Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Montreal Memories: The Flasher

My friends and I shared some very interesting experiences during our teenage years, but nothing quite compares to what happened at the bus stop in the image below.

I lived just down the street on the right.

We were about 16 or so at the time, heading downtown, chatting away as we waited for the bus to arrive. A man in a trench coat (so cliché) approached, called out to us, and when we turned to look at him, he opened up his coat and flashed us.

And what was our reaction?

Dead silence for a few seconds with this look on our faces:

Followed by this:

We laughed so hard, and made such snarky remarks that the pervert shut his coat and ran away. In hindsight, we should have called the police and reported the incident. But we were young and naïve and not thinking clearly. The whole experience was shocking and gross and weird and funny.

Has anything like this ever happened to you?


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Interesting Sightings

"I don't go out looking for pictures. I go out, and if something catches my eye, that's reason enough to photograph it."
- Henry Wessel -

So here we are once more with the second post from my new blog theme where I share some of the interesting, unusual, fascinating and even amusing things I see when I’m out and about. And although some of these photos may not be photographically ‘successful’, they capture life’s extraordinary ordinary moments.

Here we go...

Christmas year round in this store! My kind of place.

Meanwhile in Canada...

Wasps will build a home just about anywhere.

Looks like this squirrel got the Midas touch.

After the 'Get Smart' television series ended, Agent 99 opened a retail store in Kingston.
(Click here is you're not old enough to know about this comedy.)

Some people are not clear on what a rock garden really is.

Darn...a snake. How am I going to get by now?

Hmmm... People may get the wrong message here, don't you think?

Have a great day, everyone!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your weekend was great. Ours was focused around our bikes. Both days. And a few days before that, too. We’ve become bike-riding fools. We tour our city with them, and we take them along when we visit neighbouring towns and bike through those areas, as well. It’s a lot of fun. And we’re discovering and exploring new areas.

For example, yesterday we rode through a pathway between homes that leads to a tiny park near the lake. We parked our bikes to take a closer look...

...and discovered this view:

Breathtaking. And peaceful. We stayed for awhile to take some photos and soak in the magnificence of this isolated area.

So we’re obsessed with bike-riding, and I hope it continues for awhile. But this morning, let’s all gather here for a chuckle or two...

A beautiful day to all!


Friday, July 18, 2014

It’s The Little Things: Comfortable Shoes

The most amazing man in the world and I enjoy taking long walks, and on one of those outings recently, I said “I’m so glad I’m wearing comfortable shoes”.

But the truth in the matter is that wearing comfortable shoes has become the norm. Or in other words, I've reached the comfortable shoes period of my life.

Gone are the days of sporting narrow, ill-fitting, pain-causing, blister-inducing, back-breaking high heels. Now it’s all about comfort. Relaxation. Mellowness. And my feet thank me for it. Embracing comfortable shoes is definitely one of the perks of being middle aged.

How about you? Are you a comfortable shoes kind of person?

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cycling On The K&P Trail

As I mentioned last Monday, the most amazing man in the world and I went bike riding one evening on the K&P Trail; an off-road recreational trail that is about 15 kilometers long (9 miles). And today, I’d like to write a little about that area and include some photos.

There is parking available at various points along the trail where you can leave your car.

One of the most popular trails in the Kingston area, the K&P winds its way through and around gorgeous lakes and fields, and presents a very scenic experience with its open landscape, rock cuts and wetlands.

Here I am looking all active and stuff.

It is a semi-urban and rural trail that is open year round, offering a variety of recreational uses including hiking, walking, horse-back riding, ATV driving, snow-shoeing, running, cross-country skiing and, as in our case, cycling.

Lots and lots of greenery surrounds you.

Incorporated in 1871 by a group of Kingston businessmen, the K&P was originally a rail line intended to run from Kingston to Pembroke to gain access to the lumber and mining industries, as well as the agricultural economy in eastern Ontario.

We've got a long road ahead of us.

By 1884, approximately 180 kilometres (111.8 miles) of mainline and sidings had been laid that reached Renfrew, but by this time, the Canada Central Railway had already built a line from Renfrew to Pembroke, and since it no longer made sense to continue, the K&P was terminated.

You spot some farms along the way.

Because of financial difficulties, the rail line was leased to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) for 999 years in an agreement formalized in 1912. Beginning in the 1950s, the line was gradually abandoned.

And once in awhile you get a glimpse of wild turkeys.

The K&P, affectionately remembered as the ‘Kick and Push’ railroad, was transformed section by section into a scenic trail, and is now lined with trees as it crosses through the small towns it once promised prosperity to.

A tunnel runs underneath the highway bridge.

It is a very peaceful trail that we have walked through a few times since we moved here, and on our most recent visit, we choice to cycle instead, and ending up covering a total of about 13 whopping kilometers (8 miles) to and fro!

A silhouette under the bridge.

And to reward ourselves halfway through our ride, we parked our bikes outside a Tim Hortons (largest fast food service, and national icon) and enjoyed one of these:

Nothing like an iced cappuccino after a good cycling workout.

Then we headed home as it started getting dark.

Waiting for me to catch up as I stop to take photos.

It was a beautiful evening to spend on this amazing trail.

A mama duck and her babies enjoying a swim.

Have a great day, everyone.



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