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Today we were booked on a city tour and it was perfect weather for doing it. We started at Bellevue House, which was the home for Sir John A MacDonald for a short time. It is now the best example of an Italianate Villa in Kingston. He was certainly quite a man and had such a profound impact on us as a nation.
We then went to the Kingston Penitentiary. It ...
We then went to the dock and boarded a sternwheeler for a 3 hour cruise through the 1000 islands. That is their name but there are actually 1800 islands and they all have summer "cottages" if you can call them that. Many are very grandiose, up to 7500 sq. ft. More like mini castles than cottages. Once one is owned it stays in the family for generations and is rarely sold. It was thoroughly relaxing and we just sat back and enjoyed the ...
... three Otto engines which ran a Gould pump for pumping domestic water. A storage battery was also installed in the Dynamo Room. Mr. Boldt employed electrician of his Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City to oversee the construction of the Power House which took 3 months and was completed in the fall of 1899 before the rest of the castle was even conceived.(note this info was on a sign that I photographed then OCR'd into text. pardon the typos). ...
The re-enactors at the Fort did some mid-19th century drill, which was cool -- but, of course, there would have been no women in the real British Army back in the day.
Not as soldiers, only as the few official wives (evidently only 6% of the Privates were allowed to get married 'officially' ... their wives and children were moved with the Regiment when it was relocated - anyone who was married unofficially, well, their wives ...
... I realized that coming here, I've gotten something that I may not get elsewhere.
Be in the moment, building an internal awareness of myself.
The lack of noise and people in my surrounding, gave me peace to reflect.
The lack of activity allow me to slow down everything I am doing, because there's no rush. I enjoyed my full hour of cooking and then another full hour of eating. Being in the moment, my mind opens to the details around me.