Howto Photo Polish With Aplomb

Now that you have the a camera flash card brimming with fun summer photos – here is a tutorial on how to polish them for printing, friends and your Facebook or web page: This tutorial is crammed with useful tips on how to make your photos shine. The photo editing methods are remarkably easy to…

Review: 51st Cobourg Highland Games

Note the ample room of last years Highland Dancing Last year the 50th Cobourg Highland Games got top marks on this blog for an excellent and free 50th anniversary festival. The Heavyweights and Highland Dancers were both great entertainment and the back liks have the ample video and photo proofs. However, ye editor had some…

Painting Spring’s Flowers

As seen in an earlier post, the second set of Spring Flowers in the Northumberland Hills have been very fine indeed this year. These blooms have proved to be the inspiration of some photo painting by ye editor. Progression of Iris Paintings Now photo painting can have several meanings in this digital age. Classically, one…

Country Carshows

Every Spring, regardless of the weather, and therefore more reliable than  the Spring  flowers or field plowing, are the local Festivals and  Carshows. Its as if cars and their owners come out  to show off what  fixing and polishing have been accomplished  over the “Winter break”. Here are some examples from an Eastern Ontario Classic Cruise…

Crow River Valley in Spring

Last Fall your editor had a misadventure on a photo outing with the River Valley Photographic Society. They went one way and I waited and waited and discovered the gang had disappeared. Since the way to Crowe River  and then the upper reaches of the lake  highway were unknown to me, retiring early on a…

Blooms in the Countryside

After a long and chilly Winter, Northumberland denizens have been ready and willing for the welcome blossoms of Spring. Unfortunately, Old Man Winter invoked a “Delay of Game” penalty in the form of frost, downpours and downright cool weather for April and most of May. So daffodils,  tulips, forsythia,  magnolia, and even crabapple blooms –…

Spring Wildflowers

Spring has take so long to unfold the Wild Flowers may be excused for their  timorous blooming. Even the ferns barely opened with the inundation of rain and cool weather. there were also a few smaller blue and white blooms in the woods but the first set of Spring wild flowers were spare. But as the…

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…

Keith Cornell Painting Exhibit at Campbellford Library

Good things come in threes. And so not one but  two outstanding painting shows at the Campbellford Library, have found the missing third –  a fine painting exhibit by Keith Cornell from nearby Castleton. And all 3 shows well within a year while  drawing upon wealth of good artists in the Spirit of The Hills artisan group.…

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…