Business/Tourism

The Nutty Chocolatier

Rebel Guy:

When we visited Port Perry we stopped at The Nutty Chocolatier 

What do I have to say about chocolate goodies? Yummy !! I don’t eat chocolate much anymore, most cheap chocolate gives me an allergic reaction. Not so with the good stuff, and this store has plenty to choose from. I was amazed at the early 1900 general store appeal. It was like I stepped off a wagon in 1895. I bought chocolate covered coffee beans, and maple fudge. We will be going back. 🙂

Rebel Girl:

Oh, how I wish I could eat chocolate! For some reason sweets don’t agree with me. 😦

Everything here looked so delicious!

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There is something for everyone:

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I bought a shot glass for Rebel Mom and Rebel Guy. Chocolate covered ginger is Rebel Mom’s favourite thing, so I couldn’t pass on that. She said it was amazing!

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Gravenhurst, Ontario

After we left Sawdust brewery we walked down to the wharf hoping to catch a sunset. We passed Muskoka Springs water company.

The clouds were not cooperating but we still managed to take some nice pictures.

We didn’t really see all the town and it rained Sunday so we passed on going back. Maybe we will go back in the fall.

Bracebridge Falls

Yesterday was not all about portraits and breweries. Muskoka is known for its breath-taking scenery. The Bracebridge council has done an amazing job of creating hiking trails and lookout points, for avid sightseers.

Bracebridge built this power generating system in 1894. It is mind blowing how much water flows through the dam. We spent two hours just waking around the falls.

York-Durham Heritage Railway

We set out to try a few public outings with our cameras and happened upon the York-Durham Heritage Railway in Uxbridge, Ontario. It was not open at the time, we couldn’t get inside the station itself, so we walked the grounds for a while. I was testing a new lens, a Canon 50 1.8 STM. (Click on image to see a larger view.)

I don’t know how I feel about the lens. It was probably just my settings, the pictures were over exposed but it was great to get up close to the boxcars out back! I don’t think I have ever seen a wooden boxcar before.

Rebel Guy had read that there was a craft beer brewery nearby, so we set off to find it. He sampled a brew and I had a wonderful pear and vanilla soda with cane sugar. (He will be doing a post on that soon.)

We had to walk past the train station to get back to where we had parked. As luck would have it, a woman was there and the door was open. I mustered up some courage to ask her if I could take a picture of the toy train that I had seen through the window earlier. Yay, for me! Two months ago, I would never have just walked up to someone, knowing the building was not open for business, and ask to go inside!

I explained that we were amateurs, we had a website, and were taking the day to learn new things about our cameras. We exchanged e-mails, she asked if she could have some photos if they turned out, and I gave her our site address. I am not overly impressed with my shots. The worst thing is, I was so nervous about getting a good picture for her, I failed! Look at the Santa train:

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I had to edit it to add light and the back end is blurry. Such is life! Another lesson I will not forget. I never look at my shot after I take it to see what needs to be adjusted.

I did take a few of the tracks:

For our first photography outing, it was a wonderful day. We still have things to learn. I want to thank the kind woman for letting me in the station, I wish I had asked her name. If you are reading this and see any pictures you would like, you can e-mail me.

This was a great trial run. We ordered some cards to hand out for the next one, thanking people for letting us take a picture and our web address is there to go see it. Uh oh, I have raised the stakes and had better get cracking on learning more about my camera settings!