So Who doesn’t Love a Great Brewery? Prince Eddy’s Brewery

You know I post mostly wildlife photos/adventures and landscapes, flowers etc but I also love Beer. I can’t help it, it’s my thing. A friend of mine Lesley B. told me that she knows me well because on Instagram I would only post wildlife photos and photos of Craft breweries! That pretty much describes me and my life.

So here is a token wildlife photo, and then on to one of my favourite breweries, right here in my area where I live.

Did someone say BEER? Yuck………………

We took a drive to Prince Edward County last Friday, or as we in the area call it, The County. I know I have mentioned this place a zillion times before but it’s a pretty awesome island. There are approximately 40 wineries, 10 craft breweries, (that might be higher) cider places, a distillery, one of the best beaches in Canada, at Sandbanks Provincial Park (Formed on the world’s largest baymouth dune barrier formation) (whatever that means, but it sounds impressive).

Also – I’m not done…..North Beach Provincial Park, Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park and assorted Conservation areas. And…..some of the best restaurants I have ever had the pleasure to visit. (Shout out particularly to Maran’s Dinebar) The County isn’t so much a place but a way of living or life style. Awesome festivals and shopping, I could go on but I won’t. We’re here to talk about beer.

Now I think I will do the local breweries in separate posts. I am doing this for two reasons, the first being that this post would be super long and who wants to read a super long Blog post? Not me…. And also because we aren’t traveling, I don’t have a lot of new wildlife photos to share. Which is sad…. mostly sad for me. In the meantime, enjoy reading about local breweries.

So on to the breweries …… man I get distracted easily! Or as we say in Canada….Squirrel! (that’s another story)

Prince Eddy’s Brewing Company, one of my favourites and my husband’s also.

The Man, The Myth, The Legend……. My Husband!

They are located in Picton (Ontario, Canada) in the Industrial Park. Prince Eddy’s has a great outdoor area including a beach volleyball court, outdoor kitchen and a stage for live music. On their website they state they have a 2 storey tasting room which I did not know and we go there A LOT. They do have a seating area in the main part where the bar is so I will have to be more observant when I go back. It doesn’t mention food on their website but I know in the past they have had Food Trucks there.

I remember the first time we went there, a few years ago now. We decided to share a taster tray, or sampler tray, whatever you call it. They put all these cute little glasses of beer on a skateboard, that was their tray. Problem was, they didn’t take the wheels off the skateboard! I recall sitting at the table and Clint and I batted this thing back and forth so it wouldn’t roll over the edge. Pretty funny. We haven’t sat there to have a beer since the Apocalypse began so now we normally go in, grab some to go beer and head home to drink it.

Me, wanting to drive this cool car….

They have a varied beer selection. Now I love IPA’s, the hoppier the better. Hoppy makes me Happy. My husband prefers Stouts and Porters, preferably barrel aged. He loves their Dark Side BBA (Bourbon Barreled Aged) Imperial Stout made with Coffee, Chocolate & Vanilla. That’s only one of a few Stouts that they have and he likes ’em all. I sent this one – Coco Dojo Imperial Stout with Banana, Coconut, Coffee and Vanilla – to my son in Toronto. He is very excited to try this, I mean come on, Banana? It sounds cool. I love their Hazy Brigade IPA and I like So Many Friends Session NEIPA. They have Blonde ales, Black Lagers, Lagers and their Cream Ale is great and I could go on but I won’t. Suffice to say, hit this one up if you get over there.

They also have Sour beers. My husband’s theory is that a few years ago someone, somewhere, screwed up their vat of beer and decided to market and sell it as something “unique” rather than dump it and lose money. So from that you can gather that we do not like Sour Beer, I mean is it even beer? But that’s my opinion only…….it appears to sell mostly to the young’uns not experienced beer drinkers like us.

We met the owner, Aaron (Erin?) last summer when we were camping at Bon Echo Provincial Park. He and his buddy from Midtown Brewing Company asked if they could walk through our site as a shortcut to their site. We said sure and as they were carrying/drinking cans of beer and we were sitting drinking beer, we struck up a conversation. Now what d’ya suppose we talked about? lol

At Prince Eddy’s the staff are great and the prices reasonable. So check them out!

And as they say on their website, Stay Safe, and Stay Frothy!

Amherst Island – 9 March Day Trip

This past Tuesday we got up really early, too early for humans, and were in the truck and on our way before 6 a.m. Why? I dunno to be honest. We wanted an early start to go to Amherst Island and we wanted to catch the ferry from the Millhaven Ferry Dock which leaves on the half hour. So we got to the ferry terminal at 650 and yup had to wait until 730 to get across ! It only took us about 45 minutes to drive to the ferry but we did have to stop for gas. Oh well, we bonded while sitting in our truck.

Ferry leaving for Amherst Island

So the ferry to Amherst Island is $9 for our truck, return. It holds a surprising amount of vehicles. We were not allowed to get out of our truck because of Covid but it’s only about a 20 minute run so not bad at all except for some photos I took which are not great. I would like to have gotten better photos of the ferry and the trip because taking photos out a truck window is not ideal.

Us driving on to the ferry, I took this out of our front window

Amherst Island is in Lake Ontario and just west of Kingston, Ontario. There is a small village named Stella. Every time I hear or see the name Stella I immediately yell it out like Marlon Brando did in the movie Streetcar Named Desire to Kim Hunter’s character. Stellllllaaaaa !

Anyways, moving on…….

I guess Harrowsmith magazine named Stella as one of the prettiest towns in Canada. Yeah I don’t think so, it’s quaint and cute but far from the prettiest.

So after our cool ferry ride, breaking through the ice, we landed on the Island, at the Stella Ferry Dock. This island is chock full of windmills, hawks, deer, wild turkeys and sometimes owls. But we did not see any owls this day.

We saw so many of the above mentioned wildlife and yet most were always so far away.

We also spotted a fox with either a duck or Mourning Dove in his mouth. He ran from the shore of Lake Ontario, across the road in front of our truck and was gone just that quick. I did manage to snap two quick shots out of the truck front window while the truck was still moving. Needless to say they did not make the cut, pretty bad photos but still so cool to see.

So many deer on the island

There are lots of farms on the island and SHEEP ! I love sheep, they are just so cute.

Scratching an itch

This little deer was by a farmers barn, maybe he wanted to get in with the sheep.

Young one

We drove by a cemetery and sitting by the fence was a cute little deer and two others were behind the fence of the cemetery. Of course he couldn’t stay down, he had to get up and flee. We didn’t even leave our truck.

There are a lot of windmills on the island. I like windmills, a lot of people do not, they find them intrusive. Construction on these ones began late in 2016 and there are about 26 Turbines. I like the look of them and I do not find them noisy. However I do have to say I am not well versed in the pros/cons of having windmills so I will not say anymore on this topic (although I do have some opinions) Are there windmills where you live? How do you feel about them?

As we were leaving to go back to catch the ferry, we were stopped at a Stop sign and I looked to the right and there was a hawk sitting right outside my window on a fence post. So how do ya like that? I was able to get a few shots that turned out okay

Off he goes
Crazy Landing in the field

Below is us leaving Amherst Island on the ferry, see all the ice on the water. We just went on through it! And the ferry leaves the island every hour on the hour.

Ferry leaving Amherst Island

After we got off the ferry,we drove about 30 minutes down the road and caught the FREE Glenora ferry over to Prince Edward County. I have written about the County before so I won’t speak again about it here. But …. it’s an island and this ferry is free because they consider this an extension of the Ontario Provincial Highway from Kingston area to The County.

Below is the Glenora Ferry as we are arriving in The County at the docks, we did not go through any ice, the passageway was clear water.

Coming into the docks in The County on the Glenora Ferry

Again we could not leave our vehicles and the ride was maybe 20 minutes. After we got off the ferry we drove maybe 2 minutes up the road to a brewery. The Lake on the Mountains brewery to be exact so we stopped in there to buy some craft beer to take home.

That was it, that was our day on Tuesday.

Stay safe Everyone.

Prince Edward County Drive – 21 February

Lake Ontario at North Beach Provincial Park

So last Sunday we headed out to Prince Edward County, it was a beautiful day and we wanted to leave early to get the sunrise. But we were running late so we just moseyed down the road to Bain Park in Trenton for a short time. I wanted to try to capture some photos of the sunrise and to drive to another location would have meant missing it.

Sunrise from Bain Park overlooking Bay of Quinte
Bain Park

After that we headed to North Beach Provincial Park for a walk along Lake Ontario. The park was closed so we parked outside the gate and walked in. We were the only ones there, probably because it was so early!

Main Gate at North Beach Provincial Park
Walking along the beach
Lake Ontario

We walked for quite a while along the beach and we didn’t even see a bird. It was very quiet.

We stopped in Wellington, at Rotary Beach, and sat by the bay drinking our coffee. Then we walked around and took photos of the ducks, Canada geese and Swans. There were so many birds in the water and more kept flying in.

Wellington Bay residents

This one duck was quite busy, most of the waterfowl just floated around but this guy was pretty energetic.

Probably trying to keep warm!

They have a lighthouse which is on the point separating Lake Ontario from Wellington Bay.

Short path to the Lighthouse which overlooks Lake Ontario
Lighthouse which I did in B&W with a touch of green
Looking along the shore to the right of the Lighthouse

The photo below I took while standing in front of the Lighthouse and looking back towards Wellington Bay. Clint and I like to canoe in Wellington Bay in the summer, not so much in Lake Ontario!

Channel going from Lake Ontario to the Bay

After that we headed to Long Point . We stopped at this rock face on the way there, it was covered by ice, kind of cool.

The road to Long Point, below

Road to Long Point

The road was gated off to get to this Lighthouse so I took this from the opposite shore where we stopped for a bit.

On the way home we stopped so I could get a quick shot of The Bluffs at Little Bluffs Conservation Area. This is a 20 metre high limestone bluff overlooking Prince Edward Bay. This Conservation Area is still closed, it has been closed for the last few months. 

So that was our day, lots of being outdoors and great spots to visit.

Stay safe and take care.

5:30 In the Morning and -22 Celsius – Sure Let’s go to the Park…

Clint and I decided last Fall that during this Apocalypse, we would make a point to go out driving/hiking at least two days a week. We still occasionally walk around the block but we wanted to get off our street, with our cameras, and see what was going on in some of our local parks and Conservation Areas, in our area.

Yesterday was supposed to be nice albeit COLD but we decided to get up at o’dark thirty (translation – 5:30 a.m.) , dress, grab our coffee and go… so we did. We were hoping to get to Presquile Provincial Park for the sunrise. It was -22 Celsius when we left. But you know, the guy on the radio said there was no wind chill so there you go, hardly cold at all.

Lake Ontario is still not frozen but there is lots of ice and some very tiny mini volcanoes along the shoreline. One area off shore, there was a lot of frazzle ice and I thought it looked very unique. So other worldly, don’t you think? There is the shore, with snow on it, then open water and then the dark patches are the ice pieces.

Frazzle Ice off the shore

Just another view along the beach, the snow has almost a pink look to it from the sunrise which is over to the left of this photo.

Lake Ontario Shoreline

We did see some turkeys but they are so fast! Before I could get out of the truck, they were gone. We did see a small group of about 6 deer playing the woods but there weren’t cooperating for their photo being taken.

Young fawn

We had a great morning in the Park but time to head over to Chisholm Mills. This is a very picturesque Mill and I love photos of it. They believe this mill was built in 1851 and in 1857 the Chisholm family bought it and it has been in the same family since. That is amazing isn’t it? So below is the whole view, such a scenic spot.

Chisholm MIlls

You know me, or maybe you don’t, but I love to do old buildings in B&W so here it is below.

Chisholm Mills

So that was our outing, social distance was enforced, mostly because we saw NO ONE because it was SO EARLY and SO COLD. lol

Stay safe!

And yes,  Zoewiezoe, Trum was there, he just didn’t want to leave the warmth of the truck!

What to do on Cold Winter Days – Presquile Provincial Park and Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area

Yesterday we went to Massassauga Point Conservation Area Today we head to Presquile Provincial Park and Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area.

Two swans, enjoying the cold water?
Shoreline of Lake Ontario, no ice on the water. This is not the year for freezing up I guess
Swans hanging out
Lighthouse

A sign is displayed telling about the loss of the Speedy, a ship that supposedly sunk off this shore. This is a very interesting article detailing how this ship, had it not sunk, could have changed the course of Canadian History. Click above link in the word Speedy to read it.

The Loss of the Speedy sign by the Lighthouse.
Marsh area

Presquile has lots of history and historical tidbits. Below is a sign detailing a cemetery that used to be here where there is buried some of the earliest European settlers, who settled on this point, during the first half of the nineteenth century. You can’t see the spot anymore as they let it grow over.

Old Cemetery
Clint took a photo of me by Lake Ontario, see the swans are behind me!

Off to GOODRICH-LOOMIS CONSERVATION AREA

We left the Park and headed to Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area, not too far away. This is a nice area with 12 kilometres of trails, picnic areas and a nice river.

Trail Map at the Trail Head
Start of the Trail!
Deep in the Woods…sort of
River View
View of the river from a bridge
I don’t know why these caught my eye, some kind of seed pods?

I spotted this piece of ice in the river on a stick so thought I’d play around in Lightroom with it. Just a little something different.

It was funny when we went back to our truck we saw a lady heading out on the trails and she looked like our friend Jane, but it wasn’t. Jane if you are reading this, you have a doppelganger out there!

It was a long day and we were glad to get home and put our feet up, we aren’t getting any younger. I sound more and more like an old person every day! lol

Stay safe Everyone

What to do on Cold Winter Days – Massassauga Point

View of the Bay and way out in the distance you can barely see little dots which are ice fishing huts

This week has been pretty cold here in Ontario. But we had decided last fall that we were going to try to get out at least twice a week and go somewhere to hike and do our photography, other than walk around our block. We are still under lockdown in Ontario so we stay in our area. Over the past two days we have gone to Massassauga Point Conservation Area, Presquile Provincial Park and Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area. I will do a separate post on the last two places.

We are truly fortunate to have so many Provincial Parks and Conservation Areas close to us.

On our way to Massassauga Point we passed this sign by the side of the road. I have never heard this expression before and didn’t know quite what to make of it. Some of my friends don’t like and some find it funny. It’s certainly unique! Now if you aren’t sure, because I wasn’t, they are referring to eggs, who knew?

I have no words…

Anyways on to our destination…

Massassauga Point Conservation Area is about 60 acres set on the Bay of Quinte. There are a few trails you can take and a spot for having a picnic. The parking lot is close to the water and we could see one lone ice hut just off the shore. Some portions of the trails follow the shoreline, which is really nice and some go through the forest or past an old quarry.

Clint walking the trail which follows the water
Into the forest
You never know what you’ll find in the bush
I wonder where the other half is !

So one day of winter adventures, tomorrow off to Presquile Provincial Park and Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area. I think we are supposed to get a lot more colder weather coming next week but so far, hardly any snow. Is that good or bad? I say not so bad but I know skiers would like more!

Stay safe.

Lake Ontario – Throwback to the Winter of 2019…

We have been going pretty regularly to Presquile Provincial Park this winter to walk and do photography. This park is right on Lake Ontario and strangely the Lake has not frozen up this winter. In fact we really do not have a winter to speak of here in Ontario, Canada. We should have winter! We were in the Park a few days ago and the waves were lapping at the shore. No freezing happening.

I got looking back through old photos, well not that old………but I wanted to see what winter USED to be like on Lake Ontario. Now I just sound like an old person………….

Anyways, this Post is showing photos I took in the Park in March 2019. So only two years ago and it was so fun to see the Ice Volcanoes. And we also came across a beaver. What more could you ask for?

Clint standing in front of some of the volcanoes

These ice volcanoes have an actual scientific name, they are called cryovolcanoes. I put a link in the first paragraph, kind of interesting how these things come to be. It’s dangerous to climb on top of these as they are usually hollow. So you could be lucky and come down alive….or not! So be careful.

These seagull has claimed this one as his own. Where’s his little flag?

We barely have any snow and it’s heading to the last week of January. And by any, I mean we have maybe one centimetre. So it’s nice to have photos to look at.

It almost looks otherworldly, like another planet!
Clint walking on the water to get to the island. It was frozen over!

There are thousands of birds on this island, as you can see. Clint startled them all
I feel like he is plotting a world take-over, like Pinky and the Brain
Keep walking humans

It was nice to look back at these photos.

So what’s your winter like where you live?

Stay safe, until next time.

A Nice Day for a Walk in the Park

We headed out bright and early Saturday morning for Presquile Provincial Park, about 30 minutes from our home. We go there quite a bit, it’s a big park set on Lake Ontario and lots of trails and some wildlife. No wildlife today for us which is unusual, we almost always see something. But a nice walk around the park nonetheless!

Clint took a photo of me by this very cool tree

It was -14 Celsius this morning and didn’t warm up while we were there which was from 730 a.m. and until about 1030-1040. We like to get up and go early when we go places. Usually there is hardly any people around which is kind of nice. I think we came out here about 2 weeks ago and were surprised then that Lake Ontario along the shore line was not frozen, and not today either! Usually it is and some years we get some cool ice volcanoes showing up.

I took a photo of this big rock on the beach, I don’t know why I like it but I do

We did a couple of hikes and walked along the beach and over around Owen’s Point.

Part of the Pioneer/Newcastle Trail

Part of the Owen Point Trail
Heading towards the beach area

We did see a few finches in the trees, they are pretty cute. They were chomping down on some pinecones.

Take care everyone, until next time.

RIP Old Barn

The Old Barn

There is a Conservation Area near where we live, Potter’s Creek Conservation Area to be precise. There are trails and an off leash dog walking trail; at the entrance by the parking lot, there is a big old barn. I love barns.

Well I just learned this past Saturday that they are tearing it down. So this morning my husband and I went down to take a couple of photos. The barn comes down tomorrow. So sad. They said they might leave the old stone foundation so there’s that…………..

I took this photo and then did the editing in B&W. I love old buildings and landscapes in B&W. Well not ALL but some…
Clint took this photo of me in front of the old barn

This area will sure look different but I’m glad I learned about the demolition ahead of time and was able to take some memory photos.

Stay safe…………..

I Do Love The County

For those that don’t know, Prince Edward County or The County is an island, just a short hop, skip and a jump from our house. The main towns are Picton, Wellington and Bloomfield with assorted other little villages along the way. It’s a very popular destination if you live in Ontario or Quebec, hugely popular. Why you might ask? Well they have the Sandbanks Provincial Park (includes the World’s World’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation), tons of wineries, breweries, cute shops and boutiques, bakeries (Wellington Bakery is our favourite) and some of the finest restaurants I have ever been to. And there is lots more including outdoor activities, parks, festivals, events and so on and so on. There is a great article in the NY Times about The County.

But I digress, a few days ago, we went for the day as the weather was great and we wanted to get out of our house. We headed to Beaver Meadows Conservation Area for a hike. We hadn’t been here for a long time and I honestly didn’t remember it. There are a couple of short hiking trails and some old ruins and wetlands. It’s not very big and doesn’t take long to go around.

The ruins were kind of cool, I love ruins. There was no signage to say what this was but I am thinking maybe a farm, but I don’t know for sure.

The trails were nice but not very long and there were a couple of spots to look out over the wetlands.

We left there and headed over to Gillinghams Brewery for an outdoor beverage. But first we stopped at Carson’s a really cute store which is just down the road from the brewery.

I don’t know why but we had never been inside before

And then to the Brewery…………Gillingham Brewing Company

When you go to the back they have several picnic tables with overhead heaters and a couple of tables with fireplaces inset into the table. They also have an outdoor firepit with Adirondack chairs all around. Quite a cute spot to have a beverage in the winter without going inside.

So another fun day, a little of this and a little of that……….Stay Safe!