Sunday, August 24, 2014

Another Summer Adventure

I participated in the HOE Christmas Ornament exchange and received this beauty from Lynn W.
2014 HOE Christmas Ornament
Designer: Bent Creek
Design: NOEL
From: 2003 JCS Ornament Issue
Stitched by: Lynn W.

This is such a cute design.  Did you notice the beaded edge? Wow, so many of those tiny seed beads hand stitched on to make that decorative edging.  Lynn did a beautiful job stitching and finishing this beauty.  Thank you again, Lynn. 

My DH and I traveled to Niagara Falls...  

The Canadian Side

We were looking for a quick getaway and since we have never been we decided to check it out.  We stayed steps away from the Falls in the fallsview district.  We enjoyed:

Viewing the falls 
the boat ride into the falls on the Hornblower
 The Hornblower

We journeyed past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and into the basin of the majestic Horseshoe Falls.  Lingering at the Horseshoe Falls, with water rushing all around you, leaves you quite drenched ~ despite the flimsy green rain gear they provide.  Truly an exciting experience.

From our hotel room we viewed the:

Fireworks display

Skylon Tower ~ 775 ft above the Falls

The black mark on the center of the tower is actually an exterior glass enclosed elevator to the indoor/outdoor observation deck. 

And the Clifton Hill area 
175 foot Skywheel

The Falls were nice but the surrounding area...hmmm, not so much. We prefer a more country setting and fortunately, a friend of my DH told him about a place called Niagara-on-the-Lake. We took a 30-minute scenic drive into wine country to the well-preserved 19th-century village brimming with charm.

A quaint small town

With gorgeous old buildings
Beautiful Flowers...everywhere

And some pretty fun treats ~ Candy Apples

All in all a fun trip but we were glad to get home and even happier to spend this weekend with these lovelies...
DS1 ~ G
DS2 ~ D
DS1 GF ~ M

 Thanks for stopping by and...
Until Next time ~ remember:

"Enjoy the little things...
for one day you'll look back and realize
they were the BIG things."


Brigitte said...

Absolutely great pictures from Niagara Falls. They remind me of our trip there two years ago. The Falls were fantastic, particularly the boat ride, but I thought the same about the surroundings. BUt that little town you discovered nearby is just beautiful. What a pity that we didn't know the name of that place when we were visiting. Maybe next time. Thanks for sharing.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I've been twice to Niagara Falls and agree about the surrounding area.... Niagara on the Lake though....beautiful! Look at your boys! All big boys too :) And GF DS1 what a cutie patootie!

Melissa said...

Marie, such lovely photos from your trip. I've never been myself but hope to one day.

Lovely HOE exchange piece!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Lovely little ornament you received!!!

Carol said...

Loved your photos from the falls, Marie. We used to live in Buffalo until I was five and my parents often took me there on weekends...

So glad your guys were home--looks like they really enjoyed the visit and I know you were probably thrilled to have the whole family together :)

Tammy B said...

I used to live 1 hr away from their loved Niagara on the lake especially the tea shop. Glad you got to check out the best part of Niagara

Jennifer said...

Looks like a wonderful trip (sorry I am so late - I am getting caught up on blogs!) Jeff and I took a trip a few years ago around the edge of some of the Great Lakes, starting in Oswego NY and working our way down around to the Ohio border, visiting lighthouses of course. Niagara Falls is beautiful, but like you, I prefer the more peaceful, less commercial settings. And how FANTASTIC was it with you to have your boys, and one of the girls???