Beauty in the Ordinary

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Summer

Come with me as I ride my bike and I'll show you 
 how my little town says goodbye to Summer.

We'll start at the Gazebo in the park, you've all seen that before.

Swing by the lake...very still and gray this morning.

There's a large, newly-built house right by the water that is home
to these two goldens (you can just see the second dog under the right chair).
These sweet dogs never bark as you go by, just carefully watch.

Now along the Niagara Parkway, overlooking the Niagara River and our
American neighbours in Youngstown, NY.

Along the the walking/bike path that goes all the way
to Niagara Falls...

passed Peller Estates, one of our famous vineyards.

Here's a local fruit stand..."Any Basket - $5".

Next is may have heard of these Canadian winemakers.

A stone marker recording one of the battles in the war of 1812.
"Push On York Volunteers!"

Leaving the river's edge, let's go into the vineyards...

Fruit sits heavy on the vine...awaiting the pickers...or the birds!

Between the rows in the orchards, you can just see the
Niagara Escarpment that surrounds us and protects us from extreme weather conditions.

The first of the pumpkins growing in the fields...

...right next to the last of the peaches and plums .

Bales of straw, sit waiting to cover the tree roots,

alongside the empty pickers' baskets that have finished 
their job for this year.

I found this small horse-farm with workers
busily cleaning up while these two pretty horses grazed.

One of my favourite 'converted' field vehicles...

...laden with the last of the fields' bounty.

And then back to the Niagara River where it meets Lake Ontario

and home.

Off to Montreal for a few days...will check in when we get home next week.


  1. Just delightful,thanks for the wander along looking at your lovelies.

  2. J thank you for that lovely walk. You live in a beautiful area. Have a good trip when you go to Montreal. xxx

  3. Of course, now I'm desperately homesick for Ontario. Having been to Niagara-on-the-Lake, I recognize some of those locations, and think of some not pictured (like Brock's Monument, which I've climbed more than once).
    I don't miss Toronto, but there's so much more to Southern Ontario than just Toronto.
    This is the first time I've felt like this. So very strange.
    Glad you're enjoying the fall (even though it's still actually summer).

  4. A lot to take in there. Firstly I love that Gazebo; I'm designing something similar at the moment for an outdoor kitchen....but it won't be anywhere as nice as that!

    Our peaches and plums are over, but yesterday I noticed a neighbour's trees that are still filled with fruit; I'll have to take some pips to plant, it's obviously a later variety.

    Our pumpkins look just like yours. Mildew on the leaves and huge orange lumps beneath. It all looks so very beautiful.

  5. You live in an absolutely beautiful part of the world, Jacqueline. That they make wine there too is the icing on the cake.


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