Today Was A Good Day

Exploring the sea caves at the Ovens Natural Park.



The Ovens Park is known for its beautiful setting, including the majestic sea caves, it’s history as a gold rush community (1861) and music.  It is owned by the Chapin Family (extended family of Harry Capin), so you can count on lots of great music almost every evening in the summertime.  But today we came too see the caves. Of course we kept an eye out for the glitter of gold.

 According to one of our oldest legends, a young Mi’kmaq entered one of the caves with his canoe and emerged on the other side of Nova Scotia through a subterranean passageway.



The concrete stairway leading to the viewing platform and the entrance to Canon Cave was poured in the 1960’s by three workmen mixing and hauling 2000 buckets of concrete….. All by hand.

What a Day! Two hours we spent hiking and touring the caves! It was an impulsive decision in the middle of the afternoon.  The finest kind!

Knock! Knock!

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These beautiful doors are part of a panelled room on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Part of a Canadiana Exhibit, the entire room was removed from an early 19th Century house in Quebec. The beautiful carvings and decorations are reported to be similar to those found in churches of the same age, but what makes this an anomaly is the fact that the room was not found in a manor house or even an urban townhouse – rather it was in a modest farmhouse. I can’t help but think: “hmmmm …there’s a story here….”
For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors

Waaay Beneath My Feet

  
From the 45th floor of the Delta Toronto, the ground is a long, long way beneath my feet.  It’s not the greatest photo ever (pardon the reflections) but I couldn’t resist. 

Looking down on the aquarium and the entrance to the Roger’s Centre, if you look closely (and play detective) you can see the flame for the Para-PanAm Games.  The City of Toronto has been playing host to the PanAm and Para-PanAm Games since July 10th.

All those little people down there are gathering to watch a Blue Jays (vs Oakland Athletics) baseball game in the Rogers Centre.  And the base of the tower you can see is the iconic CN Tower.

I took the photo from the bathroom of our hotel room, making it an entertaining “loo with a view”!! 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Beneath Your Feet 

Divine Guidance

Rising to the photo challenge: INSPIRATION….

According to the OED, the word ‘Inspiration’ comes from the Middle English (in the sense of divine guidance): via Old French from late Latin inspiratio (n-), and from the verb inspirare.  I looked it up because nailing down exactly what inspires me was a challenge in itself.  

My first inclination is to say that the views and the ever-changing light of the world around me is inspiring……. Or at least, divine.

   

Rose Bay Beach (affectionately known by some as Sand Dollar Beach). Photo taken just after sunrise last October.

 
Rose Bay looking very rosey indeed during a summer sunset.  Taken last week with my iPad (no filters).