Tuesday, July 6, 2010

having fun in the sun

It has been a busy few days, this past week. Busy and almost unbearably hot. Not as hot as it will be this week, however, so I'm glad to have that busy-ness out of the way.

The heat did not stop me from getting outside into the smoggy fresh air. Getting some colour on my cheeks. I drank lots,








some of it not hydrating liquids,




all of it refreshing.






has anyone else noticed this trend to serve water in old fashioned milk bottles?





When I did eat, it was very good salady light fare type food.

I visited some friends where the husband cheerfully attended to the grilling of the shrimp and vegetables on the bbq and later laughed with us as we three women compared notes on our degrees of hotness and sweatiness (with, or without, any accompanying heatwave).

Found some interesting, refreshing drinks to buy in Chinatown.











I made my way to the Pride Parade and attended just long enough to show my support for my friends before heading into the art gallery to cool off and get away from the thousands of hot, sweaty bodies with water cannons. It was so cool and quiet there that I decided I couldn't be bothered to walk all the way back down to the lake to find a spot to see if I could see the tall ships in full sail. (I could have paid for grandstand seats to see it, but I was too cheap to pay for the all-day pass at Ontario Place, plus the seating, plus the exhorbitant parking, which seems to have doubled all of a sudden)

I walked where the crowds were
which really wasn't that crowded

and where they weren't


I drove to the locks at the Welland Canal and was in time to see The Bounty (and a few others) go through - and almost scrape against the side of the pier!



Then, I finished off my extral long, busy weekend here

the carousel in Port Dalhousie, that had a constant line up from the moment it opened at 10am!

you can choose from 68 animals and four chariots

where else could you get so much fun for a nickel?

If you are interested, (and why wouldn't you be?) there are more photos of the tall ships on my flickr and on SightLines

26 comments:

  1. I love carousels. They have them all over the place in Europe. Just there, for no special reason. On the way home from school moms treat their kids to a ride...

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  2. Sounds like you're having a great time! Well, as great as you can in oppressive heat. It's in the mid-90's here all week. Ugh. I'm not having any fun.

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  3. What a lovely carousel!!! It has been really hot here too! But I will take this over snow any day!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  4. I love carousels! And only for a nickel? I'd be there all day ;-D

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  5. Jazz: the little kids at this one certainly loved it - I heard one mum tell her girl that 6 times was enough for today!

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  6. Susan: when you have fun events that are only around for a limited time, you just go out and make the most of it. were I at home, I would have been wimpering.

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  7. SueAnn: I wouldn't mind the snow - if it the pretty postcard white fluffy kind!

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  8. Kaori: this one is quite the attraction, and I'm sure some would be there all day, too!

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  9. I've not seen water served in milk bottles, but I love that one. Maybe they are trying to avoid the bad chemicals in plastics?

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  10. The tall ships are so beautiful-- I love the lines and angles.

    And that carousel-- I can hear the pipe organ music just looking at it :-)

    Cheers, jj

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  11. I like the water served in glass bottles. I would like to see more of that. Glass bottles can be hygienically cleaned, after all. And the water tastes much better than from plastic bottles. Water in a tall glass, ice cold with some ice cubes in it, mmm... delicious.

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  12. In Paris they serve water in big bottles like pop bottles in every restaurant. Some of them have the name of the restaurant on the bottles. Also, I used to live just up the road from that carousel in Port.

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  13. Wow - there's certainly a lot happening!

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  14. SAW: three of the four restaurants I went to last month (in Toronto) did this, instead of just giving you a large glass.

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  15. Joanna: I loved the tall ships - though you would never get me sailing on one. I felt wobbly even while tied up!

    and I video'd the carousel to get the sound and movement, but haven't figured out how to upload it.

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  16. Nora: it was so hot over the weekend that I drank through 3 of those 'quart' bottles at one restaurant! (plus the beer)

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  17. XUP: I noticed that the 'fresh' restaurant had their own labelled bottle.
    this was my first visit to the carousel. the rides seemed quite long for your nickel!

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  18. Scott: it is really a feast or famine with me regarding activities! most weekend, I do very little.

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  19. Glad your busy-ness is done. Sounds like you know how to have a good time.

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  20. Wow. 68 animals! I'd be paralysed with indecision if I was under about 8 years old. And breathless with excitement. And probably have to go to the loo for a nervous wee. And that's all before I actually got given the ticket!
    Lovely post!

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  21. Geewits: it takes me a little while to recover from such weekends...

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  22. Katherine: but at a nickel a ride, you could keep track and try them all out!

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  23. Went to see your tall ships on flickr -wow you do love tall ships! Thanks for sharing!
    I love it because it brings back a memory of being on a large cruise ship for 3 weeks when I was 5 years old (from Indonesia to Holl)

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  24. Jeannette: I'm glad you liked my pics (and that you clicked to see them!) I was just as fascinated with the young people who were working on them. They were so enthusastic and thrilled to share their experiences and what they had learned about their ship.

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