So a couple of weekends ago, we packed up june and flora and drove about an hour south-west of Ottawa looking for a Sunflower festival. if you've been reading this blog for awhile you'll know how obsessed with sunflowers I am - and how proud I am to have grown ones over 7 feet tall! (I bring it up at way too many cocktail parties). Mike saw it advertised in the paper and we decided that it sounded like a fun thing to do; they had advertised a sunflower maze and a petting zoo and a farmers market - all worth a hike in my opinion! and Mike and I don't really mind a drive these days because we find it to be some of the only daylight hours we can both talk to each other with out running off in the other direction to see what drawer has been pulled apart or where June has taken her chair to help her get into something taller than she is (likely put out of reach because she's not supposed to be into it, but kid is a problem solver!) and the drive was so pretty - it was such a beautiful day! One of those cotton candy cloud kind of days.
there were cars lining the dirt road on both sides when we got to the property, which literally felt like it was in the middle of nowhere. And as we were walking up to the farm and entrance we noticed that there were people taking their photo in this adjacent field with one sunflower. It was a lonely little sunflower that must have got blown off course when they were planing the others but it was in that moment that it dawned on me: What if we drove all this way for a sunflower festival, and there were no sunflowers?! that would be a hilarious joke.
well someone up there must know that we have a sense of humour/love a good laugh. Because that is exactly what happened. The sunflower field and maze was not in bloom. we've had a pretty wet and rainy and cool summer and the sunflowers were behind schedule... in other words very much so not in bloom. *massive face palm* So we had some yummy food: schnitzel and a picnic we had brought from home, toured the original homestead barn, chased some goats, and yes. took some pictures in the field with that one determined little sunflower! It was still a lovely day regardless and one I will never forget that's for sure. but sometimes you just have to laugh at all your best made plans when they turn out completely not the way you would have imagined!
Some pictures from our day, including a single sunflower.
this barn was just magical by the way. it was original with the homestead and when you went inside there was this awesome quiet stillness even though people were filling it to see the pot bellied pigs.
just in case you forgot what you had come for. *still laughing*
the star of the show.
her facial expressions as of late have just blossomed! and she is *SO* chatty!! we just have to look in her direction and she starts cooing at us. I am so so in love with this stage!!
just so in love with these shots! i love how happy she looks. <3
Sunflowers: we will return one day! Until then, we choose corn as our favourite photo backdrop!