Antique Hunting, Farmer’s Markets … sans kids!

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated our 10th Wedding anniversary. A significant milestone, yes, but we opted to keep things low-key to mark the occasion.

My parents took the kids to the cottage for the weekend so we were kid-free from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. The break from the everyday with three kids 6 and under was enough to celebrate!

We decided to do a mini-road trip and check out the St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market. It had been years since I was last there and it didn’t disappoint.

First, we checked out some antiques …


Stunning Blue colours caught my eye


An old globe ... USSR and all


A paddle from a family reunion in 1963!


Red, Red, Red!


I walked off with some lovely glass milk bottles for just $4 for all of them. More on that and what I’ve done with them in another post.

After checking out some antiques we got hungry …

The chip wagon was calling our names!

Nothing like fries soaked in ketchup & vinegar


And then you wash them down with some fresh lemonade …

The best lemoade I've ever had


The fries and lemonade refreshed us enough to wander around the market – it was a blistering hot day but the stalls were just bursting with fresh produce … it was killing us not to buy anything as we weren’t headed directly home and it would just spoil.

My favourite stall was the fresh cut flowers. Here are some gerbera daisies … just like I had in my wedding bouquet.

After the market we decided to check out the Elora Gorge. It was awesome!

First we had some yummies we’d bought at the market …

Mmm .. havarti & ham kielbasa



Then we hiked around the gorge

It was starting to get late after calling nine Bed & Breakfast’s (note: make reservations in July) we found one that would take us … it was outside of Fergus … and a fairly random place to stay. The people were lovely, it was clean and very nice but boy did they like their flowers.

We stayed in their only available room that night … the “Garden Room”. Each room had it’s own theme and the owners had clearly put a lot of thought, care and love into how they decorated. It just wasn’t my style – a “little” over the top if you know what I mean.

Yes, that is a sunflower lamp


Painted sunflowers all over the wall & a picket fence!


We did a final hike on Sunday morning and were amused at our choice … it was in a marsh area so there were lots of bugs but we made the most of it and ran part of the way! The view from the lookout tower was spectacular!

We loved exploring parts of Ontario we hadn’t been to before – there is so much to see!

So, that’s how we spent our kid-free weekend. No schedule, just wandering around. It was like a weekend-long date and was fantastic.

How would you celebrate a significant milestone? What do you like to do with your partner?


About Sarah

Sarah is constantly ReDesigning things. From ReDesigning spaces for others or ReDesigning herself from corporate operations whiz into interior decorator and blogger – it’s all about ReDesign.

Posted on July 28, 2011, in Blog Posts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. My husband Jason and I have never done the antiquing getaway, but I have always wanted to. We tend to go the “Urban” route and head to Toronto. We have our favorite boutique hotel we tend to stay at when we go…Le Germain on Mercer Street. We always choose this hotel because its very Modern which is always a nice departure from our transitional/traditional home. Your weekend looked amazing. Such a leisurely weekend. Glad you enjoyed it!!

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