One of my favourite day trips was a pre pandemic weekend visit to the beautiful family-run Terre Bleu Lavender Farm when T was 4.
I find the farm grounds very calming and enjoying lavender ice cream on a summer day is a treat.
Lavender is known for its calming qualities. You may have seen this meme often posted on parenting forums. Yup, that’s me too.
Finding calm moments for self care is so important as a parent of a child with FASD – and it’s vital to take a pause from time to time and focus on compassion and kindness with oneself.
That was our goal with our recent Canada Day weekend trip to Elora – to get lost in slow, unwinding, hazy calm.
I find small towns like Elora, a 90-minute drive from Toronto, so charming and idyllic.
I often get lost in a hazy daydream thinking about how T would be better suited to small town life – less busy, things move slower, lots of outdoor space to run around and explore.
The hubby and I plan to retire in a small town one day. But that’s another daydream.
After tubing down the gorge, we headed to downtown Elora. We were famished and enjoyed a late lunch at a pub. I had yummy fish and chips – and T had a burger, woohoo.
No family outing would be complete without ice cream for dessert…
… and the obligatory encounter with a cute dog.
We went on a post meal walk through the beautiful downtown – with its charming patios…
… stone buildings …
… lovely old homes …
… cheeky independent book stores …
… walking trails …
… that lead to lovely views of nature.
One of the highlights of our visit was stopping by the Terre Bleu shop, which recently opened in downtown Elora.
The store sold all kinds of lavender-infused products, from oils to candles, to spices, honey and the yummy lavender ice cream!
Ever savy with marketing, the shop also had a lovely lavender photo wall and the visitors to the store took plenty of photos with it.
The sign above the door to the photo op really spoke to me: “Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”
The hubby, T and I have been dealing with, so to speak, revolving doors lately – either ourselves or helping T process losses – and this lavender-infused moment was a nice grounding moment for me.
A reminder that rushing rivers always lead to calm water.