On the hill

A Christmas tradition of sorts is going to visit family in my home town of Dundas, Ontario a week or so before Christmas. This is a way to visit, do the Christmas thing and avoid the typical bad weather (or try to) that hits around the end of December.

If I can, I like to find time to go up the “hill” to where the main line of the CN Dundas sub runs. When I was younger, on Saturdays I would ride my bike up to this location to watch trains in the morning, returning around noon. There used to be a station there, which by then was a whistle stop, but it has a washroom (if one could call it that) and a place to hide out from the weather if needed. That station is long gone, burned down by vandals in the mid 90s.

Access to the area is now by foot only. A bit of a walk, but no big deal. The line up to Copetown is uphill, so the trains are struggling to make the grade, and you can hear them coming. There is also signal lights to help know if there is something coming. On the opposite direction, you can see the headlights long before the train passes.

So I went up. I stayed for about an hour, and nothing came, even though there was a green light. Still, I wandered and took a few photos with my X-Pro1.

The escarpment is a popular area to hike to, with a great vantage point from up there.


Hometown Holidays

It’s a regular event, possibly a tradition, that I go down to visit my family in Dundas the weekend before Christmas. This year was no different. We took some time to go into town and do some shopping.

Downtown Dundas is a classic small town with a main street full of small shops. Rarely do we not come away having found something interesting or new treasure. Its the way I like it, unlike in Ottawa in the suburbs where there is no central location like this.

I few shots of the town, all decked out for the holidays. All shot with my Fuji X100T.

New Brew

Last weekend I was down in southern Ontario to see a concert in Toronto. As always, I stay with my parents in my home town of Dundas. As a bonus, that weekend also was the grand opening of  a new craft brewery in downtown Dundas, called Shawn & Ed Brewing Company. Its location is in a building that has served as a skating rink, curling rink and warehouse over many decades. So of course, I had to check it out.

It was a popular spot on the weekend, and there was a lineup to try out their beer. I tried out the LagerShed dark and the BarrelShed. The BarrelShed is the beer aged in used red wine casks. The casks are made available from Flat Rock cellars, of which one of the brewery owners is from.

It is good beer, and I took out a “Squealer” (smaller than a growler). The only downside is that with these formats, the beer should be consumed within a week, and once opened, consumed within 12-24 hours. No problem there on both counts. But living in Ottawa, means getting refills is a bit of a commute, so I couldn’t save some for warmer weather. No worries though, as I will be going down to visit family again, and I’ll be sure to bring the empty, and get re-supplied.

If opening weekend is any consideration, it looks like the brewery will be a big success. And I have yet another stop to make when visiting Dundas.

Photos taken with the Fuji X100T. Only could grab a few shots as the place was very full and busy.


Dark and barrel aged beer sampling sizes.



Barrels for aging the BarrelShed brew, courtesy of Flat Rock Cellars



Fall and the X100

I went down to Dundas Ontario to visit my family last weekend for Thanksgiving. I decided well in advance (a rarity for me) to only take the Fuji X100 and the teleconverter, to make the 35mm a 50(ish)mm equivalent.

It was a beauty of a weekend, and although the fall colours have been slow to arrive this year, there was still a lot of colour in the trees. One Saturday, my son and I went up to the location of the old Dundas train station, now long gone. When I was his age, 14, I’d ride my bike up there on Saturday mornings to watch the trains before heading home for lunch. The station has long burned to the ground thanks to vandals, however, the area is still a great place to go for hikes into the gorge and walk up to Webster’s Falls. And to watch trains.

I haven’t used the 50mm teleconverter much in the last while since getting it. The X100 with the teleconverter is a great little kit that is light and makes great images. And mother nature puts on quite a show. With the beautiful weather, many of the shots needed no adjustments. What you see is what you get.