Miles and Miles of Wine
December 1, 2015 6:29am CST
I live in the area of Ontario called The Niagara Peninsula. If you are curious look at a map and you will see a small area between Niagara Falls (Buffalo) and Hamilton, Ontario. What makes this bit of land famous is the fact that Lake Erie is on the south and Lake Ontario is on the north. Because of those big bodies of water our weather is gentler than in other parts of Ontario. We were once known as the fruit belt and now are famous for our Wineries. In 2014 there were 88 wineries in this small area. There are more now. The warmer weather because of the two great lakes protects the grapevines in the winter which allows the wineries to prosper. I paint on slate and sell wines signs at several of the wineries in my area. Yesterday I had to do an end of the month inventory at my biggest winery. I sell on consignment so I have to keep track of the inventory and send them a bill every month for the signs that are gone. On my way home I noticed how beautiful the sky was so I took a detour to a beautiful vantage point high up over Lake Ontario. You can see in the photo acres of grapes growing on the hills above Lake Ontario. On a clear day you can see Toronto across the lake from this point too. Yesterday was a bit cloudy over the lake so Toronto is behind those clouds. I love living here, I'm close to the border to the USA, I'm able to live in a small town but I have big cities at my fingertips when I want them. What's in your neighborhood?
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• Eugene, Oregon
2 Dec 15
Here in Oregon, there are more than 300 wineries and they are rivaled by the number of craft breweries opening every day. In western Oregon, we have (normally) mild, wet winters, better than snow and ice for me. There is much to see and celebrate here, sixty miles from the Pacific Ocean (until that big quake comes, anyway).
• Preston, England
1 Dec 15
Manchester has a lot of history - getting really close to home a local church was a barrage balloon housing station during WW2 and a nearby business, Ferranti's, now no longer trading, created the world's first electronic computer
• Mandurah, Australia
1 Dec 15
I live close to the coast. It is a very popular place to visit here. We have man made canals and a couple of lovely marinas. It is a lovely place to live, feels as if we are holiday every day. However, it is also getting a lot busier now.
1 Dec 15
Our son attended Brock university, and we loved going up to see him because of the views that you describe. Our area is in between Windsor and London, it is the flatland area of SW Ontario. We are only about 20 minutes from the shores of Lake Erie and our home is down the road from Mitchell's Bay. A small bay on Lake St. Clair, it is very shallow which makes for great fun for families who need to cool off on a hot summer's day. You can walk and walk and walk and never make it waist deep!