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.


Short Countryside Drive

I took a little jaunt out to the country today.  For the middle part of the day it was quite perfect, sunny, not too cold, not too hot.  I had to do some errands and ended up at the Leading Edge Hobby Shop, where I spent waaaaaaaay too much money.  I hope my project works out.  I am more painter and graphics than crafts and building.  Sigh.

This is along Aley Street in the Sunnyside area, just north of the highway.  I like these little semi-country neighbourhoods. 

The view from Aley Street.

Heading down Floyd Avenue to Sunnyside.  As a young woman I remember riding my bike from downtown Kingston out to Sydenham Road, along Sunnyside and across Bur Brook Road to Montreal and in, or even maybe over to Kingston Mills.  I couldn’t do that now.

Mystery entrance.  Looks inviting.

The wildflowers are really coming out now along the sides of the road.  I have never noticed this little yellow flower in past years.  Maybe it is liking the extra moisture this year.  I believe it is Mossy Stonecrop, and the tall blue ones are Bugloss.

Looking north along Battersea Road.  Clouds are coming in, and by the time I got home, it was quite cloudy.  Thunderstorms are expected tonight, but Kingston has not been hard hit so far with the turbulent weather that has been around.  I have seen videos from other parts of southern Ontario where it was quite wild.  Fingers crossed.

Storms Moving In

Before I get started with today’s pictures, here is one I took a while back–possibly Latimer Road.

Today was supposed to be rainy and stormy all day. The clouds didn’t show up until well into the afternoon and we haven’t had anything too tumultuous yet.  It certainly has been hot and humid for a couple of days!

Before the clouds–Lower Union Street.

University Avenue.  Ontario and Grant Halls.

Chernoff Hall, with its auditorium on the left.

The bushes caught my eye.  Honeysuckle?

An unusual house for Kingston, on a small plot of land.  I like it.

Summer is certainly here, with its lush greenery!

Gardens at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church.

Peonies are out!  Gorgeous!  I might try to get some different kinds, before they fade away, which some are doing already.

Remember this huge art piece from the ROM?  I told you that I would let you know the name of the artist if I found it.  It is El Anatsui.   Even though he has nothing to do with Kingston, as far as I know, here is a link to his website.



A Hazy Day on the Island

A cousin was visiting on Monday, so I thought I would take her for a ride on the Wolfe Island ferry.   It was a hot muggy day, as you can see from the pictures, but a refreshing cool breeze blew across the water, and there was ice cream at the other end.

Royal Military College.

Fort Henry.  Looks like they are doing some work up there.

In the summer the ferry docks at the village of Marysville.   There is also a winter dock, further away.

You can see that the water is still very high.  It said on the news that there are plans to look at draining the lake a bit via the St. Lawrence Seaway, but they have to be very careful not to inundate communities downriver around Montreal, which have already experienced flooding, and don’t need any more.

I believe this is called Garden Island.

Back home.

Miscellaneous Toronto

Looking across St. James Park from Jarvis Street.

St. Lawrence Market.

Church Street, looking west.

Osgoode Hall Law Courts.

A shop called Original on Queen Street, just west of Spadina.  Amazing place!  I can’t wear any of this stuff, but I sure wish I could!

This is called Graffiti Alley, just south of Queen Street.  I can’t say that I was impressed.  There were a couple of nice pieces, like this portrait, but mostly it was just plain graffiti, nothing very artistic.  I did not see Rick Mercer doing a rant.

That’s it for Toronto.  Shortly after this I was on the train heading back to K-Town.  I was knackered after walking a lot in the fresh air and I slept for the first hour on the train.  When I awoke, there were green fields, horses, and boys playing baseball at a country diamond, and, although I enjoyed visiting the city, I felt a sigh of relief at being out of it.  It was a good visit though, and I was able to get my bearings after not spending much time there in the last 30 years.   I’ll have to get back again soon.



Going to the Regent Theatre

On Saturday I had a little jaunt over to Picton to see Spencer Evans play Fats Domino, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis at the Regent Theatre.  I had seen Spencer do a few things around Kingston but this was the first time I had seen a serious gig, and I was blown away.  He plays the piano like a wild man, leaps on the piano bench and plays a clarinet and had he has a fantastic voice.  I can’t believe that we have all these people here in Kingston who aren’t famous!

Anyway, here we go with an evening in Picton…

“I’m free!!!”

They seem to be getting nowhere fast at the Royal Hotel.  This has been going on for years now.

The weird intersection where four streets and a Tim Hortons driveway all converge.  It’s as confusing as the Town Hill.

Water is still high in the region.   This is the parking lot to the Picton Yacht Club.  When I came off the bridge into Prince Edward County,  there was a big sign saying that sandbags were available.

Picton Bay.

Lovely evening light illumines the lawyer, Sir John A. Macdonald, with the Picton Library behind him.   You can sit in the box and pretend you’re in court.

Interesting details.

The show begins.  I thought I would take a photo while everyone was still, because my poor rickety old camera doesn’t do indoor photos well.  I knew that it wouldn’t be long before Spencer started leaping about.


I drove home via the Glenora Ferry and as I drove along the lake, the full moon shone a wide swath across the dark water.  That is always a gorgeous drive home, even in the dark.  I’m so glad I went.

Last time I posted a Picton blog, I tried to find my Stuart McLean piece about the town.  I didn’t find it then, but it did turn up later.  I am now trying to share it with you, but there is not a link I can copy.  Anyway, it is the Vinyl Café show from 2009-11-21, if anyone cares to try and find it.

Tomorrow we’ll finish off in Toronto and then the next day we will be off to Wolfe Island.



Queen’s Quay

On the morning of the 7th it was a gorgeous day and I headed out early and went down Spadina to Queen’s Quay to see Toronto’s waterfront.

I got the streetcar down, because my walking isn’t great anymore, but there was a stalled streetcar in the way and mine couldn’t go any further, so I had to get out and walk an extra ten blocks or so.  That happened to me twice in two days.  That’s the trouble with streetcars.   In Vancouver the buses run on electric wires, but they can go around each other if necessary.

Lots of condos!

This is what you have to go under to get to the waterfront–the Gardiner Expressway.  I think there has been some talk of getting rid of it, but not sure how they would move the traffic.  As you can see in the first picture, there are lots of train tracks here as well.

There were several tall ships around.  I have a photo of the Empire Sandy in Kingston going on 30 years ago.

The photograph foreshortens everything.  It’s not quite as jammed in as it looks, but it is quite dense along Queen’s Quay.   Parks and lake front are to the left.

It’s starting to look like Vancouver here!

Most of the stuff in the previous photos is new since I was last down here.   I remember this though.  That band stand is where I saw the Glenn Miller Orchestra back when I was a teenager, so it’s been there quite a while.  This little bridge was there as well, but I was never down here that much and don’t remember how far things went then.

Tomorrow I am going to put the last pictures of Toronto off for a while and show you photos of Picton and the rollicking show I went to at the Regent Theatre.

Yorkville, Kensington Market…and Kingston!

Precipitous pigeons.

An incongruous little church in the midst of conspicuous consumption Heaven.  Just beyond the Louis Vuitton is Tiffany’s, and all the other big names are here too.

A modern style park in Yorkville.  I like the X walkway.

It looks like Yorkville still has some high end stuff going on, but it also seems a bit seedy.  It’s certainly not what it used to be.  A lot of the older buildings like those above seem to have been torn down, to be replaced by the ubiquitous luxury condo.

Kensington Market is a very funky and artistic neighbourhood, which really hasn’t changed much in the 40 years I’ve been going there.   There were a few of these monsters made from bits of metal around the neighbourhood.

A garden growing out of an old car.  They could have put in flowers instead of rangey weeds.

It was a wet day.

The inside of one of my favourite shops, which has been there for decades, Courage My Love.


And since this is Kingston Cam, not Toronto Cam, here are four pictures that I took today.   The weather has improved greatly.

There are plans for a building to be put in behind where I am standing.   I don’t know what height is being proposed.

Wellington and West, looking into City Park.

Bagot at Gore.