No longer in Wonderland

The long weekend is over, but at least I’m feeling refreshed! 

I really needed to get away this weekend. I needed some down time to relax and be better prepared to face the world. In truth, I was a little bit of a cranky panda last week (and it had nothing to do with that BuzzFeed quiz I took!) and needed to get some happy back.

And happy I got.

I drove to my parent’s house Saturday after work and spent the night playing monopoly with the mum. After her successful birthday party the week before, it was nice to just have a chill night in. Although, I was a little too ambitious in buying houses for my properties and quickly ran out of money – which was fine I didn’t need much of it, but the mum did get sent to jail 3 times in under an hour! And I had the only “get out of jail free” card. HA! Warning: never play monopoly with me. I turn evil. 

I’ve kind of been neglecting my hobbies lately. I still do the small things like reading and a cross stitch here and there, but nothing big or involved. So I took my camera with me to my parent’s. They live about a 15-minute (10 if you get behind the right person on the highway) drive from Goderich, which is a beach town, and right in the middle of loads of farms. Don’t worry – there are about 10 different communities within a 15-minute drive from Goderich so I’m not really giving anything away there.

I wanted to go out Sunday morning while my parents were at church. I took Le Brother with me and we made a morning of it. Fortunately for me, Le Brother knows way more about cameras than I do. I have a Nikon D3000, but I’ve never ventured off of the automatic settings. Lately, it’s been making this weird clicking noise, which Le Brother has deemed to be something with the automatic gears inside (probably dirty has gotten into it). It won’t take a picture! But if it’s on manual then it’s totally fine. He took the time to explain some of the different functions and I was good to go! But the weather wasn’t!

It wasn’t supposed to rain all day Sunday – just a quick passing thunderstorm in the afternoon, but as soon as I put my car in park at Goderich beach, it started to downpour! How rude!!!

 

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taken with my phone

 

But I did get a few nice pictures while sitting in my car.

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The beach was, obviously, deserted. Same with Bayfield beach when we drove down there…

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I was actually surprised that the pictures turned out so well. They aren’t professional quality by any means, but since I had to do the focusing myself, I was a little worried they would come out just slightly blurry.

There’s just something so wonderfully haunting about pictures in the rain – don’t ya think?

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It just puts a little bit of a sombre feel to whatever it is that you are photographing. If I had my big umbrella I would have stayed out for hours.

The next day, while still cold and windy, was sunny so I once again took my camera, and my spaceship of a rental car, and hit the back country roads! Note to self…I don’t think Audi designed their cars for dirt roads….

I went back to Goderich but took the high road to the lookout points and parks overlooking the beach instead of going down to the beach itself.

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Then back along the highway to Bayfield again. I spotted this great flea market by the side of the highway the day before. However, I wasn’t getting out in the monsoon-like downpour to get a picture of it.

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Found a cute little church on a back country road (literally, almost every back country road has one!)

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But I was more impressed with the pictures from the fields surrounding it.

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Can’t you just smell that fresh air? Take a deep breath because it was amazing! Do you know that smell? Of farm fields after a good rain? I love it.

My parents decided to move out here after they both retired about 7 years ago. Mostly because of the house they found, but I think another factor was because my dad grew up here. I would spend summers at the family farm with my uncle, we always drove up at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Special services in the church where my dad was raised. There is just something so magical about being able to see that part of his life. I literally slept in the exact same room as he did when he was my age (when I was like 10). I never got to meet either of his parents, but being in their house, in their barns, on their land that they worked – I felt connected to them.

I tried to get a picture of the house from the road, but it was impossible. The new owners (my uncle sold the farm and the farmhouse about 5 years ago) have let the hedge out front grow so high you can’t see the red brick from the road! BUT I did get the other side.

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Yup…that’s the lake!! You can see it from the front of the house. It’s the view my dad grew up with (minus the windmill of course). This is actually across from the church just a minute drive down the road. It was closed a few years ago, but the building still stands.

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Sitting all quite and quaint with vines growing all around it.

I seriously needed this weekend away! And especially my solo photography run Monday morning. It was great to just drive, have the music on (when a radio station would actually work) and stop whenever I wanted to take a picture. I’m also glad that for most of my driving no one was behind me. I would just stop in the middle of the road…I know that’s horrible but no one was around and there was a field of sheep! I was safe about my random stopping don’t worry.

I love the country and am a country girl at heart, but I could never live there. I’m too accustomed to the city. But I really appreciate my upbringing – living half my life in the country and a half in the city, switching back and forth at what seemed to be the perfect ages.

But back to reality! Work starts up again, and so does my online dating profile. I reactivated it last night so I guess we’ll see where that leads me this time….

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