Monday, August 18, 2014

Peterborough

At the very start of summer, I spent a couple of days visiting my dear friend Carol Anne and her significant other, Michael at his place in Peterborough, Ontario. It was less than a two hour drive but I was welcomed to stay for a couple of nights and so I did.

Part of the reason for the trip was to look for some furniture. Pickings are slim up in our neck of the woods and if I was going to be able to find a desk that I liked, among other things, I was going to have to look at more extensive offerings. Peterborough is a good place for that. I was able to find a desk and a file cabinet in one place, and a headboard and a nice cabinet for a television elsewhere. I'm still awaiting delivery for the last two pieces but I'm typing from my new desk which my son, Jeffrey so helpfully set up for me.

The other part of my reason was of course to spend some time with Carol Anne. She and I used to get together at least twice a month when we were both city dwellers but geographical distance and various commitments have made that a lot more difficult. Rumour has it that she will eventually be moving to Peterborough which is an hour closer than her current home, so that might improve our visit ratio once again.

So back to my weekend in that wonderful city. My camera came along, of course and below are just a few of the images I snapped while wandering around with good friends.

porch kitty
We walked a lot. This cutie caught my eye on one of those walks. She posed nicely for me.





boarding in peterborough2
The day was sunny and warm - just perfect for these paddle boarders to enjoy an outing on the water.





peterborough marina
Here's a glimpse of the marina at dusk.



 

late day sun on little lake
The houses on the opposite shore of Little Lake were basking in the setting sun.





having fun
There was some music happening in the park. Unfortunately the event was poorly attended - at least when we stopped by late in the day. The group was pretty decent but the most entertaining part was watching these two special needs gentlemen joyfully grooving to the tunes. The man in the green cap danced all over the park, and engaged several onlookers in conversation. His happy spirit was rather contagious.





selfie
This cute couple was sitting a short distance away from us. I can't say that I've ever photographed a selfie-in-the-making before. Now I have.





marina6
Heading back after the show, we passed that same spot at the marina - all lit up for nightfall.





marina
Same place - different view.





marina7
The river boat would make a fun party spot, don't you think?




Michael and Carol Ann bridge
Heading back across the bridge - the same one from which we saw those paddle boarders in the water below.

Time to wrap this up. Thank you for the lovely visit, Carol Anne and Michael. You two are great hosts!

More photos coming up before too much longer.

48 comments:

ADRIAN said...

I really enjoyed the dusk and dark shots of the marina.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Oh such a pretty lake :)

Kerri Farley said...

Looks like a lovely place :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wonderful photos. Love that shot of the paddle boarders!!!

solarity said...

Oh, happy house that's home to such a cat!

Mary Anne in Kentucky

DJan said...

Lovely pictures, as usual. I really like the selfie in the making, and that pretty cat. :-)

TexWisGirl said...

sounds like you had a great visit and it was a productive trip, too. love the big furry cat and the selfie couple shot. :)

messymimi said...

You've chronicled a fun day! And maybe your next pictures could include that perfect desk you have now.

yaya said...

Love the marina shots. Beautiful area! I don't know if I need better friends or friends that live in better places! The gentlemen dancing were cute...they remind me of a few of my relatives after a few "refreshments"!

Stephen Hayes said...

Wonderful pictures. I particularly like the marina lit up with the sky still illuminated after the sunset.

Tabor said...

You have an excellent eye for mood and story and I did enjoy these. I also can empathize on shopping issues as I live out in the boonies.

Daryl said...

oh i was hoping for a photo of the new desk! kidding .. sort of … these are wonderful …

L. D. said...

What a great place to visit. It was fun to see the evening shots. Great tour. Yes the cat is my favorite but I think he needs to eat less treats.

Michael Manning said...

Hi Hilary: your evening shots are great. The girl in the selfie is cute, but I digress. The marina shots have a calming feeling to me. Very nice. Glad you made this trip--refreshing to get away and to be with a great friend! Nice.

Lisa Gordon said...

This looks like such a great place to visit, Hilary!

Crabby McSlacker said...

What a fun vicarious adventure! Particularly love the kitty and the selfie, but they are all great captures.

And hope the move happens and you get to see more of your friend!

Kerry said...

Looks like you had a fun, relaxing visit in a beautiful spot. Their music festival could have used a bit of marketing, looks like, but how awesome for the dancers to have the place to themselves. :)
I am in love with the kitty on the porch pic.

Linda said...

It's wonderful to get to visit with good friends, and go exploring. Lovely pictures, especially the kitty, and it looks like a good time was had by all.

Kamana said...

i tried paddle boarding for the first time last week. it was fun!

CIELO said...

Oh I so want a kitty just like that one on the first pic... ;) Darling

Cielo

Gail Dixon said...

So good to see you again! Glad you got to spend time with your sweet friends. Having close friends makes life so much more enjoyable. Loved all your images, especially the first one of the cat.

Brian Miller said...

ha those dancing guys seem to be having a bit of fun...smiles...def a fun trip///i need to try paddle boarding as well...i wonder if i could stand up?

Indrani said...

The first pic will make an excellent greeting card! Great series! Your night captures are terrific!

Anvilcloud said...

It has been awhile since I spent any time in Peterborough.

That is a gorgeous cat.

Kat said...

Beautiful pics!
It looks like a fun place to be. :)

ellen abbott said...

great pics. loved the little tour.

Slamdunk said...

Like Adrian said: those dusk shots at the marina are great. We had an early morning flight back home on Saturday and we drove by the local marina just before the sun was rising: it was quite the view.

Barb said...

Hilary, I like your candids - you captured personality. That cat is really portly! The dusk shots are wonderful. Looks like a busy visit.

Shammickite said...

I've been to a number of those free concerts in Del Crary Park.... I even saw Gordon Lightfoot there a few years ago! But that concert was VERY well attended, as you can imagine. It's a lovely place to visit, in fact I was there on one of the river boats a couple of weeks ago when we took a trip along the Trent Canal and up (and down) in the Peterborough Lift Lock.... I think you commented on my blog post at the time.

Scott said...

What a fun visit. Thanks for taking us along.

Lady Lilith said...

Looks like you had a fun little visit. Thanks for sharing it through photographs.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Memorable visit Hilary and glad you had a good meet with your friends. Love the photos, as always .
I always feel sad when I see a picture of dear Moannie but I also have added her to my side bar.
Cheers ~ Eddie . . . :)

Tammie Lee said...

it looks and sounds as though you had a wonderful time doing different things than you do at home, yea.

photowannabe said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time visiting friends and getting just the furniture you wanted.
I love all the photos but the special needs guys dancing and having such a good time just does my heart good.
I'm so glad you could capture life.

Suldog said...

You still take the best photos of cats of anyone ever (even when they are are cats from another city that you happen upon while walking.)

Rita said...

Great visit! The marina is especially pretty at night with the light reflections sparkling across the ripply water. I hope your friend moves closer! ;)

Sandy Carlson said...

These are dreamy, lovely photos. Your love of life comes through every one!

Wendy said...

Love that riverboat. And the marina at different times of day/night.
Looks like a fun time!

Pauline said...

Catching up (again!) This post and the previous were splendid, splendid! I can see why you like waking up in the morning!

lime said...

looks like a very scenic place. love the sunset behind the boats. so, did you find a desk?

ladyfi said...

What a great visit!

Daniel LaFrance said...

The great escape and bounty... plus great pics!

It obviously was a wonderful time.

Michael Manning said...

I enjoyed the marina evening shots! All were nice and relaxing to view. Sounds like a cool trip!

E. Angelina said...

This is so lovely, and the pictures are so the depiction of summer.

Enjoy the remainder of the summer! :)

Rob-bear said...

Such delightful pictures of Central Ontario (almost) on the cusp of autumn. I remember when.

Glad you had such a good time with Carol Anne and Michael, got some great pictures, and found some much-needed furniture.

Blessings and Bear hugs.

Barbara Shallue said...

That looks like a beautiful, fun city! Love your photos!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Good for you for taking it easy with blogging. Right now, it keeps me going in the morning.

Mandy Southgate said...

What a lovely post - I loved reading about your late summer evenings with old friends. Actually, you reminded me to check in with my own old friends. They live about an hour away too, on the other side of London but we only see them every 3 to 6 months.