Thursday, August 31, 2017

Parry Sound Boat Cruise

Before leaving Parry Sound, we decided to take a little tour of the waterfront. The cruise boat was just loading so we decided to take the tour.

Prop in the parking lot. Isn't this huge? Our boat had FIVE of these props.

Into open water of the Sound

Boats and planes in the harbor

Some BIG pleasure boats 

The Coast Guard Depot

BIG "cottages". The original cruise boat used to deliver groceries, mail and newspapers to the cottages along the shore

Our route around the Sound

Nice seats and big windows. There are also open decks fore and aft.  I get seasick quite easily so the aft deck wasn't my favorite place. 

Our vessel had to get through this narrow channel!

Not sure if these are tugboats or fire boats.  This was an island after all.

Georgian Bay (the Sound is part of it) is known for these beautiful rock outcrops. 

The foredeck

More of those lovely rocky islands

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lets start again

I got a little scrambled up, so yes, I did delete the two previous posts. For some reason my photos got posted in the wrong places, yada yada yada. Lets start over...........

Most Canadian vacations include this iconic little refreshment!

On day one we drove from east to west through Algonquin park. 
At the gate they have this lovely totem. 
Even though we were passing through, not camping, we bought a day pass so we could check out some of the attractions within the park

Since our last trip through the park, the new visitor center has opened.  They have some interesting stuffed wildlife. I wonder if these were killed on the roads in the park? It seems to be a relatively common occurrence along that highway. I don't have a photo, but there was an interesting aquarium with live fish. 

They had a display honoring Tom Thomson, one of the famous Group of Seven artists group. Tom died in the park back in 1916. There were two "paintings" on the wall. We thought they were the real deal, which had me in AWE. As we walked away from them, the light caught them in such a way that I realized they were prints. 

This is one of Tom's most famous paintings, called WHITE PINE 1916. Today the tree is gone, but there is a bench on site (erected in memory of someone's loved one). You can sit and ponder the far hills as the sun sets. I've been there and loved it for real myself. 

There were some interesting photo vignettes about the history of the Park. 

It was kind of a mizzly day and thankfully not to busy on the highway as we passed through. 

We decided to spend the night in Parry Sound.  Man was that town hoppin'! We had a hard time finding accomodations and ended up in the "Fleabag Motel" on the outskirts of town. It had a nice look from the outside, a nice comfortable and attractive lobby, a lovely pool and hot tub, but the ROOM. Oh my gawd.......lets just say I tore the bedding apart checking for bedbugs..........
The restaurant next door was okay. I still can't wrap my head around a $15 plain jane hamburger though! (And awful fries)
We managed to get some sleep. Day two turned out to be a whole lotta fun!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Do you listen to CBC Radio?

If you do, I would assume you are Canadian. I love CBC radio. (CBC television, I could take it or leave it). I download podcasts and listen to them when I wake up in the wee hours and can't get back to sleep.
One of my favorite programs is the Gardening Show on Mondays over the noon hour. The garden guru is Ed Lawrence, who was for years the head honcho at the governor generals residence in Ottawa. I like his style. He's a pretty laid guy and has a very folksie way about him.
Ed had some great advice for folks who are pulling their hair out over their unproductive gardens this summer. I learned that many plants have a LOT of foliage due to the lack of sun. They need all that green surface to produce chlorophyll. He is telling us not to give up hope on getting fruit from things like our squashes. Our little patty pans are producing but the hubbards haven't done a thing yet.
We get a tomato every day or two and the beans are starting to be a lot of work. I got the first batch into the freezer today.  This is the first time we have ever tried to grow eggplant.  Kind of cool isn't it?

We bought some cuc's to supplement the ones from the garden. 

The wild mushrooms are showing up!

False sunflower.  I have a love hate relationship with them.

The lilies, which I don't remember planting, are putting on a great show. There is another one that is even a darker pink than the one below. A third plant is about to pop. Two others don't have any buds. Maybe next year. 

The white phlox is going to get moved at the end of the summer. They bloomed for the first time EVER this year, but just aren't as nice as they would be with more sun. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August evening

I love August. The changing light, the cool nights.
This evening I was sitting on the side porch about 7:15. The red pines had wonderful golden glow to them. I wish we could see the sunsets here, but the hills are in the way.
I noticed that all sign of my monarchs are gone. The cocoons are done, no more eggs or larvae to be seen. Sightings of adults are scarce. I think they are on their way south.
Our whip poor will hasn't been out here singing lately either.
Later tonight I'm going to recline on the side porch and see if I can catch a peek at the Perseids.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Algonquin Sunday

We took a LONG drive into the interior of Algonquin Park today. The sign at the head of Achray Road says 72 km. It's a good 100 km. to the Observatory. We had a bit of confusion about the Observatory. There is a website devoted to that spot. There is supposed to be a nice spot there where you can get a meal. We approached a big stop sign and another sign which said entry was forbidden. So what gives on that eh?

Not too far past this is a small parking lot at an interior launch spot for canoeists. I never would have imagined there would be that many cars parked that far into the park!
It's lovely in there. This is the Petawawa River where it enters Traverse Lake. I sure wish we'd been able to see the Observatory.

There was a little beaver on the road, it slid down the embankment into this lovely pond. She was one of three playing there.