Thursday, 20 July 2017

Peninsula Lakes

Today is the first day of our 4 day weekend in Niagara.  We left early this morning for our 8:20 tee time.  The weather was very nice with a very moderate temperature.  We all love golfing at Peninsula Lakes.  It's a challenging course but fun to golf.



We were all in good spirits.  It looked like it was going to be a nice morning.













We were on the back nine when the skies started getting darker and we started hearing thunder off in the distance.  We had just finished the 14th hole when we saw lightening.  The course quickly called all the golfers in for safety reasons.

The sky got pretty dark and the rain came down in buckets.  We couldn't believe at how much came down.  Everything was flooded.  We relaxed inside and enjoyed lunch but in the end we didn't finish our round.  We'll give it another try tomorrow.






Wednesday, 5 July 2017

A city girl at heart

This morning I decided to pay a visit to Walter while Christine was napping.  He had invited me by to see his farm animals and I thought it might be fun to take a few pictures.  He has chickens, cow's, goats and "killer geese"!!  Walter warned me about "Oliver" as he tries to bite your leg but he failed to warn me about the cows and goats.  Little do I know about farm animals.

So, after a short visit I headed into the barnyard with camera in hand. I carefully closed the gate and entered into the yard.  All of a sudden I had goats pulling my laces, a goose trying to bite my ankle and then pulled so hard on my shoelaces that I almost fell.  Then I had a a cow pulling my teeshirt and the goats pulling on my shorts.  I've lost some weight the last couple of months so my shorts are a little loose and the goats almost pulled them off me.  What a sight I must have been.  It was quite hilarious.  Oliver the "killer goose" kept chasing me around the yard and then the goats started chasing.  Needless to say I didn't that many great shots.  What an experience.



Here is Oliver checking me out.  Just look at that evil eye.  He was out to get me for sure.




Eyeing me and coming in for a head but.  Yike's I better start moving.... charge!!!


Grabbing my shorts and shoelaces.


Yuck...thats not too tasty.,..



Monday, 3 July 2017

Reflections

Christine came home from the hospital today and is doing very well.  It's nice to have her at the house and feeling so well after the surgery.

While she was napping this afternoon I took a short drive into the country.  I stopped in Stirling to take a few pictures. I had planned on taking more, but somehow ended up taking a wrong turn and eventually ended up in Belleville.  Just my luck as I was a craving an Americano so the pictures will have to wait for another day.

I did see one bridge in Stirling and also a lovely pond with the most beautiful reflection of clouds in it.  I couldn't resist stopping to admire the view and take a few shots.





Sunday, 2 July 2017

Madoc - O'Hara Mill and Homestead


Today I went to church in  Frankford  I listened to a really good sermon on the importance of praising our God.  Pastor Michael Bootsma is a very interesting man to listen to and I really enjoyed this mornings message. Three things that I want to remember is that in everything, everywhere and all the time we should be praising God regardless of what is happening.  Do we spend enough time Praising God in front of our children?  If we as parents don't sing praises to our God or tell of his greatness, why do we expect our children to love God?  What kind of example are we??

This is such a nice warm and welcoming church.  It was nice to talk to people I had met at the funeral from Ed and I really felt their love for Christine.  What a blessing for her.



Christine's doctor decided to keep her in the hospital for another day and we thought it might be best for her to have a quiet day resting.  I decided to go and explore the O'Hara Mill and Homestead Conservation area.  This is run by volunteers and is really beautiful.  It's a short drive from Frankford and since the weather was nice (not raining) I decided to go check it out.  I wasn't disappointed and I'm glad I brought my camera.  They had an old mill there and old log homes.  It's nice place for a walk.














Saturday, 1 July 2017

You know when you just can't reach that itchy spot

This week, Christine had surgery and I have come to help care for the dogs while she is in the hospital.  This afternoon while visiting with Christine at the hospital, she decided to take a short nap so I used the opportunity to go down to the lake behind the hospital.  I was amazed at how high the water is and the abundance of wildlife that I saw along the shoreline.  It was so beautiful there. I could have stayed the whole day exploring.

Before driving to the hospital, I wanted to drop a photo off at the owners of a local Mill. I had stopped there earlier in the year and taken a picture with my cell phone.  I had such a nice conversation with them and have been invited back to take some photographs of their animals (lambs, chickens, goats) and see more of the Mill that is on their property.



As I was driving I stopped along the Trent Canal and photographed another old building that is right beside a dam.  The water was really flowing quickly.


Lake Ontario is really high this year and as a result the bicycle path is covered with water and can only be used by the geese and ducks right now.





I walked to this area nicknamed "Turtle Pond" and was fortunate to see a Heron on the raft that was floating in the pond.  This Heron triggered the name for my post this evening.  It was so funny watching it as it couldn't seem to find where that elusive "itch" was coming from.




I've never had a Heron stay in one place for so long.  I was able to set up a tripod and photograph it to my hearts content.






There were plenty of turtles on the raft as well.  They were really quite large and very curious.




And a trip.to the lake wouldn't be complete without seeing the swans.  I was amazed at how large the beaks are on the babies at such a young age.  They were so cute and fuzzy.