View from the top of Old Man of Coniston hike in Lake District National Park, England.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Preston, Lancashire, England.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Wyke, West Yorkshire, England on May 29th!

Monday, September 25, 2023

How was Ruth's Weekend?

So someone on our Facebook group was wondering how I filled up my weekend. So today you will get a rare post from me (Ruth).

I enjoyed a quiet afternoon and night by myself on Thursday and then on Friday afternoon my sister Lesley and her friend Lynn arrived to spend the weekend with me. They drove up from Hamilton, Ontario.

We went for a walk around the neighborhood to stretch their legs after their long drive then we sat out on the back deck enjoying some nice Creamsicle drinks that Lesley made. It was nice to catch up on all the news and have some good laughs.

Lesley and Lynn on the back deck

Enke and Sid looking out and wondering why they can't come out and join us!

In the evening I made dinner for us, we watched the Blue Jays baseball game and chatted, nothing to exciting.

Saturday morning was just a nice relaxing morning with breakfast, another walk around the neighbourhood oohing and aahing at the big beautiful houses. I love looking at them but have no desire in ever owning one but both Lesley and Lynn would love to each have one.

After lunch we headed out to the Carp Fair. The Carp Fair is a well known country fair in the Ottawa area and is billed as "The Best Little Fair in Canada" and it certainly lives up to it's name. It revolves around agriculture but has a bit of everything for everyone's enjoyment.

When you enter the ground you are greeted with this beautiful mural.

The admission fee is $15 CAD ($11 USD) at the gate and then extra if you want to ride the midway rides, we chose to just wander around and enjoy all the sights and sounds.

Lots of people out having a good time at the fair on a beautiful day.

They have an exhibit hall with quilts, flower arrangements, food, and many other things that are judged and displayed. I loved the Monopoly quilt!

Judging the first heat of the North American Six Horse Hitch Series

Watching the second heat of the Six Horse Hitch going around the arena

Grooming the Clydesdale horses after thier event

This is only a young Clydesdale on show, still to young to participate but they welcome you to pet him.

A 4 week old donkey that was just too cute!

A young bull that is part of the 4-H judging along with many other farm creatures

Lesley and Lynn enjoying a sugar coated funnel cake.

We had a great afternoon and the weather was perfect. We didn't get back to the house until 6pm or so. I made a late dinner and we had some good laughs watching at bit of TV in the evening.

Sunday morning we headed out to Cora's, which is a nice but pricey breakfast and lunch restaurant to meet up with Lesley's step granddaughter, Jenna who is going to college in Ottawa.

My tomato, bacon and goat cheese omlete with potato, fruit and two slices of gluten free bread, $24 CAD ($18 USD) with tax and tip included, expensive but delicious and filling.

Lesley's waffle with strawberries and whipped cream.

Lesley, me and Lynn. I missed getting the "ussie" of the four of us.

It was then time to head back to the house, where Lesley and Lynn gathered up their stuff and headed off to our brother's for the night before heading back to Hamilton today.

Lesley and I

It was great to spend time with Lesley, I missed seeing her last year just because we weren't here very long so we couldn't make it down to her place and she couldn't make it up here at the time.

Later Sunday afternoon Kevin arrived back, it was nice to be back together again although we both had great weekends apart. 

There is a 50% off coupon showing on this set of Packing Cubes.

And in Canada...


  1. Nothing wrong with a little "girl" time! It looks like you had a good time at the fair. I miss the days when our family participated in our small local fairs.

    1. No, there certainly isn't!

      It was a wonderful afternoon at the fair, I forgot how much stuff there is to see at the Carp Fair other than just the midway rides. We all loved the Clydesdale horses the best though, they were so beautiful.

  2. That mural is impressive. I looked up the artist - it was painted by Ottawa-born master muralist, Pierre Hardy.

    1. It was a very impressive mural, so much so that we actually thought the painting of the cow on the right-hand side was a picture stuck on to the mural, like it might have been a mixed media mural but nope, it was actually painted on but it looked so much like a photograph from a distance.

  3. That fair reminds me of the NC State fair I used to attend every year from childhood on up to my 20s. Haven't been now in years because Barry is not a fair fan (crowds, parking, etc). The food sure was good, and the exhibits interesting! I loved the little white donkey you took a photo of. Glad you got to spend time with your sister. The breakfast looked delicious, but definitely pricey.

    1. This was the fair that I always remembered from my childhood, I even remember going to it on a school day trip one year. This year was their 160th year of the Carp Fair, so it has been around for a very long time.

      The exhibits were interesting and most of the displays were all being judged, especially the handicrafts and animals. That baby donkey was in the petting zoo part of the fair and it was the sweetest little thing.

      Appartently it is just Kevin and I that are out of touch with prices because almost everyone has said they thought the prices sounded reasonable, I am glad that you thought it was pricey too so we aren't alone! I guess this is why we rarely eat out when we come home to Canada. Good thing it tasted good and was filling and that I enjoyed the company I was with. :-)

  4. Love the monopoly quilt myself and yum to good food. My husband and I use to take separate vacations...I to Shakespeare Festival with girlfriends while husband went prospecting for gold out in the woods with the guys. Then we took family vacation with the kids, camping, sightseeing with a lot of outdoor activities.

    1. Lol, I thought that was a cute idea for a quilt, especially if you are a lover of the Monopoly game. All the quilts were pretty amazing though.

      Kevin and I have never actually taken separate vacations, only a weekend apart. Vacations have always been together as a family or a few odd times just the two of us getting a break from the kids for a week. It is still nice though to have time away doing something you enjoy with friends that you like to be with though.


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