Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The C.A.V.

It was a weekend filled with memorials, thrills, mystery rides, music,  games, vendors, breakfasts n BBQ's - show n shine, silent auction, parades and good old 'camradery' amongst Veterans, Supporters and General Public. The St. Croix Rally In The Valley isn't just a gathering of motorcycles. It is also a gathering of folk from far and near governed by the word "CAMARADERIE" - Based on Honour, Forged by Friendship and Bound by 'Camradery'.

This 2015 Harley Davidson was the BIG PRIZE.....winner Lori Johnson :)


It was a weekend of remembering and celebrating in memory, those who were no longer with us, those who returned; and welcoming those who joined us for their first visit to the Valley.
Each and every penny earned over this weekend event is passed on to those that need it most. There are the Veterans of course and then other local charities chosen each year to be the benefactors of our good will. WE are a charitable organization. We are the C.A.V. - we are the Canadian Army Veteran Motorcycle Unit - and on this weekend each year, WE CELEBRATE YOU.
Pick photos to enlarge :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Early Television

It was early 1954 in Saint John, New Brunswick - Nine thousand people showed up at the Admiral Beatty Hotel at King's Square on Saturday, March 11th, to catch the first glimpse of the programs that would be shown when CHSJ-TV went on the air March 24th. Today, this grand Hotel, which housed Kings, Queens, Prince and Princesses, dignitaries and rich folk; now houses Senior Citizens and the view from these apartments - just amazing. My Mum was on the 5th floor, corner apartment.  What a lovely apartment it was indeed with a most extended view of the city on both sides accompanied with a view of the harbour.
In co-operation with the Admiral Television Corporation, forty televisions were set up in the Georgian Ballroom of the City's leading Hotel. Long before the official start of broadcast time at 2:00 p.m., a long line of curious citizens extended over a block from the hotel doors. Once the shows started, the crowds moved speedily through the ballroom and passed by the TV's for a look at the first television broadcast in the Maritimes. 
The quality of the picture and the sound drew many comments, and no doubt led to more than a few sales for Admiral Television. 
Local merchants were present too, and were advertising sets available from $239 to $529 - quite out of range of many of the curious viewers who would be making $5 - $10 a day. The feature shows included: Hopalong Cassidy, CBC Concert Hour, Holiday Ranch, Newsreels and Cartoons.
The first people on our street to buy a TV were "The McNeil" family. On Saturday afternoon, Walt Disney was on and all the neighbourhood kids  would be found sitting in AWE in Mrs McNeil's "front" room; some sitting on the "chesterfield" and available chairs, others on the floor - watching TV. Imagine, having the Walt Disney Characters and stories come alive in your "front room", eh.  My Mum eventually bought a TV and I remember the day Dad came home excitedly from work, carrying what looked like a X-Ray Envelope. He exclaimed we would now have colour TV - opened the envelope and took out a very slim piece of "plastic", with 4 colours  - a vertical strip of orange, blue, yellow, red and; which you could see through. There was a hole in each corner, that could be fastened to the front of your TV to hold it on and I remember watching Dale Evans and Roy Rogers riding off into the vertical sunset. ha,ha

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Birthday Canada

The year 2015 marks the 148th celebration of Canada Day, which commemorates the day that Canada became a nation. The holiday is observed on July 1st.
On July 1, 1867, the British North America Act united the British Colonies of Upper Canada, Lower Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia into "One Dominion Under The Name Of Canada". These four colonies became Canada's first four provinces. Lower Canada was renamed Quebec and Upper Canada was renamed Ontario.
The July 1 Holiday was known as Dominion Day until October 27, 1982; when an act of parliament established the name Canada Day.
The name "Canada" derives from an Iroquoian word for "Village" Kanata, that French explorers heard used to refer to the area near present-day Quebec City. Today Canada comprises ten provinces and three territories.
I would also like to wish my American Family, Friends and Neighbours a Happy Independence Day on July 4th. In June 1776, representatives of 13 Colonies declared their independence from Great Britain. The Continental Congress voted in favor of independence and the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the Birth of American Independence.
I am SO going to enjoy all the Celebrations on both sides of the St. Croix River this week and weekend; with our Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Unit Rally taking place as well.  Canada Day, Rally In The St. Croix Valley, and Independence Day celebrations right here in our little town of St. Stephen, NB and the town of Calais, Maine, USA - July 1 - 5th.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

5th Grade Boys..........

You know how people always say, "this wasn't the best Movie", Video etc......BUT, there was a whole lotta shakin' going on - we've all taken those videos........BUT, wait a moment and take the time to watch these boys. I guarantee they will put a smile on your face and bring a giggle from yer belly. 


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sunday Picnic

Family, neighbours n friends
Great Food n a few Siestas
Badmington Anyone?
Spoon n Ball Race
Treasure Hunt
Three Legged Race
What a wonderful afternoon :)

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Brunswick Low Tide....

"You don't need to be the tide to rise and fall, you don't have to be a wave to touch the shore - just be a little sand-grain and feel them all". - Munia Khan

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Farmer's Daughter.....

Out and about on my usual walk, I noticed many colourful people running up and down the streets of our small town. By the time I arrived at our Civic Center, I ran into this very friendly group "The Farmer's Daughter and Three Blind Mice". Today was a day for supporting the local Boys and Girls Club. There were approx 29 teams involved - they had a grueling run about town and then arrived at the Civic Center to walk on boards while being timed. This was not an easy task, as you can well see in the photo below. I can only say that the familiar word "Boardwalk" took on a new meaning for me.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Head Cone.....or.....Cone Head

Traffic cones, also called traffic pylons, road cones, highway cones, safety cones, witch's hat, or construction cones, are usually cone-shaped markers that are placed on roads or footpaths to temporarily redirect traffic in a safe manner. They are often used to create separation or merge lanes during road construction projects or automobile accidents.
Traffic cones were invented in 1940 by American Charles D. Scanlon, who got the idea for the traffic cone while working as a painter for the Street Painting Department of the City of Los Angeles. The patent for his invention was granted in 1943.
On the other hand, on a Spring Day  in Canada, we saw an olde fella walking on the side of a small country road, proudly wearing such a Cone as a safety measure.  We sure could see him a long way off with that cone moving back and forth. ha,ha

Sunday, May 24, 2015

St. Andrews Bay

A brisk walk along the beach at St. Andrews Bay.
A North wind was howling and blowin' a fair gale, with
a temperature hovering at just about  40 F.
(that's almost summer in Atlantic Canada) ha,ha
Even Jack, with her heavy "Cairn Coat" was happy to get back to car.