Abby's New Favorite Apple
Abby paddles the Beaver River
We three girls had never paddled before but we did it and it was fantastic. My friends and I went to Free Spirit Tours in Heathcote and took a two hour paddle down the Beaver River, each in our own leased kayak. After short but comprehensive instructions on kayaking and river safety, we three novices were driven to the drop off point at Epping where we launched our kayaks and started our downriver adventure. It was so easy, great fun and we felt perfectly safe all the way down to Heathcote. The river was so calm and gentle, the weather warm and sunny. We paddled through backwoods , fields and an area that looked like the evergladesl! We saw a variety of birds, wildlife and interesting wetland plants but it was the pair of circling golden eagles and the herd of clydesdale horses at the rivers edge that made this trip an experience we will never forget.
Abby at the Dam Pub
I was in the bar at the Dam Pub enjoying my favourite single malt scotch when a young couple entered. They were greeted and seated at a table by Tina, the server, who made them comfortable and gave them a menu. After ordering drinks, they presented their ABBBE VIPassport issued by Heathcote Haven B&B. Stephanie, the always charming proprietor attended at their table , introduced herself and explained how the passport worked. She even signed it personally. The couple were obviously pleased with their treatment and thoroughly enjoyed their meal. As I left, I could hear them eagerly discussing their next visit to the area.
La Dolce Vita
Spring is in the air and I feel my inner desires rising. It's time to satisfy those winter-long frustrations and passions. Yes, I'm gonna break out and live the Dolce Vita. "Howdy, Goudy," I said to Don, "I wanna hang loose and topless." In no time, I was heading east on Highway 26 in my new Chrysler convertible with the top down, still with needs to fill and passions to quell. Waved at Grandma Lambe's and honked at Pipers. I got a luxuriously relaxing massage from Pamperme Day Spa. On the way to my new parked convertible, I picked up erotic handcrafted earrings from Donna at the Artist's Den and then visited Elaine Dickinson's Fashions where I got a cute little number by Marc Cain. That prepared me for the final act of sensual satisfaction that I craved. I parked the Sebring, went through the doors and there he was, the man of my dreams. He was hot, he was cooking and he was waiting for me. "Savour, don't rush," said the man as he handed me my special order of Candy Factory chocolates. Satisfaction at last!
Abby at Kickin' Back Alpaca Ranch
One of the many advantages of staying at a B&B is that the hosts know what is going on in the area and what should be seen. They provide knowledgeable information on experiences for their guests that many visitors miss. Just recently, a group of ABBBE.com members accepted an invitation to visit Kickin Back Alpaca Ranch near Markdale. Alpacas are smaller versions of Llamas but are bred for their extremely soft wool which is called fibre. We saw a herd of 67 Alpacas consisting of proud fathers, pregnant mothers and "pronking" newly born babies. We stood and watched them in their pens for over an hour, fascinated by their colouring, demeanour and behaviour while at the same time Doug and Carolyn gave us a brief history of the Alpaca in North America and the development of their own fascination with Alpacas. The beautiful old farmhouse contains a small boutique where articles of clothing made from Alpaca fibre are featured. We all enjoyed our two hour visit. We learned a lot, took plenty of photos, had a great social evening out and I finished up with a gorgeous ??? birthday gift.
Abby at Georgian Hills Vineyards
Hi Everyone, last week, a group of my friends and I visited a local winery, Georgian Hills Vineyards near Thornbury and we cannot stop talking about this incredible find and the changes that have been made in the past two years. We presented our VIPassport and received the special complementary tasting of four wines which is given to all guests using the VIPassport (a $10 value for each couple). Robert Ketchin, an owner and our incredibly knowledgeable host for the day told us about expanding our wine experience by adding a food option to the basic wine sampling. He surpassed all our expectations by providing us with the "perfect pairings" to our complimentary wine tastings. As we tasted Perry with salty chips; Seyval Blanc with goat cheese; Marechal Foch (comparable to a Valpolicella ) with a duck / pork / pistachio pate and the "Ida Red Frozen to the Core" sweet dessert wine with a sharp cheddar cheese, Robert in a most informative and interesting presentation explained the history of the vineyards and the special nuances of the wines and cheeses. Jo anne Catania Kinkartze of the Little Inn on Scotch Mountain provided us with a sample of her delicious sweet shortbread and unique savory "Chipotle" shortbread which complemented both the wines and cheeses. A new outdoor patio will be open by this summer to encourage guests to sip and sun but in the mean time, I intend to visit The Cheese Gallery in Thornbury and Dags and Willow in Collingwood to explore what great cheeses are available to re-create the tasting sensations at Georgian Hills Vineyards.
ABBBE at the winery, 1st Anniversary
Hi everyone, just celebrated my 1st Anniversary at Coffin Ridge Winery. It was great. A number of new and old friends met in the parking lot opposite the Earth Harvest Cafe in Meaford and after sticking no stick name tags on each other, we headed West in a convoy on Hwy 26 to the winery. We were talking so much that a few of us completely missed the turn off and finished up at the Owen Sound Airport before we realized that something was wrong. Embarrassing! When our group reached Coffin Ridge, we were told that the signpost, normally on the North side of the highway, was missing. Embarrassment reduced somewhat!
Abby's Free Spirit.
Abby goes to the theatre.