Monday, October 20, 2014


You'll Shoot Your Eye Out 

October 2014 - Toronto ON

I took these photos last week walking along Lake Ontario, a magnificent montage of colour.

Perfect Day - Lou Reed

Just a perfect day
Drink Sangria in the park
And then later
When it gets dark, we go home

Just a perfect day
Feed animals in the zoo
Then later
A movie, too, and then home

Oh, it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

Just a perfect day
Problems all left alone
Weekenders on our own
It's such fun

Our World Tuesday

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Our World Tuesday

August 2014 - Point Prim PEI

I found a description at the Point Prim Lighthouse site.

Gar Gillis is the creator of Hannah’s Bottle Village. He was inspired by Mount Carmel, the bottle village up west. He named it Hannah’s Bottle Village and he said that his Uncle Linwood had a summer cottage on PEI and his granddaughter, Hannah, spent a lot of time on the island, so he named it after her. Actually, each building in the bottle village is named after a relative. The first building built was the church. It is named after youngest grandson, Noah. 

There is no admission charge, but donations are being collected for the IWK children’s hospital in Halifax.

The last thing to be built was the gate, named after step granddaughter Peyton.

The second building to rise was the Sydney’s General Store, named after granddaughter, Sydney.  

The third building created was the school house dubbed Cameron Allan Davies Schoolhouse after oldest grandson.

The fourth building to be built was the imitation “Annalee home”.

Number six is JR’s Tea Room, named after late Mom, Jesse Ross, who apparently always had the teapot on.

What's more Canadian than Tim Horton's!

The fifth building was named after his Dad and former lighthouse keeper, Norman Gillis.

Rubbish Tuesday

Finally a home for all those photos I take of old items!!

Continuing with our travels along Route 66 featuring iconic motel signs and other landmarks.

November and December 2012 saw us taking our first winter sojourn away from cold and snowy Toronto. We drove across from Toronto to (eventually) Los Angeles and back in the spring of 2013. We made many stops along the towns of Route 66 on interstate 40.

Winter 2013 and spring 2014 saw us do the same trip but we took interstate 10, further south from Route 66.

A trip to Chicago gave us another Route 66 photo op.

In earlier years we had taken many vacations in California which also led to some Route 66 icons.

I am enjoying doing these posts as I research the hotels and motels along the way and learn many new things.
Wikipedia is usually my source.

The Glancy - Clinton OK
Blue Swallow Motel - Tucumcari NM
Wigwam Motel - Rialto CA
Holbrook AZ
Gallup NM
Gallup NM

November 2012 - Tucumcari NM

We'll be back in Tucumcari next week.

In 1901, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad built a construction camp in the western portion of modern-day Quay County. Originally called Ragtown, the camp became known as Six Shooter Siding, due to numerous gunfights. Its first formal name, Douglas, was used only for a short time. After it grew into a permanent settlement, it was renamed Tucumcari in 1908. The name was taken from Tucumcari Mountain, which is situated near the community. Where the mountain got its name is uncertain. It may have come from the Comanche word "tukamukaru", which means to lie in wait for someone or something to approach. A 1777 burial record mentions a Comanche woman and her child captured in a battle at Cuchuncari, which is believed to be an early version of the name Tucumcari.

In December 1951, a water storage tank collapsed in the city. Four were killed and numerous buildings were destroyed.

The Pony Soldier motel was torn down in 2010 but the sign remains.

 The Palomino opened in 1953. The original sign is now in the Neon Museum in Las Vegas which I will feature in an upcoming post.

The Apache Motel opened in 1964.

The Trails West sign is from the 50s or 60s.

The Americana Motel opened as the Desert Air Motel around 1935. This sign is probably from the 1950s. The lettering was adapted and the cactus on top of the sign was removed.

I Heart Macro Monday

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Sharing at Macro Monday and I Heart Macro.

October 2014 - Toronto ON

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

July 2014 - Toronto ON

Graffiti alley: The colourful murals that run in the alley south of Queen St. W. have so far escaped Mayor Rob Ford’s war against worthless graffiti — and it’s no wonder why. The street art that runs west of Spadina Ave. all the way to Portland St. brightens up an otherwise dank and dirty concrete lane with colourful images and words.

 Ford can say what he likes but turning down this alley is a glorious burst of colour and talent.