Sunday, October 15, 2017

"Peaceful, Easy Feeling"

The last photos from Kim's visit last week. We drove along the Trent River and found this lovely spot. The water was shallow in here so we were able to walk out a bit.
There were many Yellow legs (thanks Linda!) but it was rather hard to see them as the sun was bright although it sure doesn't look it in this photo!
Such a beautiful place and we had it all to ourselves.
It was shortly getting time for Kim to leave so we headed back to town. We popped into one of our farm stands. They always have a wonderful Fall display.
A quick jaunt down a side road and we came upon three lovely horses.  Two came right over for a scratch and cuddle. The mare especially seem to appreciate the attention!
Most photos taken with old camera except butterfly pics.
On to the next adventure! Chuck and I had a short vacation in Niagara-on-the- Lake this past week. As we were driving to our Inn we came across a great Halloween display. There were a few old ( 1920's to 1930's) cars for sale and the seller had skeletons in them.
When my Dad passed away 8 years ago my Mum gave each (my brother, sister and I) of us a small container of his ashes. I thought it was time to let them go so Chuck and I went down to the beach at the end of my parent's old street. Dad and I loved to walk there. We were bending down to sprinkle the ashes on the sand when a GIANT wave soaked us. My Dad loved to joke around and would squirt you if he had a hose in his hand. So Dad had the last laugh and we were laughing as we watched his ashes drift out into the Lake.
Did you see the movie "Dead Zone"? Much of it was shot in Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL). Some scenes were shot here in this park. A gazebo was specially built by the movie crew and afterwards was left up as a thank you to the town. But over time it deteriorated and recently an exact replica was built in it's place.
In one scene an actor is standing in the same spot as Chuck is.
You can't visit NOTL without stopping at Greaves Jam. I have eaten this jam my whole life. We purchased a few jars and got some gifts for Janice who was looking after the house and kitties.
Early each morning we went out for a walk and  I snapped a few photos of interesting homes.
It was garbage day in NOTL. I spotted a table, chair and an interesting garden sculpture. But with our tiny car and all our luggage there was no way we could fit anything in the car. I was sad!
It is street after street of beautiful homes.
The Niagara Apothecary. It ran as a business from 1820 until 1964. Since then it has been a museum. It had just closed for the season a few days before we came.
Prince of Wales Hotel. What can I say? Absolutely beautiful.
This home was for lease. Looking online we saw there are quite a few for lease. Chuck and I are seriously thinking of leasing a cottage for a week next Spring.
There were a couple things I really wanted to do and visiting The Butterfly Conservatory was one of them. After watching a short film you head into the conservatory. I had my new camera out and the second we walked in a butterfly landed right on the lens.
It was lovely and warm in there and as it was early not too crowded.
A Blue Morph. Both sides of it's wings are beautiful.
Here is one with it's wings open. So hard to get as they flit around rather quickly.
Feeding stations were all around the conservatory.
According to the video butterflies only live two or three weeks.
The conservatory receives 100's of butterflies a week.
A couple landed on us. This one hung on to Chuck for a few minutes.
As you leave an employee checks you over to make sure no butterflies are leaving with you!
The Fall colours are just starting. This was just down the way a bit on the Niagara Parkway.
In a week or so this would be even more beautiful.
We went for long walks a couple times a day.
Spotted in a cottage garden!
For three days we really didn't listen to the news, just enjoyed where we were.
In a garden.
This home was looking over the Lake.
The Charles Inn! Overlooking the Lake and wonderfully fixed up. I remember this house from when I was a kid.
The famous clock tower.
Did you see the movie "Trapped In Paradise" with Nicholas Cage? Shot here in NOTL this building was used as a bank.
In the process of being fixed up.
Loved the cottages too.
I am assuming very old.
This was where we stayed for a few days, The Post House. Situated on a back street it was built in 1835 and operated as a post office until I think the 1850's. It was wonderful. Lovely room, incredible hosts who kept us well fed and couldn't do enough for us. Unfortunately the interior burnt sometime in the 1990's and only the outer shell was left. But the inside was rebuilt with all period items from all over the world.

I hope you are enjoying some wonderful Fall weather. As I type this it is pouring rain but we are to have a sunny, mild week.

Take care!

UPDATE---- I put up posters with Snowballs photo on and I heard from a lady this morning. He (we thought it was a she!!! Hard to tell with all the fluff) is owned and just likes to wander. IMO I think it is crazy to let him out! Just glad to know Snowball has an owner.

Monday, October 9, 2017

"One And One Makes Two"

The Adventure of Kim and Robin Part Two! I meant to share a few photos from Wicklow Beach last time. The day Kim came, Tuesday, was sunny and warm. The beach seemed to place to be. Well for us anyway!
There were a few people down the way a bit but it was us and the sea gulls. (Terns?)
No big pieces of driftwood for me to drag home.
This poor Monarch definitely looked a little worse for wear. While Kim was having a little paddle in the Lake I crouched down beside it and it ran over to me. I held him on my finger for a minute or two and then put him down. Quite a feeling to hold a butterfly!
Wednesday morning dawned cloudy with the threat of rain. NOTHING was going to stop us! I wanted to show Kim the abandoned house Chuck and I discovered a few weeks ago. This time I wore proper shoes! No worries about ticks. We parked down a bit from the house and checked out the barn first. Obviously it is being used for storage now. There were no "No Trespassing" signs anywhere!
Sorry, a bit over exposed but I wanted you to see the inside. The barn is built into the side of a small hill.
This is the scene  looking to the right of the barn.
At the side. Love the rusting roof panels.
Around the back.
We climbed up onto a ridge overlooking the property. It was beautiful. It was rather windy and all you could hear was crickets. Grasshoppers hopped out of our way as we walked through the grass.
This was from the ridge looking down on the house.
My little car in the distance
Another entrance into the barn. It looked a little unsafe to venture in.
Around the other side of the barn.

We hopped back in the car and proceeded down to the house. I'd never been around back. When Chuck and I were there a few weeks ago I only had sandals on so couldn't go thru the grass. This I believe is the oldest part of the house built before 1899.
I could not figure out what kind of vehicle this chassis was from.
Standing by the creek looking back at the house.
A few layers of roof here!
Looking thru one of the windows. Someone many years ago had started to fix the house up and gave up.
I assume one of the original locks.
Peeking thru another window Kim spied this old pot.
Little shed right by the road.
The bridge over Cedar Creek which ran behind the house.
There are lace curtains in most of the windows. Someone cared about this house!
I wonder how many years ago this was painted?
We met a friendly dog and his Dad. The dog ran alongside the tractor after coming over to us.
I do love this barn!
As we came around the front I spotted this painted on the siding. Cedar Creek Cheese Factory! Looking online there isn't much information about it. Here is part of a couple paragraphs I found-

"The original building is believed to have been built before 1899 and later remodelled for the purpose of cheese making. Hydro was installed in 1930 and Sam and Margaret Hobbs purchased the factory in 1941."

I found a photograph in a newspaper from the 1990's. It showed a cheesemaker standing beside  a cheese making vat (now in a local museum)  and the article stated the vat  had been used at the Cedar Creek Cheese Factory until the late 1950's. Sadly I can't find out anything else but I want to go back and have another poke around!

Too many photos from the rest of our day to include here so there will be a part three!

Chuck and I are headed out on a road trip for a few days so I will talk to you on the weekend.
Take care!

"Peaceful, Easy Feeling"

The last photos from Kim's visit last week. We drove along the Trent River and found this lovely spot. The water was shallow in here s...