Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Nod to the Farmers' Market

The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them. 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peterborough has a bustling and thriving Farmers' Market each Saturday morning and it's just a short walk from my apartment. Outdoors May through to November and then indoors for the winter, there is always something of interest to see, hear and sample. Over 60 regular farmers and merchants set up shop each weekend, ensuring an ample display of food, flowers, crafts, music and activities. Here are just a few of those moments captured sometime in August.

FM Buying Gladiolas
When I arrive, the first stall that I see is full of colourful gladiolus blooms. They attract a constant flow of buyers and I imagine that there are many a cheerful table throughout Peterborough each Saturday night.

FM sunflower
Another popular blossom at the market is the radiant sunflower. Summer on a stem.

FM Performers
A variety of musical performers are scattered throughout the grounds. Some are regulars and some happen by occasionally such as Nhapitapi who also appeared on stage somewhere in town, that evening.

FM performer
He's playing the mbira - an ancient Zimbabwean instrument consisting of metal keys played by his thumbs. The outer drum is the resonator. It sounds something like a plucky xylophone.

Have a quick listen.

FM Instruments
Others had well-used musical instruments on display.

FM and the beet goes on
And the beet goes on... It's the locally grown fresh produce that draws the crowds.

FM sweet carrots
Bumper sticker for a bumper crop.. I'm guessing that she sold a fair number of carrots that day.

pooch and teddy3
It would appear that this handsome pooch and his trusty teddy bear were at least mildly amused.

FM Hula Hoops5
Colourful hula hoops for the youngsters and young-at-heart to enjoy.

FM Hula Hoops4
And no shortage of cute kidlets to try them out.

Each stall offers something of interest.

FM colourful debris
Heading back home past the gladiolus stand - they have pretty much sold out. It makes for kind of beautiful debris.

Thanks for joining me at the market.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Still Walking

Thank you all for your kind and compassionate messages about my Skitty boy. They were all very comforting. Thanks also for so warmly welcoming me back to blogging. I'm not sure how much time I'll be putting into posting and visiting but I'll take it one step at a time. So for now, here's step number two..


He who limps is still walking. ~Stanislaw J. Lec

Peterborough - it's a lovely city. And an incredibly friendly town. I have gone out for walks most evenings and have yet to return home without having engaged in at least a couple of chats with people. There's a river and lake within walking distance of my apartment. All of my shopping needs can be reached by car in just a few minutes. It's a creative town - a musical city - an artsy community. There's always some form of entertainment happening somewhere - or so it seems. Of course, just as in the old days, if I go out walking, my camera comes along - and at least for today, so do you.

evening flowers
Somewhere on the street close to my place, the late-day sunshine was playfully teasing these vivid flowers.

A multicoloured clothesline caught my eye from a distance.

Breast cancer survivors were out for a group paddle on Little Lake. Champions, one and all. That's Centennial Fountain in the background.

Centennial Fountain Rainbow4
As my fellow Canadians can probably figure out, Centennial Fountain began spouting water over Little Lake in 1967 - 100 years after confederation. All week long, the city has been celebrating Peterborough Pride and even the sunlit fountain shows its support with a colourful rainbow.

across the lake2
A view of the lakeside homes across the way.

evening paddle3
Many Peterborians (yup, that's what we're called - I'd have preferred Peterbudlians but I just got here and don't have a say in those matters) take their boats out for a paddle after work.

river boat
Others might go out for a tour of the locks on the local riverboat.

sunny sweet mallard
There is no shortage of ducks, geese and gulls along the shores of Little Lake. I have also seen the occasional heron and I'm told there are loons - though I've yet to see or hear them.

floating candles3
On this particular evening, a group was setting up these floating candles in preparation for a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The candles were later sent out on the lake. I didn't hang around that long but you can see a photo of that here.

world peace flower
Here's a closeup of that world peace flower.

late sun on flowers
Heading back toward my apartment, the sun was still flirting with flowers.

August 9 reds
As early as August 9, a solitary maple tree was anxious to get on with autumn. Slow it down, willya?

And this concludes our first walk together in Peterborough. Thanks for joining me. I hope you'll come along for several more before too long.

I stroll along serenely, with my eyes, my shoes
my rage, forgetting everything.
~Pablo Neruda