Thursday, October 29, 2015

Walk at Riverside - Park II

I had an overflow of pictures and I couldn't decide which ones I liked best, so....posted them all. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Colourful walk at Riverside Park

The colour peaked around here last week, so we took numerous trips around the area to capture some of the colour.  
What a pretty time to be out on the river in a kayak

My favorite spot to sit with my coffee.

Colour on both sides of the river.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Autumn walk at the Mill of Kintail

Before our TG dinner, we make tracks for the Mill of Kintail for a walk in the woods.  It was a perfect day for crunching leaves under our feet while we explored the forest paths.
The leaf carpet was perfect...nice and crunchy
Lots of stops were made along the way to test balancing powers.
We also had to stop for hugs.   MMMMM, heartwarming.
Yes, lots of hugs were the order of the day.
A highlight of our walks at the Mill is always finding the `Three Bears`house tucked beside the path.
No bears were home that day, and Goldilocks must have been off raking leaves, so we made ourselves at home.
JJ climbed up into the loft and peeked out the window at Buppa
Both kids climbed up into the loft, but neither bears nor Goldilocks were up there either.
Lots of leaves were tossed up in the air with great delight.
Making a wish atop the Fairy Ring
Another picture at the end of our walk.
Time for a drink and a wee snack before heading home
Buppa and the Boy enjoying the day.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Thanksgiving weekend back at home

Thanksgiving weekend found us back at home, and ready for a visit with the kids.
They dropped in to see us shortly after we got home and we shared hugs all around.  They quite like the funky glasses we brought them. 

TG dinner was a joint effort.  Shauna cooked the bird, and while I was preparing to make the gravy, she and AC peeled potatoes for the feast.
It was a lovely day, so the kids played outside while we prepared the feast indoors.  JJ got his new hockey jersey, so he contemplated the upcoming season before practicing his slap-shot.
Danica danced in the sunshine.
And they both worked up a appetite
Dinner was almost ready to be put on the table.  JJ helped mash the potatoes
Danica happily joined the work crew.
Finally, time to chow down.  Many happy memories were made as we shared things we were thankful for this past year.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Our last day at Riverwood

Our Autumn holiday at the farm was drawing to a close, and it was time to gather our stuff, and prepare for the trip home tomorrow. The day started out cool, so we bundled up and set off for our walk along the Old Logging Road.
We did the complete circle along The Logging Road to Maple Lane,  then over to River Ramble Path, and even took a few side trips north of the Cowboy Tree to find this spot by the river, before heading south again to River Ramble Path.
The Old Logging Road was so pretty with its carpet of leaves.  The next time we walk this I guess we will be wearing snow shoes.
At the very end of the walk, we ventured down to the Swimming Hole for our last visit there.
The afternoon warmed up nicely, and we were ready for another walk, so we headed over to the other side of the road, and walked up to the Sand Pits at the edge of the property there. 
The hills on the other side of the road make for a really pretty walk.
At the property line near the sand pits, we met our neighbour out for a walk with his dogs. He showed us pictures of his new month old baby girl, and we talked about the joys of parenting.  It was a delightful unexpected visit.
At the end of that day, we took blankets and lamps down to the Playner Mill, and enjoyed at late night conflab there.  AC went outside with his camera and tripod and got some interesting pictures.
I managed to get the camera and take this pic of the photographer before we gathered up blankets and lamps and headed back up to the farmhouse. 
And that's it folks.  The next morning we packed up the car and headed for home.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Riverwood morning with my wide-angle lens

After our road trip to Algonquin and environs, it was time to spend a quiet day at the farm.  The guys are usually up much earlier than me, and most mornings when I wind my way to the bathroom from the bedroom, this is what I see when I reach the kitchen area.  I just had to grab my camera this one morning.  AC had put the wide angle lens on my camera for me to experiment with on that day's walk, and I quiet like how it captured this early morning scene. 
Both guys are all wrapped up against the cool morning air, sitting together reading.  They often stop to share a portion of what they are reading with each other, then sink back into their books. 
Breakfast is done, and we are all ready for our morning walk around the farm.  The Tuckers are way ahead of us leaving the house.  The wide angle lens does give me a different picture for sure.
Trying my hand at a picture of the old barn taken through the wagon wheels. 
The guys patiently wait while I play with the new lens.
Our walk took us down past the Playner Mill to Southwood Road.

Lots of stops along the way to take pictures of the river.
Another fun shot with the wide angle lens just to see how it would distort the picture.

I think I have enough pictures of our trip to Riverwood, for one more post tomorrow.  Then I'll move on to other things.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Algonquin Park with the Tuckers 2015

On a sunny but cool day we set off on another adventure with the Tuckers.  Rain was called for mid-week, so we decided that Saturday was the best day to explore Algonquin Park.  BIG mistake!  It was a beautiful day, but it seems like everyone else in the province thought it was the best day to visit the park too.  I have never seen the park so crowded, and that took some of the beauty of the experience away for us, but not all of the beauty.  

We packed a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park, but we always stop at this shop in Maynooth to get dessert.
The butter tarts are delicious, but so are all the others - pumpkin, fruit, lemon, coconut cream......yum, yum, yum
I am doing a happy dance just thinking about the delicious tarts we chose for our picnic.
The park was so crowded we could hardly find parking at a lot of the picnic sites, but we finally found room at this one, and enjoyed a delicious lunch at a table near the lake
This was the sight all along the trail to our favorite look-out.
I tried to get a picture of AC alone at the top, but it was impossible.
The colour was not at its peak, but still a lovely view.
Sisters enjoying the view from the top of the lookout
Finally a chance for a less crowded picture