It was a day to be outside. The sun was shining, there was not a cloud in the sky and the air was a refreshing 8 or 9 degrees. So off I went to Oakville, to wander the streets and have a coffee and maybe buy something. It is about a 15 minute drive to downtown Oakville from downtown Burlington where I live, but the two towns are very different. For one thing Oakville is not ruining their downtown and waterfront tearing down single family homes and replacing them with 3-storey townhomes and multi storey condos. But I digress.
I spent most of this sunny afternoon inside bookshops and antique stores and discovered an art exhibit that needed exploring. The annual World of Threads had just opened and that required more time spent indoors... though I did get to walk between the venues and take advantage of the fresh air and kick a few fallen leaves. Then I somehow spent $5.75 on a coffee and pastry. One really should learn to ask the prices first, but it was a non-descript, almost bare, bakery so one apparently expected a little less of it. To be fair, the spinach and cream cheese pastry was very good. Another difference between our towns is the lack of patios in Oakville, though I guess it wasn't quite warm enough for that.
I was thoroughly enjoying myself. Then very quickly it got darker and it felt like I should be heading home because everything would be closing. Except that it was only 4:30.
This is the one thing I do not like about the seasons that are not spring or summer.