IPhriday visit with the Grands

img_2737Here’s a selection of photos taken with my iPhone 6 during the past week while my Pennsylvania grandchildren were visiting. The first three are from Canada Day, on July 1 – hence the red and white clothing.

Terrible two SKA sitting in the six.

Terrible two SKA sitting in the six.

AKA - almost six - on the Charlottetown waterfront.

AKA – almost six – in the 0 of 2016 on the Charlottetown waterfront.

We spent one morning at Belfast Mini-Mills where they build small mills for cleaning, carding, spinning and skeining fibres which they ship around the world.  They also have resident animals – which is why we took the children: goats, sheep, angora rabbits, giant German brown rabbits, silky chickens, and a friendly dog.

Two kids and Momma feeding another kid.

Two kids and Momma feeding another kid at Belfast Mini-Mills, PEI.

Four kids and our wonderful tour guide at Belfast Mini-Mills

Four kids and our wonderful tour guide

On the way home from Mini-Mills we stopped in Eldon for lunch at the Chuckwagon Farm Market, restaurant and play area. They have a huge corn maze in the fall.

AKA masters the steam shovel in the sandbox at the Chuck Wagon restaurant and playground, in Eldon, PEI.

AKA masters the steam shovel in the sandbox at the Chuck Wagon’s playground.

On their last full day on PEI, I had help in the garden and we had a mini-birthday party after supper. Chocolate cupcakes without frosting were a hit!

HKA (4 1/2) helps Nana by picking up spent lilac blooms she has pruned.

HKA (4 1/2) helps Nana by picking up spent lilac blooms.

Happy late birthday to SKA and early birthday to AKA.

Happy late birthday to SKA and early birthday to AKA.

This is a day late for iPhriday, managed by Gray Days and Coffee, where you can see other posts from other participants’ cell phones.  It’s a day late because I couldn’t get the photos to load onto my iMac from my phone; turns out an accidental 300 shot photoburst was clogging up the connection.

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Roy G. Biv

Despite knowing the mnemonic for the colours of light in a rainbow for years, I hadn’t thought much about the distinction between blue, indigo and violet. Lightroom, which I use to edit photos, allows you to adjust red, orange, yellow, aqua, blue, purple and magenta. No indigo there. And we were probably all taught that there were three primary and three secondary pigment ‘colours’ – which included purple but no indigo or violet.

My contribution to this photo challenge is a collection of bright photos, mostly of flowers, one as old as seven years, one from exactly one year ago. I included one photo to illustrate a favourite geranium fading from indigo to violet.

This marks my return to regular posts, I hope.

For other takes on the photo challenge of photographing a rainbow or its colours, check this out.

Halifax Public Gardens

One last rose.

One last rose.

Looking west.

Looking west.

In the heart of downtown Halifax are the Public Gardens. Even at the end of October they were lovely; a nice place to sit and relax or enjoy what remained of the flowers and foliage.

Looking east.

Looking east.

A nice place to take your kindergarten kids for a walk even if they are dressed in their Hallowe’en costumes:

Hallowe'en Public Gardens

I waited for several minutes for the seagull to turn around and face me. It didn’t. I’m a very impatient photographer.

Live action on the fountain.

Live action on the fountain.

Time zones do not equal time zones!

Time zones do not equal time zones!

More background on Halifax here.

Chen Corridors

A simply framed bit of garden.

A simply framed bit of garden.

Inside the Chen Ancestral temple corridors criss-crossed the space and surrounded an interior courtyard. At the back was a sculpture garden. The various rooms contained museum artifacts and art (next post.)

See the drinks dispenser at the end of the corridor?

See the drinks dispenser at the end of the corridor?

See the drinks dispenser at the end of the corridor?

Ruining the look of the back garden (and I don't mean the neighbours!)

Ruining the look of the back garden (and I don’t mean the neighbours!)

Hemmed in on all sides.

Hemmed in on all sides.

Also in the back garden, this charming sculpture:

This statue is modern

This statue is modern.

The walkway was never devoid of people, but by now the weeklong celebration of the founding of the People’s Republic was over and there were fewer local tourists.

A walkway around the interior courtyard.

A walkway around the interior courtyard.

A walkway around the interior courtyard.

A walkway around the interior courtyard.

When preparing this post, I was surprised that I hadn’t taken photos of bicycles for several days. To remedy that, I offer this.

 

A back corridor.

A back corridor.

Next Chinese Post: Art from the Chen Family Ancestral Hall.

When Pigs Fly – Street Photography in Shanghai

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly   (Taken from the bus…)

Taken earlier in the day outside the Shanghai Museum while waiting for our bus.

Stricken with Pixie dust?

Stricken with Pixie dust?

I have no recollection of what part of Shanghai these next pictures are from. It was very crowded and full of interesting small stores with fairly pushy vendors.  I do know I bought two delightful pictures of very young children feeding each other with chopsticks.  The pictures are now framed and in my dining room.

We were turned loose in a crowd.

We were turned loose in a crowd.

Lovebirds' selfie.

Lovebirds’ selfie.   And Starbucks.

Where are we?

Where are we?

At some point we went to a more modern shopping area in Shanghai, the Nanjing Road, which was closed to motor vehicles (welcome relief from Chinese traffic.)   There were small trolleys, each with about three cars, which shuttled people back and forth along Nanjing Road for a small fee. We were near a huge glass-fronted Apple store when we watched a fight break out between a woman who fell (or was pushed) off a trolley, and the driver.  The woman threw the first punch and was joined by two of her female friends; the poor guy was taking quite a beating – and he didn’t fight back.  A security person called the police.  We left when they showed up. It took a lot of will power not to snap pictures. And so I have none of Nanjing Road…

 

These last three photos were taken from the bus as it returned from supper to our hotel.  The building below looks like something from the Arts and Crafts movement in England at the end of the 19th century but the window is dated 1998.

The window is dated 1998.  A beautiful facade to a well proportioned building.

 A beautiful facade to a well proportioned building.

The streets are ready for October 1, and the celebrations for the founding of the PRC.

The streets are ready for October 1, and the celebrations for the founding of the PRC.

Inside and outside on a busy Shanghai street.

Inside and outside on a busy Shanghai street.

Next post: Goodbye Shanghai:  more views of the Huangpu river (and smog)

I am wandering off to San Francisco to visit the grand-triplets (yup, three of them) but have some posts ready to go.  If I can publish them from my iPad, there will still be posts every couple of days.  If not, see you in early March.