Tuesday Tidbits

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What is it about pumpkins that has everyone smiling?  When I visited Barrie Hill Farms a week ago, people of all ages had their happy faces on and I truly think it had to do with the multitude of pumpkins of every colour just waiting to find a good home.  Lots of folks had wagons with several pumpkins and I’m convinced it was because they couldn’t pick just one!  Maybe it was this happy Minnie Mouse pumpkin that set the tone.  How cute is this!?

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If you’re a regular reader, you know I’m a big fan of Barrie Hill Farms.  They have a beautiful market as well as the option of going into the fields to pick your own fruits and vegetables.  Everything is so fresh and delicious and prices are so much more reasonable than the supermarkets.

BHF Oct.5, 2014 183 It’s a real family affair and the kids love it!  I couldn’t resist snapping a few pics of these adorable faces! BHF Oct.5, 2014 126 I wonder if this gorgeous baby girl is dreaming of pumpkins! BHF Oct.5, 2014 114 Can you believe all the colours? I heard one little girl saying, “I want a pink pumpkin!”  I never thought I would hear THAT! BHF Oct(oranged up)

Adrien Gervais is the original owner of this family-run business and just celebrated his 90th birthday.  He recently placed 10th in a Pumpkinfest with this gigantic entry.  His original pumpkin was even larger than this but unfortunately it cracked just before the contest.

The Gervais family have created a very special place for families.  Great produce, great atmosphere – loads of fun!BorderUntitled

If you’re now in the mood for something scrumptiously pumpkin, here’s a great roundup from FitFluential that will satisfy all of your cravings while still staying healthy.  I love these gorgeous recipes!  Just click on the link or pic to find your way to some deliciousness!

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I love lots of natural light in the house.  I think it affects our mood and let’s face it, it’s much more flattering when you’re looking in the mirror than harsh overhead lights.  Here’s a collection from Pinterest that I adore.

LIGHTeac60dadb9ecf80c579eb9436d3c9989 You would definitely have to live out in the country with this one if you like to eat breakfast in your pajamas! LIGHT7e57b9d839140a653fafe5edd353009e Just like a beautiful spa.  And this would be so romantic at night! LIGHT253a8b58045b4da55268a67cf4ae0a24 A subtle, complementary light. LIGHT35e6d08652ca6c8a26427702a4e4819f So if the conversation became uninteresting, the view will certainly distract you.  I have many more pictures similar to this on my Pinterest board if you want to take a peek.BorderUntitled

When I was young, my father used to tell me I had an ‘old soul’.  I wasn’t quite sure what he meant by that until I grew older and discovered that I really am attracted to things that were much before my time.  I love blues music from the 50’s, old cars, black and white movies and a great suit on a handsome man.  I came across this fun post from Distractify, 50 Classy People From The Past Who Remind Us What Cool Really Means and it really struck a chord.


The Gorgeous Necklines of the 1950


Cary Grant in the 1950’s


Caroline Kennedy walks ahead while the most powerful man in the world, carries her doll.



Sophia Loren – one of the very few actresses to win Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy.  Timeless beauty and so cool.BorderUntitled

 This post from Much Viral – So Wow is one of the most fun I’ve seen in a long time.  They’ve got a compilation of 30 Amazing Products You Never Thought You Needed….Until Now that will blow your mind and make you laugh.

rainbow-night-light What child wouldn’t love going to sleep under the rainbow each night? doggie-fountain Love this!  And I’m betting your dogs will, too. squirrel-chair This squirrel chair cracks me up every time I look at it.  When I showed it to my 9 year old nephew, he said, “Well, Aunty, squirrels need to relax too, you know”!  I have to get one of these.BorderUntitled Here’s a lovely story to finish off Tidbits for today.  Thanks so much for visiting, everyone!


Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing.  He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.  One day he was walking along the shore and as he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. 

So he began to walk faster to catch up.  As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and he wasn`t dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

As he got closer he called out, `Good morning!  What are you doing?”

The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish into the ocean.” “I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

“The sun is up and tide s going out.  And if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”

“But, young man, don`t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it.  You can`t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely.  Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said – “It made a difference for that one.”

How many ‘starfish’ do you come across in a day? – Author Unknown


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    Anita Rivera
    October 14, 2014 at 4:39 am

    That was AWESOME. From the gorgeous photos of light-filled rooms (I had to pin the room with the rock wall and piano), to the silly squirrel and really, ALL THE REST, that last story hit home. I encounter many “starfish” a day, and if I can make a difference – a REAL difference in those who are willing to accept, then I’ve done my job.

    Thank you Robyn for this wonderful post today!

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      October 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      I thought of you when I posted that piano pic, Anita. I knew it would be something you liked 🙂 The squirrel is STILL cracking me up! I’m so glad you enjoyed today and I know you truly make a difference in your students’ lives every day, sweet lady. xoxo
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    Debbie Harris
    October 14, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Robyn, this was a delightful post to begin my day!!
    Everything you shared just blessed my heart. 🙂
    I remember the days we visited Chudleys farm in Ontario when our girls were young, oh such fun!!
    What is it about pumpkins that make us smile? That’s something to really think about. 🙂
    I too love a bright room, in fact, I was just telling my husband yesterday, please open the blinds in your bathroom and office daily so our animals are not in the dark during the day. They too love the brightness!
    What a beautiful star fish story, and oh so true.
    Before I forget, I too would love a pink pumpkin!!
    Have a delightful day!

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      October 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Awwhh, that’s so sweet that you make sure the house is nice and bright for your pets, Debbie. I think I’m going back to get a pink pumpkin this weekend! lol Thanks for popping in. I always look forward to what you have say 🙂
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    October 14, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Robyn, such a wonderful post! I love visiting apple and pumpkin farms in the fall. So much fun and smiles all around. And I believe I will check out the pumpkin recipes too. 🙂
    I’ve heard the starfish story before and it’s always such a good reminder that even our little efforts can make a difference in someone else’s life. I’m always encouraged by that story.
    Oh, and if I had a large enough tree I’d put up one of those squirrel chairs. Love it!
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      October 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      I love the farms too, Marie. There is always such a festive atmosphere there! I’m going to buy that squirrel chair, maybe two or three and I’ll put some in the woods, lol.
      Thanks for your visit!
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    October 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Robyn, it’s so wonderful watching local farms change throughout the year. Love the starfish story…..so beautiful!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    October 15, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Happy Tuesday Robyn! I really loved your story at the end. Small changes can really have big impacts on those affected. I really miss the autumn days the pumpkin patches and loved seeing all of those happy smiling faces at the farm. I have not even seen one pumpkin (well at least the kind of pumpkins you and I think about when we think of making a jackolantern) here in HK. They must still be still at sea on their way here. Have a super week and take care!
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    October 15, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    You made me smile and brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for you wonderful post.

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    October 15, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I have read the starfish story before and just love it. Thanks for the reminder. Those vintage style pictures are so lovely. They did it well back then for sure! Pumpkin pancakes? Sign me up : ) Enjoy the remainder of your week.
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    October 16, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Wonderful and refreshing post my friend. The pumpkin farm looks like fun. I love seeing the children’s face. That gigantic pumpkin is so cool. Who doesn’t love pumpkin pancakes? It’s fall so time to bake and make wonderful soups. Wonderful room visions. That spa tub is calling my name. I am loving that little chair on the tree with the squirrel. How sweet is that and your nephew’s comment. Lots of love from WW.
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