Thursday, May 28, 2015

In Good Hands and Exploring Hamilton! A repost. from April 4, 2013. My, oh my, things never seem to change in my world.

He that will make a good use of any part of his life must allow a large part of it to recreation.
                                   John Locke

Well I have to tell you I am having the best time imaginable. Last night I spent the evening with a wonderful group of young professionals. I, being almost double their age was a little nervous to say the least. There is something about being surrounded by the young people of this world who will ultimately be the ones making the decisions for our future that gets me excited. I love to hear what they think and listen to the passion and ideas that make them tick. I have come to the conclusion that we are in very good hands going forward. I have no doubt that our lives will be well managed after spending the evening with this group of  compassionate, intelligent, hardworking and I cannot forget extremely funny young people. I have no worries going forward into the sometimes unknown world of having our decisions taken away and handed to the next generation. We are indeed in good hands as far as I can see.

Enough about thinking of our nations future I want to tell you about the present. 

I am throughly enjoying Hamilton, I find myself going out for hours just wandering the streets I know that sounds funny but it is much like my wandering the bush back home well with a few differences. The main one being my attire no Pink Cadillac Boots or Stylin' Coveralls here even though I did find myself bundled up with a toque pulled low on my brow and my red fuzzy gloves, yes it seems the Farmgirl is still here.  I am wondering if this Spring Thing was all an illusion. 

The one thing that struck me was the friendliness of people I passed on the street, most of them were dressed the same as I, it is cold out here. Everyone I passed smiled and either nodded their head acknowledging my presence or smiled and said good morning. The streets are busy and I wandered down to a street called Locke and found myself going into to all the shops. I love the variety of little "Mom and Pop" small businesses, I found myself thinking it is like the skipping rhyme The Butcher, The Baker and the Candlestick Maker. There is an incredible  Cheese Shop that is exactly like the inside of the old Cunninghams Store of my youth in the little village where I grew up. I found myself wandering around in this old store with long forgotten stories running through my head. 

There is one shop I have been smitten with called Olive's Oddments, knowing me you can see the name seems to fit this Farmgirl perfectly, it was not only the "Odd like me" name that lured me in but the collection of antiques and memory stirring items displayed in the window. I found myself wandering around looking at the wonderful things my Grandmother had scattered around her house and in her china cabinet that had always fascinated me while growing up. I found old postcards from someone's trips long ago, never mailed. I was so happy in this store. I have been back there many times and always find something new. I have been lucky enough to chat with the owner and it seems her Mom and herself  own the place, I love that. There is nothing like those old "Mom and Pop" or on this case "Mom and Daughter" shops filled with pride and personality as far as I am concerned. I did not buy very much here because I will be travelling with my backpack soon to Toronto and am not willing to carry all that I wanted, I was very tempted by a miniature Singer child's sewing machine. I think I will wander down there again today and see what I can see.

There is this incredible bagel shop called Locke Street Bakery and they have the most delicious bagels and I would highly recommend it BUT a few days ago while Kat and I were sitting there enjoying our bagels the owner explains to us it was the last day it will be open. It appears a new owner will be taking over and expanding, I found myself wondering if that will be a good thing or a bad thing. The owner was hugging customers that have been customers here everyday for years, I know that if I lived here I would gladly eat the bagels and drink the delicious coffee daily. There were Mom's and Dad's with baby strollers, young professionals, and students all jammed into this quaint little sweet aromatic shop. I could sense that he looked lost and I asked him if this was hard and he answered "Yes very much so."

 There is a Starbucks down the street but I really like the non franchise businesses of this world if I can find them. I wonder on my next visit to Hamilton where I will be buying bagels. I do know I will continue to eat delicious meals at the West Town Bar and Grill where I just happened to have found myself enjoying a delicious meal a few times with the ones I love. The ambiance of this place with its memorabilia and seeing all the old photos of celebrities hanging on the wall make me remember all of those old movies I used to watch with my Grandmother and my Mom. I do believe Locke Street is the place where great memories have been stirred.

Well I must get bundled up and grab my stuff to venture out and explore a little more this morning, my time here is fast approaching the end and I have so much more I want to see. I am off with my brother to check out a couple of, I am told, "Interesting" old stores on Ottawa Street. 

I truly wish I could show you photos. Do not worry I am in good hands and enjoying every moment. I shall return in the middle of next week with lots of photos, stories and just maybe, some of those stirred memories to share.

Later


37 comments:

  1. You took me right there with you in the wonderful descriptions you share. I'm glad you are having a great time and getting to be around neat people.

    Stay bundled up!

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  2. You sound very happy! What I nice break from the usual. It was 57 here yesterday and may hit 70 one day next week...maybe I will faint if it really happens. Stay warm.

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  3. I love traveling through the eyes and words of fellow bloggers. many thanks. Have fun exploring today.

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  4. How fun!! You would make a wonderful tour guide... Maybe you missed your calling.

    Glad to hear you are having a great time!

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  5. So glad you are having a wonderful time on your trip!

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  6. You are enjoying this so much..... I'm so glad for you
    Rain :)

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  7. B!!! You're in my neck of the woods!! I bought the pattern (a 18th century reproduction) for my wedding dress at a store on Locke St. :)

    How long are around for?

    Andrea

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  8. What? No pink cadillac boots there? ;-)

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  9. I always feel I am right there with the way that you vividly describe everything :)

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  10. Rural Revival email me here till Sat. at noon. B

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  11. you are the youngest person i know b, full of adventure and happiness!

    big smiles here!! so happy you are having such a good time!!

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  12. It sounds like you're having a wonderful time! I wish I could have eaten my breakfast at that bagel shop!

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  13. What a great street. I'm going to have to make the trip and investigate.

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  14. You have such an adventurous spirit and it comes through in your writing. I love the descriptions of what you are doing/seeing.

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  15. So glad you are enjoying your visit to Hamilton ! It has a lot of history and old buildings there . Our smaller towns are similar here with mom & pop shops , bakeries and restaurants and old buildings this is what makes southwestern Ontario tick and why these parts and towns are so popular . Yes town folk here are very friendly and most were raised in small farming towns or on farms . Hamilton used to be a small farming town but has now since grew into quite the large city but still has that small town feel and charm . Have a great day !

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  16. enjoy the day with your brother!

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  17. Sounds like you are having a delightful visit. Thanks for checking in. Enjoy!

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  18. I felt like I was walking along with you, Buttons. You have such a way with words! I love following along with your adventures. I'm so, so glad you're enjoying yourself. The shops you're finding sound fabulous!

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  19. 1. I want to move to Canada, because your nation will be in good hands. Can i live in your basement?

    2. I LOVE LOVE your farmgirl view of things - if you lived in the city you wouldnt "see" all the things you are writing about in this post!!!

    3. The stores you describe are exactly where I would want to wander too. I am so glad you can do that without time constraints - you deserve that & its wonderful!!!

    4. I love bagels with everything on them - onions, garlic, seasalt, poppyseeds. Just thought youd want to know.

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  20. The quaint shops you describe seem to be small town like... as if you were still in a rural village or town. :)

    So happy to read you're having a great time and visit.

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  21. I am glad you are having a wonderful time!!

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  22. B-it all sounds perfectly wonderful! That child sized sewing machine has me intrigued...

    Hugs! xx

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  23. I am sure everyone you meet is just returning your openness and friendliness. Thanks for taking us along. Enjoy your time with your brother. Sound like so much good shopping to do.

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  24. So glad that you are having fun, and encountering lots of friendly folks. Can't wait for your pics!

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  25. I am so glad you are having a good time. Love that you spent the evening with some young professionals. I bet they loved you :)

    Olive's Oddments sounds like such a neat shop. One I'd love for sure!

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  26. I am so happy you are having so much fun!

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  27. Sounds like you are enjoying your visit to the city!

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  28. Glad to hear you are having a good time. I agree with you about the younger generation. What bothers me is that the media dwell on the lost youths of today and their misdemeanours rather than the ones doing so well in society.

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  29. Oh, G, sounds like a wonderful adventure!

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  30. Oh Buttons ...so glad your enjoying your outings! You go girl ! Woot Woot lol
    Hugs
    Willow

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  31. So pleased you are having such fun..Hugs M xoxox

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  32. Sounds like you are having a fabulous time, Buttons! How wonderful!

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  33. I'm so glad you are having such a good time with your daughters. I can see you in that store and wandering the streets of Hamilton, wherever that is......

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  34. Happy to read that you are having a great time on your trip. I love little Mom & Pop shops too!

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  35. So glad you're having a great time in Hamilton. You deseve to live it up and enjoy yourself as you work hard in your real life! Happy travels!

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  36. Did you get the West Town pizza? Isn't it delicious?! And such good value for money! We go there all the time!

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  37. sounds like a inviting little hamlet. glad to hear of so many small shops. there are already one-too-many starbucks in the world.

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