May 28, 2013


I had a lovely day today.  My Mom and I took a little road trip to Stirling.  Such a quaint little town. I'd love to live there.  We were heading to Chickadelic for some Miss Mustardseed Paint.  My sister's dining room chairs need a milk paint makeover.  She bought some great fabric and I'm going to help transform them with Ironstone paint....

I also bought a cute little hankie (I will be making some bunting), a key (I can't resist keys.  I wonder what Freud would say?) and a stack of pre-loved magazines.  Eight magazines that I haven't read yet.  I feel so rich!  Oh and I bought a picture of Audrey for my bedroom.

We had lunch in the local diner with all the regulars.  I loved watching my prim Mother in her Ralph Lauren t-shirt eating among the farm folk and ladies who lunch in Stirling.  She can't help but be a bit snobbish.  It's funny because my Mother grew up on a farm, one without running water or electricity.  She came to the "big city" of Peterborough as a teenager to work in a factory.  She couldn't wait to get off the farm.  She worked hard to perfect her grammar and to speak "properly".  Now she lives with a daughter who loves the country and all things country.  Someone who'd like to raise chickens in the backyard and likes her furniture to be painted and chippy.  Poor Mom.  She enjoyed her day though, especially all the tidy prosperous farms we passed by.  Some of the farm girl remains.

Then we stumbled on Rustic Routes.  Oh my, a decorator's gold mine, treasure trove hiding in a little town...I'll be back ;).

This is the most amazing tin ceiling you have ever seen!  It has faces on all four corners of the tile.

Of course, on the way home we stopped at Dooher's Bakery in Campbellford so I could taste the donuts everyone raves about.  I bought a dozen - 6 for my sister Connie and her husband Bruce and 6 for Mom and me ;).  Sorry there are no pictures.  I ate my 3 for dinner (blush).  My tiny little Mother also ate 3 donuts after her dinner.  Honestly, I don't think you can have them in the house and not eat them.  They are the best donuts I have ever eaten in my entire life.  I really don't think I can ever buy them again because I can't resist them.  I phoned my sister after dinner and the first thing she said was "I just finished a donut.  Why did you buy them.  They're incredible".

See that unprepossessing donut in the front?  It is light as a feather pillow filled with a cloud of fresh whipped cream (drool, drool)....ok, well I better go to sleep here before I start thinking about it again.  Thank God there aren't any left in the house.



  1. I remember the first time we went to Doohers for donuts ... had good intentions of taking them home, but the smell in the van was overwhelming, so we stopped along the road to sample one or two. Stirling is a fabulous community, I used to work in the school there.

  2. Oh those donuts do look delicious.

  3. How special, visiting the shop with your Mom and those Donuts, yum yum, Francine.

  4. What a perfect day it sounds like your mother and you had. And it looked fun too, I might have to come along next time...I do have a weakness for donuts!! Diane

  5. You finally tried Doohers donuts- they are my favourite treat - your description of the donut and cream made me drool, they are soooo goood and I like to think that since they are made in a small bakery that they were "natural" which could equal healthy. I have even avoided travelling through Campbellford to avoid the temptation. Take care!

  6. It sounds like a great day for you and your Mom!

    thank you for letting me know you enjoyed a peek at my book!



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