Hamilton Family of Acton, Ontario, Canada
Don Valley Brick
a period of cold and flu the Hamilton Family ventures out of the house
with Uncle Joe as we head to Toronto's
Don Valley Brick Works. This is our second visit to the historic brick
works site on Bayview Avenue just off the Don Valley Parkway.
The site was a
working brick making facility - started in the late 1800's, in production
until the 1980's and has now been turned into a park with restorations
underway to restore the site. It is a smorgasbord of buildings and additions
that grew into a great puzzle that has largely been fenced and boarded
to keep out the tourists.
We have been lucky
in our visits to find access to the buildings which allow us to explore
the buildings and the remains of the manufacturing processes that happened
so long ago. Caution is required as you wander around the kilns and structures
that only partially fill the massive spaces. A wide assortment of interesting
and colourful graffiti covers most of the available space.
Even the kids
enjoyed the adventure! Click on the pictures below to see the larger photographs
of our visit to the Brick Works.
|January 28, 2007
Conan in a box
Ann's parents drop by on Sunday and
they play a trivial pursuit game with Ann and Erin. We put the box down
and Conan climbed in - it took awhile but he finally squeezed most of his
body into the tiny box and watched everyone having fun.
He likes boxes so much we even have
a bigger one that you can see in the background labeled "Conan's Box."
The box has a fur lining on the bottom and windows cut out so that Conan
can see what is going on in the living room.
|January 31, 2007
A hamster in the hand
We liked Conan's picture so much
that we brought down Erin's little hamster - Irwin, for a photoshoot of
his own. We were playing with him and got him wound up and he ended up
biting Erin! Poor Erin. UPDATE: Irwin took the long sleep and we miss him.
|February 1, 2007
Hydro changes a pole
Hills Hydro changes out an existing hydro pole along Highway 7 in Acton.
I think this is the pole (see pictures below) that has had the overhead
secondary road crossings hit a couple of times by trucks - so this pole
has taken a beating. Hopefully the overhead wires will be placed a little
|February 3, 2007
Royal Ontario Museum visit
My OEL curling bonspiel was cancelled
so I join my brother Joe, Ann and Erin and head into Toronto to visit the
Royal Ontario Museum (or ROM). That is Erin in the picture above as
she follows me around. We were dissapointed to find out the Egyptian display
We start off the visit with a free
30 minute tour of the facility with a great tour guide. Then we wander
around to see in more detail the various areas in the museum. You are allowed
to take photos but are not allowed to use a flash.
The cost for the visit was reasonable
and was an enjoyable way to spend a cold winter day.
The cold Canadian winter has come
back to the great white north. Blustery wind and snow make it difficult
to go out exploring so I though I would post some of our previous adventures.
The location pictured above is the Cheltenham Badlands of Caledon.
View some of our previous adventures
Lake - the Band's cottage, Swift
|February 9, 2007
A sunny day in Prospect Park
February continues cold and with
dismal cloud cover and snow. Today the sun popped out and it was nice -
still cold, but nice. Fairy Lake is frozen over and the snowmobiles have
taken to going out on the ice.
January and February are the tough
months to get through in Canada so we are almost into Spring!