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.


Maitland and Brockville

The Homewood Museum, close to Prescott. I have never been in it but here is a link to information.

If these had red tiled roofs, I would think I was in my beloved North Yorkshire.

And next door to those houses is this. They look over the river. Maitland is kind of long and strung out along the water. There are houses pretty much straight through from Brockville to Prescott. It is a beautiful area!

This looks like an old house but I’m not absolutely sure from afar. They have done a beautiful job with it.

I love this place. There is an antiques shop in it now.

Brockville–this person makes bird houses. They all have price tags–about $25-50. There is no name to call though. You have to go in person. It’s on the corner of King and Murray Streets.

This circle around the courthouse is gorgeous.

The Courthouse.

Looking down towards the main street and waterfront from the Courthouse.

And to the right of that boulevard, this fine old building built in 1884.

Behind the building with the flowers and the lion, is this scene. Brockville is a picturesque town with lovely old houses and a gorgeous waterfront path. I am warming to it more and more each time I go. Don’t worry though–I won’t be leaving Kingston.

Tomorrow I travel home along the 1000 Islands Parkway and the lighting is fabulous!

Cardinal and Prescott

Along the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Canal in Cardinal.

There are a bunch of these steep stairways with docks along this canal.

On the grounds of a church–a bunch of old gravestones.

At the western end of Cardinal. There is a little park behind me.

Arriving in Prescott I find Fort Wellington, which was closed when I went by.

This lighthouse was open though, and it had ice cream inside! Yum!

Not great lighting, but I like what they have done with this building. It looks like lots of cute apartments…

…like this one, overlooking the park and river.

That would be Ogdensburg, NY across the river.

A fine old Prescott home, right next to the Prescott Town Hall.

Tomorrow I go through Maitland and Brockville.

Upper Canada Village 3

These are from my trip on Friday.

The woman in here had made some crumpets on that fire that were going to be given out to some students who were camping next to UCV.

I never did figure out what that little building was. Next visit!

This woman is making a travelling bag. She said that several people were working on it.

I really enjoyed the teacher. He was very nice and I’m sure he would be a very kind teacher. The shoes on the right belong to a family of young girls from New Jersey who particularly wanted to hear about how kids were punished back in the day. Apparently in 1860 the literacy rate in this area was 80%. It was primarily settled by Scots and I know that the Scots placed a very high value on education and had a different attitude towards it than the rest of Britain. That could explain the impressive numbers.

The blacksmith.

The mill area.

The flour mill.

The lumber mill.

Across the mill pond. Just as I was finishing my visit, the sun started to poke out a bit. Grrrrr.

Upper Canada Village 2

Shiny horse butts!

I like the pointy yokel hat.

Sheep in front of Willard’s Hotel. That is where the restaurant is, with some of their traditionally made foods. I didn’t try it–I had already eaten.

Regular readers will know how I have a soft spot for a yellow house. This one is a beauty. It’s actually not open to walk through–you can just look in the front door. But they have a beautiful flower garden.

The helpful young woman at the dry goods store.

Chrysler Hall. This was built by the son of the farmer whose land was fought over in the War of 1812, shown yesterday. This house is set up inside with different displays.

One of the displays is of several beautiful painted glass windows that were taken from the home of J.P. Wiser, of whiskey fame.

And another lovely window, in the house next door.

More tomorrow, and then there will be the trip home, where the sun came out again and the lighting was gorgeous.

Upper Canada Village

Wow! I outdid myself with the picture taking yesterday and have spent all morning editing the photos and resizing them for the blog. I went to Upper Canada Village! It was great.

Before we head east, here are three from earlier in the week.

Sitting out behind Rideaucrest. The gulls love these lamposts. Good place to keep an eye out for possible handouts.

An odd cloud formation. There was actually a video about it on the Weather Network website– one that was reported in the London ON area the same day. They are often started by a plane going through the clouds and then the ice crystals re-arrange themselves, or something like that. It’s kind of cool.

Division Street in Inverary. Out for a drive with my elderly client.

Yesterday I drove down to Upper Canada Village.

The Blue Church in the village of Blue Church, along Hwy 2. This is one of the only photos I took on the way east because I wanted to get to my destination.

The grain elevator in Johnstown. In behind is a bridge to the US. I noticed on the way back that there is a huge Giant Tiger distribution centre here, with easy access to New York State, Montreal and Ottawa.

The memorial for the Battle of Chrysler’s Farm. I thought it would be a good vantage point for a photo. I had looked at the forecast and it said that Kingston was going to be gorgeous all day. It’s time I learned to look at the forecast for my destination because this is the second road trip in a row where I have gotten to my destination and it has been cloudy and disappointing.

This is just outside Upper Canada Village.

A tanker on the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Americans didn’t have far to come, as you can see. That’s them right over there.

Looking north from the hill. You can tell it’s Canada because there were a bunch of Canada Geese munching on the lawn.

Entering Upper Canada Village.

When I was leaving a couple of hours later the sun was poking out a bit but that gull was still sitting there.

They had some beautiful old trees there but this one wins the prize, with wonderful climbing branches reaching way out across the walkway. I can’t tell you what kind of tree it is. I am pretty good with animals and flowers but trees? I know nothing.

There were a few nice big vegetable gardens around the place. I imagine they may use heritage seeds? There is food grown and prepared on the premises in the traditional ways and it is used to feed volunteers, visiting students and folks coming to their restaurant. One woman had made fresh crumpets baked over the fire.

LOTS more to come.

Kingston Sheep Dog Trials

Our little city swelters under “feels like” 41 degrees. It was like a blast furnace yesterday.

Taking a break from herding by flopping in a cold pool. These are all the same dog–Claire I think, maybe. Things seemed to be going well but she didn’t get her sheep in the pen. I had gotten there late and this was the third last dog. It was hot!! I felt sorry for the last dog and shepherd. By the time they came on, most people were leaving. I know what temperatures are like in the north of England. They rarely go over 20 degrees–much more comfortable for running around…and watching. I should go to this and spend a day just learning the art of herding. I do find it amazing–the working relationship between the sheep, dog and shepherd.

(I don’t usually do this but the reason I was late is because I was finishing Trevor Noah’s book Born a Crime. So good! I couldn’t put it down.)

The vendors.

Noticed this on the way home–on John F. Scott Road.

I’ve seen cormorants before but not in this location. This is Kingston Mills.

It’s still pretty warm out and we are waiting for thunderstorms. Those are supposed to bring the temperatures down for the rest of the week. Yay! I am hoping to get on the bike tomorrow so maybe some photos.

Bagot, Yarker and Colebrook

Houses on Lower Union Street.

Bagot and Earl. I used to do my laundry here in my youth.

The Greek Orthodox Church, the former Masonic Lodge and St. George’s Cathedral, on Johnson Street across from the library.

Pine Street.

Then I went for a drive with my client on Thursday. We went to Yarker and Colebrook, always a nice loop.

I’m not sure but this may be the Napanee River. This spot is a pull over where fire trucks fill up.

The same river links Yarker with Colebrook.

This beautiful home is for sale folks, if anyone is interested.

Split rail fences look so great!

Along the Waterfront

KGH from the Gord Downie Pier. Even though I don’t swim, I love the Gord Downie Pier. It is such a wonderful addition to Kingston.

I’m not sure if that is the end of Wolfe Island, or Simcoe Island. That is somewhere I should go this summer–Simcoe Island. When it’s cool enough to bike again.

Looking west from the pier.

Breakwater Park.

A St. Lawrence cruise boat.

The “Pollution” sculpture.

Murney Tower in the evening sun.

The bandstand. They have been working on this area for quite a while. I don’t know for sure but my guess is that they are fixing up the beach area like they did in Breakwater Park.

City Park. It’s hard to believe that it lost many of its trees back during the Ice Storm in 1998.

Coming out of the park on to Bagot Street. This little plaza is dedicated to the hospice and there are bricks with people’s names on them.

More tomorrow. Meanwhile, it’s a HOT one! Already “feels like” 35 degrees at 10 in the morning. Stay cool everyone!

Miscellaneous About Town

John A’s grave is in the Cataraqui Cemetery but right next door to him is another father of Confederation, Alexander Campbell. I actually don’t know anything about him. ( I didn’t read the sign, I just took a picture.)

Here–I’ve fixed that omission.

I liked these two obelisks with the dead tree in the background. It is full of animal holes–high density condo living.

On Tuesday evening I went for a bike ride down around the waterfront.

Flowers in Churchill Park. The plantings are not very imaginative–just one kind of flower in each bed, but at least this park has flowers. That is unusual in Kingston. The pollinators like it.

Summerhill at Queen’s.

The Agnes Etherington Art Gallery is covered in graffiti.

Great clouds!

On Sunday I heard that Burt’s Greenhouses was closing and that Monday would be their last day, so I went and bought a couple of flowers and said goodbye to Brian and Ruth who run the place. I have been getting my flowers there since I moved back to Kingston. They are retiring. It is not known what will happen to the business yet.

I also said goodbye to Mudd, the dog. He looks kind of sad that he won’t be getting all that extra attention anymore. He was a popular attraction and loved to schmooze.

More from this bike ride tomorrow.

Tamworth is Cute!

After travelling down Hwy 41, I turned off at the village of Tamworth, over to Hwy 4. I like Tamworth. It’s very cute.

Look at this fabulous hotel! I didn’t even notice it when I went through a few years ago.

A close up of that verandah. They have ice cream! I didn’t have any but it’s an idea for a day trip someday.

Maybe there are some old hippies living in Tamworth. There is a Birkenstock store and I see a peace sign in the window on the last picture.

They have some nice flower displays on the little main street.

Thorpe Road, north of Odessa.

I was nearly home but didn’t want the trip to end so I pulled in to the Cataraqui Conservation Area. I had some snacks and drinks that I hadn’t used so I had a picnic snack here and looked at the scenery.

That’s it for this trip. I have some from a bike ride a couple of nights ago and today I take my elderly client out for a drive. I hope the thunderstorms will hold off until we are back home.