Winter Barn Owl

Winter Barn Owl
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Journey begins

We embarked on our annual pilgrimage to the Isle of Man, starting with a bon voyage dinner at Toronto airport.


Last chance for my Poutine fix
After travelling for 24 hours straight, We finally arrived in the IOM
Name all the animal clouds....:)

Douglas Promenade
Our BnB for the first night (green one - top window)
Even though exhausted, we walked to the Marina for a bite of supper


Our first Fish & Chips
A visitor at our window

After a much needed night of sleep, we were treated to a
'proper Manx breakfast'
More IOM tales coming up

Monday, August 14, 2017

The last few days of the visit

As Christine and David's visit was coming to an end, we spent a few more days visiting Kingston and surroundings.
We started with a stroll around Chaffey's Lock and stopped for an ice cream (eaten too fast for a photo op)
The porch of the newly renovated Opinicon Resort
Our friends have beautiful properties and many of them graciously invited us to their homes for food and libations.

David giving Ernie some love
 It was a wet afternoon and their coy pond was breathtaking, with the rain drops creating perfect little rings.
On a visit to the Gananoque Playhouse, the flooding was evident
perfect day for just sitting around :)
A trip to Jones Falls elicited a bit of affection
"how cute are they!!"
The last visit before they headed home was a 'historic' one...
.....a trip to Fort Henry
beautiful view of downtown Kingston

I think a fitting end to their visit
 was a perfect patio lunch at Le Chien Noir Bistro

Thank you Christine and David for coming 'over the pond' for a visit....you are welcome back anytime!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Come visit Kingston & Wolfe Island

After our visit to 'The County', it was time to show off our little slice of heaven, Kingston, to Christine and David.  There is so much history here, we tried to see as much as we could.
Although Kingston Prison does offer tours, (worth taking), 
we opted for a photo instead.
(Check out my previous blog on it)
 http://bitesoflifeandfood.blogspot.ca/2013/12/crime-does-not-pay.html
We enjoyed the Pen Museum, but given the nature of certain exhibits, I decided not to take any photos.  It is a big part of our history, 
so I highly recommend a visit.
We did make a stop at Bellevue House which was the home of our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, for a year.
Take advantage of Canada's 150th birthday to get a pass from Parks Canada, so you can visit this stately home for free!

Our next junket was a ferry ride across to Wolfe Island.
 Anyone living in this area knows that we have been inundated with an overabundance of rain this year, 
resulting in severe flooding everywhere.

Our friend's front lawn under water!

This tree does not normally sit in the water!
The last stop was a visit to Bedford Mills which was a tiny Mill Town.
We are friends with the current owners of the Mill, 
who have renovated it into a lovely home.

The run off that used to power the mill still rages.
They even have taken a couple families of geese
under 'their wing' and feed them daily.
More Kingston and surroundings coming up next!



Monday, August 7, 2017

Checking out 'The County'

After our visit to Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake and Toronto in June, we focused on showing our UK friends, Christine and David,
 the beauty of Eastern Ontario.
Our first stop was a trip to Prince Edward County, 
affectionately known as 'The County',
 now an established wine growing region.
We stopped for lunch at Lake on the Mountain
to take in the gorgeous views
 Everyone who visits is intrigued by
  The unknown is how the lake is fed and from where???
 Well, we weren't going to solve the mystery,
 so might as well have something to eat!
Chicken avocado wrap
 
Chretien family recipe for 'old fashioned tourtiere'
We ended our County trip with a visit to Waupoos Cider....delicious!
They also make wine, so their fields are dotted with growing vines, overlooking Lake Onario.
One of the other attractions of the County, is 'barn quilt spotting'.....well we were in luck....we found one!
Thanks for a lovely day, PEC.....off to visit Kingston next.