Friday, May 20, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
.....in the Maritimes, Eh
This is my attempt for a "Spring Hat" at our
Lionettes Spring Hat Meeting :)
This is my attempt for a "Spring Hat" at our
Lionettes Spring Hat Meeting :)
Spring appears in whispers
and hushed tones,
as the bellowing winter
Drowsy flowers come to
waking from their sleep yawning,
with heads turned upward towards
the Maestro called Sun.
I watch with anticipation
the concert begins.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Tin Can Beach - At one time back in the 40's and 50's this long stretch of sand and surf was once the domain of Hobos, Drinkers and those bad boys that liked to party. If you were known to be a regular at Tin Can Beach.....well, most people just stayed clear of you. There was an abundance of trash, empty cans, and bottles. Hobos used to put up tents and spend the summer and or anyone out of work and nowhere to stay might just join up with the party goers and sleep under the stars. Slowly they disappeared, the beach was cleaned up by volunteers and became a place for families or a bunch of kids to spend an afternoon, have a picnic and go swimming, even with the cold temperatures of the Bay of Fundy. It was a great place to watch young seals play at low tide and all kinds of sea birds fly over you - with fishing boats and ships passing by. There was a bunch of us in the neighbourhood that would bicycle to the beach and spend the day. Now, today, it gets better. PROTECTED BY LAW - PARK, BEACH, ANIMALS, BIRDS AND SEA LIFE. A "Tin Can Beach" bought by the "Irving Family" and turned into a Nature Park - FREE- for all citizens and visitors to enjoy.
The West Side of the City Of Saint John lies in the background, while the park, the marsh and the Bay Of Fundy pretty well takes over the rest of this aerial photo.
There are 11 km (7 miles) of rugged Bay Of Fundy coastline over 600 acres - an oasis of forest, marsh, beaches and trails. There is a boardwalk that extends into the salt march which is ideal for bird watching. There are eight different walking trails of varying lengths, as well as a roadway that encircles the park, including many lookouts. There are picnic areas, some with propane barbecues (free to use) many picnic tables and benches to rest on throughout the Park. The park's highest point is the Lookout Tower. Using binoculars mounted on'site, one can admire the breathtaking 360 degree view of land and sea above the treetops.
Tin Can Beach/Irving Nature Park - one of my favourite places to be from my childhood, with a "stop by" just last week. On a truly windy day, such as this....walking through the market or shops, you might hear more than one person say - "Winds are high today, you goin' to watch the waves on Tin Can Beach?"....."Yes, yes I am Eh."
Sunday, April 3, 2016
There is no finer life for me,
Than when I'm living by the sea
I'll take my lunch and be far gone -
As the waves do skip and roll along.
I often wonder where time went,
Roaming beaches, with hours well spent
Digging clams and watching surf -
In our own time, we'd felt its worth.
The air is clear and fresh and clean,
Nature's wonder and Nature's dream
A friend, a smile, naan sandwich and tea -
On this cold day, was prepared for me.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
It was a very cloudy day. These clouds, being so high in the sky, are made from ice crystals. The properties of the ice crystals reflect and refract light in such a way as to cause a "ring around the sun". Since high clouds typically precede unsettled weather; it is said, a halo around the sun or moon means rain or snow is on the way.....we got both.
This "Halo" around the sun is also known as a "22 degree halo or sun halo", as they are seen quite often and in all seasons. The crystals bend direct sunlight, projecting it elsewhere into the sky and at a certain angle - you guessed it - 22 degrees - a halo or ring can be seen around the sun.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
There's a real nice campground here, a canteen, hiking trails in abundance. You can play on the beach all day or go kayaking, etc. This beach is also a great place to fly kites. There is also sand art/ sand castles contest every summer and always something going on to draw the crowds. I have walked the trails here many, many times and its all about forest and the beauty of the bay.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Arlene & Jim Anderson, and Paul Balharrie bought Maple Bat seven years ago from founder Sam Holman, (although he still retains a portion). The Carleton Place factory makes bats for roughly 470 Pro Players; building each one to the individual players satisfaction.
"Just The Facts Ma'am" - I always liked that line. Yes, I listened to Detective Sergeant Joseph " Joe Friday" in his "Dragnet" series on the radio when I was a kid. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) was a fictional detective in the Los Angeles Police Department. He played this character on radio (1949-1959) and later on television. Have any of you ever found yourself using this line - it still remains one of the top 100 catchphrases in TV Land.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
A winter walk along the beautiful St. Croix River. The weather in our small town has been up and down, hot and cold, snowing, and melting. We do not have the 8 - 10 feet of snow we had at this time last year - there may be 3-4 feet. There have been many days of afternoon lunches out on the deck and warm enough for shirtsleeves.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
WHAT do people know about hamburgers, besides truly enjoying the sweet tasting experience?.....and to answer your thoughts about that first photo, I do remember paying 25 cents for a hamburger, 10 cents for fries and 5 cents for coca cola. People eat a little over four hamburgers a month on average, the world over. That probably explains why, whether it's a fast food joint, or fancy restaurant, it's more than likely you will find a burger on the menu. Burgers have been a culinary favourite for nearly a century; however, few know their true origins.The history of hamburgers has been hotly debated over time. As early as the 4th century, the Romans created a similar dish to the hamburger, called "Isicia Omentata", a baked beef patty with lentils and spices.
As the story goes, Americans in the late 20th century began eating beef patties between two slices of bread. In 1916, Walter Anderson first invented the hamburger bun. He was a short order cook, who would go on to create the popular chain restaurant, White Castle.
However you may like your burger, know this; I am having burgers grilled on the BBQ for supper and you are more than welcome to taste my backyard cuisine.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Everyone loves a warm holiday. When you cannot go south to those warmer climates, a lot of imagination and fun can take you to a warm place in your own back yard. This yard is on the Nerepis River, and is just up the highway a bit. There is a booming and popular campground in summer.....and it looks like the fun never ended for these folks yesterday. I dare say a little bit o'cabin fever might be going on. What's a little snow and cold temps, compared to a nice, sunny winter's day on the beach, Eh.
The Nerepis River is approximately 25 miles long, is great for boating, sailing, kayaking, fishing, picnics, camping and more. The serenity of a "long river scoot" on any afternoon sounds good to me.
p.s. YES, this is snow on the beach and the folks
are dreaming of "Orlando" :)
Sunday, January 10, 2016
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Turbulent skyline in Saint John....
Sun is still quite high at entrance to highway
with many different types of clouds; the further West we drove,
the less heavy the clouds were, with more light and a changing skyline.
|As the sun dipped further, the abundance of dazzling colours|
in the sky became overwhelming.....simply
because I chose to drive home later than usual.
MY BEST CATCH OF THE DAY :)
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