Saturday, January 18, 2014
Yesterday was a day off school for the kids, so Mr. Crafty World took the day off work and we had a family day out. One of our favourite places to visit is Port Perry; a smaller town about an hour away from us. We love to stroll Main Street, with it's charming buildings like these:
We have a routine for our visits. After parking the car we head down toward the water and our first stop is usually here:
This is one of those charming candy stores that have been here forever, and are not part of any franchise.
My favourite part is the display of vintage candy moulds:
They make their chocolates right here in town too.
The kids get all excited like, well, kids in a candy store! They always want to buy things like Jelly Belly jelly beans and gummy candy. We always have to give them a lecture about buying something special from a special place like this that you cannot buy at the convenience store. Despite their grumblings we never leave there empty handed: yesterday we bought two kinds of fudge; pecan puddles in dark chocolate and milk chocolate covered marshmallows - all made in Port Perry and not the Wonka factory!
Our next stop is always Tribal Voices. They sell lots of stone jewelry; Indonesian wood carvings and other fair trade goods. We ooh and ahh over everything and sometimes come out with a bits of polished stones or incense.
After that we head across the street to The Wee Tartan Shop and get our fix of British goods. We were hoping to find a bit of family tartan to put on the table for our first ever Robbie Burns dinner next week.
We didn't find the tartan, but we did come out with some more treats:
By this time Mr. Crafty World and My Favourite Boy have come to the end of their patience with shopping: it's time to eat lunch and there must be no delay!
We always head to this little bakery where you can still get a grilled cheese sandwich or soup and a biscuit for under five dollars.
They sell lovely little squares, pies, buns and doughnuts; again, all made right here. There are no super fancy cakes and pastries on gold foil doilies here. It reminds me of the bakeries of my small town youth.
The main reason for eating lunch here is really this:
...the largest apple fritter you can imagine for dessert. Mr. Crafty World always asks them to set one aside for him when he orders his lunch, just in case they sell out before he finishes. You can even ask for it grilled should you feel like going completely over the top.
Tummies full, I take advantage of Mr. Crafty World's grilled apple fritter buzz and we do a bit more window shopping. We check out the toy shop, the miniature shop and the big gift shop. Our last stop is always this lovely place, where I usually buy some pretty bit of china or vintage linen.
For once I came out empty handed, but I still got an eye full of pretty things. After this shop we get in the car and head back home - sampling our treats the whole way.
In the later part of the afternoon we saw The Hobbit. I think this movie was at least an hour too long and not worth the price to see it. I was not alone in my thinking either. Why did they have to split one book onto three movies?
When we came home we all jumped on the couch and watched two episodes of Merlin, our new favourite Netflix show. It's nice to have a series that we can all watch together, and that we all enjoy. It made up for the Hobbit fiasco for sure.
I do have a creative finish to show you that I finished last night, but I'll save that for tomorrow.
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