Meet Our Local Wanderers

Get to know: Ardith Racey 

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Hi! I am a retired English teacher who loves books, writing, kayaking, yoga, cooking, music, movies, art, and travelling. I also love just being home: my husband and I live in a 160 year old post-and-beam house on a hundred acres of property near Tweed, Ontario.  Every night, through all kinds of weather, we walk our goldendoodle, Chief, through the fields and woods, or along the road.

Years ago, I co-authored a local history of Madoc Township, and since retiring I have published three pieces in The Globe & Mail and More of Our Canada. I love challenges and I love words, so writing about Hastings County - my ‘back yard’ seems a good fit.

My husband and I also are keen about gardening and wood. I recently started a small business called The North Fence which specializes in making wooden pens from hardwoods that grow locally. You can check out our handcrafted pens at, and you can check me out on my blog called ‘Ardith Writes’, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Get to know: Aysha Tayab

Bio pic for AyshaHey! I'm a digital content creator, event planner, and independent public relations consultant. While carrying multiple interests and passions, travel and culture have been at the forefront of it all. I'm interested in learning about how people across the world live and enjoy life. After living in Brazil for 6 months, I've caught the travel bug without any desire to cure it. Although I love the excitement of a big city, I've always seen value in rural communities.

Growing up in a rural community, I love to embark upon the hidden gems along the roads less travelled. I've travelled many paths but the winding paths within Hastings County, however, are those that I've yet to fully explore. My stories aim to bring a fresh perspective that will mutually inspire locals to explore their own backyard while also encouraging tourists to discover all that Hastings County has to offer.

As I venture through Hastings County, I'll be connecting with the local community, indulging in the food scene, and searching for some of the best places to go stand up paddle boarding. You can read more of my stories on my blog Cheia de Vida, and follow my adventures on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Get to know: Linsey De Ruysscher

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My name is Linsey De Ruysscher and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be one of the Local Wanderers for Hastings County!

I’ve been a writer my entire professional life, and I currently run my own freelance writing company called ‘Little Miss Creative’. I spend my days writing commercials for radio stations across the country, and I’m also a regular contributor to the Mabelhood Blog for Mabels Labels. I write articles about parenting, life, family and more. 

When I’m not writing, I can usually be found hanging out with my husband and our two young boys. We spend our summers playing baseball, riding bikes by the bay, and checking out parks & splash pads. In the winter, we can usually be found at the hockey rink most weekends. Yep, I’m a proud hockey Mom!

I’m excited to write about Hastings County because I grew up here. I love the area and everything it has to offer, and now I get to experience it all with my boys. Our current favourite place in the area is Reid’s Dairy…for obvious reasons.

I hope you enjoy reading about our family adventures in Hastings County!  


Our Local Wanderer Initiative is funded and supported in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport and Regional Tourism Organization 11 - Ontario's Highlands.

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