I know what you’re probably thinking. You’re over there thinking “oh my goodness, you never do this”. And that’s true, I never recap my weekends……………………because they are so mega boring. But sister is visiting and we had some fun!
The penultimate Monday in May most Canadians celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria, the Mother of Confederation. Sure. Hello long weekend! I work primarily with media agencies and they are either completely closed or close at noon the day leading into a long weekend. Lucky for me, I wrapped up all my work early Thursday afternoon and most people had let me know they’d be closed. Scratch hello long weekend; hello extra long weekend! I know, I know, #blessed.
While lounging in bed, scrolling the insta after brunch and some shopping with Mom, Laura came into my room and announced “let’s go now”. We had been tossing around the idea of going to check out waterfalls in Dundas/Hamilton and were a bit deflated when a quick internet search informed us that you had to park in a central lot and take a shuttle on weekends and holidays. Neither of us are fans of crowds so we nixed plans of stopping in on the way home from lunch with Dad on Saturday. We could get there on back roads, avoiding any Friday afternoon pre-holiday weekend traffic and definitely be home before dark. YUP! So we set off on a little adventure.
In hindsight, we should have done a bit more research. Due to an accident/fatality, you can no longer access Webster’s Falls from the Tew’s Falls parking lot. Bummer. This is on one poorly laminated sign in the parking lot, to which I assumed meant you couldn’t access it off the parking lot. Also, it’s $10 to park ($10 parking + $5 per person to shuttle on the weekend) and Tew’s Falls are 100m from the parking lot. Not really knowing where we were going we decided to explore/hike Spencer Gorge (which is where Tew’s Falls is located). The hike is fairly easy but has poor signage and in the grand scheme of things, isn’t very interesting. Unless of course, you’ve always wanted a panoramic view of Hamilton from the Dundas Peak. The trail however is well maintained and there is citronella or some other citrus flower blooming and thus the path is so romantically scented (yah, that’s what you go on hikes for, right?). A quick search and another unsuccessful attempt of finding a trail to Webster’s Falls we got back into the car a rewarded ourselves with Starbucks.
Saturday started off with how all good Guelph residents start a weekend: a trip to the Farmer’s Market. Unlike most others visiting the market, we were only looking for 2 things: flowers and cinnamon sugar doughnuts. Freshly fried right in front of you, yeasty, pillowy old fashioned doughnuts that take a quick flip in cinnamon sugar before being handed over in a paper bag. HEAVEN! Goods in hand we got lattes across the street and staged a quick photoshoot on the patio. Don’t worry, no doughnut goodness was harmed while taking photos. They were still warm and devoured within seconds.
A quick change and a delicious lunch with Dad and then back to Guelph for sister to take photos of my apartment. While definitely gorgeous, it seems it wasn’t just me, my apartment is a pain in the butt to photograph. I’ll be going through hundreds of photos later this week and next week and will start sharing. The best part of photoshoots? Fresh flowers everywhere, of course!
Sunday was brunch at 39 Carden and shopping for plants. WHO AM I? I’ve never had plants because I’m a notorious plant killer but I really wanted fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes and flowers on the balcony so I’m trying. Think good thoughts about my 2 flower pots (not sure what they are), basil, cherry tomatoes, and peonies! AHHH. Yes, you can grow them in container pots. It’s got 3 buds and 2 more little ones still growing. If all 5 bloom, it’ll be cheaper than buying 1 bunch from the local florist.
We used the rainy afternoon as a much needed opportunity to nap, relax, and watch afternoon baseball before dinner at The Keg.
Monday was more coffee and then sister was on a train to spend a few days with buds in Toronto. I lounged all day, catching up on Grey’s Anatomy and the last 2 episodes of Scandal (ooooh, the last 2 this season are GOOD!) and went to bed early after watching fireworks from my balcony. Yay 4th floor perks!
I’m slowly easing back into work and eating too many bowls of Lucky Charms before a busy rest of the week.
how was your weekend? what did you do?