The weather last Saturday was delightful - blue, blue, skies and white puffy clouds as far as the eye could see. Nice warm temps with a westerly breeze blowing. Nary a skeeter in sight. A perfect day for working in the garden, but hang on a minute here! It wasn't a day for work - no - it was a day to visit Finnegan's with a pit-stop at the endive factory, as I like to call it.
I've had a craving for endives all spring long. (Did you know they grow in the dark?) I've been meaning to make a stop at Connaisseur Endives for months now. I jumped in the car and headed down highway 201. With my 5 pound box of endives happily bouncing around on the back seat, and memories of endives au gratin in the south of France bouncing around in my head, I drove dreamily north along the 201.
If you turn right where the 201 reaches the water and drive a mile or so, you'll reach Finnegan's. Finnegan's is a flea-market located in the picturesque town of Hudson, Quebec. Marvel at the beautiful homes along Main Road, and turn right into the parking lot when you hit the traffic jam. The traffic is a sign you've arrived.
I make a point of visiting Finnegan's once each summer. Since it's an open-air market, you want to pick a nice day. Wear closed shoes, because the walks are gravel and you can thank me later when you don't have grit between your toes.
You know the adage that you spend the first half of your life accumulating stuff - and the next half of your life trying to give it away? Well, when I was in the first half of my life, Finnegan's was my mecca. I owed a station wagon before it was cool to own a station wagon, just to get my loot back home again. Finnegan's represented Saturday mornings, sunny days, and some of the coolest things I've ever bought.
And then, at some point in your life, as you look over wicker and decoys and teapots and silverware and vintage linens, you give your head a shake and become a minimalist. Enough with the dusting - I've kept only what I really, really adore, and the rest has been passed on to others who hopefully cherish it as much as I did.
Welcome to the land that is Finnegan's:
of a floor I keep meaning to paint...so let's just move along rapidly now.
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And that, dear friends, was my most excellent adventure at Finnegan's.
Next weekend, it's back to yard work...