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I have taken on a major project and as a result the gallery will be closed until sometime in late June. The Etsy shop will stay open and I will be a vendor at the Niagara Falls ComicCon, June 3 to 5.

See you in the summer!

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I will be in the Artists Alley at Fan Expo Toronto so the shop will be closed from the 3rd until the 6th. I will probably be in the shop for the holiday Monday, but may not stick to the full hours so please drop me an email or phone call if you’re thinking about stopping in!

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We will be closed from the 17th of August and re-opening on the 22nd. While I won’t be around for framing discussions, if you want to stop in the shop, feel free to call and set-up an appointment during those days.

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In garden news, for the first time since we put them in a few years ago, we have plums! Both trees have set small amounts of fruit, but the Pipestone had more and they ripened faster than the Toka. That was a surprise, since we expected the Toka to come in much earlier. The pipestone plums have been a bit bigger than a large egg, perfect and shockingly delicious. The flavour is much more complex than any regular ones, even from the farmers markets. While home-grown is usually better, we had no idea there would be such a marked difference. We’re just not sure if it’s an issue of freshness, them being able to fully ripen on the tree, or if it’s just the varietal.

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We will be closed this weekend for Saturday, the 18th of June and Sunday, the 19th.

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Faeryfest!

IMG_6323I will be away from the shop this coming Saturday and instead will be at Faeryfest in Guelph! Mother will be in charge of things in the shop for the day and I’ll be back for Sunday.

If you’re in Guelph and coming to the faire, stop in and say “hi”. The admission is pay-what-you can this year so it’s a great chance to come and check it all out.

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flying saucers

flying saucers

I’m not sure that it was the best idea for me to have shown my mother the altered art painting I did. It gave her some motivation to find me even more terrible paintings for use as canvases. This was one of her “finds”. Even with oil painting not being a medium I’m all that familiar with, I’m pretty happy with how well the additions match the colour and “style” of the base picture. (Not that it set a very high bar in terms of required painting skill) While it didn’t impress me much as art, it is in excellent condition and well stretched around a good quality stretcher. I also liked that it has the “gallery” wrapped edges. (the painting wraps around the edges of the stretcher so no frame is needed) The only hard part is how big it is. It’s 2′ by 3′ so someone is going to want/need to fill a large space with something funny for it to find a home. If it’s still around, I’ll probably put it in the booth at some of the summer shows! I’ve got a few more not-great-painting fixes underway, so might have several on offer.

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oil painting

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Fire next door

Shakespeare fire, 2015

Shakespeare fire, 2015

Last night we heard something going on outside, but it just seemed like some people were talking loudly, so we weren’t too concerned until we heard sirens. A fire had started in the back of Land and Ross, next door to the shop! The firefighters got there in good time and no one was in the shop at the time, so there were no injuries but it was shocking.

The firefighters took a chainsaw to the fence between us, so they could get access and we were all a bit concerned about the towering Norway spruce that, while on our property, rests right up against their store. A few branches did catch, but went out and the damage appears to be very limited. Everyone is relieved it didn’t go up, since the whole thing would have much harder to control, if it did.

Things are still be checked and investigated before the work of cleaning and rebuilding can get underway but it’s obvious that it will be a huge undertaking. So far, it’s been a really rough spring in Shakespeare, so I hope the rest of the year won’t have anymore events like this in store for us!

Land and Ross fire

Land and Ross fire

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IMG_6541It has been a glorious few days weather -wise. With it suddenly in the high teens and low twenties, the plants are busting out all over! We are always especially impressed by the haskap bushes. In just a few years they have gone from sad little sticks to substantial shrubs. The varieties for this zone have been hybridized from the Siberian species and it shows. They are incredibly early in setting their flowers. It’s just a bit odd to have a shrub in full flower at the same time as the daffodils! It’s not a bad thing, certainly as far as the bees are concerned. At one point today I could see almost a dozen bumblebees darting about among them. Even if we didn’t want the fruit, I’d almost be tempted to keep them around just because they make the pollinators happy, and happy bees are essential to a fruitful garden. That being said, we’re still excited about the potential fruit haul. It looks like they might be big enough this year to provide for at least a crumble or two! (and I really like how they also fruit early enough that the birds aren’t providing for nestfuls of hungry chicks yet, so we won’t have to work too hard on fending them off)

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End of an Era

We just found out that Jonny Kalisch, of Jonny’s Antiques died on Saturday. We knew he wasn’t well, so it wasn’t as much of a shock as his partner James passing last year, but it’s still sad news. Jonny was always so passionate about Shakespeare and worked hard at getting people organized in the fight against the road expansion. I always enjoyed it when he’d stop by for a visit, (and if those were more frequent when the black currants and raspberries were ripe, I’m sure that was just co-incidence ) or chatting with him at his store. He will be missed.

CTV did a piece about him and how much of a loss his passing is to the Antiques community in Canada.

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Spring!

I have, once again, gotten caught up in a busy winter of framing and other projects.  Two winters of heavy snows and late springs has been a trial, but it is at least starting to look a bit like spring! We haven’t really gotten started on the garden work yet and I’m still trying to get the spring store reorganization done, but there are a few more works-in-progress to get finished before I’ll be able to complete sprucing the place up for the season. While I’m staying with “by appointment” for the hours right now, I am around the shop most of the time on Tuesday to Sunday but may have to run off for various things so it’s always a good idea to drop me a note if you’re thinking about stopping in.IMG_6486

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