A Wee Vacation

I’m cheating here. The Pie and I spent last week on vacation and I spent most of the weekend cleaning the house and visiting family and doing laundry so I don’t have a good DIY for you today. Instead, you get some photos of my trip. After spending the weekend with Chel in Toronto (more photos of my costume up on her site tomorrow), we spent a day in Niagara Falls before heading across the border to waste away the rest of the week in Cooperstown, NY. We had a fantastic and relaxing time, and here are a few of the things we did while we were gone.

Going on vacation in the off-season is great because there are fewer crowds and everything is cheaper. This is especially handy in Niagara Falls, where everything is a tourist attraction. We managed to skip most of the crowds, stay within a ten minute walk of the Falls, and see a few of the fall colours while we were at it.

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The town of Niagara Falls has many casinos and lots of touristy stuff in it, things the Pie and I tend to avoid, but if you’ve never been, you should definitely go take a peek at one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This is the “American side” of the Falls. In the winter the water freezes in great stalagmites on the rocks and it’s lit up at night.

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And this is the “Canadian side.” From this distance I was actually a little disappointed that they weren’t bigger.

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But then we got closer and I realized how big it really is, and how much water is pouring over the side at a crazy fast speed.

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If you’re not into the super touristy stuff, I would recommend visiting the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture and visiting the botanical gardens there, which are breathtaking.

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They have some absolutely stunning old knobbly trees.

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And a butterfly conservancy! I took so many pictures but here are a few:

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That’s Niagara, in the nutshell that we saw. I’ll do another post on Wednesday about Cooperstown because I really don’t want to not do it justice – it’s a great place!


Much Needed Postus Interruptus

Ali, the Pie and Gren are all off to Ottawa for a much-needed rest and visit with their families.   This year has been a real doozy and everyone is pretty tired.

Regular posts will resume in the new year.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

If you are looking for a certain recipe, just use the “Search” bar to find what you seek.  I have plenty of suggestions when it comes to festive holiday dishes.

If you are searching for DIY gift ideas, try clicking on the “Gifts” link in the category cloud.

Have a safe and happy holiday and we will see you again in January!

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