Wednesday, October 15 – Happy Birthday Dad

It is my dad’s 81st birthday on Sunday October 19 so today Lara and I took him out for lunch at Panera Bread in Mississauga. I love their Autumn Squash soup.


Over the years I have found it difficult to find a creative gift for my father.  It’s not that he is hard to buy for – he is always happy with a new shirt, belt or slippers – but I don’t always like to be so predictable in my gift giving.

Dad went to Ryerson for photography and spent his career at Polaroid.  Photography has always been a hobby for him and he gave me an excellent grounding in photography when I was growing up.  I have no memory of a time when there was not a camera and plenty of film available to play with.  When I wanted to buy my first SLR, Dad recommended the Canon AT-1, which had to be set manually, so I would learn the basics and not rely on the camera to decide the settings.  To this day, I primarily shoot in manual mode and feel I get much better results for doing so.


Since 2008, Patti and I have gone away for a weekend each spring, and taken our bikes with us.  From 2008-2010, we went to Ottawa for the Tulip Festival.

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In 2011 and 2012 we went to Montreal.

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Last year and this year we went to Rochester, New York.  One of Rochester’s main tourist attractions is the George Eastman House.  It is a beautiful mansion in a lovely section of Rochester built by the founder of Kodak.


It has a photography gallery, mansion tours, beautiful gardens and a gift shop and cafe.  I highly recommend a visit.    The gift shop is a treasure trove of items for the photography buff.  Each time I visited I bought several items for Dad for Fathers’ Day, birthday and Christmas.

Today we gave him an f-stop watch which would be a mystery to someone who doesn’t understand photography, but a fun item for one who does.

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Here he is opening it.  He look great for 81 doesn’t he?


Of course, I had to hand him the camera to get a picture of Lara and me.


My red maple was coming into its glory when I returned home.





About Lisa Stokes

I am a stay-at-home mother of four whose hobbies include photography, quilting and cycling. I have recently started to advocate for better cycling infrastructure in my community. I am the photographer at the Brampton Quilters' Guild.
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