Dunedin, New Zealand

On Day 5 of our cruise, which was November 11th, we sailed into Dunedin, New Zealand.  Sealing and whaling may have brought the first Europeans to the Otago Peninsula, but it was religion that brought about the town.  In 1848, a group of Presbyterian Scots founded the settlement and named it Dunedin . . .…

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Milford Sound, NZ – Doubtful Sound, NZ – Dusky Sound, NZ

What’s the difference between a Sound and a Fjord?  We didn’t know either, but we found out today while we cruised through these 3 sounds. A Sound is created by a river and a Fjord is created by a glacier. When these 3 sounds were discovered, they were  mistakenly named a Sound because it was…

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Sydney, Australia

Sylvia and I have a bucket list of worldwide destinations to visit.  We have been to most, but Australia and New Zealand are still there.  We finally made arrangements to take a cruise to visit “downunder”.  We flew for 5-1/2 hours from Ottawa to Vancouver, laid over for 3 hours, then flew directly to Sydney…

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With a Little Help From My Friends in Elgin concert

I attended a live concert at the Elgin United Church, dedicated to the Fab 4.  A 2-hour music-filled presentation was attended by over 200 audience members. Local performers included Margaret Ross, Rasa Krokys, Alex Price, Morgan Wright and Graham Lowe. “Soul Purpose” performed as well.  Soprano Michelle Knapp, Alto Karen Earl, Tenor Charalee Smith and…

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RoadTrip – Mallorytown Village Fair

Front of Yonge Township is located along the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands region. Part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, Front of Yonge can be found between the larger towns of Brockville to the east, and Gananoque to the west. Approximately 135 kilometres (84 mi) away from Ottawa and 325 kilometres (202 mi) from…

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RoadTrip – Morton, Ontario Barbecue

Here we go again! I visited another summer community event in Morton, Ontario. Originally called “Whitefish Falls”, the land with the waterpower rights to the falls were purchased by John George Morton in 1853. He planned the model village of Morton which he registered in 1857. By 1861, exploiting the power of the falls, Morton…

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Road Trip – Leeds County Plowing Match

In my ongoing series, I visited the Leeds County Plowing Match today on Charland Rd. in Elgin.  Now that is hard work! Take a look at this monster-size equipment! A heartfelt “thank-you” to all of our farmers for their hard work in providing for us!

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Road Trip – Westport Open Air Music Festival

This is the next in a series of events local to me in Portland, Ontario.  This open air music festival is held every year in Westport, Ontario. Mother Nature cooperated very nicely . . . thank-you.

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RoadTrip – Jones Falls, Ontario

This is another road trip in my series on Eastern Ontario’s towns and community events. The War of 1812 – 1814 was just over. And while peace again settled on the region, there was still an underlying tension between nations. Colonel John By was the British engineer charged with building a canal that would bypass…

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