Friday, November 21, 2014

City Life as seen through the eyes of this Farm Girl!

Temptations, when we meet them at first,
are as the lion that roared upon Samson;
but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find
a nest of honey within them.
                                              John Bunyan
    

Well the city was certainly a beautiful place to be during the very first snowfall. Far from the farm where I was positive My Hero was probably wondering why he had to do all the chores while his beautiful wife (I threw in the "beautiful" but I am sure that is the way he thinks) was not really missing that work. My Hero wondering what I was doing in the city and my wondering what he was doing on the farm.


I was lucky enough to spend a week in Hamilton Ontario. Then an evening in Toronto Ontario Canada where little flakes of snow floated onto the concrete and melted as soon as they landed. The lights of the city were twinkling as the flakes of snow floated about. There were no other thoughts on my mind while walking but to enjoy every moment of the season that was lurking ahead and the company of my daughter.


All cities are places full of hidden beauty, amazing tempting storefronts and restaurants that taunt and beckon you to enjoy. I have to say I had to partake in this ritual. This has to be the part of visiting a large city that I love the most, the food. My daughters and I are always on the look-out for different foods that take us away from my down home country food and into the exotic world of beautiful presentation and the world of spicy delights. A new Vietnamese restaurant in Hamilton Ontario where the soup soothed the chill gathered while wandering with one daughter. A bakery in Toronto where students, artists and writers hang out sharing cake, coffee and ideas and where this farm girl always loves to partake and now feels like home. Sharing moments and memories with my daughters; two daughters, two cities and two very different experiences.


Oh yes the cities have many things to share that are never seen back on the farm. An early morning walk before the overnight snowfall once again melted and ran into the sewers far below this city that my always imaging holds many mysteries. Long ago watching the series Beauty and the Beast where this farm girl/ writer still to this day imagines what stories really hide down there.


Two cities, two daughters and a bag full of wonderful memories tucked away to pull out later while being snowed in on the farm wondering what they are doing in the city.


The city is indeed a magical place where everyone is waiting to see what else it has to offer as the seasons go by. This winter there may be a girl sitting on her couch back on the farm and dreaming of going back for her next visit. See you in the spring girls.


Later

37 comments:

  1. So glad you had a wonderful time with your daughters. Sometimes, it's good to get away and have a change of pace. It makes us appreciate both the familiar and the unfamiliar even more, I think.

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  2. Wow, that looks like a big bowl of yummy soup. I'm glad you had a wonderful visit with your daughter. I myself love the quiet of the country and I love the small cities too. I'm lucky to live in a country setting in the city.
    Stay warm and safe.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  3. Just stopped in via another blog. I'm enjoying reading your blog.

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  4. It sounds like you really enjoyed your visit with your daughters in the bigger cities. I love the last photo and the orange couch sitting in the snow is well, surprising?? Maybe not. Happy dreaming.

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  5. Always love to read your words B.Those last two photos I found quite captivating of the city. I do find cities fascinating ~although as the saying goes I wouldn't want to live there. Was in Boston recently for some medical thinamajigs and we walked around a bit , always marvel at the sights and goings on .

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  6. You see the beauty around you with fresh eyes! I have not seen beauty in the city scenes in a while...

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  7. i'm not one to venture into different foods, but those desserts would do the trick!

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  8. I love visiting these places through your words, seeing them through your eyes. Your enthusiasm and sense of wonder charms and refreshes my spirit dear friend. Thank you.
    *hugs* Jacqueline

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  9. Im in love with that cake. I wanted to lick the screen. but since my screen is new, i held back...

    and the tv series beauty and the beast? oooh girl, you be going back faaaaar....

    xoxox

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  10. ici il fait 5 degres et sans neige alors brrrrr ;o)

    bon w end !

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  11. I'm so glad you were able to get away for a few days to see your daughters!

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  12. Definition of (Big) City ---- Nice place to visit but I'd not want to live there. ,-)

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  13. I like Tessa's definition of big city! Our closest big city is 75 miles away! It is pretty in the winter with snow! I like to window shop! I tell Cameron, hey that's a cute outfit! But where would I wear it? Lol! Probably never! :)
    Glad you gotta spend time with the kids...
    Cheri

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  14. I am salivating over your cake photo, yum! Great shots especially the sofa covered in snow. Sound like you had a great time away visiting your daughter.

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  15. Your photos are just lovely. I think it all looks like a nice journey and a nice trip.
    I bet is was so nice to come back home.

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  16. Yum! I love Vietnamese soup. Truthfully, that appeals to me much more than the desserts. Although I'll take either one ;-)

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  17. I'm glad you had a good time with your daughters! It's fun to try new things...new foods...but I'm always glad to get back to the meat and potatoes meals on the farm. :)

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  18. Glad you got to spend some time with your girls ! Lovely post and photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  19. How wonderful that you were able to spend some time with those daughters! City life is definitely different from life in more rural areas! xo Nellie

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  20. now that would be a cold seat. snowy couch. your lunch looks delicious. so yummy!! ( :
    have a great weekend!!

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  21. my grandma always said "A change of scenery is as good as a rest." Glad you got some family time. :)

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  22. Good that you're able to see your girls a couple of times a year.

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  23. How nice to see both of your girls. That soup looks yummy, the cake too, but that is not allowed on my diet!

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  24. I love the photos you have taken on your trip, Buttons - you have a very artistic eye! The sofa with snow is great and the last photo of the church in the twilight is wonderful. Cities are fascinating places, aren't they? I am always excited to spend the day exploring the city (for me that would be Seattle or Tacoma), but I always go with someone who can show me around. I have a bit of a respectful fear of cities along with excitement for all they have to offer. I love that you share your explorations searching out fun places to eat with your daughters. A very nice way to visit and relax. Lovely memories for you to take back home. Hugs xo Karen

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  25. Love the picture of the 'couch by the side of the road'.....city living at it's worst.

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  26. Good to see your girls once more...lots of hugs I bet and more.
    I know the city I live in is very different from all the other cities I have been to and in, plus all cities are different as are farms and country towns. All it fun though.
    Hugs M xox

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  27. What a wonderful visit . . .
    I love reading your stories . . .
    Chop stick entree looks delightful . . ,

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  28. I love both worlds, but not equally!!!! yummy lunch, I always focus on the food ;)

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  29. Sitting snug at the homestead enjoying the fact atht we don't have to go anywhere. Was down in the GTA/Durham region for over a month. So happy to be back home!

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  30. I can feel your heart strings tugging in your words..I imagine it must be hard to not see them, but when you do, the farm calls you back home. Both of my kids are basically in my back field, and I see them all often. But sometimes I wish some in my family lived off so that I could have an excuse to travel to see them!

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  31. Grace, you had me at "bakery"...I adore visiting the city but never want to live there again. It's good to leave home but better coming home.

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  32. I usually can't wait to get back to the country. The city does have it's attractions though; I like going to Calgary during the Calgary Stampede- so much going on.

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  33. Northern cities, in particular, can be so special during the holidays, with snow, fabulous store windows, and happy people scurrying about.

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  34. I'm so glad you get the chance to enjoy the city and the country with people you love. I would like to visit that cafe/bakery where the artists and writers hang out. I'd be in heaven! That soup looks good. I tried some different food today that I'll probably write about in my post tomorrow. :-)

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  35. Glad that you had a wonderful visit. And I love the snow in the pictures :) I hope you have a beautiful Monday!

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  36. You have a way with words that I admire. Was that cheesecake? It looks divine! xo

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  37. We are usually happiest wherever we call "home"--and Napanee is close enough to Toronto to be able to enjoy the "best of both worlds" as I often am able to do. I enjoy reading about your adventures--wherever you have them.

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