COUNTRY STORES & LAST DAY UNTIL THE GIVEAWAY WINNER!
When I was a little girl, there was an old country store near my grandparents farm. It was a lovely old shop that you walked down big steps into a old fashioned building.
You went through a big screen door, you know the ones with the advertising on the front. It would slam behind you letting the shop owner know you were there.
There were wooden floors, wooden counters with glass display cases. Baked goods and penny candy. I fell in love with the look of this store, perhaps that is one of the reasons I love antiques now.
The old metal pop machines had all of the pop lined up inside sitting in cold, cold water.
But my favourite thing of all was the ice cream counter. Borden's Ice Cream was served. I adored seeing Elsie the Cow with her Daisy around her head. We always got Ice Cream. The outside of the store had advertising in the window and Borden's was a huge prominent sign.
Now, I occassionaly see the old Country Stores when I drive through little towns in Ontario. There are not many though. I envy my U.S. neighbours, there seems to be a lot more old Country Stores still left there.
It breaks my heart when I see an abondoned store. Still standing, paint worn, windows broken, like the owner just walked out one day and left it to age all on it's own. I really miss the mom and pop stores.
So now, when I am driving, if I take a wrong turn this is my motto. If I see an old Country Store I stop in because you never know when you will see another. Try it some time. Get in the car for a drive and take the path less driven, you might be in for a pleansant surprise.