Monday, October 16, 2017

trees and a view

It is the middle of October and we have only a small amount of fall colour
in May I took a photo every day to document the changing view. 
some days you couldn't see the lake or the horizon
but most of the time, my view included a tiny triangle of Lake Ontario and the town of Grimsby on the other side
now if you go back to the first picture you will see that the dead tree has finally been removed. I have a less obstructed triangle view for another year or so until the trees grow taller.

for Our World Tuesday

Sunday, October 15, 2017

four kings

He ascended the throne to become George VI after the abdication of his elder brother, Edward. Named after his grandfather - Queen Victoria's husband - Prince Albert, Albert Frederick Arthur George was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 1936 to 1952.  He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.

His full title was His Majesty Farouk I, by the grace of God, King of Egypt and the Sudan, Sovereign of Nubia, of Kordofan and of Darfur. He was overthrown in the 1952 military coup d'état and forced to abdicate in favour of his infant son Ahmed Fuad, who succeeded him as Fuad II. He died in exile in Italy in 1965.

Fayṣal al-Awwal ibn al-Ḥusayn ibn ‘Alī al-Hāshimī was King of the Arab Kingdom of Syria for a few months in 1920 until the monarchy was abolished, and was appointed King of Iraq from 1921 to 1933 by the British government partly on the recommendation of Lawrence of Arabia whom he met during WWI and partly because of his conciliatory attitude towards  encouraging a pan-Arab nationalism.

King Bhumibol the Great was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri dynasty as Rama IX. Reigning since 1946 he was, at the time of his death in October 2016, the world's longest-serving head of state, the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history and the longest-serving monarch having reigned only as an adult, serving for 70 years, 126 days. A one year period of mourning was announced with a royal cremation ceremony to be held later this month.

Four Kings for the letter K for Sunday Stamps II

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Diwali - the Festival of Light - will be held from October 19 - 23. Its main theme is triumph of light over darkness. The main festival night coincides with the Hindu new year during the dark night of the new moon in the month of Karttika (October-November) Traditionally there are fireworks, and small clay oil lamps are lit (in India) and candles are lit (in Canada). This can be seen in the stamps with the Indian issue on the left and the Canadian one on the right.

The festival is also celebrated by Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains.
The only times that fireworks are allowed on residential property is Victoria Day, Canada Day, New Year's Eve and Diwali. Three years ago, on Diwali night, there was a massive fire that destroyed two homes and caused extensive damage to neighbouring homes in a community near me and the cause was determined to be improper use of fireworks. 

Canada Post is hailing this as an historic first ever joint issue with India and both countries are issuing each version. 

H - Hindu
I - India
J - joint issue

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

tree of light

Nuit Blanche is an all  night celebration of culture and contemporary art where the city becomes an open air art gallery

this daytime view of what turned out to be our favourite installation looked intriguing

but come the dark of night,
it all became clear
the light tree - or is it a cloud? - became a participatory event

and by pulling the chains the bulbs were turned on or off
it was all so enchanting
sharing with Our World Tuesday

Monday, October 2, 2017

at the zoo

While walking around the Winnipeg Zoo 
we could hear the roars before we saw the creatures

It was all part of the Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit
they didn't really look like the kind of creatures one might want to pet, and mostly it was only their heads and mouths that moved (so, no lunging at the onlookers!)
this guy is a Mojoceratops who is the size of a hippo
some, like this Quetzalcoatlus, looked a bit silly, or at least strange with its long stiff neck, oversized beak and no teeth. it apparently had a wingspan of over 15 metres - or 52 feet!
others did their best to look ferocious
Dyoplosaurus                                                   there were sixteen dinosaurs tucked into the forest and you walked along a looping pathway
oblivious to it all were these pronghorn and peacocks
and this nonchalant, sleeping tiger
now, he was a beast I wish I could have petted.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


This card of Minnesota shows a map with the top right hand corner nicely framed by fall leaves. Nothing on the card says anything about it being known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes or which lakes are shown. Nor is there mention of why the Common Loon or Lady's Slipper are included (they are the state bird and flower).

For that kind of information you might need one of these postcards which I always find fun though I'm not sure I would call this a multi-view
A different sort of multi-view, what are known as large letter postcards, have a 'local' image inside each letter. This one from Canada (originally 1960, but in this case a reproduction) has generic pictures showing us as being all wilderness, and of course, the ubiquitous 'mountie on a horse'.

In Britain, black cats are seen as harbingers of good luck, so there were a lot of multi-view cards such as these produced in the 1940s and 1950s

though, every now and then, this being one from Scotland, a wee Scottie dog replaced the black cat

sharing the views with Postcards for the Weekend 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Fishing Islands

On the shores of Lake Huron, part of the South Bruce Peninsula
The mainland of the Peninsula opposite the Islands is mostly low lying and sandy,forming in several places small sand-dunes. 

The area between the shore and the Islands has been filled in with sand, leaving large areas of shallow water, miles in extent, over which people may walk or     drive. At low water great stretches of sand show their rippled, yellow surfaces; and some of the islands become attached to the mainland or to each other. 
So it is, that a definition of an island at Oliphant is “a piece of land with    sand all around it.” 

The Islands in all number over seventy and vary in size from a mere shoal of     flat rock with a few currant bushes growing thereon, to the largest, Cranberry,       containing one hundred and twenty-four acres.
Just north of Hawksnest Island, a picturesque spot, at times a part of the       mainland and at times an island, the “Diagonal Road” from Wiarton enters by way  of Marie Street. The town-plot of Oliphant, laid out at the time of the Rankin      Survey in 1855, reaches from this street northward one mile. Here it was expected that a commercial centre would have sprung up, a hope which has never been real- ized and which has doubtless long since passed away. Point au Rock is a small    peninsula stretching outward from the centre of the town-plot. Westward from it  is a marshy formation of reeds, through which the far-famed Gut Channel passes,  forming the  key of inside navigation between the North and South. The name is   far from being attractive, but it is time-honoured, and will doubtless remain    for all time.
In the few years of Oliphant’s existence as a summering place, it has grown up   rapidly. Pretty little summer houses have been erected here and there along the  shore and islands, some hidden amongst the ever-greens, 
others out in the open sunshine, some on the well protected islands, and others away out where the
great storms of Lake Huron break and almost tear away their moorings. In all there are more than a hundred and fifty camps scattered over the region, and there is scarcely a town in Western Ontario that is not represented in their population.
We may sum up Oliphant’s     varied charms in just a      few  words. It is a place         romantic, historic, and      beautiful; it has many       islands, channels, and by-   ways to explore amongst; it  has some of the finest bass  fishing in the Great Lakes;   it has bathing that for      warmth of temperature can    scarcely be equalled; it     has splendid boating —       sailing, rowing, paddling,   and motor-boating; 
it has an annual Regatta where strength and skill of body and craft are displayed to advantage; it has three athletic grounds, one on mainland, one on Rabbit      Island, and one on Frog Island, the scenes of many ball games and field sports;  it has a church, a government dock now lighted, a spring that never runs dry, and may we add, a post office which brings, let us trust, many joys; it has never had a fatality or serious accident, to mar its sense of pleasure; and above all its  inhabitants are of a high standard of citizenship, from which emanates a spirit  of helpfulness and sociability so necessary in the life of people seeking health, comfort, and happiness. 
The first gathering of the campers was in the form of a picnic held in 1903 at Cranberry, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cross. The next year it was held at Hawksnest Island. In 1907 the picnic was changed to a regatta and held at the Government Dock built the year before. The Regatta has proved an extremely popular annual event in which aquatic sports are keenly contested by all classes of campers old and young.




A walk around the Oliphant Government Dock and Marina for Restless Jo
accompanied by a 1912 description of the area

Saturday, September 23, 2017

then shall all of the trees of the wood rejoice

Today is the first full day of autumn.
and it is a sweltering 35C - the first time it has gotten so hot this year.

While I am not a fan of Hallowe'en, I am a huge fan of pumpkins (especially in soup or as in pumpkin spice latte)
or even as decoration, especially when they are all misshapen.

It is still too early in most parts of the province for seeing the fall colours, though in some places farther north I hear they might be over before Thanksgiving (October 9). Going for a walk to see the leaves - and maybe kick your feet through some of the fallen dried up leaves - is a perfect way to work off some of that turkey and pumpkin pie dinner.

Most postcards that show the colours are generic country scenes with no actual location designated
this one is a bit of an exception, 

though the photo on the card could really be from anywhere...

and while getting out to country lanes for a drive among the trees is always a pleasure - except when everyone else has the same idea, then it's just a long, slow trek  - you can get just as much of a colour fix while walking the streets of the city

sharing with Postcards for the Weekend's theme of Fall scenes

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wiarton Willie

 It has just been announced that Wiarton Willie, the 13 year old albino groundhog, has died. He lived a long life, being well cared for in his enclosure at the Bluewater Park. Wiarton Willie was an albino groundhog whose image is everywhere in this small town on the Bruce Peninsula. And every year, on Groundhog Day, the town welcomes hundreds of people who come to meet him and enjoy the festivities as he is brought out of hibernation to see - or not - his shadow and give his forecast whether there will be six more weeks of winter. 
there will be a memorial service and funeral procession on September 30th after which his understudy, Wee Willie, will take up the mantle of Chief Prognosticator.

sharing with signs, signs