Sunday, August 6, 2017

Where Roads and Rivers Meet

If you like the title of my blog post, you're not exactly in the same boat as most of Peterborough. "Where roads and rivers meet" was the proposed new tagline for the city but it was widely rejected recently. Despite it being a rather accurate description, I think its irony comes too soon after the great flooding we experienced this and previous springs. Social media spots and other various online publications have suggested a contest for a new slogan. Some of those suggestions as well as previous slogans, and those for the Trent and Kawartha area in particular will appear with my images below.

london st generating station
Slogan: Electric City
These are the churning waters of the London Street Generating Station.

fishing on the otonabee
Slogan: The place at the foot of the rapids
This woman was fishing closer to the shoreline at the base of the generating station.

Slogan: City of bridges
A small show of defiance on the nearby walking bridge.

litlle lake kayaks
Slogan: It's just around the way
Regardless of water levels, many locals have kayaks and canoes, and enjoy getting around town via the waterways.

lower side lock 19
Slogan: Heart of the Trent-Severn Waterway
A twenty minute walk or a three minute drive from the above scene, we found ourselves at Lock 19 where some of the same boats were now in action. This group really got around on that day.

lock 19
Slogan: Gateway to the Kawarthas
The watery gates were soon opened and they continued on their way.

canoes by lift lock
Slogan: Bright waters and happy lands
A few boats having a bit of a rest near the lift lock.

lift lock
Slogan: Marine highway
And here is the lift lock in action. A couple of boats (including the Lift Lock Tours boat) in the left chamber are about to make their ascent.

lift lock2
Slogan: The land of shining waters
Almost at the top, they'll continue their journey north along the Trent-Severn Waterway. The caisson on the right was full of smaller boats including some of the kayakers we saw in previous photos. I told you they really get around.

little library
Slogan: Popular Peterborough for progressive people
Peterborough has dozens (it would seem) of these Little Libraries around town.

Slogan: The participaction city
A little more graffiti on the way into Jackson Park expresses sentiments like "the whole earth is our hospital" and "resolute kindness."

meadow rev copy
Slogan: Nestled in nature
It was a beautiful early summer day with puffy clouds scudding across the sky. This Jackson Park meadow was very inviting with its long grass undulating in the wind.

male downy
Slogan: Where land and nature nurture us
A male Downy woodpecker was working hard at this one tree. His rat-a-tat easily caught my attention.

vine covered pole
Slogan: Is there anyplace you would rather be?
This pole pretty much disappears behind the vines.

Slogan: Your life right here
Step back in time with this beauty parked near my place. Something tells me that it's from 1956.

on a walk
Slogan: It's a natural
One of the many pretty spots seen while out walking one day in May.

graffiti at jackson creek
Slogan: The wide awake city
A litte more graffiti because who doesn't love bees? And cake!

birthday rainbow2
Slogan: Come share the magic
And finally, let's close this tour with a rainbow - a double one, in fact. This one illuminated our view on my birthday while my younger son was visiting and we were both on speaker phone with my older boy. Life is good!


Karen said...

Thank you for the lovely tour! I have a childhood memory of rolling down that hillside in Jackson Park. I grew up on London St. so many of these spots were within a walk of our family home.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Great set of pictures. The rainbows are always a treat to see.

joeh said...

56 Ford sounds about right.

The Furry Gnome said...

Good to hear from you, and know life is good.

Marie Smith said...

Such a beautiful part of the country, nestled in nature!

Gayle said...

Ah, love when you let us tag along on your walks. You show us such beauty and wonder.

Red said...

I would think the slogan would have to have something about water.Awesome photos in this post.

Jenn Jilks said...

What a brilliant tour! I love your photos!

stephen Hayes said...

Great pictures, and I always enjoy catching up with you.

DJan said...

Very picture is a winner, Hilary. I love the bright colors of the kayaks. And I think several of the slogans are my favorites. Which one did they pick? :-)

messymimi said...

Now more than ever i want to take a walk through your town.

Barbara said...

You live in such a beautiful, energetic spot - I can see where it would be tough to choose just one slogan! I've never seen locks like that in action. So cool!

Anvilcloud said...

Well, you're pretty good with slogans, and you have good variety from which to choose -- good spots for photos, I mean.

And a double rainbow on your birthday while talking to the boys is quite a bonus.

Linda said...

Love all these photos, especially the watery ones. Thanks for the inside view of how the locks work. I've been through one and seen another from the top side.

Hilary said...

• Karen, I'm glad you could have a photographic visit home. Hopefully you'll return for a real visit before too long. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Ruth. Who doesn't love a rainbow? :)

• Joeh, the photo had a few clues.. I wouldn't have guessed otherwise. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks so kindly, Furry. :)

• Marie, that's one of my favourites. :)

• Gayle, I love that you always tag along. Hopefully one day in real life! :)

• Thanks kindly, Red. And I agree about the water. :)

• Thanks so much, Jen. :)

• Thanks very much, Stephen. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you so much, Djan. The slogan was supposed to be the one I used as my blog post title. But we've had a lot of flooding this and previous years so it wasn't received very warmly. Essentially, it's back to the drawing board.. so no decision yet. :)

• MessyMimi, you'd be most welcomed here anytime. :)

• Thanks so much Barbara. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• AC, it was indeed a bonus and not the first time we were graced with a beauty of a rainbow when we were all together. :)

• Thanks kindly, Linda. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

Rob-bear said...

Wonderful pictures, as always! Thanks, Hilary. I hope you stay well.

Blessings and Bear hugs!

sage said...

That's one interesting set of locks... and a car that's a year older than me!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Some great images here. I especially love the Downy, the dam, and the Jackson Park meadow. That lift lock is so cool. It must be fun to experience it, whether on a tour boat or in a kayak.

Polly said...

WOW, fantastic photos, the rainbow is amazing. That is an impressive lock. Love the woodpecker. The car is awesome.

Hilary said...

• Thanks so kindly, Rob. And I wish you the same also. :)

• Thanks Jeff, and it's a year younger than I am. That would make you a young puppy. ;)

• Thanks so much, Linda. So far, I've only witnessed it from afar.. or from above on the observation deck. I would like to do the boat tour though.. maybe this year before it closes for the season. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thanks for the kind words, Polly. Much appreciated. :)

William Kendall said...

The lift lock system is a lot different from how it's done on the Rideau Canal.

Pauline said...

It's such a good feeling to come back to blogging after months to find your posts are as beautifully composed as always.

Daryl said...

i am so far behind in blog reading/comment replying ... but i did enjoy this lovely walk-about your town

Unknown said...

The rainbows are always a treat to see.


Kat said...

So pretty! I love the slogan but I suppose with flooding problems it may rub residents the wrong way.
Beautiful city!

baili said...

Wow !
i enjoyed you wonderful photos ,lots of fun for eye dear