Yesterday, we made a little road trip to Nanton, a small town south of Calgary, with David's mother, brother and sister-in-law. The town has a few antique stores, a candy and ice cream store, and a quaint little cafe for lunch. It was such a fun day, although good antiques are quite scarce here in western Canada (unless you are in the market for a wagon wheel or 100 ft of old barbed wire).
I managed to find a couple of pretty vintage finds for fair prices (also rare).
Generally I don't buy pressed glass, but I loved the shape of this urn vase. I loosely arranged some Masterwort, which is blooming in our garden right now, along with some ferns:
Cicada original etching from Etsy here
I love its neo-classical lines (my favorite historical look):
I also found a darling little Dresden porcelain pot, ca.1910, which mirrors the lines of the antique Eva Ziesel Haviland pot I bought (and blogged about) a short time ago. I am totally into this shape right now and can see the beginnings of a collection:
The detailing on the pot is different all the way around. This is the back, which is also very pretty, with more white showing:
We had a fantastic day, but heard a rather sad story on our trip. While visiting the local historic hotel, we stopped to say hello to the resident kitty who lives at the hotel bar:
He looks like an old boxer, with his big paws, fierce stare and cauliflower ears.
I asked the owner what happened to his ears and he said that during a drunken winter visit to the bar, a nearby hockey team STOLE THE CAT and took him with them on their bus. That is bad enough, but then they dumped him out far away in the middle of winter (it can easily be -35C or -31F here in winter and there are miles of open prairie between towns).
I am not sure how long he was missing but luckily a passerby recognized him as the Nanton hotel cat! His ears were frostbitten!
Poor little guy!
Luckily, he didn't seem too fazed by his misfortune. He looked pretty relaxed and I suspect he gets a LOT of attention every day. But still...I felt pretty bad for the little guy. I am a serious cat lover and think people who do this kind of thing to defenseless animals should be taken out and shot (after being treated the same way themselves). Ugh!
Hope you are having a nice holiday weekend. It is Canada Day today!
Happy Canada Day to you!
And Happy 4th of July to all my American friends!