Posts Tagged ‘Wilno’

Time Out

You may have noticed I was a little quiet this weekend.  That’s because Colin and I escaped for a day away.  After chores we packed up and headed out to our favourite get away spot (in Renfrew County).  We stayed the night at Twin Wheels Farm in Brudenell.  Joe and Carol have such a beautiful spot with log cabins made by Joe.

The cabin is perfect for a couple or a small family.  There are two rooms with 2 queen/double bed.  There’s a fully equipped kitchen and dining area and living room.  A small tv picks up a few channels for those who just can’t miss their news (Colin)  🙂

We always take the B&B option because we enjoy visiting with Joe and Carol, but the cabin can be completely self-sufficient too.  It really helps make the vacation dollars go further when you can do the cooking yourself instead of having to eat out all 3 meals.

We headed into Killaloe for lunch.  There’s a cute little diner there that’s stuck in the 50’s.  They have delicious food.  We did find a little traffic. This is a small flock of ducks.  They didn’t want to move.

Luckily the roads weren’t icy.  This is the hill down to the highway.

This is the railroad bridge in Killaloe.  It’s been turned into a beautiful park.  Part of a rail-trail I believe.

Along the way to Killaloe you pass through Old Killaloe.  There is a really cool looking old grist mill.  It’s for sale and Colin thinks it would make a great B&B.  There are lots of beautiful scenery in this part of Renfrew County.  It’s very heavily wooded and there are always log houses and barns to see.

For supper we headed into Wilno.  We ate at the Tavern and I had some very yummy perogi and cabbage rolls.

We had a very relaxing weekend.  It was hard to come home.  But not really, we had to get home to clean up the living room because this was arriving:

We have a billboard on our property and the rent is due every February.  We try to use this money for something fun, so this year we replaced our tired old chesterfield.  This baby is leather (on the fronts) and reclines on both ends.  Now Daddy can put up his feet without taking up the entire chesterfield.  It’s a little tall, my feet are even further from the floor, but it’s very comfortable.

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Fun Weekend

I’m so far behind.  I think I’m going to start with this past weekend and then go back and tell you about last weekend  🙂

Maureen, my home school friend, sent an email around the ‘community’ about a special even going on at Madonna House in Combermere.  It’s about an hour away so we thought we’d head out there to spend a nice Saturday afternoon.  We used the GPS and found a short-cut.  You find all sorts of beautiful things taking the back roads around Wilno.  This is just the side of someone’s barn.  Another special thing is found at crossroads.  Back when this area was settled by the Kashubs, they couldn’t get together for regular church services.   So families erected crosses at various cross roads and gathered there.  Many local families have  replaced these crosses and it’s quite the scene to come upon, not what you expect to find when you come around a corner.

Madonna House has a museum and lots of antiques.  I found the most beautiful old wood cook stove that I’ve ever seen (antique anyways).  I would love to have an old stove, though I would need a bigger/better laid out kitchen.   I always laugh at places like these.  Kitchen displays often show many of the utensils that I still use.

They had a balloon guy.  He had a whole book of critters for the kids to pick from.  Ella chose a snail.  We had a really nice afternoon.

We headed into Barry’s Bay and went for ice cream!

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Home School Fun for Momma

Ok, I guess it’s not such a ‘wordless Wednesday’ but I have so many things to share that I wanted to get started.

We’ve been suffering in a heat wave the last few days.  These last two days have been unbearable.  I was out to a home school meeting last night.  A bunch of us Mommas got together to discuss some field trip ideas for the upcoming year.  We had a lovely evening outside in Maureen’s backyard in Wilno.  It’s a cute little village.  It’s the first Polish settlement in Canada.

The first Saturday in May is Kashub day.  We try to go, we missed this year because Belinda and Stefan were up for a visit.  I always kid and tell Ella not to look too “German” and blend in  🙂  No one would care, we always get a warm welcome and have a great time.  Ella loves the music too.

We usually got for perogies  and cabbage rolls at the ‘famous’ Wilno Tavern. Every one in Renfrew County knows the Tavern.  It’s obvious they are proud of their Polish heritage.

This is the absolutely beautiful Catholic church in Wilno.   If I had of had more time I would have stopped and gone in for a few shots. It’s the most beautiful church I’ve ever seen.   It was built mostly by hand by local parishioners.  All during the height of the Great Depression!

If you are up that way in Renfrew County, spend a while in Wilno.

Thanks for the nice evening Maureen and for including me in your group.

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