Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I'm back baby!

Okay, let's get on with the good stuff! Life is beautiful and there is much to report! Weddingbells magazine has asked me to write a blog for them! You can follow me for the next year as I plan our wedding, move into the heritage townhome Tyler and I just purchased together and run the flower shop. They think I've got some insight on this whole wedding thing having been on the other side of the desk for the last year, I say, let's do it!
As for the home we purchased, it's in Belleville. near both of our families. My dad is here in Toronto, so I'll be staying with him for three days a week and the rest of the week I'll be back home, sourcing antiques and enjoying the pleasures of the country. I was once quoted saying, "I'll never go back." It's amazing when you let go of the life you thought you wanted, you open yourself up to something so much more spectacular.

I love the country! I'm still a city girl at heart though so why not enjoy the best of both worlds? That's how I grew up, weekends and summers in Toronto with my dad and the rest of the time in the country with my mum and pop. I wouldn't change a thing. Oh, there were plenty of days I ran from the house and up over the hill screaming, "I hate this place." I'd sit up on the rock pile overlooking acres upon acres of patchwork green and golden fields and cry about how I wanted to be in the city where the action was. But it's on that rock pile my inner Anne Shirley was born. The romantic bits of me developed while strolling those fields, singing Debbie Gibson at the top of my lungs and yearning to be an adult. I was certain that I was gonna be somebody pretty great. When dad would come and get us for the week end he'd drive me along Queen St. and up Yonge to give me my city fix and before turning back for home I'd ask, "Can we go around one more time?" He always did. But, there remains a certain longing for a slower pace, a quieter existence. I'm looking forward to beginning again with Tyler. It seems our relationship has been one long transition. We moved in, I opened a flower shop, we're constantly on the road visiting family and shopping for antiques. We can't wait to stop and settle in.
I'll have more time to build the business when my new gal joins this one woman show and helps me with some of the load. September 2nd is Coriander Girl's one year anniversary, what a year it's been!
Stay tuned for new shop products and a whole slew of events you won't want to miss!

This is a pic of the living room inhabited by it's current owners. We get the keys on September 2nd and can't wait to get our hands on this little gem. My vision is to restore it to it's original charm. I'm hoping there's hardwood hiding underneath all that birch laminate. One can dream.
xo Alison


LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous!!! Lucky girl - sounds ideal. Honestly. I sometimes wish for a life like that - best of everything with a bit of the city but the peace, quiet and simplicity of the city.

The living room is amazing - take it from another Victorian row house owner - it is totally worth it!!

ali said...

hi, i just found your blog and i think it and you both rock!

Rachel said...

What an adorable house!
I completely understand the whole city girl / country girl thing.
Growing up in a small town I couldn't wait until I was old enough to move to Toronto. But now I'm beginning to realize that my heart is really in the country.
I love the city for now. Its fun and exciting but I can see myself eventually ending up in a small town again - where I can breathe!
And besides you got way more for your dollar buying a house out there. Its gorgeous!!

Can't wait to see what you'll do with it!