Month: July 2019

DAY 26 – FRIDAY 26TH JULY – GANANOQUE – ROCKPORT – BOLDT CASTLE – PETERBOROUGH

The whole reason for our significant journey to Gananoque is to take a boat trip through 1000 Islands, situated in the St Lawrence river, the largest inland waterway in the world, and to see Boldt Castle. I’m getting a little het up about a 1000 Island boat ride 400km out of our way, when we’ve Read More

DAY 25 – THURSDAY 25TH JULY – MIDLAND TO GANANOQUE

We’re gone by 06h30 for our 440-km trip to Gananoque via Carden Alvar and Kawartha Lakes. Wikipedia describes an alvar as a biological environment based on a limestone plain with thin or no soil. Trees and bushes are absent or severely stunted resulting in sparse grassland vegetation. Most alvars occur either in northern Europe or around the Great Lakes in Read More

DAY 24 – JULY 24TH MIDLAND

Little Lake was our venue for our later than usual walk this morning. Yippee our first Northern Cardinal, unfortunately no photographic evidence. On waking this morning, Bernie’s arm takes on a zebra-like appearance and whilst walking we are intrigued by the trees, their bark and their beauty even as dead logs. Martie’s depiction of these Read More

MIDLAND 23RD JULY – DAY 23

The eastern leg of the Midland Trail formed our 6km morning walking loop. The route is lined with new upmarket double-storey homes each with its own quay and guess what – a few Adirondack chairs facing out on to the lake and generally white Christmas roses and orange day-lilies. Three new birds on the way; Read More

MIDLAND 22ND JULY – DAY 22

Woke up feeling a little lazy and skipped our early morning walk. Marion and Gwen start early on Mondays so we spend time with Lee, do some shopping for dinner and then head off to Parry Sound for a cruise on the Island Queen. On arrival we get our daily walk in, with a quick Read More

MIDLAND 21ST JULY – DAY 21

Our early morning walk took us to King street in downtown Midland. Lots of interest with heritage homes, quaint shops and fabulous murals. Of the latter the most impressive is the largest historic mural in North America which is on the grain elevators in Midland harbour. It was designed by Fred Lenz and completed posthumously Read More

MIDLAND 20TH JULY – DAY 20

A sleep in – in our Woodland camo-sheeted room. This material is a theme in Canada, it is used for many items from clothing to bags to linen, as is bush camo at home in South Africa. “Martie I didn’t see you walking this morning?” “Thank you, Bernie.” (with apologies to David’s camouflage joke). Birthday Read More

MIDLAND 19TH JULY – DAY 19

An early morning walk to Midland Bay, Landing Park, rewards us with peaceful serene views across the water when all the world is quiet. Most importantly the early morning temperature is conducive to walking. Unlike Vancouver the east of Canada welcomes us with sticky weather. Gardens on Williams road are loving the hot and humid Read More

MIDLAND 18TH JULY – DAY 18

In the morning we meet grown-up 4-year old Gwen for the first time in Canada. Unfortunately, our first meeting is brief because she has to go to nursery school. Marian is off to work, Lee has just come home from work and needs to sleep so we go off to Wye Marsh. This is a Read More

ARRIVAL AT THE MIDLAND PARKS 17TH JULY – DAY 17

An early evening drive from Toronto to Midland which is situated on Georgia Bay, Lake Huron poses challenges and delivers delights. It’s construction season on Hw400 and we have been warned by many people of heavy and slow traffic. Yes, there is traffic in Canada, however, it is orderly and steadily moves along the generally Read More

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