On our recent visit to Guelph, ON for Canadian Thanksgiving, we walked by this art-on-the-street installment, called Street Projects. Part of the Open Field Collective, their mandate is to bring contemporary art into outdoor spaces where art and community can interact. What a great idea! It’s our friday favourite.
When I return from a trip, I take a moment to think about what I really loved having on the trip and what was a waste of space. Having just returned from 8 days of hiking in Greece, it seems like a good time to do this exercise and make it our friday favourite!
I think I did a good job of packing since there were only two pieces of clothing that I didn’t wear. I had a long-sleeved SPF shirt that never made it out of my suitcase since the temperature was in the mid 90s (35C) and a sleeveless top that I didn’t wear because I didn’t have enough time to shower and change before dinner. We were kept busy!
What made the most favourite list?
A turkish towel that my soon-to-be-daughter-in-law gave me a few years ago. It’s 100% cotton and was useful as a beach cover-up or shawl. Plus they are very popular in Greece so I felt like a local! (Thanks Maddie)
A Tilley hat. They are guaranteed for life, they float, have a secret pocket and block 98% of the sun’s harmful rays. And they are made in Canada. I owned one years ago but it never fit me right. This time I took my time to get the right fit and really appreciated the sun protection in the 90+ degree heat!
A cross-body bag for evenings. Just enough to carry my phone, passport and money and have it close to me when in a busy tourist area.
A bandana. Easy to pack and so many uses!
Let us know if you have something that you always take with you when travelling.
I took a summer vacation from the Wednesday night yoga class I’ve been doing for more than 15 years. Apparently, I’m a creature of yoga habit. It was a little freeing at first, giving me a night off. Then it wasn’t.
My Friday favourite is that this week, I got back on the mat with a regular yoga class here.
My friend Lisa and I have been walking every Saturday morning for 16 years. We take silly pictures of ourselves and post them on instagram with witty hashtags like #lisaheatherwalk or #wehaveprobablytalkedaboutyou.
And then Lisa fell and broke her knee cap. Sounds like something that happens on HBO, not to my walking partner.
She is my friday favourite because she is being such a good sport about this injury. She needed surgery to wire her knee cap back together. Two weeks later she learned that one of the wires had broke and they had to repeat the surgery. She has been out of commission for 7 weeks. She is upbeat and accepting and not whining. She’s amazing and her outfit even matches her cast!
A few months ago I said I was done with my fitbit. Turns out, I’m not. I missed it. It actually motivated me to take the dog on one more walk to hit my step target. So I bought another one. We were just in Quebec City for a few days. My significant other was attending a conference. I walked. And walked. And walked. I enjoy getting to know a city on foot, and seeing my step totals at the end of the day was fun. Until my feet hurt! Then I stopped and had a glass of wine and read Louise Penny!
71,195 steps or 33.74 miles in three days. Fitbit is my friday favourite, again!
I love the big holidays that take you away from it all, suspending you in timeless travel where your life stands still as you step into another space.
This summer, I’ve realized that I can get that same experience in smaller, shorter vacations. And these little getaways are my Friday favourite.
We already wrote about our PEI trip – for me, just over two and a half days that felt like a week.
And this week, I started a week’s vacation with about 36 hours away. We paddled into a cabin on Saturday afternoon. The lack of electricity calmed the day and my mind as the sun set over the lake. And rose again to start a perfect paddling day.
We packed up, paddled out and headed to part two of the mini vacation. A day-long, guided kayak trip around the Franklin Islands on Georgian Bay thanks to White Squall Paddling Centre. It was my second trip with these outfitters and they make the whole experience seamless, safe and really quite perfect. At many points, the paddling actually felt effortless. How is that possible?
These hours away were a great change of pace. And the scenery certainly helped take my mind off anything else. The short trip did the trick and I was ready to head home content and energized for the rest of my vacation week.
Next up: long weekend in CA. Stay tuned.
Our mom turns 85 this year and as soon as I posted this, we got in the car to drive to Ontario for a big family BBQ party. All 5 of her children will be there along with assorted significant others, plus 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren!
We can’t wait to celebrate this remarkable woman with her whole family around her – she’s our Friday favourite.
Happy Birthday Mom, MOTW, TT, Alice, Twink – and all the other names you’re lovingly known by!
(Dad and Mom are the top left corner…Mom is holding CJR…she always liked her best…I’m really happy about the whole thing in the front middle row.)
Family portrait, circa late 1960s.
Her 80th birthday gathering!