Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Amazing Coffee---In Madoc!


The pursuit, even of the best things,
ought to be calm and tranquil.
             Cicero


After leaving the Tractor Graveyard and while drifting in and out of sleep, I sit in the back of the truck listening to the boys’ talk of tools and such heading to this “tool auction”.  Visions of wrenches and vice grips keep drifting in my mind amongst my dreams of a good cup of coffee. I could almost smell it and could not wait till we arrived at the auction and that ever present coffee truck. My hand was stinging from the bee bite and I just concentrated on getting to the auction and exploring.

We arrived in a little town called Madoc and found the house where the auction had already started. I wandered around the tables piled high with tools, shiny and I have no idea what they are for tools. We had missed the selling of household things that would have interested me. I watch as a woman was packaging up some interesting patterned tea cups, oh well, I busied myself looking in boxes to see if there were any more interesting finds to be had. Nope, just tools. I could see by the amount of tools this was going to be a very long day. I then started thinking of that coffee dream and headed to the front of this nice old red brick house to the coffee truck. I looked at the line-up of people waiting for their giant hotdogs and coffee and stood there for a moment. That is when I noticed a sign off in the distance that says “Amazing Coffee” “(In Madoc)” well that sounds amazing how could I resist?  I inform My Hero I was off to get coffee, and then I carefully crossed the very busy highway.


As I opened the door under the amazing sign I am hit with the most tantalizing of coffee smells, the aromas were all mixed together creating a soothing sense of happy. It almost knocked me off my feet it was so over whelming, I then knew I was going to enjoy this “tool auction” sale. I admired all the interesting oil paintings and framed photography hanging on the walls. The cute little tables with cute little covers and old wooden chairs, the comfortable looking leather sofas all made me want to get my coffee and just sit and let myself be completely absorbed into the atmosphere. I walked up to the counter and stared at the menu board. There were too many coffees (21 the sign says) for me to decide between so I ordered a regular coffee; I suppose I am a boring creature of habit. I ordered two take outs also but chose to put mine in a regular cup and sit awhile. I would pick up the boys coffee on my way out, in the mean time I relaxed and made the most of this moment. I am pretty sure I would not even be missed. I could picture the boys picking up shiny things that made them smile not even remembering that I had promised coffee. I picked up my mug took a sip and I was smiling.

I watched as many people came through the door to order toasted Montreal Bagels covered with an assortment of fillings. I overheard the owner Carolyn explain to a customer that they were St-Viateur Bagels fresh from Montreal, my mind drifts to those  previous trips to Montreal I had made, and memories of eating the most amazing bagels and then realizing I still craved them. Amazing coffee and amazing bagels, I had to order one. Now, this was sheer heaven, a "tool auction" that turned into a delectable delight for me.

I sat there eating my bagel, and enjoying this amazing coffee while listening to the music floating through the air and settling in the deepest parts of my brain, coming from the speakers behind me, soothing memory creating songs of long ago. “These Eyes” by the Guess Who a song that takes me back to a time spent with my sister near the sandy beach not far from where my Grandparents had lived. I listened to the soothing powerful Jersey Boys song that still had the power to make my eyes tear up with thoughts of my Dad and never really knowing why it always affects me that way.  Good music and amazing coffee mixed with stirring memories, all wrapped up in a very pleasant atmosphere; what more could a girl want? I was very comfortable here but I started to wonder how the boys were doing and decided I better get their coffees and go find out. I had a feeling I would be back later in the day.


After delivering those amazing coffees and seeing that there were many more tools yet to be sold, I inform My Hero I am going for a walk to explore this little town called Madoc. I head downtown. There are nice old brick buildings with lots of character, little shops selling antiques and wares; it had that typical touristy yet hometown atmosphere. I could tell it was a Long Weekend as most cars had either campers behind them or roof racks covered with an assortment of camping gear or water fun necessities. I wander around and pop into a huge thrift store to see if I can pick up any old books. This place is huge and I spend quite a while roaming the rooms full of clothing and household items then stopping to sort through old books. I left empty-handed but had a great time searching, it is not always the find but the hunt that makes me happy.

After a time I head back to the boys, I could see that they had been busy; there was an assortment of shiny items waiting to make its way back to the truck for the trip home. I started to gather them up while wondering why I had not stayed longer downtown. The auction continued on for a couple more hours, while I put in my time visiting with the other wives, who were watching their husband’s eyes light up while their hands would wave, bidding on things they may not need, but had to have. I enjoyed interesting conversations with these women till the auction was over. Finally while the boys were loading up their treasures I then popped over to the “Amazing Coffee” shop to pick up some of those delicious bagels to take home,  I guess I did not need them either but I had to have them, I grabbed some delicious homemade lemonade for the long drive home.


Rounding out the day, we stopped at a cheese factory for cheese but ended up with only an ice cream cone. I must say this “tool auction” thing had turned out to be better than I had envisioned.

Later

18 comments:

  1. It sounds like a wonderful time and the coffee shop must have smelled luscious!

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  2. mmm mmmm, I LOVE good coffee. And that town reminds me of places we stop when we go on vacation. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time.

    About the bee sting...I bet it wasn't a honey bee. Probably a wasp or a yellow jacket. Usually honey bees will only sting if feeling threatened. Either way, if it starts bothering you too much, take some benadryl before going to bed (if you aren't allergic to it!) and you'll sleep well and the swelling will go down.

    Cindy Bee

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  3. loving days like these...isn't it just nice to get away even for the day and not have to think about the daily chores? makes me want to sell everything and live in my little trailer and just explore...xo

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  4. I can't drink coffee but I sure wish I could have been there sipping something right along with you. You made an ordinary day extraordinary!

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  5. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I do love the smell. What a fun place!

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  6. What a lovely "clouds in your coffee kinda of day"...You hit the jackpot!
    ~~Blessings~~

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  7. The bagels sound delicious.

    I remember many an auction I went to with my husband so I could relate to your post. ;-)

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  8. i am glad it was so close to a wonderful hunting and feeding ground. :)

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  9. B, looks like you had a good adventure at both stops.

    Yea, for amazing coffee, people watching and wondering around a quaint little town.

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  10. wow- I've driven through Madoc many times but never stopped- now will get some coffee for sure and maybe even a bagel or 2

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  11. You are a good sport for tagging along with the boys... a cup of coffee and a bagel sounds like a perfect reward. :)

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  12. I think I would have enjoyed that tool auction too! ;))

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  13. Looks like you had an absolutely fabulous day! Adorable town - Scott and I would LOVE exploring that place.

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  14. love days like that and the coffee shop? yummy

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  15. I will watch for that coffee shop on my next drive to Peterborough. I get kind of sick of the usual roadside brand!

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  16. It sounds like you had just as much fun as the boys!! :)

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  17. Sounds like my kind of day. Good coffee and exploring a new little town.

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  18. My Aunt lives in Madoc. That's quite a little drive.

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