping: Henry's Restaurant

Henry's Fish Restaurant


Okay, so maybe this isn't actually "day" tripping. :)
We were in Muskoka, fishing, and visited Henry's Restaurant for lunch.


Only accessible by boat but the best perch! Yum!

Since we all ordered the perch, they served it family style with one large plate of perch and another of fries. I think there was cole slaw too. :)


These 2 show our view from the window where we had lunch.


Lots coming in for a bite to eat!

We had a later lunch that day and as we were leaving, a storm was coming in, so we headed back to Woods Bay to dock. 
We made it there, and the storm hit just as we were tying up the boat so we covered it up and headed out.

So if you're out near Frying Pan Island, stop in for great fish and chips at Henry's Restaurant.




July 27, 2015

Shop Local: The Been Garden

Shop Local: 

The Been Garden


SHOP UNIQUE.


SHOP SMALL.


SHOP HANDMADE.


SHOP at the Been Garden in London!

I had a quick visit recently and can't wait to go back to browse and shop!!

(p.s. photos courtesy of the Been Garden - with thanks!)

July 26, 2015

Day Tripping: Parks Blueberries

Day Tripping: 

Parks Blueberries

Out for a lovely drive on a beautiful day ... to Parks Blueberries!


One of the blueberry varieties is "Draper"!!  :)


We bought my favourite blueberry jam and a couple other treats...then a lovely return drive home.

July 19, 2015

Sparta: Sparta Tea House

Sparta: Sparta Tea House

My second visit to Sparta ended with a lovely high tea at


Scrumptious goodies!

and a lovely pot of tea!


Surrounded by the largest collection of tea pots I've ever seen!




July 18, 2015

Sparta: Winter Wheat

Sparta: Winter Wheat


A visit to the Sparta area is not complete without spending some time at Winter Wheat.




A visit upstairs to the Birdhouse loft and you might even meet the man who makes them!


And of course all the whimsical art throughout the property. 

From unique uses of old kitchen appliances...




... to handcrafted garden decor ...



... to serene carvings.


And lots to give you a chuckle too! 




July 17, 2015

Sparta: Steed & Company Lavender

Sparta: Steed & Company Lavender


Known by many simply as "the lavender farm".  :)

I enjoyed my first visit so much, I came back for a second visit.


The smell of lavender is so calming!


And I bought honey!  
Mmmm... with lavender.  
From hives right here on the farm! 


(Click any photo to visit the lavender farm website.)

July 16, 2015

Sparta: Anything Used

Sparta: Anything Used
Home of Sparta Country Candles

Lots of garden and outdoor decor ideas!




And of course the Sparta Candles



Be sure to visit Anything Used while in Sparta!


July 15, 2015

Sparta: the Village Collective

Sparta: the Village Collective


Anchored by the art of Shelley McVittie, 
the Village Collective has a great variety of quality artists' wares!

Shelley's art is easily recognizable!
I knew I'd seen it before and I love her work!
What I didn't know was that my daughter knew her! (small world!)



The Village Collective houses paintings, hand knit and crochet pieces, clothing, jams and jellies, and so much more that I don't have pictured. 
You simply have to go - you'll find lots of interest!






July 14, 2015

Sparta: Julia Hansford's Studio

Sparta: Julia Hansford's Studio


I ♥LOVE♥ Julia's art!


How can you not love this?


Be sure to visit her in Sparta!