Wanna Get Lost in the Maize Maze?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last autumn, I was enthused to purchase tickets to go visit the Cooper's CSA Farm and Maze in Zephyr, Ontario when I saw that they had a giant labyrinth at their location. I thought to myself, "Hmm, this could be fun!" and so hauled the whole family along.

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Each year, Cooper's features a different shape for the maze. For 2013, the giant maze was shaped like the logo of the Toronto Blue Jays (baseball) team. Although from the ground, the cornfield didn't look like much.

It was tough to see how we could immerse ourselves in such simple surroundings, but got lost we did. And it was really easy. The corn stalks looked pretty much the same from left to right, front to back...and of course, not knowing where North and South were didn't help my case one bit. We just had to make one wrong turn and we would unknowingly be going nowhere slowly. We relied on the clues that were on the path to guide us. It took us at least an hour to finally figure it out and find our way out.

 After conquering the maze, we went onto the pumpkin patch. Never in my life have I seen so many pumpkins on the ground. I mean, what better way to spend fall than with a couple of jack-o-lantern-wannabe, right? From my understanding, the pumpkins were for sale. but we weren't really big pumpkin eaters so photos were all we took.

There is an abundance of kids' activities to be had. My youngest jumped on the round hay bales lying around the farm. She fed grass and twigs to some farm animals. She played on the tractor-converted slide. Just like all the other kids in the place.

We toured the farm via a 45-minute tractor wagon ride with a small group of visitors and one of the owners.
It turned out to be a good fall outing.
For more info on the farm, check out their website.

Fall For My Favourite

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I may be a few seasons behind with this post but I just wanted to reiterate how much I really love fall and all its golden-brown-hue glory.
In previous countries I've lived before, there was really no such season to speak of. Fall was just something we studied in school but never really got to see in action. I've been to a lot of summers and some mild winters. And sure, in South Africa, there's that ambiguous phase in between winter and spring that's neither too cold, too hot, but windy and rainy all in one go. But something that wishy-washy can hardly count as an authentic fall season.
I've determined long ago after seeing autumn photos that it was going to be favourite season, regardless if I had never truly experienced one yet. To me, the season seemed magical and inspired. It's vibrant reddish-brown tone on everything was infectious and fiery, yet I feel warmth and a calming serenity just by looking at the surroundings.
Fall 2013 came and went. It was as lyrical as I imagined it would be.
It's a pity that winter came early and so it cut short my first fall season in Canada by about 4 weeks premature. Too awed by the wonder, I did not get enough photos of the magnificent scenery that encircled me each day.
But there will always be next time to capture more of its moments. And now, I can hardly wait for it to swing by again.
Does any other season make you feel the same way?


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I love ripple effects, you know. I suppose you can say that I love when the ripple effect reaches me and I ripple along to the rest of the world.

#100HappyDays is no different. It's been rippling on the web for some time now. I heard about this project on the internet and found the concept enlightening, to say the least. 100 photos of what makes one happy is by no means an easy feat. It says on the website that 71% of participants do not finish the task, citing lack of time as the main reason. This makes me sad that people would become so busy to not be able to capture their happy moments. I hope I make it to the end. I want to remain happy....with photos reminding me what made/makes me happy.

To find out more and join in, visit this site which explains more.

Below are some of  my #100HappyDays posts. I'm already about 3 weeks into my #100HappyDays regime. My #100HappyDays pics are shared on other social media sites (i.e. Instagram, Facebook) but I will post some updates here from time to time. It won't hurt to share my happy moments all over the place anyways. God knows I've been THAT forgetful. You know that feeling of not remembering where you've left your house keys, right?

To follow my happy days, just look for #mjdotcom


Blame It on the Weathergirl

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Fancy me being the weathergirl

Who could forget the ditzy blonde that Amanda Seyfried portrayed on Mean Girls? If you've seen the movie, then you'd know what I'm talking about. That girl could predict weather with a certainty just by touching her breasts.

Now I don't profess to have the same kind of freakish, accurate ability but I think I've got something that could come close. Over almost 2 decades, I've found something quite nifty with my C-section scar.

Whenever the chance of rain was high for a particular day, I would get this weird itchy sensation around my scar area. And for a few hours, the itchiness stayed with me until the raindrop fell.

Now I know that this experience is nothing new and that most people with scars probably get this feeling. But what's amazing is that it never failed me. While in South Africa, I could predict the rain 80% of the time, like a regular weathergirl.

However, since coming to Canada, I've found that my predictions have started to go wonky. In our recent winter rain/snow storm spell in Ontario, I always felt "the itch" but it was never guaranteed that the wet works would come. Instead, I've realised that my itch can't differentiate between the super cold, the rain and the snow and so my signal is off now.

Maybe the itch is just acclimatising. I certainly hope so. I can't seem to shake the feeling that I've lost my mojo somehow....