5/07/2010

Fair Day and No Fare for the Ferry


This little ferry that we're on crosses from Plaisance, Quebec to Hawkesbury, Ontario. It can hold about six cars, but on this trip, there were just two, plus four motorcycles who were making the interprovincial crossing of the Ottawa River. Once on board, the song "Ferry Cross the Mersey" came immediately to mind, and hasn't left yet! Perhaps by writing it I will finally expunge it!
The day trip that we took last Sunday was appropos of nothing other than the need to see something different than the usual places we tend to visit. So with no direction other than east in mind, we headed along the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. Once past Ottawa it became less familiar and therefore, more interesting as we visited small towns and villages that we established 150 years ago to help manage all the logs that were being cut and sent to sawmills along the river. Of course, the first building to receive more than the old loggers (and our) cursory attention was the church.
The exterior of this lovely old Catholic church in Papineauville could use a little TLC, but
my guess is that paint isn't high on the Brothers' priority list these days.
The interior of the church was soft and lovely.
Not to mention rather high and mighty.
We love to visit these old churches found throughout eastern Canada. Most are spectacular architectural statements  and a testament to the power and strength of the Church  in Canada during the mid to late 1800's, as well as the early to mid 1900's.
That's definitely changed.
Our Sunday drive took us past many small little cheese shops, where we purchased several different types of soft, unripened artisanal cheese, a lovely mustard~maple vinaigrette, a gorgeous loaf of gruyere and basil bread and some micro brewery lager beer.
So then of course, we needed to stop for a  wee rest break at a small municipal park.
In Quebec it should be noted that the women are revered, and treated to the best of everything.
Including outhouses.

The men, however, are expected to tough it up, and to be manly men.
And if they stop to use this facility, perhaps they should also bring a pee shooter.
This is one use for a funnel I have never seen before!

The contrast between Church and State is sometimes described as a hit and a miss.



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8 comments:

Murr Brewster said...

What a church! And, by the way, I have now taken custody of Ferry 'Cross The Mersey, so you should have some relief now.

Susan said...

That's lovely! I do feel relieved, and I have corrected the spelling of Mersey. ( I thought it was wrong but admit to being lazy)

Manang Kim said...

Oh that is really a manly outhouse for men. But they are fine with that they don't care hehe ^_^. Happy weekend!

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Pearl Maple said...

Ferrys are a delightful form of travel, great post for Sky Watch Friday full of interesting things to see.

DUTA said...

Very imposing church!
Compared to some other places I've been to, the outdoor men facility doesn't look bad at all.

faye said...

What beautiful shots.. the church and the bicycle on the ferry are
my favorites.

Youth_in_Asia said...

Quebec has always felt like a second home to me. I love it.

I do have to wonder how the men make do with those outhouses on a cold winter night (or day for that matter). I'd have a hard time "toughing" it out. Great shots!

A human kind of human said...

All the little villages along the river sound lovely and the history of them, the logging makes me curious. Did/do they float the logs down the river or is it transported on boats? In ZA all the logs are transported by road on huge trucks... not nearly as romantic as floating them down a river.