I am back from what I think could be my favourite trip to-date. I really had zero expectation for this trip – just a desire to leave the city and enjoy nature to it’s fullest. Bruce Peninsula and what little of the Fathom Five Marine Parks I saw on Lake Huron/Georgian Bay are truly amazing. I have so many pictures, so this will probably end up in a two parter (or more, because I have film to develop as well). I do not think I even have the words to describe the perfection that I saw.
On our way to Bruce Peninsula National Park, Matt had to take a bathroom break, so we stopped at this Heritage Village, not really expecting to stay long. Neither of us had much interest in it. It reminded me of Upper Canada Village, and I didn’t really feel like taking any sort of tour. But in the field across from the village I saw some really old buildings, and what I thought were abandoned. This peaked our interest and we wandered on over. Boy were we surprised when we found way more than just old buildings. At first we weren’t even sure we were allowed to enter, but we kept going out of curiosity. Once we got onto the grounds, we ran into two women, who asked us if we even knew anything about what this place was (the answer was no). The only information they gave us was that a man about 80 yrs old now, owns 15 acres of the land, and built all the stone work, European and Perennial style gardens, most of the buildings and hedge maze(!!!) himself. We kept joking about an old man peering through windows at us as we wandered the grounds, making the whole thing that much weirder. This man, literally, has a Secret Garden! It felt, to me, like a replica of the garden in said movie. Matt and I kept turning to each other throughout our walk saying “Do you believe this?! Oh, I think today, I will build a hedge maze. And then after that, the Garden of Versailles.” It was truly incredible, and I sort of feel like I made this place up. The pictures do no justice, as his ground were so vast, you’d almost need an aerial view to get a true understanding.
I’ll probably share my photos from Bruce Peninsula next week, but maybe this week, who really knows! And more than likely, there will be no shop update this week, as my schedule is all flippity-do from this trip.