Thursday, September 27, 2012

Time For A Visit To Another Town

It’s been awhile since I took you on a tour to another area, so let’s head over to beautiful Perth, a town located on the Tay River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario, Canada.

 
 
With its population of about 5,800 residents, Perth is located about an hour away from where I live, but it took us much longer to get there since we stopped every few minutes along the country roads so I can take photos. Of barns. Of animals. Of whatever caught my eye. Or my husband’s eye. He actually watched for interesting photo opportunities and pointed them out to me. You gotta love a partner that will do that for you.

 
 
According to information from Wikipedia, “Perth was established as a military settlement in 1816, shortly after the War of 1812. Many of the first settlers were military veterans on half pay, while others were military veterans from France, Germany, Poland. Italy, Scotland or Ireland who were offered land in return for their service.”

 
 
Also according to Wikipedia, “near the town is the home of world show jumping champion Ian Millar and Millar Brooke Farm where his great horse Big Ben (1976–1999) is buried.” Big Ben was a famous show jumping horse that won world championships, and went to the Olympics, on behalf of Canada. In 2005, the town erected a bronze life-sized statue of the horse (Big Ben) with Ian Miller riding, in John A. Stewart Park on the banks of the Tay River in the downtown area. The photos in this post are taken in that park, but unfortunately, I don’t have a shot of this statue. Next time...

 
 
While researching for information, I also discovered that “Perth is also the site of the first installation of a telephone other than Bell's experimental installations. A town dentist, Dr. J. F. Kennedy, a friend of Alexander Graham Bell, installed a direct telephone connection between his home and office. By 1887, there were 19 telephones in Perth, with a switchboard in Dr. Kennedy's office.” Pretty cool info, huh?

 
 
Perth is a modern community with old-world charm that is well worth a visit. Because we took so long to get there as we dilly-dallied on country roads, we didn’t have enough time to explore more of the area. We spent the vast majority of our visit hanging around the park. So, I guess we have no choice but to return at some point. Works for me.

 
 
John A. Stewart Park with its majestic maples, beautiful gardens with summer blooms and the serene and historic Tay River is one of the most picturesque parks I’ve ever run across.

 
 
While sitting on a bench in this five acre park, we had the rare opportunity to glimpse a bat flying around within a few feet of us, and then dive down and skim the surface of Tay River several times to get its fill of water. Apparently, this is how they drink. It was one of the most amazing things to witness. Truly, a once in a lifetime experience.

 
 
We spent a limited amount of time in this area, but it made a huge impact on us. I hope you enjoyed the quick glimpse of Perth, Ontario; one of Canada’s prettiest towns.


20 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful, so definitely worth a return visit with your camera. That butterfly is stunning.I'd loved to have seen the little bat skimming the water!

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    1. That bat skimming the water was the highlight of our trip! It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen.

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  2. How beautiful! It reminds me a little of Waterloo. Those homes (?) extending over the river are intriguing.

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    1. It is a very pretty town, and well worth a visit. I hope to visit again at some point, but probably not until next year some time. When the warmer months return.

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  3. I enjoyed your photo visit to Perth. I haven't been there for a few years.

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    1. It's such a pretty place. I'm glad we went, but I intend to spend more time in Perth next time. I'd really like to explore the area.

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  4. Gorgeous! I remember watching Big Ben in so many Olympics -- what an amazing horse!

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  5. what a pretty little town, and love the river with the bridge.

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    1. That bridge over the river was so pretty! The whole park was gorgeous.

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  6. Oh my, I cannot let my husband see this post either. He is already to move to Canada! This photos are so very good. Everything looks so clean! And I love your photos of the flowers! The purple flowers look much like the blazing star at Arabia Mountain and the next to the last photo looks very much like a yellow daisy! I notice that there is some rock in some of the photos that looks like the granite at Stone Mountain and Arabia Mountain, could these be the same plants?

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    1. Hmmm...it is possible, Kay, that they're the same plants. I can identify most of them because they grow in my garden, and they are quite common, so I'd assume they grow in many places.

      And you are welcome to move here. We would love to have you :)

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    1. Come on up, WebDebris; we'd be happy to have you join us!

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  8. It truly is one the prettiest towns I've seen just looking at your gorgeous photos, Martha.
    The Tay River....first time I heard of it. I have heard of Perth of course and am glad now I have had a 'glimpse' of it here.
    So that is how bats drink! Another thing I didn't know!! I'm learnind a lot here. Thanks.

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    1. I didn't know that about bats either until I came home and did some research on that behaviour. I was stunned when I found out that they drink water that way. And so thrilled that we actually witnessed it!

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  9. oh Martha, these photos are spectacular, just amazing place

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    1. Thank you, Ana. It is a lovely town and I hope to visit again at some point.

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  10. Such a beautiful place ...and so many gorgeous bridges...wonderful reflection shots... Thanks for sharing...

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Viera, and for commenting. This is a really quaint little town, and a nice place to take photographs in.

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