Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Romance of One Hundred

It's snowing--again. Big lazy flakes floating gently from an overcast sky. I need to remind myself of why we moved to Kingston, so this morning I put together this collection of one hundred photos taken over our three years here to remind myself of the romance of this historic place. There's no particular order. All photos are of places within a short walk of my front door.

View from the Pavilion near Murney Tower
Pink house built in 1820s on the corner of King St.E. and Gore St.
Summerhill, 1839, on Queen's campus
Rink at Market Square
Row of houses on Sydenham St.
House converted from stables on Earl St.
Row of houses with carriageway on King St.E.
Houses on Earl St.
Hockey in City Park
The start of spring break up
Crabapples in winter, St. George's Cathedral Close
Poppies in front of La Salle Cottage, 1820s, Earl St.
Villa in the Italian style on Centre St.
Bellevue House, decked out for Canada Day

The Wolfe Island ferry, seen from Fort Henry in summer heat haze
Doorway on King St.E.
Murney Tower
Door to St. James Anglican Church, Union St.

Elizabeth Cottage

Old Portsmouth Town Hall, home of the Kingston Handloom Spinners and Weavers Guild
The Rosemount Inn at Christmas
Market Square
Queen's University
Schoolhouse, 1873, now apartments next door to my  house
City Park looking toward King St.E.
Carriageway on King St.E.
Fencepost in shape of bishop's mitre at St. George's Cathedral
Statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in City Park
Doorway on Gore St. at Easter
Lilacs on West St.
Tai chi by the lake.
Our house.
Doorway on Wellington St.
Peonies on the corner of Clergy and William Streets
War of 1812 re-enactment from Battery Park (bottom of my street)
Park on the lake in front of Queen's University
View from the corner of Barrie St. and Clergy St.
Summer concert at Fort Henry
Detail on house on William St.
Boat slips in late autumn
House in the Italian style, William St.
The carriageway at our previous house on William St.
House (now part of Queen's) on Barrie St. across from Murney Tower

The lake during a gale
Ice sailing
View of RMC (Royal Military College) from the La Salle Causeway
Fort Frederick  and boat slips in winter

House on King St.E.
Entrance to the harbour at Battery Park, early winter with ice starting to form
Law offices on Brock St.
Kingston Yacht Club in early spring
View from our third floor window, summer
Footbridge at Portsmouth
Entrance to the harbour at Battery Park
House, 1820s, on Lower Union St.
Roses on Wellington St. near Lower Union
Downtown Kingston skyline
The Alexander Henry
Frosh week 2013 in City Park
Cartwright House, King St.E.

Victorian house on King St.E.
House with turret on King St.E.
Entranceway to house on King St.E.
Verandah on corner of King St.E. and Emily St.
View of City Hall from the Wolfe Island ferry
View of Wolfe Island from the ferry
View of Cartwright Point from the ferry
 Royal Military College (RMC)
The bridge at La Salle Causeway
A wing of Summerhill, 1839, at Queen's campus
Entrance to St. George's Cathedral (1792)
View from our third floor, autumn
View of St. George's Cathedral from Wellington St.
Stalls at City Market, early winter
View from our third floor window, winter
Houses on Wellington St. near Gore St.
House on Lower Union St.
City Park
House on King St.E.
Vines on old Schoolhouse, winter
A jogger at the corner of Gore and Wellington Streets
The moat at Murney Tower
The Frontenac Club Inn

Frontenac County Courthouse
House on King St.E.
Lilly Lane, looking very grim in late winter
Red oak, dated 1815, at Bellevue House
Sydenham Elementary School
Garden gate, Gore St.
Old stables, King St.E.
Sunflowers on Wolfe Island
Gwin Gryffon, Wellington St., selling wool and wine
Sidewalk in winter, King St.E. near William St.
House on Sydenham St. at West St.
Our front door, autumn
The milkman
Door of the Hotel Belvedere, King St.E.
Sunset from the Wolfe Island ferry


  1. It's beautiful! The winter scenes made me a little shivery but all lovely! We're dealing with a lot of weather down here in Rhode Island too. Making the best of it with knitting and soup!

  2. Here's your second comment from RI. I spent eight glorious years in Kingston in the late 70's and early 80's, doing my undergrad and Master's at Queen's. I was so thrilled when I found your blog - knitting and pictures of a city I still miss. And from a blogger who lives near my first apartment in Kingston (William near Wellington.) I'd move back in a heartbeat if I could. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I think I'll take a stroll through the old neighbourhood later, courtesy of Google maps.

    1. Ha! We would have been here at the same time. I graduated from the law school in '83.

  3. Gorgeous photo's. Every time I turn on the news (I live in CT) I threaten to move to Canada. What a lovely city - great inspiration for you as a designer!

    1. Karen,
      Having lived in the U.S., I know that CT is gorgeous too. I think the main difference is that affluent parts of the States have a well-groomed look whereas here in Canada there's a slight shabbiness. We're still a much more middle-class society.

    2. I walk these same streets every day - gorgeous photos. Thanks for posting. By the way, I found your blog via a dear friend who used to live in your house in the 70's. I think she's already contacted you. What a lovely small world! Sorry to post as anonymous but I don't have any of the profiles listed. I am on Ravelry under janefindlay.

  4. I'm anonymous too for the same reason as above. Thank you for taking me on a tour of your beautiful city. I enjoy your blog for the knitting but have come to really appreciate the city you live in as well. I live in a rural area (western Massachusetts) by choice but if I could choose a city to live in Kingston would be it. Ravelry name: mistyvalley

  5. I live in the UK but love your blog for the knitting and your location. Thank you.

  6. I am particularly taken by the red church door with the decorative ironwork. I wonder how the detailing might work into a sweater? (Don't answer that!)

  7. What fantastic photos and what an interesting town in which to live...the architecture is a living breathing being!

  8. I can't believe I live here.........thanks for reminding me how fabulous our town is. Now you need a photo of CoffeEco, our favourite tea/knitting haunt.