…At The Grindstones











{September 26, 2010}   Up Up and “A-Scared”

I did it.

More here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Sandford_Fleming_Park

πŸ™‚

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{August 23, 2010}   Last Summer, In Halifax…

I did many many things….

I visited the underground pedways and sadly saw all of the things that had closed down or had gone out of business, and what they were being replaced with.. still, a good way to get out of the rain…

Visited the Town Clock… As mentioned in my circle blog here:

https://atthegrindstones.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/circles-dukes/

At Delicious dumplings and noodles from the Cheelin Restaurant in Halifax on the water over looking George’s Island and the sister city Dartmouth..

Walked by the new Bud The Spud- famous chip truck, now under new ownership and parked in a new place- still by the public library in Halifax in between the 2 – what once were- major shopping streets..

Went into the library for the smell that takes me back, and the coldest most delicious water fountain aka free water in the perfect place for a break on the library lawn .. with fries.. hehe.

Ate delicious cupcakes from Suzies Shortbreads, and picked up a bright pink box full of cupcakes to deliver to friends downtown who were working…mid-afternoon sugar rush..walked by the clock and checked out the so called candy cane smoke stacks and view..

Walked downtown over the Citadel Hill to mix things up…and busted our a pocket kite I bought the day before to see if the wind would take it, and it did…mostly.

I find this door kind of creepy…

“The Wave” Do not climb.. haha. Everyone does. Halifax Waterfront. We had people complaining between this and the poster boards about how sexual our landmarks were once..

The Pirate play ship by the Maritime Museum, once used to stage a wicked pirate battle.. The museum is pretty great too- and free Tuesday nights πŸ™‚ The play-boat used to be more interactive, with tire swings and fake cannons, more doors and “cup phones” etc etc and more educational stuff in there but year by year they’ve stripped it away..

I always preferred to play on the anchors though, but the last 2 times I went they were fenced off for construction 😦

Ship cat. We have lots of wharf cats too, there used to be a lot ..and I mean a LOT of kittens and cats closer to the port that people would go leave food for, but one year there was something about it in the news and I think they were all captured and sent away 😦

The ferry between Dartmouth and Halifax coming in to dock..

My favorite flower outside my childhood home.. or rather.. summer isn’t summer without that smell…

Later that summer I went to White Point Beach Resort in Nova Scotia, near Liverpool. Didn’t stay there but ate there and went to their beach..

http://www.whitepoint.com/

It’s a pretty great little beach especially for families since there aren’t too many places near the water where they can run off and you can’t see them.. I had great company and great chowder…

Saw an enormous Whipper-Snipper thing ripping down bushes on the side of the road as we drove to an old school turned perma yard and craft sale.. anyway I thought it was pretty hardcore..

The old school..

I bought a French textbook from 1930, and a set of postcards with covers of the old Goosebumps book series on them. It had some great crafts, and some boring touristy ones. some amazing prints, great book selection (put your money in the tin) and so many records I wish I could have taken back with me..

Check out this dated map of Canada hehe:

I took a few videos at White Point, the place I stayed, and one of the old school, look for those in the future,.. wooooo! I loved this arrow, this way for jams and pickles!

Oh yeah and I fed some bunnies πŸ™‚

More soon, I have about 5 or so accompanying videos from the second of the two trips that these photos were taken during..

More soon!

KQ



In ChinaTown Montreal

Sculpture In Montreal πŸ™‚

She’s pretty happy for having worms in her ears..

Super steep escalator out of the Subway in Montreal

“Grafitti” in Toronto

Post downtown Toronto

A neat building behind that..

An awesome jacket ..

A neat building I walk by in Montreal fairly often..

Another one…..

A lil Video I took in Grand Parade in Halifax:

Extra info to go with the video:

The church with the face in it, is St. Paul’s Church in Grand Parade, there’s a window on the right side that, I guess a priest flew threw during the explosion in 1906, profile, and since then a profile outline of his face shows up on the window whenever the glass is replaced… so it’s a pretty touristy spot..more at this link

http://www.mysteriesofcanada.com/Nova_Scotia/the%20face.htm

Halifax Town Clock

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Town_Clock

The guy who loved circles was Prince Edward, Duke of Kent:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Edward_Augustus,_Duke_of_Kent_and_Strathearn

This is for you, Eddy:

AWWWWW…

That’s it for today!

KQ



{June 20, 2010}   Halifax Public Gardens


On a recent trip home I took a stroll through the Halifax Public Gardens,

a little commentary on my trip here:

And some photos…

Flowers! πŸ˜€

The Gates

Oh hey here’s some Zombies at that gate:

The most popular fountain..

My favorite little area… complete with amazing weeping willow…

The base of that fountain..

Japanese Maples are – probably the most popular ornamental lawn- yarn tree in Nova Scotia, that and plum or crabapple trees have been all over the place…

Is this not THE BEST photo of this post and even of many others to represent summer??!!! I had a delicious kiddie scoop of French Vanilla- hard to find these days!!

On special occasions they strike up the band in that gazebo…

Here’s a little link to the website for the gardens:
http://www.halifaxpublicgardens.ca/

There are also some amazing statues within, I remember I used to sprinkle seeds at the base of the statue of Ceres in hopes of a bountiful harvest:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_(Roman_mythology)
Click on “Garden Features” on the site for a pic of her!

To make the best of your experience, go without expectations and with a desire to watch others soak up the sun as well as yourself, to watch ducks float by and water dance and move….it’s not a loud place generally and only recently have you been able to walk on the grass there- finally! A book or a chess-checkers set, deck of cards or, just lying on your back staring up at the sky.. always did it for me.. still does…

KQ

Ahh there’s the proper size… d’oh! mmmmm…



{June 11, 2010}   Road Trip East… Part Une


A collection of vloggitys from my recent trip to the East Coast!!

Here’s a vid I missed posting on my approach to Monster Truck Castle:

It’s a long long road across Quebec, for someone craving to see something more familiar… and there aren’t many trees..

Got caught behind a paint truck:

Reminds me of a Family Guy clip, where Peter and Quagmire are on the phone with each other, driving behind each other talking about bad drivers who they need to get in a fight with- and of course they wish each other good luck in their fights and fight each other haha. I couldn’t find the clip..

Pics from the road:

Yes it’s a real place:

Amazing Sky…

Racing the sun home..

Once I got there, I took the ferry from Dartmouth to Halifax:

As I mentioned in the video, we went shopping at Morrigan LeFay’s Mystical Gifts in Dartmouth, NS- I always find something amazing there… and this time even more so, aside from the goodies- there were baby animals coming in to warm up before the long road to their new temporary home!

Eee!

Choppy waters on the harbour that day:

And some more photos..

Dartmouth waterfront..

The Macdonald Bridge..

Halifax Waterfront approach..

Choppy..

A little tower on the Halifax side built in the last ten years- I don’t remember the significance…

It was really nice out, a little chilly during most of the trip… I have a lot more photos and more memorable things to post- but I had GREAT company – of those PHENOMENAL people I was discussing who are so rare in my Love post a few entries back… I just don’t have time to get into our shenanigans just now.. πŸ™‚

KQ



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