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30 March 2010

Small Town Ontario Love

I really love our city.

The other day @Ptbo_Canada tweeted the following: When you think of "icons" in Peterborough, what comes to mind?

Having lived here for nearly 24 years, I can think of a few things:

Our beautiful downtown, the fabulous indie shops (Simple., Glow, Bluestreak), the fantastic restaurants (esp. Hot Belly Mama's, The Olde Stone, The Speak Easy, St. Veronus, The Only, Reggie's, Matsu), the cafes (Dreams of Beans, Natas, The Silver Bean), the parks, the playground, our zoo, Trent University, Trent Radio, Little Lake, the Folk Festival, the Festival of Lights, fireworks, Jackson's Park, the cab drivers, skating on the canal, the music/arts scene, the Liftlocks, Rotary Trail, ArtSpace, all of East City (represent!), the beautiful green spaces, my friends, my family, my life & much, much more.

I love Peterborough.

This is where I grew up & I'm happy to raise my daughter here.

I'm not saying that our town has no negative aspects, but to be honest, who has time to dwell on the bad things in life? Forget it, embrace the good & keep on living.

What do you love about the place where you live?



Blogger Heart Felt said...

What a neat posting....I want to visit ~ sounds very cool xx

March 30, 2010 at 4:10 AM  
Blogger Heart Felt said...

Idea.....when our kids a little bigger we will do a house swap for a month!

March 30, 2010 at 4:10 AM  
Blogger La Benner said...

This picture is more than fabulous!

I love the trees and the small critters that frequent my little patio.

As a country girl I was quite concerned about our move to Toronto, refusing to take a place downtown. Instead, we settled on a place in the Beach that has a more than quirky landlord.

Surrounded by multi-million dollar homes our landlord allows the greenery to have a less than manicured look, which just highlights the ravine bordering our yard. I have never lived somewhere that has as many mature trees as this neighbourhood.

While everyone else is cleaning their driveways Saturday morning (religiously I might add) the Newfs will lie in the sun as I sip beer and munch on strawberries.

There is always a little squirrel or bird willing to share my snack and I am more than happy to oblige.

Not at all what I pictured city life to be.

March 30, 2010 at 4:31 AM  
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March 30, 2010 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger Shannon O said...

Beautiful picture Desiree!

"I'm not saying that our town has no negative aspects, but to be honest, who has time to dwell on the bad things in life? Forget it, embrace the good & keep on living."

So true, I completely agree... the glass is half full. - Shannon O | Confessions of a Loving Wife

March 30, 2010 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger Karen Sweet said...

Crazy... I've been reading your blog for ages and didn't realize you were in Peterborough! I am in Toronto now, but I grew up outside of Cobourg and my brother played baseball in Peterborough at least once a week in the summer when we were kids. I was back there over Christmas and couldn't believe how rad Peterborough has become in terms of all the neat shops and restaurants downtown. I have a super-secret plan to move there one day. :)

March 30, 2010 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Heart Felt: You're on!! :)

La Benner: I would be nervous about a move to Toronto too, but that doesn't sounds so bad!

March 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Karen: Awe! Howdy almost neighbour ;)
I think Peterborough definitely draws people back like that -- it's a hard place to get away from!

March 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Kelley said...

I have always wanted to move to a town like Peterborough. I live in Ajax, which obviously you have heard of, being so close.

Ajax blows, its total chaos all the time. Youve heard us on the news. Theres always teens running around commiting crime. It's a town for partying teens who smoke and drink, but it's NOT for me. Noone here has any respect for others. Our "downtown" also isn't as cute and artsy as yours.

Personally, when I have a bebe, just like Gretchen, I'll be moving into a town with less trouble - maybe Peterborough.

March 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Ah, yes. I do know of Ajax... and I've heard nothing but the bad :( I hope you can find your way out someday! Until then, I hope you can make the most of it :)

March 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Johanna said...

Ouuuu, you'll have to show me a few favourites when I come to visit you!!! can't wait!!!

March 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Selene said...

That picture is fabulous!!!

March 30, 2010 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Tis a very sweet photo -- was actually taken by my neighbour -- if you follow that source link it'll take you to his flickr page!

March 30, 2010 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I love city pictures like this one!


April 1, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Gigi said...

My hubby worked at the Quaker factory for a while and always has fond memories of Peterborough (especially some awesome roti place that he's always promising to take me to!). We have some friends there and we might be going to visit them some time this summer, not to long of a drive from the GTA. I'll make sure to check out the downtown area!

April 1, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

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