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Exploring the County

by - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I love this time of year when spring teases you with brief moments of sunshine (in between the rain) and you step outside and raise your face to the glorious sun. It's perfect weather to take long drives on country roads.

We took full advantage of the sunny days this past long weekend to do a bit of exploring in the County. We've been coming to the Prince Edward County region for almost a decade but we still find something new and interesting every time we visit.

A scroll through my Instagram feed led us here one early morning. I saw the beautiful florals from Dahlia May Flower Farm and literally said "I must go there!" Isn't this the sweetest flower stand you've ever seen? I wished I could take one of everything.

I settled for taking this bouquet home with me and am staring at it now, sitting on my desk. Fresh flowers are such a welcome treat, especially at this time of year when there's so much variety. The anemones are my favourite so I had to add in a few stems. I'll definitely be back to that flower shop!

On the way back to our cottage, we stopped at the National Air Force Museum of Canada. Chloe loved sitting in the simulators, trying on old pilot uniforms, and running around the field, exploring the giant aircraft. Sean does museum planning in his day job so he enjoyed it just as much. I remember outings like this when I was a kid and hope Chloe will too.

What's a country weekend without a bit of antiquing? We stopped by a few antique fairs and shops. The yard sales were out in droves for the long weekend so we had to pull over by the side of the road for a few of those too. And I'm glad we did because these beauties came home with me. The teapot has the iconic Hudson's Bay stripes but there were no markings so I'm not sure if its a reproduction or not. Either way, its a perfect teapot for the cottage!

The cottage... I can honestly say buying our cottage was one of our best decisions ever. We've fallen into an easy rhythm where once we arrive, Chloe runs off to play with friends and Sean and I get to relax or do some work around the cottage. A real community has formed here and we'll meet up with neighbours around the campfire to talk late into the night. I'm so thrilled that a few readers and friends (Hi Carolynn! Hey Michelle!) have purchased at the resort too. It'll be nice to see some familiar faces around here. If you're looking to vacation in Prince Edward County with your family, I highly recommend our resort. It's a great base to explore the region. Let them know I sent you ;)

The weekend wasn't all porch naps and roasted marshmallow eating though - there was work to be done! We're slow to make big exterior changes (we need a walkway) but we did pick up some hostas and a lilac bush to create a small front garden. I loved visiting the nursery and seeing all of the locally-grown plants. They're so much more lush and plentiful than what I can find in the city!

And we managed to find the time to check one big project off our list, the kitchen backsplash. The kitchen was just looking too white and I knew it needed a dose of colour. Here's the boring Before:

And the more colourful After!

It took me forever to decide on a tile but I finally picked a Mini Brick Moonstone Tumbled from Creekside Tile. I know I said our stone backsplash in our old kitchen was one of my regrets (both in stone size and material), so I'm hoping this stone with its darker colouring will be more forgiving. We still have to grout and seal the stone but I'm loving how the blue grey is looking against the white cabinets. The honed texture of the stone feels very rustic and suits the cottage. I'm undecided on what to do above the tile - paint it a blue grey or leave it white? There's still a few more changes I want to make in this area, like change out the faucet and trade the blinds for a fabric window covering but it's already looking much better than it did before.

That was our cottage weekend. A little bit of everything. You never know where country roads will take you!

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