More About Tyrone Mills

Quote from their site:

This is a traditional water-powered mill, built in 1846. It serves as a historical attraction with scenic views, local products and warm atmosphere.

The Tyrone Mills Limited has been owned and operated by Robert Shafer over the last 30 years – but its history stretches back far greater than that! Over the last 170 years, the Tyrone Mills has been a grist mill, flour mill, lumber mill, apple cider producer, historic tour center, bakery, and rural community center. Today, it continues to preserve its traditional roots through continual use of its water power in lumber manufacturing and flour production.

You can visit their site here.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our visit to this place. Everyone was so friendly. The staff was helpful and polite. We will be going back there again, I can tell you that. Do not pass this gem!

This will be the last post of some of the things you can see here. The final post (coming later today) will show some of the things we bought. How can one pass up getting fresh ground flour at a fabulous price?


Hope you enjoyed these posts. If you would like to see all of them, click here and look under the town of Tyrone. (There will be eight posts)

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Tyrone Mills Eye Candy

Quote from their website:

Open year-round, the mill offers visitors a chance to witness Canadian History and Culture in action. Each season of the year adds to the unique character to the mill. Whether it is drinking hot apple cider to chase away the winter chill, Rob Shafer working steadfast in the lumber yard in the spring, visitors enjoying a scenic walk along the dam in the summer, or shoppers enjoying our baking and festivities in the fall. The mill not only offers a range of quality products, but also a sense of community connection. If you have not yet had the chance to come visit – please do! And, for those of you who have – we look forward to welcoming you again soon. The Shafer family.

Visit their website here.

If you are ever near Tyrone, do not miss the opportunity to visit Tyrone Mills. This post is just about the decor they have throughout the building. They sell many different products including baked goods, flours, baking products, hand crafted products and many things perfect for gift giving. We could have spent hours there.


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Old Flame Brewing Co

Today we were in Port Perry and stopped at The Old Flame Brewing Company. Some might think damn this guy must drink a lot of beer, truth is, I do enjoy a few suds. I can pick these up at our local Beer Store or The Liquor Store. I can get a wide variety of the craft beers in my local stores, but these places look really cool. They have such old western vibe to them. A photographers dream, even an amateur one. As we approached I spotted this old rusted out truck, and thought here we go!

I smiled at Rebel Girl as we approached the front doors.

Old Flame doesn’t disappoint. I swear I stepped back in time.

When we walked in were greeted by Shawna, she was very friendly and told us feel free to take pictures. I tried 3 samplers. A Blonde, Blonde light, and a Brunette. My first picture was of the vats through a glass. But what caught my eye was outside. An old carriage

It turns out Old flames is in the former Ontario Carriage Works building. It was built in 1884. Apparently there was a fire there. The brewery salvaged what they could and named their beer Old Flame. What a pun, beers named red, blonde, brunette. Old Flames 🙂

I bought a few sampler glasses, a growler full of brunette, a 16 oz glass, and two Scary Mary IPA at a whopping 8%. I do enjoy this beer, and Shawna was a great hostess. She didn’t charge me for the samplers and offered us suggestions of where else we could go to take pictures. Honestly made us feel like we were at home in this amazing establishment. Make the trip to Port Perry and see what these folks have to offer. Here are some pics of what I took home.

Rebel Girl took these pictures:

Things I Learned Yesterday – Part One

Where to begin? Our first excursion to take pictures of people did not turn out the way we imagined it would. Not that we didn’t enjoy the day. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and it was so nice to get out together and do something new.

We drove up north and had really pumped each other up, we were going to take loads of pictures of people, stores and maybe the owners…on and on. Once there, my thoughts changed quickly.

It was a long week-end, the stores were busy, I was not going to harass owners to stop and pose for a picture.

So here is a waterfall picture instead:


As for everyday people, well, I imagined that they were just like us, and if asked by someone, how would I feel? Awkward, uneasy and would say no. So, I did offer to some nice women we met, but made Rebel Guy take them. I think an event would be the only time I would do that, of people who expect their picture to be taken. I do love looking at candid pictures, though I doubt that I will be doing them. One day perhaps, never say never.

One of the first mistakes I made was what I wore. I dressed for a cool day. It was at first, then came hours of hot weather. I did have a light shirt BUT that was in our vehicle that we had parked far away from where we had walked to. We thought it would be a good thing to get some exercise. After hours of walking in that sun, turning back and doing the same walk uphill was a bit of a chore. The smart thing to do would have been to split it up.


Bring a backpack! Oh boy, I could have jumped in that water and gulped down some of it. We were so thirsty (I will get to WHY I was so dehydrated later) and should have brought water with us. You need to have your hands free to take pictures! Who would have thought? Sign of an amateur!

Oh, and don’t shop. Two reasons: You need to have BOTH hands free. One can not be carrying another bag around. You also have the added weight. I never realized carrying around a camera bag gets quite heavy after a few hours. In total we carried them for around eight hours. I am going to look into getting a sling bag for next time. I was constantly having to move mine so I did not knock into other people or Rebel Guy and his bag beside me.

I know it sounds like I am complaining. I did not complain then, just took note of all the things that I would change before we spend another day taking pictures. It was an amazing venture for both of us and we had a great time.

Another thing to think about, what if it had rained? We had nothing with us to protect our camera bags from getting wet.wf1

Check your new memory cards, or any new accessory, before you leave the house. Is the battery charged? I only had a 2 and 16 gig card, so Rebel Guy bought me a 64 gig card before we went. My camera is older and for some reason it was not formatted for my camera and would not allow me to take pictures. It was fine for his newer one. So, he had to trade me his old 8 gig for it. Didn’t he luck out?  🙂

I find out later, my maximum is 32 gigs.

I will end this with a pretty picture of the sky. Part two will be up in a little while.


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:


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!