Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Post and Run

We are busy babysitting this week, so I'm going to post a couple of pictures and run.

I woke up early enough to catch up on blogs this morning. If you have posted recently, I have likely read your blog, even if I didn't stop to comment.

I revisited an old photo last night and processed it differently than before. You see these kinds of barns around here every now and then, with an open portion.

I took this photo of Danica at our street bazaar earlier in the month. To make it more interesting I extracted her from the background and thenused her face from the same image for a new background.

Two photos of JJ that I superimposed to create a double exposure effect.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Some outtakes from last weekend with company.

JJ looks down on the tea party from the upper floor of the museum.

Danica and Frances took their dragons down to the stream study area.
I have many photos of JJ in windows, but I'll stop with this one.

Danica emerging from the sliding tube.
The ladies relaxing while the children played. Andrea got the baby bear chair.

Danica can't help being Danica.
Once used to remove stuff from the woods.

Barrel on a sled with lots of syrup buckets hanging about.
JJ obliging the camera

A poster to make you sappy.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

We Took Our Guests to Wheelers

Our county, Lanark, proclaims itself the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario. We frequently take visitors out to Wheelers Maple Sugar Camp to experience this bit of local flavour. So, Sunday found us taking the 45 minute drive to [near] McDonalds Corners. There are two maple syrup operations nearer us, but Wheelers is our preference.

Wheelers is a family owned enterprise. They built the restaurant and other buildings themselves. I m always impressed when I walk in.

↑ The tribe is seating itself and waiting for  pancakes ↓ .

Maple syrup makes people happy. ↑

After the food comes a quick tour of the boiler room. ↓

There is a play area for the kids as Frances swings ↑ and JJ emerges from the sliding tube.  ↓

There are rockers outside the museum for the adults. Andrea got the baby bear rocker ↑. Meanwhile, AC roamed inside and took a few pics, including this one ↓ of old cast iron pans and utensils.

The children rejoined us. Frances sat quietly. Danica did not. ↓

All in all, it was a pleasant outing, followed by the drive home and time to sit and wag the chins.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Dragon Society Tea Party

The main event of our weekend was to be a Dragon Society Tea Party. The ladies from a local church host "Tea on the Lawn" on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons during summer at the Mill of Kintail, so this fit into the plans perfectly.

Sue, Andrea and Frances (right to left above) exiting the cloister before descending the stairs to the mill.  ↑

We were early, so we waited at the picnic table by the deck for awhile. ↓

After touring the museum for awhile (see yesterdays post), we began to ready ourselves for the event. Sue had crafted dragon necklaces and is helping Andrea with hers tn this photo. ↑

Tea is served. ↓

Both Mary and Danica seem pleased with proceedings ↑ as does Frances ↓ , the Dragon Mistress.

I think JJ's dragon is about to nab JJ's cupcake. ↑

But the other dragons seem content with their lot in life. ↓

Finally: a few photos of the group from various angles.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Saturday at the Mill of Kintail

Company came on the weekend: Sue's niece and her daughter, whom we haven't seen for a very long time. We managed to keep one another quite busy. We spent a good chunk of Saturday at the Mill of Kintail, and headed out to Wheelers Maple Sugar Camp on Sunday.

Naturally, I took many people photos, but I am going to concentrate on those that appeal to me more photographically today. Either Sue or I or both will get around to the people component later this week although a few will make the cut into this post.

This collection is from our visit to the Mill of Kintail, mostly from inside the old Tait McKenzie residence.

A section of the parlour with the grand piano: above in colour; below done as an antique photo.

Among other accomplishments, Tait McKenzie was a sculptor and some of his work is displayed upstairs. Our guests, Andrea and Frances, are sitting on a windowsill by one of his medallion-like pieces. A model of the house sits below the sculpture (if that is the right word).

Below: later in the day, JJ wanted to go back for another visit. In this photo, he sits patiently on the stairs while I snap a few photos. We soon climbed those stairs — for the second time that day,

I took the above shot of Andrea outside. I had wandered across the river to try to get a picture, and all I got was her walking away, but I kind of like it.

Finally, a photo similar to the first one but it was an HDR blend of three photos, so it was arrived at differently, even though it looks much the same.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Celtfest Video Clips 2

I have one more Celtfest video to share with you. I promise this is the last.

This one features a trio of Irish dancers, which is quite a different style from the local stepdancing seen in the previous post. It also features a group of Francophone musicians from the province next door, Quebec. The group is called Le Vent du Nord, which pretty well translates as Northwind. They were good both instrumentally and vocally; the audience loved them. Finally, we have more of the headline group, The American Rogues, and their awesome drummer, Catherine Hauke.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Celtfest Video Clips 1

Last week, I finally got around to assembling various snippets from Celtfest into one clip. You will see some authentic Ottawa Valley style step dancing within this if you chose to have a look.

Celtfest is held very near to us, and is a summer highlight for sure. The organizers do a great job of putting on this free-admittance event. It runs for two days. This package is from the first day, Saturday, July 05 2014.