Community Gardens – in all shapes and sizes

The Table, Community Food Centre, Perth Ontario (situated in a municipal picnic area and campground – the Last Duel- near the Tay River)

Lakefield Youth Unlimited Canoe Garden, Lakefield Ontario (situated smack dab in the middle of cottage country, profits from sales reduce rent in affordable housing units)

Centre 507 Community Garden, Ottawa Ontario (situated in the heart of the down-town core of our nation’s capital, the produce provides lunches for the needy)

  • Focus on Food for People
  • Value Food Providers
  • Localize Food Systems
  • Put Control Locally
  • Build Knowledge and Skills
  • Work with Nature
  • Recognize That Food Is Sacred
    Source: Toward Food Sovereignty For All, United Church of Canada report

The Colourful Peterborough Farmers Market

Every Saturday from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, rain or shine, Morrow Building/Memorial Centre Parking lot.

Raptor Rapture

Osprey numbers were in serious decline in the early 1950s to 1970s when pesticides poisoned the birds and thinned their eggshells. On the east coast of the United States, for example, about 90 percent of breeding pairs disappeared. Research on osprey populations supported wider legal arguments for a pesticide ban. After a ban on DDT in 1972, osprey numbers rebounded making them a conservation success story. There are many osprey around the Tay-Rideau Canal area – look for their large nests on manmade structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, and purpose-built platforms. This one was close to the Lower Beveridges Lockstation.

Pandion haliaetus

Pandion haliaetus

My Day on the Tay

Misty morning on the Tay River at the ‘put-in’ near Perth …


Lily pads close to the river banks …


Sleepy snake overhanging the water ….


Historic houses along the way …


Opening up on the Tay Marsh …


Approaching the Upper Beveridges Locks (where the Tay Canal meets the Rideau Canal) …


Late afternoon sky reflected in the water …


Sun setting in the evening to close the day – at the ‘take-out’ near Perth.


Morning on the Tay

Early morning scenes from my campsite along the Tay River in Perth (my unserviced site has no electricity or running water, but it includes Wifi). The Last Duel Campground is, as one might expect, the site of the last duel in Canada.