Monday, June 11, 2018

Viewpoint Of The Estate

Aside from being a great prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King was quite a character, and creating these ruins on his land would have spoken to that. A Scots Presbyterian who had a fascination with spiritualism, King's gift to the country is a welcome place to visit. Here we have some more shots from around the Abbey. It's an inspiring spot- I have a passage stashed away where I've written a couple of very bad people taking another bad person up from the lake, along the path, and here to the abbey... and having him meet a bad end late in the night. Something that will at some point turn up in a book.

We started back towards Moorside.

Along the way there were more bits and pieces of old stonework, likely from the first Centre Block that he would have acquired, resting in various spots.

A different perspective of Moorside here, along with the outlying structure that is the carriage house and garage.

The path led to this spot. Moorside was off to the left, while the parking lot was down the path to the right.

Here we have a front view of the carriage house and garage.

And I leave off with two final views of Moorside. Tomorrow we'll be looking at another spot in the Gatineau Hills.


  1. Such a wonderful place to have a ramble!

  2. This does look, in part, of a place where a very bad end could come to a very bad guy by some other very bad people. I hope you're talking about Trump and his cronies!

  3. Oh my gosh, it is beautiful there ...
    I told you that I loved the arch from the windows!
    ..... and pieces of old stonework, they breathe history, really! Beautiful!
    Have a nice week!

  4. It is as if we are eying the beautiful grounds with you!


  5. Hello, looks like a wonderful place to explore. I like the old stonework. Happy Monday and have a great new week.

  6. I like the shape of those stone windows. Beautiful ruins William.

  7. It's a wonderful place to be once in a while, I think.

  8. @Marie: that it is.

    @Lowell: no, Irish terrorists and a retired Irish terrorist.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Ella: they do indeed.

    @Pat: it is!

    @Janis: that's the idea.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Sami: they are.

    @Jan: I agree.

  9. ...such a wonderful place, thanks for taking me there again.

  10. Thanks for taking me along on your "ramble." It was very interesting. :-)

  11. These are splendid. An evocative place you are right. [I feel so embarrassed about a certain us leader's behviour! Stand tall and proud, Justin]

  12. I didn't know King had a creative side as indicated in what was done at Kingsmere. I'll have to read another biography on him.

  13. What a brilliant property to explore William, Mr King had a delightful sense of whimsy!

  14. well stated resting spot ... i enjoy the style. way cool. ( :

  15. @Tom: you're most welcome!

    @DJan: I enjoyed showing this place.

    @Cloudia: well, our dispute isn't with America, it's just with the incompetent moron pretending to be the president.

    @Red: he was quite creative. And for all his interest in spiritualism, there's something of a ghost story here at his estate- a couple of years after his death, a retired reporter came up to visit- and had a conversation with King's ghost.

    @Grace: he definitely did.

    @Beth: thanks!

  16. What a fascinating place that is, William!

  17. Love the ruins and specially the stone work

  18. A great spot for taking photos.

  19. I do like the old stonework, it looks a super spot.

    All the best Jan

  20. @Lady Fi: that it is.

    @RedPat: definitely!

    @MB: I do too.

    @Marleen: it is!

    @Jan: thank you!

  21. I can see where the old abby would inspire such a story.

  22. Wonderful views. I love the round window and the stonework, especially and the cheerfulness of the building. I can see why you enjoy photography here. And he does sound like quite the character -- a most interesting man. (I'm anxious to read your story one day!)

  23. Wow! What a fascinating place and wonderful photography of the openings and stonework! Hope you write your book!

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  24. Observando as fotografias posso perceber a beleza e riqueza histórica do local
    Um abraço, William

  25. Beautifully photographed, such a lovely place!

  26. I'd love to wander these grounds. They seem rich with views...and grist for storytelling.

  27. Looks like an interesting place to visit!

  28. @Michelle: definitely.

    @Mari: it's quite evocative.

    @Jeanie: thank you!

    @Carol: at some point!

    @Gracita: thank you!

    @Denise: that it is.

    @Kay: that's true.

    @Nancy: it is!

    @Norma: thanks!

    @Klara: thank you!