This Sounds Like Me!

I recently discovered this quote that pretty much describes me…

Not all who wander are lost.

–JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.



I am hoping this blog will be an enjoyable journey to the sights and delights of Eastern Ontario, especially my hometown of Kingston.  It is for those who are homesick, those who have visited and loved it and those who are lucky enough to be here.   I lived in Vancouver for 25 years and I did miss Kingston, and would have liked something like this to look at.   I will add photos from outside the area now and again but in general I will stick to Eastern Ontario and I will usually focus on Kingston and immediate area.   I hope you will love my hometown.


Going to Gan 2

More from my trip to Gananoque yesterday.

This old industrial building, amongst several other industrial buildings, has been partially renovated.  It was gutted and given nice windows and doors, but has since sat doing nothing.  The old buildings around it are pretty derelict.  It is a beautiful building though.  I love the stonework.

The new apartments over near Joel Stone park are coming along nicely.

The ice is breaking up, but no boats yet.   🙂

I was going to go for a little walk but it was too cold.

Snow showers were coming through as I drove home.

Cows on Middle Road.

Confederation Park.

I was down here for a memorial for the victims of the New Zealand shooting.





Going to Gan

I decided to get out of the house today, go and see a friend and find some donkeys.

The first donkey was enjoying a lounge in the sun with its friends and didn’t feel like getting up.

The second donkey was one I knew about but had never met before.   I had never seen it down by the road before.  He/she was very friendly and sweet.

Not sure what this island is called.

The Gananoque River.

More tomorrow.

The Maple Bush

Today we continue with my visit to the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation area.  I walked up the service road, since the trails were very icy.  The road led to the area where they were doing the Maple Madness event, showing people how maple is tapped and processed.   I was too late for that, but I had just been visiting the park for a walk anyway.  I saw people leaving as I walked towards it.

Lichen on a tree.

It is a very pretty spot.  I’ll have to go back there when it is a little warmer and drier, but before the bugs start.

All the way up and back I was trying to get pictures of these little guys.  This is the best one I got.  They are fast little bleeders.   I didn’t have any seed with me so they didn’t come and sit on my hand.

These two geese were out on the ice honking away.   “I TOLD you we came back too early!”

Who knows where I will go next?  March is certainly not the prettiest month around–kind of sloppy and dirty and grey looking.   But Monday is supposed to be a sunny day.  Maybe I will go somewhere.


Water Everywhere!

The last few days have been very mild and things have become very melty indeed.   Pools of water are everywhere, including halfway across the road near the train station.  The first four pictures were taken yesterday and a lot has melted since then.

The sounds of spring were happening big time when I took this picture.  Not only was there the sound of quickly dripping water, but there was a group of honking geese heading north as well, right above me.

I’d never noticed this cute and tiny little house in Calvin Park before.  Cute as a button!

I decided to get outside and get some exercise today, so I went to the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation area.   It was a lovely mild day, and the surrounding trees blocked the wind and made it feel warmer.   I’m not sure what kind of house this is.  It is small, so I was thinking muskrat, but there are some very large sticks on it that are probably too large for a muskrat to haul.   I think I have changed my mind to beaver.

The trails are quite treacherous–sheer ice.  I walked on the road, which is muddy and puddly in places, but at least not too slippery.



Are these Eastern White Pines?  Does anyone know?  I don’t know my trees.

I also don’t know what this is but the ridges in the bark were deeper than I’ve ever seen!   Let me hear from some tree people out there.

More Little Cataraqui Creek  tomorrow, including Maple Madness, which I was too late for but I did get some photos of the venue.

The Last of Sunny Saturday

We shall continue of with our last day of Sunny Saturday, even though it is cloudy Monday.

Looking down Wellington Street to downtown.

I have my registration for the Grand Opening of the newly renovated library on Mar. 23, so I hope it will be ready!  Several finish dates have come and gone, so fingers crossed.

Johnson and Bagot, with Hotel Dieu Hospital on the right and St. Mary’s Cathedral in the background.

Bagot and Earl.

This used to be my view when I lived across the street from here.  I even started a painting of it but never finished it.

The old school on Wellington Street.

Things were getting kind of melty on Saturday and even more so since then.  It’s supposed to be 10 degrees on Thursday.  Yahoo!

A Sunny Saturday continued

Before the Sunny Saturday continues, we come to dull and blustery Sunday.  We are having a mixed bag of snow, ice pellets and rain.  It’s not too bad down here but I just talked to someone whose relatives from Ottawa couldn’t get down for a family occasion.

It makes for interesting patterns in the snow though.

OK, back to Saturday.

We left off yesterday on West Street.  Here are a couple more.

Just saw off the windows and put in a garage door!

The water drips down from the corner of the roof onto this little fir tree.

This new house on Gore St. is finished now.  Nothing was torn down to build this.  It was a large lot that was divided.

King Street.

Earl Street.

More tomorrow.



A Sunny Saturday

It was another beautiful Saturday today in KTown.  The weather forecast is looking promising for some spring like weather later next week.  Birds were singing.  Snow was melting and I went for a walk around downtown.

This is from Wednesday, I think–some snow showers around, but it was only a cm. or two.

Wellington Street.

A couple of market people were out today, as well as lots of skaters.

Cooke’s Fine Foods.

Behind my favourite jewellery store–Modern Primitive.

Sadly, Modern Primitive is closing down.  I used to buy my jewellery here, even when I lived in Vancouver.

West and Wellington.

West Street.  It looks like there are some very nice apartments in this corner one, with views of the park and the lake.