Winter Barn Owl

Winter Barn Owl
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

An afternoon off

We have been having gorgeous weather over the past week, so decided to enjoy the sunny and cloudless day by playing hookie from work and heading north in our 1957 MGA to see the fall colours and enjoy a patio lunch.

Our first stop was Westport, a quaint community overlooking Upper Rideau Lake, that has just been named as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.  The Cove Inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years.

We were lucky to find a free table with a magnificent view and sat back to enjoy a cold one and a yummy lunch.

Heading back south, we stopped in to visit friends who own Bedford Mills, which they lovingly restored.  It served as a working mill during the late 1800's, but was shut down in 1916.  During the 1950's the 'power house' was used as a general store.  It is now used as a workshop, with the mill itself turned into their home.  It has 3 levels that are accessible by a circular iron staircase. 

I was lucky enough to witness a visit from a tame (to them) blue heron.  He lets them approach but is more weary of unknown people.  He did sit still long enough for a 'photo shoot', though.

We rounded the day off with another meal out at our favourite Japanese restaurant, where we tucked into tempura and sashimi.

It was a perfect day and we thoroughly enjoyed all the forks in the road!


  1. BNK:

    I've had two MGB's but years ago; I wouldn't mind having it back as I could fiddle with it. All I remember of Westport is the gas station we stopped at for a beverage and ice cream. I like your places better, the food looks more appetizing

    Send some sunshine here. We are in the middle of a wind and rain storm. It only got up to 11°c yesterday and today feels chilly

    Riding the Wet Coast

  2. Ah, Bob, the dreaded gas station food! Your next visit, you will have to try the cove! /we might even treat you to a ride in the MGA. Hope to see you on your next travels east!