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Yesterday, I was working away on the computer when I saw some movement

wild bunny, July 2013

wild bunny, July 2013

out the corner of my eye. I have a mirror that reflects the door behind me and I could see one of the bunnies had paused next to the currant bush. It’s rare for us to see them that close. I grabbed the camera and snuck out to see if I could get a picture. I was able to get fairly close, while it was sitting beside the asparagus, (I’ve seen one, a couple of times, hiding under the ferny parts, like a giant bun in a miniature forest) and took a few photos. It was pretty cool about my playing paparazzi and posed a bit before hopping off. (while keeping a careful eye my way and both ears at attention)

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***This event has been cancelled. I will repost if/when we pick a new date for it.***

 

Etsy is having a worldwide craft party on June 20th.¬† It sounded like a fun idea and, when I talked to the Perth County Visitors Association, they thought so too! They have a great space, in the Visitors centre and we will be making jewellery from 7 to 10pm! The plan is to share a bunch of different ways to make new pieces you will actually wear, from the older bits and pieces that are lurking in the bottom of the jewellery box. If you don’t have any broken or dated bits, you can also bring along buttons, fabric, feathers or leather pieces and we’ll work with those. Take something old and turn it into something you can wear and enjoy instead of keeping it stuffed in a drawer! You can sign up at the Etsy Eventbrite page. It’s free to sign -up but we will probably be charging $5 at the door, for supplies. Everyone is welcome and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I’ll try to help.

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The ice storm hit this region badly, and a bunch of hydro poles¬†ice went down, to the north of us. It took days for them to get them replaced and the power back. It wasn’t until Sunday evening that it was back at both the house and the store. We still have some clean-up to do, on the grounds, but we’re hoping to get to it later this week. It was upsetting to lose some branches from the big maple, in the middle of the east lawn, but it could have been much worse. We’re hoping that there won’t be an too obvious reduction in it’s symmetry since we’ve always loved how pretty it is.

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The weather has been warm enough that it’s been easy to forget how close we’re getting to Christmas. We all got reminded that the season is at hand yesterday. Santa came to Shakespeare! This was actually the second year that there was an actual Santa Claus parade here in town but this one was on a much larger scale than last years. It was a good size and had a nice range of floats and marching groups. Even Elvis put in an appearance! There was also food and drinks, along with photos with Santa, at the Credit Union, courtesy of the Perth County Visitors Association. It was a fun time and put us all into the festive mood.

The start of the Shakespeare Santa Claus parade

The start of the Shakespeare Santa Claus parade

Elvis appears at the Shakespeare parade

Elvis appears at the Shakespeare parade

more Shakespeare Santa parade

more Shakespeare Santa parade

Santa arrives in Shakespeare

Santa arrives in Shakespeare

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There is one more new shop in town, (that I know about anyway)

inside the Perfect Piece, Shakespeare ON

and it opened sometime in May but I just got over this week to take a peek around. It’s on the north side of the street, just west of the lights. It’s called the Perfect Piece and they are the bright and roomy space that was occupied by Mezzo, until last year. Recycled and repurposed items are a big chunk of their offerings. They also have some great authentic mid-century modern furniture in the shop. There is a chrome and formica dining set that is in just stunning condition. I doubt it will be around for long. I also loved their line of candles

Mid-century modern style at the Perfect Piece

made from wine bottles. (A group of them is showing in the top picture) They also have some original works from a few local artists that have a very modern style. They have a great space and are using it to show different ways that their types of pieces can fit in a mix of decors. They also have a nice wide range of prices so there is something for every budget. I’m looking forward to seeing what else they find!

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There have been a number of new shops that have opened this year in the village.

Mother's Place, Shakespeare ON

I finally got a chance to go over across the street, and check them out this past week. The first new store is called Mother’s Place and it has moved in to the location that was Funky Junk. (We’re all sad that Funky Junk is gone but the owner of it had to take a break for her health. She may continue in an on-line format and if she does, I’ll post the link) The space was empty by the end of May and the new place opened up just over a week ago. She’s focusing on resale clothing. There are also a number of great children’s items and vintage books. It’s still early in the set-up process, even though it is open to the public, so I expect there will always be a wide range of new things coming in.

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I don’t often get as much time to look around in town as I would like.

Soyuz Tm-33 window from Jonny's Antiques, Shakespeare

Jonny’s Antiques is the store that the rest of the town built up around and they always have so many lovely things. Visiting his place is like going to our own local museum, since there are many items on offer that I’ve seem examples of (and in some cases, not in as fine condition) in real museums like the Gardiner, in Toronto. Generally, I’m happy enough to just admire from afar but this recent acquisition has inspired a deep and desperate level of covetousness in me. It’s an actual window from one of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft! It went up in 2001, so it’s not technically an antique, yet, but it is immensely cool. I love how it’s displayed as well, it’s simply mounted on a two-support stand that perfectly shows off the wonder of industrial design it is. You can see it’s engraved registration marks and there is a substantial scratch on the glass that I expect happened either in space or it was grazed by some junk on re-entry. It’s steampunk styling just adds to the appeal. Sadly, it’s not in my budget but I’m glad I got to see it before some lucky person of good taste takes it home.

edit: I realised I didn’t mention it’s price: $8500 CAD.

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