The first photo I want to show you today is the T shirt my parents gave us for our wedding anniversary. It has the name of our boat on it plus our two flags - Old Glory and Union Jack. My T shirt unfortunately did not fit despite it being labelled as a women's extra large. I could not even get my head through the hole (now that should cause a few comments from my "fans"). Mum has had to re-order another one for me.
Travelling along Canadian waterways I have seen several stacked stone arrangements looking like humans in people's gardens. I have finally found out what they are thanks to a very kind young man in Kingston. They are called inukshucks and are stone figures originally created by the Inuits. Inukshuk means "to act in the capacity of a human". They are supposed to say "someone was here" and "you are on the right path". We passed a nice one made by the lock keepers.
Talking of the lock keepers, they do a wonderful job despite having their hours cut and made to operate at times, more than one lock. They are always so pleasant and helpful when approaching the lock or in the locks. So, I say thank-you to them. Another thing that is great about the locks is the landscaping, toilets and picnic benches. They are big tourist traps and are well used by people who come to see the boats go through the locks.
All the Canadians we have met have been so nice. If on land when we approach a lock, they come to our aide to help with mooring. Many of them are fascinated with our boat (it is not common, at all). We have only seen 2 others since leaving Florida. The homes on the waterfront that we have passed often fly the Canadian flag. I do like to see patriotism. The only complaint I have about Canada (and it is the same in the U.S. and U.K) is the graffiti. It is on many buildings, underpasses etc. Some of the people who draw/paint them are quite talented. It is a shame they cannot put their talents to a better use.
I forgot to mention that when returned to Toronto after attending the wedding in Las Vegas we saw many apartments being built which would really add to the population. Toronto is a very eclectic city with many different nationalities.
I have finally received my replacement telephoto lens which means I can start taking close-ups again. My first close-up was of a pair of loons. What a magnificent bird. I used to love penguins, then pelicans. Now it is loons. Their call, which is often heard at night is quite unique and eerie sounding. If you go on Youtube and type in "Loons" you will see and hear loons.