A friend of mine recently moved to Paris and she had picked up something for me and I thought - what the heck - I will make the trip to go and pick it up rather than have it shipped. Hey - gas is cheap right now!
I had also gotten a call from another friend who was moving and she had found a bag of stuff that belonged to me at her house. I took a bit of a round about way to get to Paris, but I was able to do both pick-ups in one day.
Actually I am very happy that I did the detour because instead of taking the highway - I took a couple of back roads. And as I was driving down one of the roads - WHOA!!! Someone recently told me about the rail trail that goes from Cambridge to Pairs - and there it was!!!!!!!!
|The multi-use rail trail!!!!! And right along the Grand River - it must be gorgeous in the summer. OK - that is a MUST bike trip for me this summer. Could I ride to the start of the trail???? Or should I take the car???|
|The highway along the Grand River. So beautiful|
I no longer have a working GPS and while I could use my Google Maps on the phone - I do not. Before I go anywhere, I do a bit of research on Google Maps and write out basic instructions. And I can't believe that I made it to Robin's house and did NOT get lost. It was twisty and turny!!!! Her house is chaos with three dogs - I didn't get pictures, but they are totally crazy. And I have to say for having moved three weeks ago - her house was remarkably completely unpacked. The other people who are moving - same thing - where are the boxes people????? I live in boxes for months before and after a move!!!
Then we went downtown Paris for a bit of shopping.
|A log cabin sign on a light post|
|Want to buy a house???? Great prices!|
|Then we went into this place. OH MY GOD - it is like stepping back in time. Really (and I mean really old buildings - OK - not old like THE Paris, but by our standards - old).|
|They even sell fabric - this is part of it. The picture on the top left shelf is a picture of the store many years ago.|
|And look what was hiding on the stair case. These are pattern holders for Butterick patterns!!!! Hold off Carol - I don't think the guy was receptive to them being bought. I mentioned them to the store owner and he didn't really comment!!!|
|The view from the back window of the store|
Well we'd worked up an appetite so we were off to lunch.
|Stillwaters for lunch|
|My view as I ate lunch. Beautiful spot - would be fabulous in the summer. Hmmm - a ride down the trail, have dinner and back on the trail!!!!|
Since I was in Paris - I decided to take a visit to Mary Maxim. Oh my god - they have some great stuff - a HUGE store. I had been here once before but still - there is lots to see.
|Great sign to Mary Maxim store|
I did pick up a couple of things which I won't show you at the moment, but I can show you this.
|I found this fabric - does that bring back some memories????? In case you can't read it - it is the spines of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books!!!!|
I took a scenic route part way home and it was so nice to not have to drive on the highway!!!
Well I promised that I would share the organizing stuff - but I don't have time this morning. I am in a mad panic to find a photo and I have memory cards everywhere (might as well download the damn things to the hard drive while I have them all out and they are getting deleted after they downloaded - yep - that means I won't have to buy a new card when this one is full. And I think dealing with the 50,000 plus photos is going to be a MUST for this coming year. Make that 50,000 DIGITAL photos - there are many paper photos which I will deal with AFTER (does that mean never???) the digitals are done. And really - if I deleted those that really don't mean anything (they were taken for the blog) - that 50,000 would diminish very quickly!!!!
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I found the rest of the tablerunner pictures that were missing. Yikes - I took them with my phone on that Saturday and of course - completely forgot about them.
Go to this link to see them - they are at the bottom of that post.