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.


Bits and Bobs

Last week I went to the Rideau Heights Library.   This is Shannon Park, where 80 Daly Street used to be.  There is a splash pad up by Wilson Street, some playing fields and a skate park across from the school.

Then I took my Thursday client to Odessa.

A new playground near Babcock Mill.  Nice addition.

There is a new subdivision going in across from the Mill.

There is also lots of new building on the western edge of Amherstview, as you come in from Wilton Road.

On the way to Trenton the other day, I got off onto the wrong road–York Road, that goes through the Mohawk lands.  I’m glad I took the wrong road because I got to see this wonderful sign!

A scene along York Road.  Just in the last week the autumn colours have really started coming on.



A Beautiful Day in Merrickville

I found out that some friends from Vancouver were visiting family near Merrickville so I went up to see them.   It was a perfect day, a very pleasant drive up and then I went the scenic route back home, down to the Parkway and along the river.

This was the neatest, tidiest little farm, with a well kept fence and barns.  Very cute.

The Queen of the Autumn.  Nicely done.

What a magnificent windowbox!

A splendid home on one of the Thousand Islands, and the geese have their own island as well.

Looking down the St. Lawrence River.

It is cold in the mornings now but the afternoons are still warm and wonderful.  I still hear the odd cicada and there are still a few butterflies around.   The crickets and grasshoppers are still singing in the grass.  I love some of the insects of summer, with the exception of the bitey, blood sucking bugs.

Touring the County

I forgot to post my blog yesterday.  After checking out Research Casting International on Saturday, I went for a tour along Hwy. 33 that goes through Prince Edward County.   I stopped for lunch in Wellington, very briefly in Bloomfield and had some ice cream in Picton.

It had been very windy all night and evening and the Lake was quite choppy.

The village was very busy because the market was on.

Worn stairs in the art gallery.

I stopped to look at this field full of alpacas and to my surprise there was also a donkey.

I love these silver trees.  You don’t see a lot of them, but now and again there will be a patch of them.  Beautiful!

Picton Main Street.

The old Armoury is having a big facelift.  I’ve never actually gone in there.  I imagine that’s why they are making it more enticing to people.

A huge and gorgeous golden field on the way home.

It was such a delightful day out.  As someone who didn’t drive until quite late in life, it is such a privilege to be able to go for these trips.   It is hard to be a restless non-driver in a huge country with minimal public transportation.


A post came around on Facebook recently that advertised something that I was very interested in.   Organizations and businesses in Trenton were having an open day and one of the businesses built dinosaur skeletons and fossils.   This is their website…


Their blue whale installation at the Museum of Natural History in London England.

As you can imagine, this was a popular event, with lots of excited kids wearing their dinosaur t-shirts!   I don’t imagine the other open businesses were quite this busy.   There was a bit of a line up when I got there but it moved quickly.  They weren’t prodding people with pitchforks inside though, making them move along.  You were able to take your time and watch the demos and ask questions.

A dilophosaurus fossil.

Nice smile.

They do dragons and primates too!

This guy was painting bits and pieces.  I didn’t hear exactly what he was doing.   He told someone that his background was in stagecraft and autobody and he has worked there for 11 years.   He also said that they have a three blacksmiths who work in the old ways, and they make all the specialty metal pieces that go into making these models.  What an amazing place to work!

They make models from a wide variety of materials, including hemp.

A blue whale skeleton and a new use for a boat hoist.

Odds and ends, with a pile of tusks in the back.

Outside–the model dinosaur graveyard.

Fancy something amazing like this being tucked away down by the Bay of Quinte in a nondescript building!    I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and it looked like everyone else was enjoying it too.

Mind absolutely blown!



Biking in Gananoque 2

Spotted Touch-Me-Nots.

Brown Eyed Susans.

A neat and attractive Gananoque home.  I think the one next door is for sale if anyone is interested.

These guys were looking at something interesting going on up the river.

They’re taking out the old one lane bridge on Machar St.!

They have a pre-fab one going in and it should be done by late fall.

I just adore the little house next to the bridge.  Here is a vignette from it.

I then headed up the Gananoque Trail.

Crossing the Gananoque River.

Biking in Gananoque 1

There is lots of building going on along the Gananoque waterfront.   This was a shipyard, next to the 1000 Islands Playhouse.  I think it will be condos.

People coming off a Thousand Islands tour.

These buildings in the tourist area were closed.  I thought maybe for the season, but it was also Monday.  I’m not even sure what is in these anymore.

I wondered what this structure was going to be.  It’s a boat museum.  Nice one.

Another cormorant.

Two views of Joel Stone Park.

Two views from Joel Stone Park–the top one of some of the Thousand Islands and the bottom one of the marina.

The top picture of the park and this one looking towards the park, both show the new building going up–more condos I imagine.  It is quite a large development.  This and the other one will liven up the area.  In the winter this tourist corner of Gananoque was absolutely dead.  Now people will live there!  Maybe the LCBO will even stay open over the winter!

More of my bike ride around Gan tomorrow.




Flowers at the Community Garden

After my farm tour the other day, apparently I hadn’t had enough of growing things, so I had a quick stop by the Oak Street Community Gardens.  Things are looking fine there right now.


Don’t know what these are.

The new trail connecting the two ends of Leroy Grant Drive is coming along well.   It looks like it might connect up with the K&P Trail.  That would be great!

And speaking of bike rides, I took my bike to Gananoque yesterday and went for a wee ride.  It was a glorious day.  I hadn’t just gone and hung out in Gananoque for quite a while and it was a most pleasant afternoon.   I love Gananoque.

This is a spot down by the river in Gan, not far from the 1000 Islands theatre.   It appeared to be publicly accessible land last time I was here, and still appears that way, but according to a guy I ran into here, it has been bought and is now private.  So I wasn’t supposed to be here, but there was no sign.  I took a few photos and left, and I guess I won’t be returning.

The land fronts on to the river and there are a few of the 1000 Islands not far away.

Don’t try bringing your boat in here though!

I don’t know what kind of bush this is, but the monarchs LOVED it.  There was a whole gang of them around it.

More of my ride tomorrow.