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..

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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.


clothesline2
A multicoloured clothesline caught my eye from a distance.


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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

49 comments:

Cloudia said...

I wish you all the best in your wonderful new town. Seems a healing place for a tender heart




ALOHA
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Jackie said...

The sun's rays work beautifully in your favor in each and every photo. Lovely area in which you live. Best wishes for days and evenings filled with peace and happiness for you, Hilary.

Indrani said...

Glad to see your wonderful compositions again!
Have a great stay in your new place! :)

ADRIAN said...

It looks a grand place and now you can drive Canada is your oyster.

Andy said...

I drove though Peterborough once. I really wanted to stop and take some photos. Now thanks to you Hilary I am getting the tour. As always your photos a superb.

Out on the prairie said...

A lovely tour, looks like a nice area to live around.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

We like to visit Peterborough, typical tourists we took the boat tour through the locks, enjoyed Little Lake, visited the sights and bought some goodies at the British store in the plaza by the lake. Enjoy the walking as you get to know the town better. I hear they have a good garden show in the spring.

DJan said...

I didn't realize how much I missed you until you came back! I simply love your pictures, they make me smile, just like they always have. I love them all. :-)

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I'm so glad you're coming back to blogging, even if you feel the need to take it a bit slowly. I love all of these images, but a special favorite is the one of the flowers on the chair.

Anvilcloud said...

A vintage Hilary blog post.
That park with the fountain. I remember taking in a concert there many, many years ago. Sue doesn't remember it, but I do. We drove down from Apsley for the day.

Leah J. Utas said...

So glad to have you back blogging. Beautiful pics. I love your take on the ordinary to make it extraordinary.

Red said...

It's really good to see your quality posts again. You take the best walks in Canada. Peterborough is a very pretty area. It will provide you with many photo opportunities.

Betty Manousos said...

wishing you all the best in your new town. thanks for the wonderful pictorial tour. i LOVE all of these images.

lots of love.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots, Hilary. It's been years since I was last in Peterborough... I need to visit again!

Gayle said...

It is such a gift to have you back again. It is indeed OUR treat!
Photos are as wonderful as ever. The prose is always the best.
{{{}}}

Stephen Hayes said...

It appears that you've landed in another beautiful spot. I've missed your wonderful photography and I rejoice at seeing your pictures again.

yaya said...

Pretty place to take a stroll! When I saw the wash on the line I had to think of my Amish neighbors...although they don't have such colorful clothing! I'll enjoy getting to know your new digs as I enjoy seeing your lovely photos! Our county fair starts tomorrow and I did enter a few photos for judging...hoping to score something! Have a good weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i love that you're near water! and such great people who are arty, active and friendly! love all the color around you! and hooray for duckies, too. :)

Linda Wildenstein said...

It is such a delight to be part of your live again in photos. You are my eyes in a part of the world I love to see. Water, flowers, people, animals and activities are all on my want list......thanks for sharing sweet lady. xoxo Oma Linda

Rita said...

Oh, this looks like a special little town so close to the water. Glad it is such a beautiful and friendly place. Very, very best to you, Hilary, and hope to see you online again soon. Love and hugs!! :)

ellen abbott said...

I'm so glad to see you posting again Hilary. So, how do you like living in an apartment after being in houses for so long?

Scott said...

Glad to hear things are looking up. Enjoyed your post as always.

Barb said...

It looks charming there. You need to make friends with someone who owns a kayak! Love that colorful clothesline.

Daryl said...

i think if you have to start over, this is a really lovely place to do it .. i am glad you shared your walk and your lovely little town with us ... i have missed you, your photos and most especially your sense of humor! xo

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful river and the fountain. And you have a duck living there. It is great that your with us Hilary.

rosaria williams said...

Everything around you will guide your next steps. Glad you are sharing; in itself, the act of writing and taking pictures are all healing. Life is just a series of leaps or tiny steps; you just have to adjust the energy you expand on getting away from your past. Big hugs.

Karen said...

Welcome back Hilary, you were missed.
Peterborough is a pretty nice place isn't it? (Maybe I'm a bit prejudiced seeing as I was born and raised there.) I can see my sisters home, with her spectacular view of the lake, in one of your photos.
Peterborough is a really vital community. So much to see and do there. At one point my sister and I were discussing moving to Bancroft. When her home behind Costco sold (do I need to say whY?), she found that great place in East City. She has started a new chapter in her life there, and I must say, GOOD ON YOU, to both of you!

Ruth Hiebert said...

With that kind of beauty and good company,of course I will join you for more walks.

L. D. said...

You still have the great eye to find a good photo with lots of color and great composition. Keep taking those walks. I suffer with my blogger friends when they lose pets and I don't know what to say. I have one very old pet that we treasure every single day that we still have him. It will be a very bad day when we lose him.

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, again, dear Hilary! You live in a marvelous community. A clean city, one that is rich in culture, with art galleries, music in the park, and numerous bodies of water, are all factors that Mrs. Shady and I require as we edit our short list of possible retirement spots. I am very happy to know you have such beautiful surroundings. I wish you much happiness there, dear friend Hilary!

Tabor said...

Golly it does seem you were missed...with all these comments! Shows that your personality does carry in your writing. I think your new town is lovely and is going to fit you just fine as you piece together everything...which, of course, you will.

Friko said...

HI Hilary, glad to see you and your camera still working. I’m sorry you’ve had problems, hope they are survivable and you’ll go on delighting us with your pictures.

I’ve been away from blogging myself, due to a few problems, but am getting slowly back to it. This place is a good place, lots of sympathetic people wishing each other well and making lovely empathetic noises.

It all helps.

Suldog said...

I'm always glad to join you on a walk because you see such interesting things!

Linda said...

Lovely walk! Great catch on that rainbow!

ladyfi said...

Delightful shots of this charming town!

Pierre BOYER said...

A great walk....
Thanks to share....

Pierre

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Yes, slow down autumn. And, thank you for taking me on this walk with you

Sally G said...

Cameras are wonderful companions - I cherish the time I spend with mine. You've really heightened my interest in Peterborough, thank you for this. I was there decades ago to visit a university I was considering attending and completely missed the beauty you have illuminated here. I particularly love the peace flower and the sun-kissed chair with flowers, light and shadow. Keep moving at the pace of guidance, healing takes time and is worth every moment invested ... Sally.

Marianne said...

Hilary, I have just been reading back over your last post, trying to piece together the new perspective and I can see you have been through many changes and much heart break, but you have found a way forward and the future will evolve in ways you could not even begin to imagine. Sending you some love and good wishes x

Linda said...

Hi Hilary,

Thanks for showing us around your new town. There is a lot of beauty and potential there. I'm glad you are finding it a friendly place, and I look forward to more walks and seeing the seasons change.

photowannabe said...

Your town seems a wonderful and healing place for you Hilary.
Keep taking the lovely photos and sharing them.
I especially like the Golden Hour flowers.

Mage said...

Loverly quote at the end. Love seeing you here even if you find yourself short on time to write. Hugs...........

Michael Manning said...

Good Evening from Phoenix, Arizona Hilary! This is a splendid post and I smiled so much at seeing your magnificent photography back for thousands to enjoy--as a gift should be! I rather like this new place. It certainly has charm, and I too believe it is where healing is already well underway! Thumbs up!!!! :)

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I wish you great happiness in your new world- it looks like a lovely place to be, from the photos you have shared. Have a wonderful day!

Shammickite said...

Keep walking with your camera at hand, you always see the right things to capture! I was in Peterborough last year on a cruise along the canal on the riverboat, had lots of fun. Lots of free outdoor concerts in Del Crary Park in the summer. Didn't get there this year, but I'll meet you there next summer, keep an eye out for the 2016 lineup!

Kerry said...

Thank you for the walk together in Peterborough. It sounds like a pretty great place to land. At least there are ducks, and many other fabulous things to aim your eye. So glad to see you here.

sage said...

Glad for the chance of another walk with you... It appears to be a lovely city.

Kerri Farley said...

Oh it looks like a lovely place!!!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Now you have me. I've been out of touch. Just swamped with trivaa.