Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I've crossed over the Welland Canal a number of times on the QEW going 110 kmph, but our bike trip last week offered the first chance to see it up close and slower.

Mr. P., Tod and Mike lead us up the canal from the 1st lock to the 2nd lock.

And, of course, to see a laker going through the canal was an added bonus.

I'm not sure if this laker is named Pineglen because I thought their names were on the stern.

The laker looks a little high in the water to be full. I s'pose there are still ports of call ahead of it, though.

Monday, June 29, 2009

This is a bar in Port Dalhousie where we stopped on our bike trip for a beverage break. It's a pretty small waterfront town, but fairly busy with the young "boisterous" crowd on weekends and in the summer. One of the reasons we had to stop here was the sign outside the bar advertising "warm beer and lousy food" - something we were sure was in opposition to reality.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mr. P. is looking pleased because he knows the first day of the bike trip is nearing the campsite as we prepare to cross the bridge at the mouth of Burlington Bay (I think that's what it's called) in Hamilton.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Just got back from a 4 day bike trip. We pedaled from Pickering to Hamilton, then to Niagara-On-The-Lake, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Port Colburn, Welland, Thorhold, then cab to Burlington and GO to Pickering. It was a great time!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Montrose Street Party June 14 - this "event" proved to be a lot of fun for the kids playing with the "tent", and it was very colourful and entertaining.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Oldie but goldie - this is the wall behind the stage in the cafeteria of our CYC youth center - Teen Town - from, yikes, 40 years ago in Lahr, Germany.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Early in the spring the Calander Bay dock was destroyed by strong winds and high waves. I guess it's time to go back for a look see to check out the repairs.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Havana, Cuba - and not one satellite dish in site - go figure.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This an old lava outcrop on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico at Veradaro.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This is a small section of a main building at the University of Toronto. I'm not sure which works better - colour or black and white?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sidewalk art at the Montrose Street Party on Saturday in Toronto.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Grossman's Tavern on Spadina Street in Toronto.

Friday, June 12, 2009

These pine trees just off Tower Drive near the airport look like they are in distress. Most of them look like the top third of each tree is dying. There are acres of these trees, and I'm wondering whether the area will soon be treeless or at least full of totally dead trees.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Another beautiful mid-north sunset, this time taken at the end of the runway at the North Bay airport.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cuban Odds and Sods

These are just more assorted Cuban photos. I haven't had time lately to take many new photos as I've been painting the hallways and basement of the house and figuring out our septic system problem.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

This is the view looking north over the Gulf of Mexico from Veradaro, Cuba - beautiful beaches.

This is advertised as Al Capone's beach house; however, Al, apparently, never went to Veradaro. It's now a fancy tourist restaurant.

The local markets are full of souvenirs such as these paintings of 1950's USA cars.

A fortified lookout on the Veradaro peninsula.

Veradaro Sunset

Monday, June 08, 2009

Although not summer weather yet, we've had some really nice evenings lately. Here's a view of the moon and its reflection on the lake at 11pm last night from our deck.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Lookout on the way to Veradaro.

Palm trees in the valley.

Cuban band at the lookout.

Instead of graffiti on walls or bridges, people carved their names in this cactus plant.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

A local fella keeps an eye on the neighbourhood.

Spray paint is very hard to get in Cuba, so it was strange to see this little bit of wall graffiti.

Looking north over Havana's breakwater wall.

Pedestrian walkway.

How many air conditioners can you spot on this high rise? I think this used to be a hotel before the Revolution 50 years ago, and I'm pretty sure the building had a central air system. As with many things in Cuba, the main system probably "died" long ago and has been replaced by individual air units as the people living there could afford them.

Friday, June 05, 2009

The national tree of Cuba.

Nice blossoms, no idea what type of tree, though.

Loading dock.

Waiting for a spot at the loading dock.

Taxi in downtown Havana.