Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – #61 – Precious Pets

thanks to Travels and Trifles for hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Over the years I’ve had numerous ‘precious pets’ as have my daughters and sisters. Not all these lovelies belong to me but they are someone’s precious pet and I was privileged to have taken their picture.fullsizeoutput-6fd6
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Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge – Week 34

…thanks to Xingfu Mama for hosting Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge

From the rides on the kid’s midway at the CNE to the old and unusual seats at the Ancaster Mill.

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Thursday Doors – Ancaster Mill

….thanks to Norm for hosting Thursday Doors

This week I celebrated another birthday. They seem to come faster every year. My husband had to make a trip to Hamilton for a quick medical procedure so I went with him. When he was done he surprised me by driving to Ancaster to treat me to a wonderful lunch at the Ancaster Mill. It was a very easy and short trip from the hospital and the scenery along the way was beautiful.

The Ancaster Mill is situated beside a creek, with a large dining room built out overlooking the falls. It is the third oldest building in Ontario and has quite the history. Check it out here. IMG-3506
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The mill is situated on a hill to take advantage of the waterfall so walking from the parking lot to the restaurant can be an issue for people with mobility problems. There is, however, a driveway by the doors to the main entrance where passengers can be dropped off.IMG-3530
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Before our lunch we walked around the grounds for a few minutes before heading up the stairs past the mill.IMG-3493
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After a very delicious lunch we continued up another set of stairs to check out the new wedding chapel and pergola that was still under construction.IMG-3518
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I can’t recommend the mill any more highly for a special occasion or splurge. It’s well worth the drive from anywhere in the Golden Horseshoe area or GTA.
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A Photo a Week Challenge – What’s for Dinner?

…thanks to Nancy Merrill for hosting A Photo a Week Challenge

My husband is wonderful cook and all of these meals were prepared by him in the last few months despite his ongoing illness (which is much better by the way).

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A Visit to the ‘Turrets’ With My Little Princess

….turrets is what Winnie calls the playscape in High Park

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with my granddaughter so that her mom could spend some time with her father in the hospital. She was very excited when she found out that I was taking her to High Park.

The Jamie Bell Adventure Park was a community built playground and very popular with families. In March of 2012 the place was torched by a suspected arsonists. The community quickly rallied and raised enough money to rebuild the structures and the adventure park was reopened in August of the same year.

When Winnie and I arrived there were ‘hordes’ (the word used by Winnie) of children there enjoying the space. Even though Winnie is not yet four she didn’t let the crowds deter her from having a good time. I got quite the workout running after her so I wouldn’t lose sight of her.IMG-3343
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The only way I could get her away from the turrets was to bribe her with ice-cream.IMG-3368
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Afterwards we headed over to the zoo to see Fred the peacock. She calls all the peacocks Fred but unfortunately none of them were displaying their tail feathers. She did like this goat standing on the rocks overlooking his harem.
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Like the goat Winnie wanted to sit up high above the rest of us and she convinced Oma to lift her up onto this massive stump on the walkway.
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After a very long walk back to the car she collapsed onto the cool grass and had a wee rest.
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These are the special moments that grandparents live for.

By the way, my husband was released from the hospital and is now resting at home.