Tuesday Greetings! I don't know about you, but one of the true pleasures of summer for me, is opening the windows and letting the scents and sounds of the season permeate my house. I was reflecting on this while taking a bath by an open window one evening last week, all the while acutely aware of all the life just outside my window; the brisk breeze moving through the trees, numerous birds calling to and fro, frogs singing their own froggy songs of love in the pond behind our property! So many joys :)
At the time, I made a mental note to ask my readers if they would share one of their favorite things about summer. Let's celebrate it while it's here!
You may recall that I was in Kingston, Ontario a little over a week ago. My sister and I were fortunate enough to spend the better part of one morning and that afternoon downtown. It was a gorgeous day and Kingston is a beautiful city, something which I'm sure Martha from Plowing Through Life can attest to. This city was originally groomed as the possible future capital of Canada and as a result, the architecture throughout is a treat for the eyes. Here are just a few highlights of our day. I confess that I sometimes wonder if I secretly drive the people I'm with bonkers by my incessant picture-taking... I hope not!
An interesting sidenote is that Kingston is home to the Kingston Penitentiary; (or more affectionately known as KP & Kingston Pen) one of the world's oldest prisons in continual use. Paul Bernardo (she shivers...) is currently incarcerated there and Wayne Boden, the Canadian "Vampire Rapist" was a recent past guest. I am alway amazed that this jail is located right in town - just a few blocks from Queen's University and with (if you're a model prisoner I guess) a lovely view of the scenic harbour lol!
|No, this isn't part of the Kingston Pen lol!|
|The downtown is interlaced with these lovely shortcuts which intersect streets.|
|This is Cooke's, established 1865.|
|Teas, coffee, jams, and nibblies from all over the world.|
|You could spend hours just admiring all the interesting packaging.|
|This display and the one below are one of many that line the top of the shop.|
|This fountain is tucked in one of the paths which intersect streets.|
|We ate lunch on the patio at Le Chien Noir (The Black Dog)|
This was the charming view from my table :)
|Cute flower cart and quote.|
|How much is that doggie in the window?|
He was sitting just inside the front door when we first wandered in,
but by the time we left he'd flopped himself under the window display :)