Friday, 28 August 2015

The Waterfront Pub - a grand gesture from a stranger!

The Waterfront Pub Napanee
What an interesting day. Hubby needed some of his favourite face wash from The Body Shop. Now, we can do the 60-minute drive into Bayshore, an Ottawa mall (or Carlingwood Mall), but the parking is tough for him (I take photos). Instead, he said, let's go to Kingston's Cataraqui Mall!

Then, ever the trip advisor, he came up with a plan. After we get his goop, we would go to Napanee, to eat at The Waterfront Pub! We were there May 17th, and it was cool. I mean cold, it was great, though!

My ideal summer day is eating lunch beside water, al fresco! Hubby knows this. He's pretty cold, most of the time, and we've had some chilly outdoor lunches. He's awfully good to me! We hoofed it to the mall, picked up our suds, and wandered a bit. It was nice and quiet in the mall.
Our day trip!

Off to The Waterfront Pub! They have an amazing terrace, with individual patio tents, and a computer on the terrace, sending meal and drink orders into the pub itself. As we arrived, with self-seating in force, I spotted a woman just signing off on her check. We sort of hovered. The server came by, didn't like me hovering (aggressive vs. assertive?), and showed us a couple of tables for two, not beside the water. She would reseat us, if possible. I told her we'd just driven 120 km to eat there! She explained that another patron was waiting for our table. We sat elsewhere. The server came back. She said that the gentleman waiting for the table usually sits here with his dog. He saw how anxious I was to sit there, and he gave up the table for us!

We sat, ordered our drinks, and I ordered a drink for the gentleman in thanks. He is a popular man. I could see all of the servers know him, and were visiting him on the way by. He nodded thanks, lifted his glass, and he sipped his white wine!

We were waiting for our meals, and he came over with his dog, Spencer. Spencer is 11 years old, and they usually sit there on the end, but where they were sitting, there weren't any other patrons and he was fine. He knew I was keen on the table beside the water. He thanked us for the drink, and we chatted for a bit. I didn't get a photo of Spencer, who is feeling his age (aren't we all, I said!) and we chatted some more. He told us about driving home through Godfrey, as they've set some elk there, to increase the population. In January, when all is frozen, we will remember these lovely days!

I explained to the man that we've been managing cancer treatments for several years, and we are enjoying each day, one day at a time. He asked about surgery, and I said that it didn't successfully get all of the cancerous cells.  He wished us a good day, and our respective meals came. While we were still eating, I saw him wave to me, again, his meal finished, and off he went with his buddy.

A short time thereafter, our server came over with some news. THE GENTLEMAN BOUGHT US OUR LUNCH! We all wept with joy. Several servers came over and we all had tears in our eyes. Too many humans gone wrong hit the news. This man gave us such a grand gift, such a sweet gesture!

From our May visit!

Off we went to see the falls. The gentleman and his dog were sitting by the water, too. I was still so moved, that I didn't snap a photo of beloved Spencer. We thanked him, again, profusely!

There is excellent signage around this renovated park.

We tootled around town, exploring the old buildings!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Caterpillar tales

I spotted several of these caterpillars on various wild raspberry bushes. They were intriguing, as they wrapped their tails around the branch as I approached, anticipating heaven knows what!

Upon the advice, a couple of years ago, from my BAMONA volunteer expert, I brought in a raspberry vine and a medium-sized caterpiggly.  There were several small cocoons about, too.

Friday, August 14: popped it into the aquarium, it was going up and down the aquarium sides. I didn't know what it was doing. I nearly became sorry for it, and released it.
Saturday, August 15th: I'm glad I stuck to it, as it has now created a cocoon! We will wait patiently for it to emerge.
It is a moth of some sort...we'll see!

Then there were these!

I've seen one of these before!

Great Leopard Moth
Aug. 25

Meanwhile, they sit in the aquarium, coming out at night to eat, going into the toilet paper rolls in the day to hide.