Our mini-vaca last week to Canada Blooms was quite a thrill. And a cheap thrill, no less. Of course, I don't get out much, so it doesn't take much.
The theme this year was the Juno Awards. We were greeted by this beautiful piece of edible artwork as we arrived.
Canada Blooms is divided into two distinct areas. The first is more like a local fair. Individuals had created displays and had grown plants to compete in different categories. The results were absolutely inspiring.
I think I might almost like this piece for our house.
I liked this display the best in this particular category.
Cute, but no thanks.
There were a variety of vendors and retail displays. Free tea samples from Tetley and wild flower paper being handed out by funeral planners. You know, the usual stuff.
When we finally rolled ourselves back to the Westin Harbour Castle and almost into our moderately inadequate bed, a knock came at the door. Being generally incomprehensible at that hour at the best of times, and having a mouth full of toothpaste and toothbrush, Goose answered the knock.
Turns out it was complimentary room service (don't worry, we checked out the complimentary part before accepting anything).
They went well with the muffins I had brought with us. Wait, you didn't actually think we were going to BUY a hotel breakfast did you? Crazy people. Heck, we'd splurged and bought full IKEA meals for lunch the day before.
Overall, Blooms was a really good time. While it didn't live up to the hype that had surrounded it in my world, I suspect it, too, has become a victim of the economy. Still, an excellent show was to be had.
As for the Westin Harbour Castle? A beautiful hotel, pretty cool room service treat, but it may be time to consider new mattresses, folks.