On the spur of the moment, I decided to head out to Picton today for a yarn show and I brought along my camera to visit some abandoned barracks.
The barracks aren’t completely abandoned as some local merchants have set up shop in the area. The goal is to revitalize the area while keeping the heritage of the place. I think its a great idea. Who wouldn’t want to wander the barracks and support local shops at the same time.
Of course, some of the buildings look beyond repair with roofs caving in and mother nature taking over as she usually does.
And what would I photograph if all the buildings looked all spruced up?
The winter has been quite cold and of course I’ve had to make two trips to the Toronto Islands but today’s trip was a little warmer than January’s. Which is not saying too much. It is winter after all.
There has been slight melt but things got cold again and even the city skyline looks chilled.
And those low lying clouds covering the top of the tower make things that much chillier looking. Luckily I don’t have to spend the whole day here as I hop on the ferry and head home to warm house.
Leaving the comfort of our hotel after breakfast we followed the coast going clockwise around the island from Auld’s Cove before ending in Ingonish. A full day on the island of exploring and photographing – what more could you ask for?
After making a quick pitstop to visit a friend of Nigel’s we drove to Cheticamp, a small island on the north-west side of Cape Breton. Cheitcamp is small enough to drive from end to end in about 20 minutes at very slow speeds. The gravel roads and the road blocks – aka a herd of cows, were the reason for the slow speed. We stumbled across a fishing area with sheds, boats, lobster traps,etc.
Leaving Cheticamp we discovered a small parking area along the rocky shoreline. Everywhere you looked along this strip of beach were piles of rocks deliberately built into small cairns and even a few inukshuks.
The best part of the drive were the windy roads.
I’m in love with Cape Breton and will be back again to explore her for longer. Tomorrow however, its time to leave on the ferry for Newfoundland. My other favourite province here on the eastern shores.