I headed to Wingham (approx 1 1/2hrs.) on a drizzly, wet day but I was just glad it wasn't snowing and anxious to get there before the expected cold snap arrived. I pass through Harriston and have a short visit with my son and get caught up on happenings there.
I try, every time, to take a county/side road off the beaten path so that I can take lots of photographs for my library of inspiration … the drive into unknown territory is so freeing and peaceful. I am always fascinated by the fields, farms, abandoned barns & silos and by the constantly changing weather in the fall. And I try to visualize what it was like when my ancestors hacked their way through dense forests to get to the land they bought and settled in this area.
Earlier that morning I had attended a meeting in Elora and then headed north, passing by the Wellington County Museum … built in 1877, it stands as the oldest remaining House of Industry in Canada. It was built as a "Poor House" or place of refuge for the poor, homeless, and destitute people in Wellington County. It operated as a Poor House and Industrial Farm until 1947 when it became a County Home for the Aged. It was transformed into the Wellington County Museum and Archives during the 1970's ... where a lovely Rembrance Day display was presented and made a powerful statement.
Today, this is a wonderful place, full of community spirit, art shows, weddings, workshops for all ages and school programs, to name a few.
Continuing on, I made it to my destination before the temperature dropped only to awaken in the morning with snow and a glorious sunny sky. That snow hung around till the next day.
|My trusty Dodge Dakota … love my truck !|
|The leaves hadn't fallen yet !|
Some photo opts on my way back home … fabulous in spite of the rain … future ink drawings for sure.
Well, I didn't intend to post a travelogue, but hope have you enjoyed rural Ontario in November !
Almost a week has passed spent finishing minor details on these 2 pieces that are destined for the Harris Artists Collective Christmas Show starting Tuesday.
It is raining and dreary ... not good for indoor photography … but I just wanted a record of these 2 pce.'s finished and stretched… done !
Now on to the mundane sewing chores - altering a bridesmaid gown this week !
Enough about me ! What have you been up to ?