Monday, July 18, 2016

the nicest town around

After spending much of last summer walking and photographing at the same time, it looks like I will be spending this summer finally getting those photos organized into coherent posts.
I drove over to Chesley, Ontario to a) see Big Bruce, and b) have some lunch as well as c) get enough photos for a Monday Walk post. 
I would be disappointed in one of those goals.
Chesley is in Bruce County, with a sign proclaiming it to be
"The Nicest Town Around"
There is a nice approach as you cross the bridge over the Saugeen River

if you walk down those steps in the first photo, you find a  park with a refreshing fountain (and a bit of history)

But, back up on the main street, things weren't quite so refreshing. It was very hot that day and I was gasping for a cool drink and some food to give me more energy to continue walking. This cafe across the road from where I parked turned out to be out of business.
As I walked up one side and down the other, I came to the sad realization that there was nowhere - not one restaurant - to be found in this small town of 2,000 people. A secondary highway goes right through the main street of this town, how could there not be enough people to sustain a restaurant, I wonder?

There were big churches

and big houses
and even a big theatre that for 20 years has been home for
 the Chesley Community Players.
and, if you walk back over the bridge, 
past the park, 
there is Big Bruce!
finding "Big Things" in small towns is always fun, I think!
Placed here by the Bruce county Cattlemen's Association as a tribute to Harvey Davis. Through his enthusiasm, integrity and expertise, Harvey made an outstanding contribution to the community and agriculture. A third generation farmer, Harvey was a great ambassador for Elderslie Township, Bruce County and the beef industry. Harvey was instrumental in having the Bruce County Cattlemen's Association purchase Big Bruce which travelled thousands of miles promoting Bruce County and the beef industry.

you can find him on many billboards throughout Bruce County
sharing this walk ... after a looong absence, (and a few setbacks since she keeps taking off for exotic places) with RestlessJo

and with Lesley's signs, signs

Thursday, July 14, 2016

grave post - Keroack

Maurice-Louis-Alexandre Kérouac dit Lebrice arrived in New France between 1721-1726. He settled in Kamouraska where he married Louise Bernier and had four sons. In his new home he was a merchant trader and as he was preparing to leave for France on business was taken ill suddenly and died on 6th March, 1736.
It seems Maurice-Louis Alexander was originally known as Urban-Francois, born in Brittany. While living in England and working as a royal notary he got himself into a spot of trouble which necessitated that he leave the country after being accused of robbery and attempted rape. 
He changed his name once he settled in New France, taking on the name le Brice (also spelled le Bris), but keeping de Keroac/Keroack/Kervoach. Unfortunately, he never quite settled on one spelling. His son, Alexandre has the name  Kirouac.
One of his descendants would be Jack Kerouac, the French Canadian, American born author who's name at birth was Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac but is Jean Louis Kirouac on his baptismal certificate. It seems to be a family tradition.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

street signs - Queen's Park

This poor street sign is a little worse for wear. It hasn't been up since 1827, but the University of Toronto, which has several of its buildings in this area, has been around that long. Indeed, Queen's Park itself is an enclave of the University (with a 999 year lease since 1854) which occupies most of the surrounding land. 
Queen's Park Crescent is the continuation of University Avenue and encircles the park. Inside the southern portion of the park (owned by the Government of Ontario) stands the Ontario Legislative Building. As often happens, the building and the government are simply called 'Queen's Park'. 
The "Queen" in this instance is Victoria as the park was opened in 1860.

Interestingly, it is very common to not include the road/avenue/street designation when speaking of an address so the street is also just known as Queen's Park. And if pressed, I would have said it was Queen's Park Circle
As it is in this map.

another street for signs, signs

Monday, July 11, 2016

Woodland Cultural Centre - quilt #2

This barn quilt is on the land of the Woodland Cultural Centre, the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School (1831-1970)
The Cultural Centre was established in 1972 to protect, promote, interpret, and present the history, language, intellectual and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe and Onkwehon:we.

promoted on Our World Tuesday

Sunday, July 10, 2016

a pop of red

I realized, a bit late, that I'd already chosen the colour red as a theme for Sunday Stamps... but it seems to be a popular colour and stands out so well, that I left it in. I'm sure no-one had any trouble finding something. 
This stamp was issued in 2014 as part of the ongoing Photography series. It features a colour photo of a trio of boys hanging out in front of Bogner's Grocery in Vancouver. The photo was taken in 1960, but the small grocery store is no longer there.
However, Fred Herzog is still around, and still taking photos at age 85. He emigrated from Germany in the 1950's where he'd start working as a medical photographer and spending his weekends and evenings photographing street scenes around Vancouver.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

grave post - Green

133 years ago today, during what might have been another heatwave (as it is now)
Peter Deer died of sunstroke. 
He spent his life in the Six Nations Reserve 
and lies in the Mohawk Chapel Burying Ground.
Nothing more is known about his life.
The church was built in 1786, but didn't have a resident minister until 1827. Unfortunately, all the burial records were destroyed in a fire in 1903

(plaque, erected 1984 by Her Majesty The Queen)

Monday, July 4, 2016

double wedding ring - quilt #1

There is a barn quilt tour in southwestern Ontario that I periodically remember about, and last week I found one in a lovely village called Mt Pleasant.
 a double wedding ring quilt square
stands in front of the Bryning Manse (c1840).
Reverend John Bryning was the first resident Presbyterian minister in the Village of Mount Pleasant. The Manse is the only remaining board and batten building in Mount Pleasant and is the oldest surviving house in the community. It is a restrained one-and-a-half-storey structure, in the Regency-Gothic style, which was appropriate for a Presbyterian manse, in a rural pioneer community.
The double wedding ring pattern was chosen for this location in honour of all the weddings the Reverend performed in the village.

sharing the love with Tuesday's Treasures
and Our World Tuesday

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ha! Ha!

I recently took a driving holiday to Quebec. One of the places I wanted to see was this town.
With those exclamation marks in its name I thought surely it must be an interesting place.
It is the only town in the world with 2 exclamation points in its name.

A ha ha is a landscape design that creates a lowered vertical wall that still allows an uninterrupted view.

Sadly, there was not much there.
an obligatory huge church and the obligatory small post office
(from where I mailed myself a generic postcard to get the postmark of the town's name)

There was nowhere even to stop for a coffee, but there were amazing views (especially from the church!)

Though, I have since discovered - from reading the French Wikipedia page - there is an Observatory, which might have been interesting had I been around in the evening to see the night sky.

sharing with signs, signs

Sunday, May 29, 2016

from when Estonia was part of Russia

A few lighthouses from the USSR era. These stamps were issued in 1983 and it seems all the lighthouses are from Estonia (I couldn't find Stisudden, though it's quite possible it a different name in Estonian)
• Keri
• Stisudden
• Kipu
• Tallinn
• Tahkuna

The Kipu – or Kõpu – lighthouse is one of the oldest in the world and has been in continuous use since it was built in 1531

The Keri lighthouse was built in 1858 and stands 91 feet. The light is computer controlled, powered by solar cells and batteries, but from 1907 to 1912 it was the only lighthouse in the world to be powered by natural gas.

The Tallinn – or Tallinnamadal – shoal light is in the Gulf of Finland about 20 miles or 32 kms from the Tallinn shore. This was built in 1969 and took almost a decade to complete because storms damaged the base. It is now closed.

The Tahkuna is a cast iron lighthouse built in 1873. It was bought from the Paris World Exhibition in 1871 and is Estonia's tallest lighthouse at 42.7 metres above sea level.

for more lighthouses around the world, check out the links here

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Three weeks ago, we saw this chick

For a couple of weeks we knew that she would be an only child, though no-one knows why the other three eggs didn't hatch.
Earlier today, the chick was picked up and weighed and banded and named.

At 953grams, she is a big youngster. She has a red band on her right leg for easy identification. 

Meet Ancaster, named for the city (now amalgamated with Hamilton) that was settled in 1792. I'm not certain, but I believe she is the 48th hatched peregrine from the Sheraton Hotel.