Sunday, October 31, 2010

These folks in Smiths Falls really got into the Halloween thing early. I'm thinking they need an extra shed or garage to store everything for the rest of the 11 1/2 months of the year. Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

With winter and the cold weather coming, I'm not sure if this "cabin" will be getting too much use until spring.

Friday, October 29, 2010

I don't know why, but I prefer this type of bike more than the bike from yesterday's post.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Back in the late 60s and early 70s when I lived in Germany I saw a lot of BSA , Norton and Triumph motorcycles. This bike in Merrickville was the 1st Triumph I've seen since then.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I'm not sure what variety of apples are on this tree. They seem to be either a yellow type, or they are overly ripe.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

No hunting, fishing, trapping or trespassing allowed here - a small corner lot (approx. 75 feet x 75 feet) in Merrickville, ON, where there is an absence of water, trees and animals except the occasional dog on a leash that strays off the sidewalk. What the heck has the owner been smoking?

Monday, October 25, 2010

We were in Eastern Ontario for the weekend. We stayed on Bass Lake at Rideau Ferry on Friday night, and I took some photos of a nearby cornfield on Sat. morning.

Friday, October 22, 2010

These "musicians" are a far cry different from the 8,000 or so French and British soldiers that battled on the same spot, the Plains of Abraham, Quebec, in the 1700s.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This photo was taken from the Plains of Abraham, the spot where the history of Canada changed in the mid 1700s, looking east towards the Chateau Frontenac in old Quebec City.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

This statue sits atop a tall "pole" in old Quebec City. There are a lot of art works of Samuel de Champlain there, but I don't think this one of them. I can't remember who it is. And it sits up so high it's hard to see definition from the ground.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cruise ships in port in Quebec City - who'd have thought? I wasn't aware that Quebec City was a cruise ship destination, but it certainly is. There are up to 6 cruise ships a week docking there. And just like in more likely cruise ship destinations, the passengers disembark and flood the local area invading the restaurants, gift shops and local historical sites. It's a huge boost for the local economy, but it sure raises the "stakes" when trying to get a restaurant for a meal or getting around the old city.

Monday, October 18, 2010

I'm not sure of the name of this building in old Quebec City, but I do know 2 things, I think - it sure looks like the building is giving all who view it over the skyline "the finger," and, apparently, Jean Charest, the Quebec provincial premier, has an office on the top floor - nice view!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Yesterday was a great fall day, and in advance of planning to take the boat out of the water, we went for a boat ride. We had a great aerial display by this bald eagle at the far end of the lake. It was circling, looking for fish when we sailed under it. What an amazing and huge bird!

Friday, October 15, 2010

This is looking east to the western edge of the old city of Quebec from the edge of the Citadel, the largest old fort in North America. Our hotel is just to the right of this photo, one block in.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City isn't as old as most of the other buildings in the old city. It was constructed sometime around the late 1800s early 1900s. It does, though, dominate the old city skyline, and it's a visual treat.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Here's another panorama composite photo (this is 5 photos) of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec City taken at the Plains of Abraham, where it all went down hill for the French.
OK, I know it's long and thin/skinny, but I was playing with panorama settings on Photoshop Elements and had it "panormacize" 6 photos together. If you click on the photo you may get a better picture.
Here's a side street photo from QC showing some of the many old structures. There are very few places in Canada with such old buildings, let alone as many as there are here. In "Ontario the good" we seem to value history less and demolish the old for new.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

While we were in Quebec City we had perfect fall weather. Here's a view over the city towards the northeast and the fall colours of the leaves on the Laurentian Mountains.

Monday, October 11, 2010

These valises belong to an artist, one of the many who sells his work to the tourists in Old Quebec City on a narrow pedestrian road that has quite a slope, as do many streets in the district, and is not far from the "hub" near the Chateau Frontenac.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy 10/10/10, turkey day and Thanksgiving 2010!
Today is shaping up to be a beauty day - great weather (sunny and +16C), lots of fall colours, possibly another boat ride, possibly a bush hike, some burn barrelling, a few cool beverages with friends and family and turkey supper for 15 with our family and friends - pretty hard to get any better than that!!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Here are some of the old structures in Old Quebec City. The colour red is very popular there.

Friday, October 08, 2010

It's pretty hard to not find subjects to photograph as you walk around the old City of Quebec. However, it's not often you see old wooden structures as most buildings are made of stone.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

This stone in the center of the east arch on the inside of the Hotel Frontenac in Quebec City was "carved for the priory of the Knights of Malta - 1647." Now I'm not sure if it was carved in 1647 or if that's the date associated with the Knights of Malta. In any event, if it was carved in 1647, that was 250 years or so before the Hotel Frontenac was constructed. If it was carved then, where did it spend its first 250 years?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

We were in Quebec City on the weekend and had a blast! We stayed in the old city and walked everywhere and ate well. The weather cooperated as the huge rains the city had been having left on our arrival. We even saw the 60,000+ Nordiques fans on the Plains of Abraham on Saturday. Go Nords!!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Some awesome October weather in store. Well, awesome may be a tad over the top, but at least there will be less rain and normal temperatures and sunny days.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Things go better with ... Coke, but not at Erma's anymore as this little corner store, a fixture at Fisher and Worthington Streets for decades is closing up. Apparently Erma is "getting on" and is tired of selling loto and scratch tickets.