Friday, 9 September 2011

Another Birthday!

What a beautiful day for my birthday. It was sunny, warm with a slight breeze and a clear blue sky. My very favourite kind of day.

We decided this morning to go to Kingston about 1 1/2 hrs away. We had gone with Dee and Jim in June but it was way too busy, no parking spots, too many people....

First stop was Lower Brewers Lock. This is the last lock on the Rideau Canal System that Gordon hadn't seen and photographed. While there we found this Great Blue Heron. He was being very nice and letting us photograph him.
Here he doesn't look so nice but he was scratching.
 Then he took off but didn't go far.
He just started walking around the grounds and by the locks.

 Then he landed on the bridge that crosses the lock.

 And then he went down by the water looking for fish. All this time he wasn't far away from us. We had enough photos of the heron by this time.

 From there we went to Swiss Chalet on Bath Road (not the same one we went to with Dee and Jim) and had our chicken fix.

This is the main buiding at the Collins Bay Institution (Penitentiary). It's such a nice building. Looks like someone's castle.

On to downtown Kingston.  The Kingston Penitentiary is located right next to Portsmouth Harbour so it looks like the inmates have their own fleet!
 This is a photo of the sun shining on Lake Ontario for Dee.
 While we were there the Coast Guard came in.
 This is my absolute favourite shot of the sailboat.
 We stopped downtown and took a photo of the old railway station that is now the tourist bureau. It was under construction when we were there with Dee & Jim.
 There is a pretty fountain behind the tourist bureau.
 Next stop was Wolfe Island. We're getting on the ferry.
 Old Fort Henry taken from the ferry.
 Heading toward Wolfe Island. You can see all the wind turbines on the island.
 Our arrival.
Many, many wind turbines.

We had a great day. Thanks for all the birthday wishes!


  1. Many Happy Returns, Sandra.
    What a great trip for YOUR day.
    Lovely photos, as usual, thanks for sharing.
    Happy Trails, Penny, TX

  2. Happy birthday Sandra! Glad you enjoyed your day. :)

  3. A very happy birthday!

    I love the blue heron, and wish I could see more of them. The pictures were great.

  4. Happy Birthday, glad to see you were out and about on such a nice fall day! Wonderful pictures as usual.

  5. Beautiful set of pictures, Sandra. So glad you had a wonderful day.


  6. What a great day for you! Thanks so much for the picture of Lake Ontario, I'm putting it in the collection from Kingston. I wish we were there with you to celebrate. What a great place!!! Thanks for posting.

  7. Happy Belated Birthday. Sounds like you had a great one. We spent 1 1/2 years in Kingston. We stayed at the Kingston KOA and I workcamped there for the summers of 2009 and 2010 and during that winter we were house sitting for 4 months just blocks away from the Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Harbour. I would walk Whiskey down along the waterfront quite a bit. It's very pretty there. Kingston is a very picturesque place with lots of history.

    Kevin and Ruth

  8. Beautiful set of pictures


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