Stepping out – Week 1

May 1-7

I like to walk. I like to take photos. I like to explore. I like to travel.

Over the next few months I will chronicle my daily walks with regular posts and photos of something different and/or interesting that I have seen in the previous few days. Although my goal is to cover all the streets in the core of Kingston, Ontario, in the next several months, I will post photos of other places around the world where I am putting in my 10,500 steps a day as well.

Feel free to walk along with me virtually. Or if you want to walk beside me some day, let me know.

The thing that has struck me so much this first week of May is just how quickly life returns to the birds, the plants and the people when the days get longer and the sun is warmer. After cold colourless winter, the flowers bursting up from the ground or on twigs that a week ago looked dry and dead is invigorating.

The lake, that not long ago was a thick block of ice is now open and suddenly there are boats out on the water.

I hope to wander in all the streets in the Kingston core in the next few months. My aim is to take notice of things that I pass by. I find that my photography helps me do that. I am always on the lookout for something visually appealing and it makes me stop and ponder.

For example, I have likely walked along this street many times – Montreal Street, just east of Princess – but have never actually “seen” this shoe repair, clock repair or seamstress. Now I know where to easily find these services. I probably won’t use Cleopatra’s nails. What a colourful little collection of shops.

Montreal Street near Queen – Kingston Ontario

Walking along in front of the Frontenac Court House one evening I was struck by how grand this building is. Apparently it was built between 1855-8. A fire destroyed some of the dome in 1874 and a new larger dome was added.

Courthouse about 10 pm on May 7, 2019
Wikipedia photo of the courthouse in 1860.

If you missed reading about how my idea for this blog series came about, I have explained it HERE.

3 thoughts on “Stepping out – Week 1

  1. The seamstress on Montreal St is terrific…I’ve used that business many times, for things as simply as hemming trousers to actual dress alterations. I love this project!!

  2. What a splendid idea! As one from south of the border, it will be great to see your hometown.
    Keep on walking – the best way to keep healthy and happy.

  3. Pingback: Stepping out – Week 2 | johnageddes

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