Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello Kingston.

He is incapable of a truly good action
who finds not a pleasure in contemplating the
good actions of others.
                                  Johann Kasper Lavater


A large field of hay was cut on Monday night. The forecast was supposed to be nothing but clear skies with a slight chance of rain. Once again my theory came into play “Cut it, and it will rain” at least this year. Yes indeed on Tuesday morning it rained and rained, then as quick as it came it retreated. I am positive, only to return just about the time we get the hay turned over to dry.


I decided since I could not do anything about the weather I would take advantage of the unexpected chunk of time. I took the long drive to Kingston Ontario. I have always loved this place situated on Lake Ontario where the limestone buildings and historical charm attract visitors from all over the world.


I parked my vehicle in one of the many parking lots and dropped my loonies into the slot. I thought 3 hours would give me plenty of time to explore the little shops and have a bit of lunch before heading back down the highway to fret over that wet hay lying in our fields.


As luck would have it, and after slowly strolling down to the waterfront I stumbled upon the Farmer’s Market. I love Farmers Markets; there is always something for everyone. This time of year there are fresh veggies and fruits to satisfy every palate. There was local maple syrup, and honey. Baked goods of every description had me drooling so I treated myself to a cranberry blueberry scone from the Wolfe Island Bakery vendor.


 While walking around munching on it I found many other surprises. Interesting jewellery designs grabbed my attention. I fell in love with a booth full of handmade skirts all hanging on racks in a variety of patterns and colours. The talented seamstress and I talked about the arts and how difficult it is to make money even if you are one of a kind. The box stores selling knockoffs for next to nothing make it hard to justify your price even with the quality to shoppers. It is true, art of any kind is a hard sell in those times of economic slumps.


I wandered through the market, along the waterfront and then down the back streets admiring how the city of Kingston has retained it archeological history over the generations. I thought about the architects whom I like to refer to as artists of long ago, who had designed the buildings. I admired the skills of the tradesmen who knew they were building something that would stand the test of time. Their skills and hard labour would not go unnoticed by generations of people moving to and visiting this beautiful city.


Oh yes sometimes rainy days away from the farm will remind you just how much work and the belief that it took, and still takes to build those places we call home.


I really have to get away from the farm more often in the summer. It seems that I have been missing a lot.



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Later

45 comments:

  1. Oh the places I get to 'visit' through blogging! Thank you for taking us along to Kingston. Lovely town. Lovely thoughts.

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  2. Hello, what a nice getaway. I enjoyed the tour and pretty scenes of Kingston. The farmers market is a treat, so many goodies. The scone sounds yummy! Thanks for taking me along, have a happy day!

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  3. Glad you got a lovely break from the farm and haymaking! Sure looks like an idyllic place to wander and enjoy!
    Best wishes for a great weekend.

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  4. Oh my....what a wonderful place. The stone walls with the colorful accent of flowers...so pretty. But the idea of finding a farmers' market, that would make my day!!!! I love perusing these. Buying much more that the 2 of us here could possibly consume. Always.

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  5. You make me want to visit Kingston! I haven't been there for a very, VERY long time!

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  6. I have visited Ottawa. Hamilton and Toronto but never went down to Kingston. It looks like a very nice city.
    I'm glad you could get away for a while.

    I see you have a good stretch of sunny weather coming up so I hope you'll be able to get some haying done.
    Farming is a rough business to be in although it has it's rewards.
    Enjoy your day and thanks for sharing your little trip with us.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  7. I love farmer's markets too. Beautiful place to visit! Would love to make that trip sometime.

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  8. I'd love to be at that Farmer's Market...it looks like it has some nice stuff! Enjoyed all your pics...definitely agree if you cut it, rain will come!

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  9. Seems you had a good time. Hugs M xox

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  10. Kingston looks like a beautiful place, and that scone sounds delicious! Sounds like a great way to spend some time...I love farmers' markets too. I hope the sun is now shining on your hay though.

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  11. Hi Buttons Thoughts, I love those pics of the Farmer's Market. I do live in a large city and whenever I see one of those markets I can't resist checking it out. Usually find some excellent items to bring home.

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  12. It looks like a beautiful city and one I would love to explore. Cutting hay and washing your car will both make the rains come. We've had so much rain that I hadn't washed my car since the end of March, so when we got a little break I took it to the car wash. Sure enough it rained the next day! Of course clean cars aren't as important as the hay, I realize. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip and shared it with us. Have a nice day!

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  13. looks like a pretty place to visit and good veggies at the farmer's market. good luck with the hay!

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  14. What a lovely town and it's always fun to come upon a farmer's market.

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  15. What a lovely town! One I would enjoy to visit and walk around in. The farmer's market is a plus. You captured great shots. So glad you took the time for this outing. I am sure it did you good and was refreshing. Good Luck with the hay.
    Have a great day and nice weekend ahead. Hugs, cm

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  16. Pretty town and I liked your fences. Have a great day!

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  17. Enjoyed this post so much...looks like a perfect place to spend the day.....

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  18. Warm greetings from Montreal! I have been to Ottawa and Toronto. This is such a lovely town! Thank you so much for sharing, I really enjoyed this tour, and your header is delightful! :)

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  19. Looks like a great place to visit! :)

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  20. Nicely done using the wall and flowers to draw you into the shot.

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  21. B,

    Getting away from the farm our homestead is needed every now and then. You could say it's a required prescription :-) LOL.......
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  22. That is a lovely, little town. I admire old, stone buildings too.

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  23. What an absolutely beautiful place Buttons. If haying must be interrupted, what a wonderful place to spend that free timeeeee.

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  24. Nice area you live in. I like the rock walls. The one with the pretty flowers is lovely. Farmers markets are really fun to visit. Glad you got a break from your farming. Sure wish plowing our field here would bring rain. It would so help to put out the fires burning in our mountains.

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  25. Kingston is a beautiful city. I was hoping to get away to spend a weekend in Gan plus a day in Kingston on one of the long holiday weekends... but it is such a long drive.

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  26. Hello Buttons girl : )
    I'm so glad you enjoy Kingston ! .. it is a great "little" city to live in as well .. we had been back and forth here over years of my Garden PA's military service and zoned in on it when we wanted a retirement idea from our years in the Netherlands ... first time buying a house and to do it in less than 10 days was one heck of a shock to the system. It all worked out perfectly in the end though.
    I do miss the east coast ocean .. but sometimes when I hear the fog horn of the ferry on a gray morning I pretend it is the one from Louisbourg (Nova Scotia)!
    Your pictures are a perfect collage to entice more tourists .. you should be a rep for us girl ! haha
    Hope you are feeling not so bad and the haying gets done and over with so you can breath easier about it all.
    Take good care !
    Joy : )

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  27. Farmers markets are always a treat.
    As is the beauty of Kingston, a place I will probably not see for myself.
    Previous architects and builders were indeed artists. Much more so than most of the current crop.

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  28. What a lovely town! That is my kind of place - I am especially fond of farmers markets.

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  29. I haven't been there for years either! Thanks for the tour!!

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  30. Getting away from your clouds probably did you more good then naught...I hope that when you get back it was wonderfully sunny...and could you please send some of that rain here? We are beyond desperate, they are combining the fields today....a month early...there is nothing to harvest.

    Jen

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  31. Sometimes it is hard to justify time away from the farm, there is always something to do on a farm. But we all need to walk away from time to time, to appreciate even more what we have when we get back. Loved reading about and seeing your journey to Kingston.

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  32. Kingston is truly a beautiful place and well preserved!

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  33. Lovely post and photos ! It has been a long time since I have been up to Kingston , it has grown so much since the last time I was there . Thanks for sharing , glad you had a good time there , Have a good weekend !

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  34. You really had me worried that you were going to get a parking ticket. Now I have to go back and read your post. Kingston is a beautiful place. Thanks for the tour.

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  35. We were in Kingston on Sunday! Plus we drove through your neck of the woods but couldn't stop as we were on a mission! Glad you are well xx

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  36. That rain sure is a bother for you. But hey an adventure in the town was a great distraction. I love markets too.

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  37. there is always so much happening during the summer months!!! i LOVE local farmers markets everything is so fresh and it's so important to support the local people instead of those big box store. no matter the price, everything just tastes better!!!

    have an awesome weekend!!!!

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  38. "Artists of long ago?" No wonder we have an affinity for one another - I talk like that, too. That scone sounds yummy. AND - i really like the profile picture on Google + . . . thank you for taking me along on your adventure.

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  39. I love the allure of a market and all its different entities. Getting lost in the scenery of things warms my soul. xoxo

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  40. You had a nice visit, love all the images. The market looks wonderful and your scone had my mouth watering for a taste of it. Sounded yummy!

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  41. Looks like a really neat place to visit! I would definitely be hitting up the farmers market as well. It's nice to get out and explore every now and then!

    Thanks for the sweet comment on my last post. We are really excited :)

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  42. That was a nice break from haying, I'm sure! I love farmer's markets..always something fresh and delicious to buy.

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  43. This looks like a fun day to recharge your batteries and renew inspiration, plus pick up some fresh produce and new duds . I love seeing that farmer's markets bloom in very similar ways in almost every part of the world. Farmers grow food they need to sell, we need food from farmers and buy.Shopping a farmer's market on a sunny day is a good day anytime !

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  44. Isn't it wonderful to stay close to home and yet feel that you're still on vacation? Good for you for taking a much-needed break from the farm work, and yet connecting with other farmers. Looks like it was a fun time.

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