Sunday, July 22, 2012

Spinning a Yarn in Merrickville

Have you ever been to Merrickville?  It is one of my favourite places to go and a beautiful, quaint town with a huge artist/artisan population.  When Matt and I got married 7 years ago, we bought hand-blown glass balls from Kevin Robert Gray glassblowing to use as our centrepieces.  Since we discovered this magical place, we try to go a few times a year and make sure we get there for the annual ice cream festival and the annual Christmas in Merrickville event where there are horse-drawn hay rides, bonfires in the streets and warm apple cider, not to mention the most wonderful Christmas store that is open all year round. 

On Saturday, we decided to go for a little day trip.  Now, if you know X, you know he may be just a little partial toward all things trains, so whenever we go we have to make sure we stop into Lark Spur Line to pick him up a little something for his Thomas collection.  Since all he wants to do with everything in sight right now is "crank it up" like a construction crane, he decided on Kevin and also on a railway crossing.  I'm hoping these two trains will help abate the complete and utter breakdown he had this week when he realized that Santa was not coming again for a very long time.  I mean, lip-trembling, heart-breaking, sobbing, make-my-heart-melt breakdown that made me wish I had had the video camera with me at the time.  

We had a wonderful time at the shops and I was able to check out the new yarn store in town, Unraveled, where I literally could not keep my hands off of the softest yarn my fingers have ever touched -- Handmaiden Sea Silk, made right here in Canada.  Something cozy this way comes!
LOVE the window display!
Handmaiden's Sea Silk in Glacier
I also was not able to leave without picking up some of my favourite mustard from Merrickville's own Mrs. McGarrigle's.  Seriously, I am in heaven in this store.  With a mix of modern home decor items, kitchen tools and gourmet goodies from the world over, this place is every foodie's and decor nut's dream! 

When the shopping was done, we took a walk across the locks which felt terrifyingly like deja vu since a horrible nightmare I had a few weeks ago where I watched X fall into a canal full of sharks and couldn't get him out...I was so nervous I almost made him turn around and go back before we even started going across.

We had a great picnic down at the beach while we watched the boats come and go from the marina.  We had thought we were going to go for a swim, but after seeing the weeds at the beach and this little guy swim across in front of us while we ate, decided not to.

When we got home, the kids were so exhausted and overtired that C didn't fall asleep until 9:00pm, mid-giggle.  Definitely a girl after her mother's own heart.

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