You may recall that I told you about my waylaid excursion to Algonquin Park last Tuesday. We ended up in North Bay on a sudden quest to buy a sewing machine because of a flyer I found in the free newspapers Wally gave me while he gassed up the car. My friend Joan had bought herself one of these machines only the day before in Bracebridge where this travelling sale event had closed before I could get to it. Wally knew how frustrated I've been with the sewing machine I have and determined to get us to North Bay where the event had moved to as he had been wanting to do this for me for quite a while now. I was excited that we were doing this and shocked that we took an upgrade from the one we originally intended to get with the incentive of getting some specialty feet for it for free.
It took me quite a few days to digest what we had done for it is more my style to research such an expensive investment. But with the help of Joan, pictured below with her new Necchi, I "got my feet wet" and realized it is really only a basic machine that can, as demonstrated, sew through 8 !! layers of denim AND a paintstick. It has opened up a whole new range of possibilities and ideas....
I'm still reeling!
Joan in my studio reading the instructions for our new Necchi sewing machines
Now it is a week later and I am reflecting on the trip we finally took to Algonquin National Park on Sunday. It was one of those glorious days that you wish would go on forever.
Our first stop was at the Dorset General Store that has Everything.
Instead of buying expensive tourist-trap ice cream, I took some free photos, first of this placid little grasshopper decked out in striped pants and a damask waistcoat.
This is the land of the Canadian Shield, massive outcrops of granite rock that are cut away- "rockcuts"- to make way for roads.
that appeared to be made out of papier mache.
and finally determined that the string with which they were attached had stretched over the years.
Again, I am such a sucker for these old signs.
famous for its outdoor shop and canoe rentals.
like a jewel in the water with an upside down maple leaf for company.
after Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz, it is all in my own back yard.
Happy glorious rich autumn days to you.