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 it, and would have liked something like this to look at.  Right now I live in the country north of Kingston so there will be a lot of country photos, and I will also 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.


Christmas Wares

Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery.

This shop has had a frontal makeover.

A-1 Clothing can keep you warm on those winter nights.

Chris on the corner has all manner of Christmas greenery.

I’m used to seeing that big apartment building in behind.  It’s been there since the seventies.  But seeing it like this made me think how much nicer the picture would look without it.

Zooming in on what’s on offer.  Do I see cider?

Another vendor.

Yay!  It’s the zamboni!

Just a small part of the candy selection at Cooke’s Fine Foods.   I, however, go for the Roger’s chocolates from Victoria BC, naturally.

Heading back to Princess Street.



Feeding the Birds

This was taken last Wednesday, from Providence Manor.  I thought the clouds and lighting were interesting around St. Mary’s.

These two are from Thursday–a drive around Treasure Island and Eastview.

Feeding the birds at Douglas Fluhrer Park.  They are so disappointed when you give them something healthy–this time apple peelings and cores.  They did eventually eat them, but not enthusiastically.  Bring on the bread!

The old Whig Standard building on the left, nicely lit.

The rink is open!

Although I’m not overly pleased with my new camera, I am very happy that it takes decent night shots.

More of downtown tomorrow.

A Last Minute Impulse Trip to Perth

I wish I had gotten pictures of these berries yesterday when the sun was shining, because they really stood out against the beige grasses.

Along Perth Road.

Loved this little barn scene.

I’m sure if I put a soft fuzzy blanket in here, my cat would take to this like it was her divine right.

Similar, but not the same.

Inside Code’s Mill.

This is not the first time recently that it has been cloudy all day and then the sun has come out just as it is time to get dark.  Grrrr.    It was a wonderful day out though.

A Trip to the Opinicon

Only five pictures today.   I took a friend for a birthday lunch at the Opinicon Resort  The day was sunny and the drive was gorgeous.

Remember the splendid Thanksgiving bear on Holmes Road?  Now it is a Christmas bear.

It was quite quiet for Sunday brunch, but it really is worth a trip out from town to go.

The water today was so still–it was like a mirror.

Bear Creek Road.

Tomorrow I’m going to Perth.  Yippee!  I love Perth.



Sunny Days

We haven’t seen too much sun recently, so it was wonderful to see a few days of it.  The first pictures continue to be of Gananoque on Monday, and then the rest are from Wednesday.

A cheery bench in old Gananoque.

These look pretty much ready to go, but it doesn’t look like much activity.

This is what they will look at from their lovely patio windows.

And next door–is this the rental office?

The little park up Osborne Street.  Fantastic view over the 1000 Islands.



 Skeleton Park.

More views from Providence Manor.  There is Cochrane’s corner store down there at Bay and Bagot and Rideacrest on the left.

A long time Kingston favourite–the Jiffy Grill.   This one is from today, which started out sunny but became wet, cold and miserable.

I’m not promising, but I hope to get out and about tomorrow to get some good shots.


At some point Woodburn Road turns into Maple Grove Road.  This is getting closer to Gananoque.

Then I went along Station Road, and look what I found–a station!  It looks like it is still used, but I can’t imagine it is used very often.  I didn’t think trains stopped at little places like Gananoque anymore–not even Gananoque–this is way out of town.

This is where I had my lunch.  It’s a cute little place and the food is very good, healthy stuff.   In the summer they have a patio.

Scenes from Confederation Park near the Pig.

This house has had a gorgeous makeover.  It has a very pleasant river view at the back and is between two parks, with a very short walk to downtown.   I know I have said this before but I love Gananoque.  It is such a delightful and pretty town.

The house overlooks this park, which is the home of the Town Hall, which is the red brick building.  Some kind of work is going on there.  When I went by, they were digging out stumps and roots.

It would have been cold working outside yesterday, but today is a glorious day and is supposed to go up to 11 degrees.  It would have been even better if I had another day off today.  Oh well.

Tomorrow, a bit more of Gananoque.

Country Drives

The end of McKendry Road.


The above photos were taken yesterday, a dull day.  Today was a sunny one (but cold) and I went for a visit to Gananoque.

A light dusting of snow north of the city.

Along Woodburn Road.  How about this snazzy condo development for birds?