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Hometown Tourist #2 – The Yarker Waterfall Tea Room

Sunday I went out with a few of my neighbors on a country drive to Yarker, where we were having lunch. We left the city in the early afternoon and drove off down the winding country roads. Being a country girl myself it was extremely refreshing to get out of town and just enjoy the ride. We past beautiful stone farm houses with great big barns and silos surrounded by wide open fields and herds of dairy cows to arrive at this lovely little country restaurant on the bend of the beautiful Yarker waterfall, The Waterfall Tea Room.

The food was lovely. Their vegetarian menu is simple, but full of flavor and they make homemade fruit and cream pies. I forgot to snap a photo, but I had the baked bean patter which came with a beautiful salad full of pepper slices and cucumber with a delicious mango relish for the dressing, a golden piece of cornbread, and a lovely bowl of saucy mixed baked beans. I finished it all of with a slice of homemade apple pie and a cold glass of iced tea.

When you walk in the door you are greeted by a darling little vintage, local craft and fair-trade, antique shop. You can also pick up some local eggs or cheeses while there.Walls of aluminium siding hide a small and well organized modern kitchen.
Inside the tea room, there are are a few little tables with mismatched chairs adding to the charm.And a little self portrait for you here. My entire outfit was thrifted for under $15, including my brand new with tag still on 3 inch espadrille wedges that I thrifted for $3.50 fro mthe recent 50% off sale at Value Village. I am quite pleased with myself.

Then of course I had to include some photos of the gorgeous little Yarker waterfall. I cannot wait to go swimming and had to fight my natural instinct to want to climb down so my toes could find their way into the cool water.

We had such a lovely holiday weekend full of beautiful sunshine and laziness and I’m not quite ready to jump back into a busy week, but reluctantly I will. We only have a week and a half till June. It truly is amazing how fast this year is flying by, I really cannot believe it.

I hope you all had a lovely Memorial/Victoria Day. There is a beautiful summer ahead of us.


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How did you like that disappearing act?

What day is it? My, oh my, it’s been over a week since my last post. What could she be doing with all that time? Well… I spent Friday of last week to Wednesday of this week caring for my in-laws home and pets while they were away. They live in the town were James and I used to live when I first came to Canada. It was a lot of fun to see and catch up with some old pals. I even got to meet some new friends and scored some new to me duds at a little blogger meet up and clothing swap. Such lovely, down to earth ladies. So glad I had the opportunity to meet them all.

I’ve spent the rest of the week catching up on neglected chores, classes, work, blog, family, and simply recovering from being in someone else’s place, space, fridge, bed, and hair (dog hair to be exact) than my own.

On Friday James had the day off. We were confused or convenced it was Saturday I guess, because we got all geared up to go to the market after lunch only to realize it was Friday and there was no market.

Instead, we decided it was a good day for a picnic. After a little window shopping, we grabbed a freshly baked baguette, some lovely and creamy raw milk cheese, and sun-dried tomato tapenade and headed down to the park in fron of city hall to enjoy our noms.

It’s always lovely to just stop and enjoy the simple things in life is it not? We lounged on the limestone wall and munched on our little feast while enjoying the scenery like tourists. A little sparrow came by to have a go at the crumbs we were leaving behind and a talkative sea gull scuttled around waiting around for his turn.

It was a fun and sweet, lazy afternoon. What do you think about the photos our new camera takes? Clear as a bell and aren’t they lovely? Next week I want to start taking photos in raw format so I can get even more detail as some of the whites were blown out in these. I did play around with the photos a little bit in Camera Raw, which I am having tons of fun learning about in one of my Lynda.com courses I am taking. That website is a life saver I tell you what. The only bad thing about it is there are so many things I want to learn!

Today I am working on some  research for my new job, as well as writing some fun bloggy stuff for the coming weeks, and supposed to be photographing a few new shop items.

I am mustering up the courage to get out in the back garden and take photos of myself. I hate to say it, but I am a little out of the practice at being subject matter, even if I’m just the mannequin it can be a little daunting standing there posing. More than half my photos come out awkward and out of 50 shots maybe 4 are keepers.

This is a challenge I really want to succeed at. My confidence has taken a toll these past few years as my weight and fitness has fluctuated and I’m tired of being so self conscious in front of a camera.

I am putting my foot down. One of my goals for May is to create and photograph a new shop item everyday. By the end of the month I should have an entirely new line of products as well as a bit more comfort in front of a camera again.

Have a lovely Saturday,

Hillery

Hometown tourist

Last May my husband and I moved to his childhood hometown of Kingston, Ontario located on lake Ontario where the St Lawrence River and the Rideau canal meet. Kingston is a beautiful historic town full of beautiful limestone buildings, amazing views, and tons of restaurants and shops. It’s a real tourist spot for folks coming over the border from New York state an easy 30 minute drive away. Being incredibly new to town I decided that today, I’d be a tourist. Now, winter is not Kingston’s best season, but I was able to capture a few of the prime spots around downtown.

This is the Kingston court-house and the lovely fountain. It’s practically in my back yard.  I love the fountain in the summer time when it is full of beautiful billowing water. Lately I have been able to watch the media scurry around out there as there as there is a big murder trail happening in town.

A stones throw away from my back door and just on the other side of City Park is Lake Ontario. Here we are looking down the coast towards downtown. You can almost see the red roofed Martello tower over at Fort Henry. I’ve heard that technically what we are looking at is actually the St. Lawrence river and that the lake doesn’t start till just on the other side of Wolf Island, which is to the right, but not shown. This is one of my favorite spots for reading in the summer time, basking in the quietly lapping waves and the warm reflections of the sun on the lake.

I continued walking down the water front trail towards downtown which leads me straight to the Marine Museum. This is the CCGS Alexander Henry. The Alexander Henry is a retired ice breaker from the Canadian Coast Guard. It is gigantic. I couldn’t even fit the back half in the photo.

Walking on down the path turns to sidewalk and suddenly we are on Ontario Street, one of the main Kingston arteries. Looking down we can see restaurant after restaurant. As well you can see a tidily bit of the Prince George Hotel, built in 1909, and of course City Hall at the end there.

Down a hop skip and a jump and straight across from City Hall we are looking out over the Kingston harbor, a close up of one of the Martello Towers and the ferry that runs between Kingston and Wolf Island. Just behind the ferry across the water is the Royal Canadian Military College.

Here is the Kingston City Hall standing tall. Kingston was originally to be the national capital of Canada, but it was later decided that Ottawa, being further up the St. Lawrence was a safer location, so it’s almost famous. Although Kingston was the home town to the very first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. MacDonald, known as just Sir John A. in these parts. Notice a theme with all the limestone? Kingston is called the “limestone city” because of all the limestone buildings and because there is so much limestone quarried locally.

Just behind City Hall is Market square. In the summer and fall The Market sets up camp 4 days a week, with lovely fresh produce, local breads, soaps, and even art. On Sundays it’s antiques. I love love, love, The Market and in the summer time it is glorious. In the winter they set up an ice skating rink open to the public. Not but a handful of skaters today. It’s a little warm I think, see the melting in the middle.

Along my walk I encountered one of Kingston’s finest. An ice sculptor and his beautiful ground hog sculpture in front of the city Christmas Tree.

It’s on these quiet walks, even though I sometimes feel like a spectator and a visitor, that I really feel a connection to the city. Not the landmark buildings you see above, but being that person, walking purposely just to enjoy it. I can’t wait to explore, get to know the seasons here, and to truly become acquainted with the town I live in and make it my home. It’s like a secret adventure.

And with that I leave you with the icy ground hog in all it’s glory.

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