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15 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in Norfolk

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We’re going to help you fight back against the dreaded winter blues.  Here are 15 things to do in our beloved Norfolk County to help keep you out of that winter slump.

Laugh it up at Sandbar on the Beach in Turkey Point. On the last Saturday of each month they host a Yuk Yuk’s event which includes an amazing buffet.

Bust out the broom and get a head start on your spring cleaning list.  With the indoor tasks out of the way you’ll have more time to spend on outdoor clean up in the spring. Norfolk County Council approved a 2018 county wide bulk pick up for this spring, so be prepared to get your items to the curb on time! 

Go ice fishing! Since we live near the lake, bundle up and head out on the ice (after you’ve checked out the ice safety conditions) to see what you can catch. Check out Jimmy Riggin in Long Point and Bayside Ice Fishing or Woodward’s Ice Fishing in St. Williams to get equipped for the sport. For the avid ice fisherman, putt your skills to the test in this upcoming tournament. But of course, safety first! Here are some ice fishing safety tips from Long Point’s Old Cut Boat Livery.

Trivia Night, Comedy Night, Movie Night, pick your passion!  New Limburg Brewery in Nixon hosts weekly events that are perfect for a date night or a hangout with friends. You can order from their epic beer menu of Belgian style ales and in house snacks. They’ve created an awesome space for you to just relax and have fun. Check out their Facebook page to see what’s going on each week.

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Re-decorate a room. Channel your inner interior decorator and give a neglected room some love. For you decor inspiration, check out Brushed Designs in Waterford.

Indulge in a night out, dinner and live music usually does the trick! 211 Main in Port Dover hosts a gastro pub atmosphere, an inspired menu, and local musicians.  Visit their Facebook page to see their menu and their live music schedule.

Focus on you. That’s right, slow down and make some time for you! We suggest checking out a yoga class or one of the other wellness services at Anume Health & Wellness Centre in Waterford. They even offer beer yoga for the boys!

Get creative! Attend a do-it-yourself sign making class hosted by Rural Inspirations. You’ll have a great time getting crafty and creating your personalized masterpiece. Their Facebook page showcases tons of sign inspirations and upcoming events.

Popcorn and a movie. You can’t go wrong with a classic movie night at Norfolk’s very own movie theatre, The Strand in Simcoe. Wether its a date night or a family night, check out what’s playing and order extra butter! 

Get in touch your wild side and take part in CRC’s Owl Prowl to learn about these awesome mysterious winged creatures of the night.  Meet some local owls up close then head out to the field and call in some wild ones! 

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Go for a hike and re-connect with nature. Trekking through the Backus trails in the winter season is a chance to see our beautiful county in a new perspective. The glistening trees and beautiful white blanket offer a very different view from the colourful forest of the summer (and there’s no bugs!) So, pull out you snow boots or snow shoes and hit the trails. 

Host a Norfolk inspired Wine & Cheese Party! Lucky for us, Norfolk has more than a handful of amazing wineries to choose from. Stock up on few bottles from these local wineries for your guests to sample. Then visit The Dover Cheese Shop in Port Dover and The Second Mouse Cheesetique in Delhi to pick up some fantastic specialty cheese options for pairing.

Sweeten up your day with some baked treats. Tie up your apron, get out the sugar and spend the day in the kitchen baking up some sweet creations.  You might even turn to your copy of Norfolk County’s Cook Book to find some locally inspired recipes. And for the non-bakers out there (like me), you can opt to skip the whisk and head over to Ritzy Cakes, Joy Bakery Cafe or Urban Parisian for some incredible baked treats.

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Try something new and take a beginners pottery class. Circle of Friends pottery is a creative learning studio for beginner potters of all ages. The art of pottery has been said to have some amazing health benefits including stress reduction.  So, give it a try and de-stress with this creative outlet. Find an upcoming class on their facebook page.

Take a lunch break in Port Rowan.  Country Fork has new a menu that your are definitely going to want to try.  Stop in for a delightful lunch then drive down to the harbour to take in the stunning views the lake has to offer at this beautiful time of year.

Ritzy Romance in Waterford

Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something romantic in the air in Waterford, Ontario.  It could be the old buildings and heritage homes with beautiful architecture around every corner.  Or it could be the surrounding nature and towering trees spilling in to the towns core, lining the streets, and letting you know that you’re just steps away from immersing yourself in nature at Black Bridge, Shadow Lake or the Heritage Trail at any moment.

But certainly part of the romance comes from that warming small-town, tight community vibe that makes you feel welcome and right at home in Waterford. 

Untitled design (36)I was taking a course in this charming town and was advised by the locals that I absolutely had to visit Ritzy Cakes & Eatery on my lunch break. While their specialty is cakes, and I mean beautifully crafted and delicious cakes, their eatery menu and sweet treats are equally mouthwatering! 

Aside from their tempting menu, their genuine and friendly service stood out above all. The owner and staff at Ritzy Cakes truly embrace the spirit of small town service.  During our lunch break one of the members of the course had to leave the line at Ritzy Cakes after ordering with out getting his food due to timing. Ritzy Cakes took it upon themselves to deliver his order to the hall where we were gathered so that this gentleman didn’t go without a lunch. This was truly a display of admirable customer service.  Not to mention this man was lucky he didn’t miss his chance to enjoy a delicious Ritzy Sandwich!

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While sandwiches are always my preference, the menu at Ritzy Cakes & Eatery also boasts an all day breakfast featuring a Ritzy Melt and scrumptious waffles.  The lunch options also include panini’s, wraps, salads, and soups.  Of course, the delectable dessert menu takes the cake (pun intended)! My sandwich was stacked high and made to perfection.  For my desert, their apple fritter was highly recommended. I was actually told to get there early before they sell out because these freshly baked beauties go quickly.  I got their just in time to snag a warm apple fritter and I enjoyed every bite.

1After an awesome first experience at Ritzy Cakes & Eatery, I make sure to stop in whenever I am in town and I am never disappointed. I recommend you embrace the atmosphere next time you’re in Waterford and be sure to visit this quaint cake shop and eatery. You’ll surely be swept away by their genuine service and tasty creations.

5(Norfolk)Things We’re Thankful for This Fall

5 (Norfolk) Things We're Thankful for this Fall

The leaves are changing colour, the air is getting crisp, harvest is in full swing for many crops. Autumn is my favourite season for so many reason’s.  Here are 5 of my favourite things about the Fall season in Norfolk County in no particular order (however I could probably list 30).

Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show

It’s pretty hard to sum up the Norfolk County Fair in a few sentences.  It’s more of a feeling, it’s hard to describe. You know that feeling you used to get when you first woke up Christmas morning before you saw the gifts under the tree?  Yeah, that’s the feeling! The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show has just kicked off it’s 177th year, I can already smell the fair food and and hear the rides. It isn’t all about the rides, games and food either.  The agriculture and livestock buildings are just as exciting, there is such a sense of local pride. I couldn’t possibly explain it, go see for yourself!

Waterford Heritage Trail

We’re lucky to live in a County filled with an abundance of beautiful walking trails and outdoor spaces to enjoy. The Waterford Heritage Trail is a must-see in the fall, particularly at Black Bridge.  The bridge over looks the Waterford ponds and it is a stunning view when the leaves are changing in to their autumn colours.  You may spend more time stopped to enjoy the views and wildlife then hiking or biking but, either way, you’ll enjoy the experience. Make sure to add this to your to do list this fall.

Frank E’s Country Store

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Frank E’s in Vanessa, you must make the trip.  They are proud 3rd generation apple farmers producing quality products. I guess it’s obvious, you can stop by and pick up some farm fresh quality apples (in an abundance of varieties) and their incredible apple cider. But Frank E’s is more than a one stop shop.  Customer’s are raving about their mustards and other preserves.  You will also find mother-watering baked goods, soups and frozen entree’s. It gets better, depending on the time of year, they are serving delicious homemade breakfast and lunch. Not to mention how incredibly friendly and kind they are. Seriously, make sure you pay them a visit before their season ends to grab a bite to eat and to stock up on goods for the winter.

Waterford Pumpkinfest

No, Pumpkinfest is not a festival of pumpkins spice latte’s. Pumpkinfest is a classic Norfolk County festival celebrating the season and the community!  From the iconic towering pumpkin tower and the creepy Spookhouse, to the epic parade and the Friday night fireworks, Pumpkinfest is a perfect family fall event.  On the schedule this year is SUP racing, soapbox derby, live entertainment and carnival rides and games.  Of course, there is much more than that happening at this 4-day festival. Mark your calendar for Oct 12-15 this year!

The Apple Place (Apple Cider Donuts)

You may have enjoyed an apple cider donut before.  But if you have not had one from The Apple Place in Simcoe, then you’ve been missing out. If you’re stopping by my place this thanksgiving weekend then hold the bottle of wine and pie, I’ll take a box of freshly baked apple cider donuts please. While you’re at The Apple Place, check out all of the other goodies and treats they have to offer including apples, cider, honey, and other baked goods!

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There you have it, five truly Norfolk things that I am thankful for this Fall! What are your favourite things about Norfolk County in the Fall?

 

10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Preparing Your Home For Winter

Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment.

Tune Up Your Heating System

A technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair, and that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency. The inspection also measures carbon-monoxide leakage.

If you act soon, you’ll minimize the chance of being 200th in line for repairs on the coldest day of the year.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. The fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling (remember, hot air rises).

This is especially helpful in rooms with high ceilings. It might even allow you to turn down your thermostat by a degree or two for greater energy savings.

Hit The Roof

roofMake sure the roof is in good shape. Inspect for missing and loose shingles. Ice, rain, snow and wind combined with rapidly changing temperatures and humidity wreak havoc on roofs. Your roof is your first defence in protecting your home. Without it functioning properly, water damage can occur. This causes deterioration to insulation, wood and drywall, making electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems vulnerable. It’s better to proactively deal with repairs in the fall than to discover a leaky roof during a snowstorm. For safety’s sake, have a roofing professional check the condition of your roof.

After leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.

Caulk Around Windows and Doors

caulkingIf the gaps between siding and window or door frames are bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk. (Check the joints in window and door frames, too.) Silicone caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink and it’s impervious to the elements. Add weatherstripping as needed around doors, making  sure you cannot see any daylight from inside your home.

Divert Water

Add extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from the  foundation.

Turn Off Outdoor Taps

Undrained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining the water that remains in faucets.

If you don’t have frost-proof faucets (homes more than ten to 15 years old typically do not), turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.

Prepare to Store Away Your Mower

lawnmowerAs the mower sits through the winter, fuel remaining in its engine will decompose, “varnishing” the carburetor and causing difficulty when you try to start the engine in the spring.
John Deere offers these preventive steps: If you’ve added stabilizer to your fuel to keep it fresh longer, then fill the gas tank to the top with more stabilized fuel and run the engine briefly to allow it to circulate. If not, wait until the tank is nearly empty from use and run the engine (outdoors) to use up the remaining fuel. Check  your mower’s manual for other cold-weather storage steps.

Test Your Sump Pump

sumpSlowly pour several litres of water into the sump pit to see whether the pump turns on. You should do this every few months, but especially after a long dry season or before a rainy one.

For more complete instructions for testing and maintenance, check your owner’s manual. Most smp pumps last about ten years, according to Chubb Personal  Insurance.

Call A Chimney Sweep

Before you burn the Yule log, make sure your fireplace (or any heating appliance burning gas, oil, wood or coal), chimney and vents are clean and in good repair. That will prevent chimney fires and prevent carbon monoxide from  creeping into your home.essentials

Restock Winter Essentials

Don’t wait for the first winter storm to restock cold-weather essentials, such as salt or ice melt. Stock up on windshield washer fluid, too.