Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer is Here

Our first day of Summer stretched across time zones this year.  For the Arctic Circle the sunlight lasts for 24 hours - and is known as the midnight sun.  This is the astrological summer rather than the meteorological summer which started June 1st and ends August 31st.  I think of September as the start to Autumn, so I guess I have my two seasons mixed at various points. I blame the start of the school year on that confusion. 

You might reply with this silly solstice joke:
"Thanks for making the longest day of the year longer by explaining why it's the longest day of the year".

Or head over to the Huffington Post article on Manhattanhenge.  On July 12th the setting sun will be fully visible between skyscrapers lining the major east-west streets - 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42, and 57th Streets. The phenomenon is named after  Stonehenge.  Stonehenge 2017 has just been celebrated by 13,000 people. 

Our picture shows a family of geese crossing the road and heading down a laneway, a moment of pause for the Porsches. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Both Sides Now

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Shaw Guild Tour is very popular every year.  There are always a few historically significant properties or grand properties that make the $25.00 price worthwhile.  Of course, there's Niagara-on-the-Lake itself, a gorgeous summer destination.  

The tour included Queenston this year, and the showpiece property was the Bright Riverside Mansion.  This is not Willowdale, which is perched on the hill overlooking this house.  You can see from the pictures it is on the river bank with extensive views of the Niagara River.  We are able to see the river-facing exterior, with its ornate trellis work, glorious windows and lovely gardens.  The bottom picture shows the street view in April 2017.  So now we've seen both sides.

This house was built in the 1920's.  I haven't found a description or history so far, so can't tell you any more about it for now. i do know that the building is constructed from Queenston limestone.  You can read about the Niagara quarries 
here.  The article says that Queenston quarries produced the best building stone in Ontario.  This article shows scanned pictures of the area.  The last picture is a Muskie chart for fishermen at the Queenston Docks from 2004.