By Danielle French

Adventures of Amy

ASK AMY: What do you do in your spare time?

There are two answers to that question: In the summer? Sleep. In the winter? Travel! Running weddings seasonally means there is a finite amount of time to pack everything in, so there really isn’t time for much of anything else. On a wedding day once the ceremony is done, dinner has been served and guests have begun to dance the night away, I will begin to make my way home in the evening (anything before 9:00pm would be considered an early night!). Frequently on my way out, Danielle will ask me, “What are you doing tonight?” and my answer is the same 99% of the time, “Going to bed! Ha” Usually so I can get up and do it all again the next day.

Weddings are exhausting, there’s no secret about that. Even attending a wedding as a guest can make for a long day. In part, I think that’s what everyone who works here loves about it. There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that you have given everything you’ve got that day, and nothing more rewarding than a comfortable bed when you get home.

After wedding season is over, we generally take some time to get caught up on things (and Danielle goes on a cleaning and organization rampage!) and then what I now think of as my travel season begins. Anyone who knows me knows that I often haven’t even returned home from one adventure before planning another. In fact, Thanksgiving weekend was the first time since last Christmas that I had more than three consecutive days off and remained in the province!

I was bitten by the travel bug on my first overseas trip when I was 16 to Italy. I swore on that trip that I would return, and I did many, many times for school, but I would say that I have kicked things up a notch in recent years. The last two years have seen me in Ireland, Italy, France, Costa Rica, Honduras, Hawaii, Florida and most recently in British Columbia in September. I would now consider myself a bonafide travel addict, always looking to get my next fix! I often blame my addiction on the fact that I live in a small town, always itching to get out and see the world, but if I’m being honest I don’t know if I could ever kick the habit, no-matter where I lived.

Most of my adventures now revolve around two things – surfing and scuba diving. The water has always been my second home, growing up in my backyard pool and eventually lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons. Only recently did I fall in love with these two water sports though – surfing last year in Costa Rica (hence the trips to Oahu, Hawaii and Tofino, BC) and scuba diving in Roatan Honduras where I got my certification last January. I will be returning to Costa Rica this December to do both, and have a long list of places to visit next, with Australia ranking #1 for obvious reasons!

Here’s to an upcoming travel season. May your travels be plentiful, your bags be light and your flights never delayed.

Ask Amy is a place for Amy to share answers to her most commonly asked questions, provide stories of life on the farm from a different perspective and give her the opportunity to share a little more about herself with you.

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About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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