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.

FYI

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.

 

Swans!

It was a dull, drizzly day today, but the warmer temperatures are here now and forecasted to stay for the foreseeable future.   I went to the Glenburnie Grocery store to get some food, and then went for a drive along Moreland Dixon road and Washburn Road.

Perfection.

Along Moreland Dixon Road.

An ex-church, now home, in Sunbury.

Buds!

I stopped at Lower Brewer’s Mills, which is usually good for birds in the winter.  There were some buffleheads there, and a type of duck that I can’t identify.   (Not close enough to get a picture)  Then these flew over, and took me by surprise, but they were obliging enough to fly around the lake one more time.  My zoom and action photography skills are not what they could be, so this is the best I could do.

I decided to stop by Kingston Mills, to see how the new bridge was doing.  It’s not wood anymore, but they certainly haven’t widened it.  Looks like it will still be a while yet.

This little house is tucked back in the woods, overlooking the Kingston Mills waterfall.

While heading back to the car, these went over.  At first I thought they were more geese, because the Canada Geese were on the move big time today, but they were more swans.  These ones were honking.  I hadn’t seen flying, honking swans since I lived in Chilliwack.  How absolutely wonderful!

I took myself to lunch afterwards at Pan Chancho.  I love their frites!

Not bad for a dull drizzly day.

A Small Walk Downtown

I went downtown to have a little walk and then I was going to go over around Sydenham District and take some photos, but I ended up buying something heavy on Princess Street, so just headed back up Brock and home.

This used to be a Starbucks.   I’m not sure if this is a local business, but I’ve never heard of another Balzac’s, so maybe it is.  I like the lettering on the windows.

Interesting little clock at James Reid’s.

Petting dogs outside the Antique Emporium.   This is a very nice home décor shop, but back in olden times, it was Joe and Paul’s, the only place in town to get jeans if you were cool.  I did get jeans there once or twice, but they never made me cool.

Hotel Dieu Hospital, or as locals call it “The Doo.”

As I was walking past here, a big chunk of ice and snow slid off the roof.  Surprise!

Elizabeth Cottage and the lawyer’s building next door.

More Gananoque, and Lotsa Birds!

Greater Scaup.

One of these things looks like a football.  Funny looking egg?

The Gananoque River.

An old house, done over in a modern way.

An old house done over in a traditional way.

The marina is quiet these days, but not for much longer.

Bay Shore Road–one of the little roads that run down to the river from Hwy. 2.

A Crisp Sunny Day in Gan

Just on the spur of the moment, I decided to enjoy the sunshine and take a little trip to Gananoque.  I just love Gan.   A woman with whom I work has lived here all her life and has never been to Gananoque.  That is just a shame.

This is a house that is at the corner near where I lived.  I was going to take this one, and then show you one of the house after the big ice storm we had, but I would have to go looking through my picture CDs to find it.  I’m thinking that, in a couple of days, I might post some pictures of that winter of 2013-14, before I started doing the blog.

This house has had a lot of work done on it over the last couple of years.  Look at that balcony!  Spectacular!

This building and the clock look like they are attached, but they aren’t even close.  The building is apartments  now.

Stone Street.

The Gananoque Inn.

Just down from the Gananoque Inn, this enjoyable spot.

Along the waterfront.  This used to be a big boatyard, but it has all been torn down and is going to be (what else?)  luxury condos.   The brick building in the distance is the 1000 Island Playhouse, a theatre with a great reputation in the area.

I think this is my second favourite colour for a house after yellow.  Cute place.

I love colour…but…   I think this place has had a re-paint since I noticed it last.  I think, if I remember rightly, that it is more consistently coloured now, which is an improvement.

More Gananoque tomorrow–ducks–lots of ducks!!

Made Glorious Winter by this Sun of Kingston

Just four pictures today.  This one I took out of my window.  Being in the basement, I have bars on the windows.  The snow had slid off and was hanging in a perfect ribbon, pierced in the middle by a dead weed.  It was so delicate and miraculous.  An hour later, it was gone.

The park below Rideaucrest.  I have to say that the view we get from there has to be one of the best in Kingston.

I’ve always liked the houses around Wright Crescent.  I think these kind of townhouses are quite charming–each a little different than the one next door, but still harmonious.

I like them much better than these newer ones next door, with their garages as main focus.

Wright Crescent will be getting a shock to the system eventually though.   There is an ex-convent on the corner of Wright and Palace Road, on a large lot.  It has been sitting empty for some time now, but it is to be torn down and (I think) three taller buildings put in it’s place.

As you can see, it was a glorious sunny day in K-Town.  It was milder than it has been and the snow was melting at a good rate.   What makes me sad is the great piles that accumulate around parking lots.  They were almost gone.  Now they’re back.  Oh well–won’t be long now.

I went to the downtown Metro grocery store tonight, and when the cashier asked how I was, I answered “Too old to be in here.”  The place was packed, but no one was over 25.  Apparently students have arrived in Kingston from hundreds of miles around to party on St. Patrick’s Day, coz Queen’s has this party reputation.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid!

Spring’s Not Here Yet

After driving around downtown, I headed west to the Calvin Park Library.  This is the new building at University and William.  It’s coming along now.

A duplex on Brock Street.  There are plans to build tons of new Queen’s Housing around the area, and I am hoping that once more is built, maybe old homes like this can be returned to permanent locals.  It is a lovely home, but you can see a general air of neglect about it, which is sad.

I like this little home for sale on Park Street.  If I was in the market for a home, I would definitely check it out.

The “Y”, Wright Avenue.

My first Kingston robin of the season.

Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd., looking towards Bath Road, with the back of LCVI on the left.

This is what the Patrick Street hill looks like today.  Although it snowed all night and day, it actually wasn’t very much–just a lot of dramatic blowing around.  However, looking out the window now, it looks like it is coming down more seriously now, and it is supposed to snow all day tomorrow, although not a huge amount.   Although it will be milder by Thursday, the weather forecast says that after a winter of mild temperatures, below average temps will last until the end of the month.  Winter is not giving up without a struggle.

Cold and Dull

I had to go out and about today so I took a few photos on my travels.

Here are two of Princess Street, at Division Street and at Montreal Street.

This is a potentially lovely old house, which can hardly be seen in the summer because of the trees.  The whole property needs some TLC though.

Lots of hungry birds at the end of West Street today.  When you park here, they all come running over.

The front and back of McIntosh Castle.

Two B&Bs–the Hochelaga and the Rosemount.

More tomorrow, from the other end of town.