Friday, July 31, 2009

The Big Ex

I think I have been waiting for something exciting to happen in our lives before writing in my blog. Today it happened. The Big Ex was in town. The exhibition that is. In the states it's known as the county fare. You know, the rides, livestock, the rides, poultry, the rides, local gymnastics show, the rides, greasy food and cotton candy, the rides, antique farm equipment. You get the point. Dusty was awe struck. The evening began with the wonderful discovery that the parking lot was basically a blueberry field. We ate our way to the exhibition grounds. We just followed Dusty around and basically made a point of saying yes to everything. Sometimes you just need to do that. Having been instilled with the evils of gambling from a very young age, I was almost going to say no to the games, but they have one where you pay $5 and you are guaranteed to win a prize. You have to scoop out 7 rubber ducks from a plastic kiddie pool. You have unlimited tries. There was no catch here. So, needless to say we threw our money away for one more moment of joy for our precious only child. He is on the bright side and we had a hard time convincing him that winning was any kind of achievement, but he was none the less delighted with his painfully cheap (not in price), made in China by small children, blue stuffed puppy. We had a great evening with not one tantrum. I suppose when you only say yes you don't get those nasty tantrums. On the way back to the parking lot we found more blueberries. There was a beautiful tied up puppy on the other side of the fence. I generally make a rule of not letting Dusty pet dogs that we don't know without their owners, but this dog just screamed friendly. Dusty fed him blueberries through the fence for quite some time. When we finally pried Dusty and myself away, the dog cried and cried at the loss of his friend and blueberry supplier. Heartbreaking. So, we have decided tomorrow morning to find more blueberry sources. We are going to head to the Hubbards farmers market. Apparently there are nature trails near there. I have been doing so well with my hats at our local farmers' market. I am scoping out some more venues. I really look forward to every Thursday where I put on a pretty dress and hat and chat with grownups about hats, sorrounded by fresh fruits and veggies, pastries, cheese and other artisans. If you are any where in this area please come visit. Until Next Time...Happy Hatting and blueberry picking. Anna


Mickey Johnson said...

...what fun. our county fair is just a bit over a month away. the boys love it. i am usually still dying from the heat, but it is nice to see the parking lot and the county fairgrounds transform overnite. the hubbards farmers market is wonderful. we stayed at rosewood on the cove cottages last summer and one of our local stops was the hubbards farmers market. i love buying local goodies. i am glad you had such a grand time. you look absolutely divine in your hat and i must say dusty appears to be having the time of his life...what a sweet spirit he has to love on and feed that poor pup. please stuff yourself with those plump, fresh nova scotia blueberries for me...there are none like them anywhere else! xo, mickey


Oh. how I so wish I was there to join you in a nice dress and pretty hat - I could talk hats all day!
Its our Anglesey show soon, similar thing to your Ex - always a good day out.

Take care x Vicky x

stampernancy said...

The Big Ex - South Shore Exhibition is the BEST way to get to know the real people of the South Shore! Plenty of sights to see! You have a wonderful parenting heart - knowing when to say yes is just as important was when to say no!

allison strine said...

Oooh, what a wonderful wonderful post! Anna - it looks like you all had a blast!

Atelier Conti said...

Sounds like a really great time Anna! Could almost taste those blueberries and smell the cotton candy!

Esther said...

Aw, one thing I realllly miss about the NS summer this year is the ex!
I was just checking out your website and I saw a beauuutiful hat called/labelled Esther! It made me so happy, whether it had ANYTHING to do with me or not! ;)
Hope you're having a wonderful summer!