However, last week we caught our breath and went to the Keefer Mansion Inn for a two-day getaway. Very reasonable, very lovely, very quiet. Poor Bart went to prison for the first time. You would not have believed the look on his face when we picked him up - it said, "What on earth were you thinking???????" Our holiday obviously went better than his. We'd even paid for play time (yes, I know, we're nuts) and he refused (a Jack Russell refusing to play?) so they refunded our play fee.
During our stay, we went for a drive to Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Niagara Falls, and Niagara on the Lake. While the Welland Canal is open, (this is the shipping route to get around the Falls between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario) you would not believe the ice flows still on Lake Erie.
We stopped for a short visit to see the butterflies in the Niagara Parks. I had a phobia about butterflies for many years. Don't know why I did, but three years ago during a monarch march through the garden - I'd planted all sorts of things for them to eat. I decided enough already. I went out to the garden, stood between the garden beds and watched as hundreds of butterflies fluttered from one flower to the next over my head - it was beautiful. Phobia done, but still have to work on my butterfly photos.
This down from the falls - the whirlpool lookout.
This is the device that you go on to hang over the whirlpool. It is 100 years old or so.
From this angle you can see just how incredibly low-tech it is. That red box is made of wood.
And for peeps like me, who have yet to conquer their fear of heights, they can just drive around the whirlpool from the comfort of their car, or perhaps their bike.
This great cat guards the entrance to the butterfly conservatory.
It really is a lovely looking facility.
The horticultural students were out working like fiends - no doubt this bed is all clean and ready to go by now.
There is a sign before you go in to let you know about the varieties that you'll see. So for those of you who like to label your photos correctly - this would be a possibility.
What a fun office window to have....just noticed my reflection is verging on slightly creepy....
Made me think of poor Bart.
And just a few more random shots, because I really don't want to get down to work.