I had a visit last month from a friend, a small, multi-coloured pachyderm named Cake the Nellyphant. Cake is a well-travelled little guy. He’s been to places near and far since departing from his home in Kentucky, visiting with members of my favourite online knitting group, The Completely Pointless and Arbitrary Group on Ravelry. And last month he was here in my small town of Stouffville, Ontario.
Now, prior to his stay with me, Cake had been in the big city of Toronto, so he’d seen the wonderful sights there. I was a little worried that he’d find small-town Ontario a bit boring, but he was the perfect guest and never complained.
He came with me to my quilt group, where he was quite taken by the pretty quilts.
We visited a few of my favourite shops. Here he played hide-and-seek in the sock yarn at Mary’s Yarns in Unionville.
Then he hung out for a while at the Quilter’s Cupboard in Uxbridge, Ontario, my favourite quilt shop.
And of course, while in Uxbridge, we had to stop in at On the Lamb Yarn Shop, where Cake made a new little friend.
It wasn’t all exotic travel, though. He also got to take in some of the sights around Stouffville. Here is our Clock Tower – our architectural town symbol. The old Town Offices building in behind the tower is being renovated into an Arts Centre.
We stopped for coffee at the wonderful For the Love of Jo Coffee House on Main Street.
We ran a few errands, including one to Canadian Tire.
And what trip to anywhere in Canada would be complete without a visit (or ten) to Tim Horton’s? Sadly, Cake didn’t win anything when he rolled up the rim.
He also enjoyed another favourite Canadian beverage – the Caesar.
Needless to say, there are many more photos of Cake. He’s not exactly a shy butterfly when the camera comes out. You can see more of him in my Flickr photo set of his visit.
He’s since moved on to his next host, in the big city of New York, where he will no doubt have a wonderful time seeing the sights and hearing the sounds. I wish I could go with him – he’s one lucky little Nellyphant.