Where DOES the time go???

It has been a VERY busy summer here in sunny Burlington! Following our trip to TN for Dr Daughter's graduation in May, we celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary (01 July) and DD and family came to celebrate with us and to visit and to show Oliver some of the sights his Mummy enjoyed as a little one..

We enjoyed a fun morning at Bronte Creek Provincial Park nearby where we spent our time visiting the Farm. Bronte Creek Park is on the site of a Victorian Farm and the house and barns have been preserved. There are plenty of old tractors ( guess who REALLY enjoyed those?) and farm animals- even peacocks!!It was VERY hot but still a very enjoyable morning.
One of the Barns.

Billy et al.

Nice Farm View.

O in Seventh Heaven!!

Nine Little Piggies!!

We visited Hutch's on the Beach where our son in law ate Fish and Chips. The rest of us had hamburgers and we all enjoyed ice cream cones for "afters"!!! Then, down to the beach to get wet and sandy. Who do you suppose LOVED THAT??
Serious discussion between Granddad and O

Father and Son in a little Photo Shoot.

Lovely day at the beach.

Water, Sand and a Little boy!! He LOVED it! Said he liked the "Big Water"!!

The "kids" visited some of Katherine's friends from work and school . We visited Great Great Granny and Great Grand Aunty and Uncle. We played A LOTTT! Generally, we had a ball, got VERY tired and had a VERY sad, quiet, lonely couple of weeks after they returned home. We'll see each other again in November some time  though when we go south to witness the birth of our SECOND GRANDSON!!!!!

In the meantime, I have been taking a LOT of photos. DH and I spent a lovely afternoon at a Lavender Farm, Steed & Co down near Lake Erie at Sparta ON. If you have never been , DO go if you get a chance. It is lovely. Best to go a bit earlier than we did when the lavender is in FULL bloom . Hot tip!!! Try the DEELISH Lavender Ice Cream Bars!!!!! They are TO DIE FOR- lavender infused vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two VERY chocolatey cookies. Another hot tip... NOT recommended by Weight Watchers  ;-)!!!( BTW, I have lost 22.5 lb since February!)
Steed & Co Lavender Farm! 

Glorious views. Fabulous fragrance!
Don't know these folks, but they are headed TOWARD the Ice Cream

Don't know these folks either. They are headed AWAY from the Ice Cream !!
Just a few odd shots I have taken . Some are not the best ones because they were too small when I selected them but you get the idea. The petals of a cut sunflower bloom.

Macro shot across the top of the centre of that bloom.



More sunflower petals in late afternoon sunshine.

And blueberries. I belong to a Flickr Group called Macro Mondays. It is a themed group. Each week they issue a themed challenge and you post ONE shot on Monday. This week's was Fill The Frame With Food. That is why there is so much food here. I am NOT hungry!!

Last, but not least, three of my art quilts were accepted into the SAQA  show, Fibre Content 2016. The show runs at the Art Gallery of Burlington from 08 September to 18 September, 2016. Try to go and see it if you can.

A Green Thought in a Green Shade

Poppies AglowII

In case you are interested in more photos, check my Flickr account. The easiest way is just to google "Carolynn McMillan on Flickr". IF I can find pics of the quilts that were chosen , I'll add them at the end here. Enjoy the remaining hot days of this VERY HOT, VERY DRY summer. Take care !

As you can see, I HAVE found the photos, not fully edited but you get the picture. Many of you have seen them a zillion times in one state or another. Try to see the show. It should be an interesting one!


  1. First of all, the quilts are beautiful!!! no wonder they were accepted - a pity that the show is not at all on our way, ha! A lovely post and review of a quite long period - and I am surprised that you also had the 50th anniversary - ours will be the 54th this year.
    I love little O on the tractor and the serious talk!

  2. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary, your new grandson and your accepted works in Fibre Content 2016 !!!!!!!! woohoo !

  3. You have been busy! Congratulations to you for your anniversary and to your daughter on her graduation.
    That's quite an honor having three quilts accepted. They are all wonderful!
    I also wanted to let you know that I successfully got two hollyhocks growing in the garden. Hopefully, blooms next year. The poppies are growing as well. Thanks again!

  4. A lot of good reasons to celebrate!

  5. I hear congratulations are in order ! Congrats !!!!!

    1. Hi Sharron, thanks so much but for what?? I have not heard of anything but this is a nice note to get early this morning!! Let me add tha I was VERY impressed again by your fabulous pieces at the show!! Did you get down to see it! I think it is the best Fibre Content so far. Thanks again, hope you are well . Take care , Best, Carolynn

  6. The food and service at this place were spectacular. I was at an amazing event here recently. The event was outdoors along the water and against a beautiful sunset. As the party moved indoors of wedding venues NYC, I was struck by the decor.