Category: phototale

Roll of the Northumberland Hills

Ten years ago on a flight from Ottawa to Toronto, our flight had to dip well below ten thousand feet to avoid some rather disturbing turbulence about halfway to Toronto. When the plane emerged from the soup and one could see the washer board ruffle and tumble of the countryside below, one had to wonder…

Hot Diggity Dogs and Flyball Racing

For the third wet weekend in the Northumberland Hills  in a row, one had to delay on Spring Lawn and Gardening work. Fortunately, the Belleville Hot Diggity Dog Club was having its Flyball competitions under a spacious and rain-protected arena. So it was off to Frankford to catch the May 3 2014 Hot Diggity Dog…

Ron Windebanks Spring Colors

Given the long Winter running unwelcomed through to the first 4-6 weeks of Spring, sunshine and color have been a rare commodity in the Northumberland Hills. One can go to the Campbellford library for some deft paintings of Winter colours. Or Warkworthians and other Northumberland Hills residents can get their fill of Spring color and…

Wendy’s Vacation in Costa Rica II

Necessity lead  Wendy Avis of Warkworth Ontario to an excellent adventure in Costa Rica as seen in our first post. In fact,  Wendy had a set of  superb choices for vacation activities in Costa Rica. She could travel to the Northeast where the Sarapiquis. Rain Forest and Tortuguero  National Park each would provide unique fauna and flora…

Brutal and Baleful Spring

Bernard Cornwell’s book of 9th century England summarizes the nature of the Winter and now a still damp snappingly cold Spring. Life in Britain’s Danelaw was harsh, brutal and short. The Death of Kings is set in the Winter woods of Wessex as Danes and Saxons vie for the upper hand in a land infested…

Toronto’s Allen Gardens: Winter Respite

Toronto’s Allen Gardens provides a wonderful respite from the damp, cold of Winter 2014. On Carleton Street just 2 blocks east of Yonge, Allen Gardens is a wonderful warm pardise of floral color and beauty 7 days a week in the city. Because its free, warm and has a few benches for seating and reading,…

Ice Blizzard V – Dusk Hues

On Christmas Day, the evening hues lit up the Icescape in dramatic hues and gradients of burning to cold and dark. An appropriate set of imagea for the Ice Blizzard.

Ice Blizzard IV – Cobourg Beach

What should not have surprised me as much as it did was the amount and thickness of the Ice Coating in Cobourg. I had suspected the Lake Ontario’s warmer water would moderate the Ice Blizzard’s effects. Wrong: The lake breezes were doubly cold – wind driven at well below freezing and humid that cut through…

Ice Blizzard III

With the sun out from behind the shroud of clouds, the ice encrusted countryside in the Northumberland Hills absolutely sparkled. The greatest shine came as you turned your camera close to the sun- in Icarus-like fashion lured by glitter one could easily shock your retina. But the views everywhere were glass crystal enchantments. Lured by…

Ice Blizzard II

In April Winter left with an Ice Blizzard Swipe, coating trees and everything with  thick glassy ice: Well Surprise Surprise – a There-is-no-Global-Warming Gulf of Mexico air mass has arrived with very warm water saturated air – so warm that the precipitation falls first as rain and then freezing rain all over Southern Ontario, Quebec…

Lang by Christmas Candlelight

Lang Pioneer Village comes alive at Christmas time. The historical village just North of Keene Ontario and Rice Lake puts on a show near Christmas that takes visitors back to Christmas nearly 200 years ago. It is a pioneer spirit of do-it-yourself decorating, giftmaking and activity the night through. A light path leads to the…

Houston International Quilt Show

Two fellow travellers of the Northumberland Hills, Carole and Greg, sent pictures of the Quilts on exhibit at the Houston International Quilt Show at the end of October.. Now this is of interest to quilters in the area first for the fact that two Canadians, Christine Alexiou of Markham Ontario and Elaine Quehl of Ottawa…