Vacation time

Summer is for music festivals.

What’s a better time than to head into nature with friends and see great bands. That was my weekend.

My friends C & J and I went to the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, an event that combines farmers market, local artisans and music, and it’s held at the Christie Lake Conservation Area, an hour away from Toronto. We’ve been going since the festival’s inception back in 2010 and it’s such a lovely event. It’s small enough to not be overwhelming or be overcrowded but big enough to attract a range of performers like Emmylou Harris and Ray Lamontagne.

All summer I have been yearning to get out of the city and get into nature. This was going to be my ticket to do that. Despite the overcast and cooler-than-normal weather, it was a great day to enjoy the festival. I loved breathing the fresh air and to feel the grass between my toes. I’ve said this before but I need to spend more time outside. More than usual!

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Christie Lake Conservation Area

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Of course, I was able to find some time to stitch.

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Serge and Jane, unclose. 6″, embroidery on cotton

Since we were an hour outside of Toronto, we decided to spend the night in Hamilton which is near the conservation area and we spent the next day exploring the city. I’ve visited Hamilton a lot over the years and I’m constantly surprised at how lovely this city is becoming.

For the last couple of years, the perception of Hamilton has changed from strictly blue-collar, boring, rundown city to a bourgeoning arts and culture hub. Buying a home in Toronto is becoming more and more expensive, and even renting a space for a shop is hard. More and more people are looking westward to Hamilton, which is an hour away from Toronto.

Similar to Toronto, Hamilton has retained a lot of its older buildings and Victorian town homes, which is a great mix of architecture styles. One corner you feel like you’re in the UK; at another corner, you think you’re in Montreal. When you add artists and young families, you see a lot of potential of how great this city is. 

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Old signs

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This looks like Downtown Montreal but we’re still in Hamilton

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Enjoying our coffees at Cannon Coffee Co.

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East Hamilton signage

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It’s all in the details

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In love with our surroundings at the Mulberry Street Coffee House on James St North

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Beautiful ceiling lamp silkscreened with images of Hamilton architecture

After hanging out in Hamilton, we drove around the back roads near Guelph. Again, I keep saying this but it’s true: I have to schedule more time in nature and outside of the city. I need it. It doesn’t help that I don’t have a license yet, but it shouldn’t stop me either.

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Farmland near Guelph

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To live here would be heaven

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More farms!

On September 12-14, Hamilton is hosting a big art and music called Supercrawl. I’ve heard great things about it where the event shuts down a few main streets for art installations and music stages. I want to check it out as it sounds like so much fun.

In the meantime, I’m busy stitching for the Kensington Market Art Fair, which is a fast approaching. As well as school. Yikes, it’s September already!



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