Friday, October 31, 2008
My first attempt at Sky Watch Friday. Taken at 7:37am this morning when I stopped to pick up a Hot Chocolate on my way to work. This was the view from the parking lot of the 7-11 at Dundas and Huron in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. There were lots of crows and gulls around at the time and one posed nicely on the lamp standard for me.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
We're having our first brush with winter this morning, just a bit of dry blowing snow - you'll see it blowing across the rooftop in this video taken from my office window. London, on the other hand, got dumped on overnight - about 15cm! Time to put the snow tires on....
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
As Geoff was driving me to work this moring we both noted how ominous the sky appeared. It was 7:30 so the sun wasn't long up, and it's presence was barely visible.
As soon as I unlocked my office door I got my camera out and started shooting, being careful to leave the lights off and closing the door to the lighted hallway behind me.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Speaking of beats, the CD resting next to the cactus is the awesome new release No Place by David Bradshaw of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I have to admit nepotism here as David is my second cousin.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
and Kevin (first on the left at the front of the stage) were in the show. It was hilarious!
Well done guys, when the critic has his review published I'll send it to you and post the link here. The next performances are on 18, 19*, 22, 23, 24, 25 (*matinee) and tickets are available at the Theatre Woodstock box office at The Market Centre or at Party Central in the Sobey's Plaza on Devonshire Ave.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thanksgiving weekend market is one and , as this is a good 5 weeks before Thanksgiving south of the border, we have reasonable odds of having nice weather to enjoy strolling around among the vendors in the sunshine. This past weekend we had incredible weather for the holiday - upwards of 23-25C each day.
The other Market day I love is the one on the last Saturday before Christmas - more about that in December.
Another sign of the season - Thanksgiving weekend was also the last weekend of the season for the Oxford Drive-in on Highway 2, just west of Woodstock. Late June through most of July it's usually around 9:30 before it's dark enough for the first movie to start, last Saturday the box office opened at 7:30 and we were home (after fries and one movie) by 10pm.
Sign number three - fall/Halloween decorations in shop windows. The Little Book Shoppe on Dundas moved earlier this year and is now at the west end of Dundas just across the street from Mel's Fish and Chips. I haven't been in the store since the move but the new store front and the interior (as seen by peeking in the window Sunday evening) look really inviting. They have adorable scarecrows and pumpkins in the window.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
here's the hearty group, including Jerome, near the summit in a photo compliments of their intern guide
the Great Adirondak Steak and Seafood Restaurant on Main Street
a bobsled, permanently parked outside Zig Zags Pub
another amazing view from our room Saturday afternoon we were treated to a visit to Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain. One of the attractions at Whiteface is the ride on the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the summit of Little Whiteface -elevation 3676'.
The visibility from the summit was approximately 70 miles and it was 34 degrees farenheit. Geoff went from the summit of Mt. Joe in the morning to the summit of Little Whiteface in the afternoon. a view of Lake Placid from the summit
as we were boarding our bus to leave Oktoberfest Geoff caught this reveller for posterity, think he's had too much ale? Probably had too much before he decided to wear that shirt with his lederhosen...Sunday morning Geoff and I went to the Olympic Center to take a look at a CHE (Canadian Hockey Enterprises) hockey school practice.
There are constant reminders of the Center's history
Monday morning arrived and it was time for us to head home, but not before getting some of the best photos of the trip just outside our door
Geoff scraping the windows for the first time this fall - only this wasn't frost, it was ice which had formed from the mist on the lake
the early morning drive north along 86 and 37 was lovely
we followed a Saranac Ale truck most of the way
does it get any better than this?
It was a wonderful, busy weekend and thanks to Ginny Morrison, Bill Gathen, Heidi Stone, Bill DeForrest and the staff of High Peaks Resort and Lane Hospitality for an amazing experience.
Fortunately, Lake Placid is within a day's drive (8 hours, including a lunch stop) for us from our home in Woodstock, Ontario. We crossed the border at Cornwall, ON and picked up Highway 37 heading south towards the Adirondaks.
old barns are beautiful and there's no shortage of them both sides of the border
when we arrived at High Peaks in Lake Placid (photo by Geoff) we found we were booked in one of the Waterfront Suites
it didn't take us long to settle in to our lovely room
one of the many "modest" and spectacular camps on the lake
I got a fix of one of my favorite trees, the Jack Pine
Main Street in Lake Placid is a great place to browse through shops, pick up souvenirs, find good deals in shops like Bass and Geoffrey Beene and to see young Amish men strolling around together on their afternoon in town
a view down Main Street
Lake Placid Middle and High School with the mountains in the background, did you go to a high school that looked like this? It looks more like a Supreme Court Building.
I could live with this view everyday
and while I was looking at mountains, Geoff was taking this photo of some of the writers trying the bobsled run - which hurts more ice or concrete?
and then he was shooting with a camera while some of his peers were trying out one of the biathlon events
....and back to my quieter pursuit, watching a Loon on Mirror Lake just out from our room
another view of PR's - I could move into this room and live there.....
Friday evening the resort Chef, Chuck Brucculeri and his staff presented a four course dinner through a demonstration of the preparation of the meal. We were also educated on the choices of wines and the anniversary edition of Grand Marnier. The evening was divine.
The array of glasses for the wine tasting portion of the meal. So ended Friday evening.