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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I'm just not the same.........

I opened my eyes
and looked up at the rain,
it dripped into my head
and flowed into my brain.
All that I hear,
as I lie in my bed
is the slishity-slosh
of the rain in my head.
I step very softly,
I walk very slow
I cannot do a handstand -
I might overflow.
So, pardon the crazy - wild -
thing I just said,
I'm just not the same
since there's rain in my head.
by Shel Silverstein


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Grocery Store Wars

This is quite brilliantly done. I did have a giggle when I watched it. I felt with all the work that was done to put this video together; to make it what it is, I simply had to share it with you. Sit back and enjoy. Cheers


Monday, April 27, 2015

A New Lodge On Burnt Hill.....

Pick a spot with a nice view and lots of fresh water.....
"Fell The Trees"
Build The Lodge.....
Move In.....

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's getting warmer.......

Its gotten a whole lot warmer, the river has broken open and most of these ice in the above photo is gone......however; there will be more coming through as the rivers and lakes above us thaw.....and then there is the SPRING opening of the dams.
Almost time to peel off the fur hat
The water levels will rise and possibly there will be some flooding - happens every year. Some areas are having great problems with ice jams against bridges, or areas that ice jams push large ice onto land and take down a house near the shore. I am now thinking about the days that I shall be doing more "summry" things - not just working on the property, preparing gardens etc, but going to the beach more and riding........hiking. I love summer :)

Monday, April 20, 2015


There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-lettered word, and that is "UP".
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list; but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are some people - UP for election?  Why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report. We call UP our friends. We use the word to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car. At other times, the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.  To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning, but we close it UP at night. That alone seems to make UP seem mixed UP about UP.
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, I looked the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. I was UP to the challenge, so I tried building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. With nothing else to do and surrounded by 5-8 feet of snow, I got UP the stamina to try. This challenge took UP much of my time, however; I didn't give UP and I wound UP with a hundred or more ways to use the word UP.
When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains and wets the earth, it often messes things UP. When it doesn't rain for a while, things dry UP.  H-m-m-m, I could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP for now and don't wait UP for me, cause I won't be UP to answering any questions aboot what I been UP to, Eh.
p.s. Then of course - just one more - I couldn't resist - my favourite Super Hero says; "UP, UP, and away!"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Decorating.....A Tasty Meal.....Natural Beauty

Seriously though folks, spring has arrived in the Maritimes, even though there is still lots of snow about - it is melting and disappearing quickly. The snow is still very deep in the woods and the deer are beginning to find their meals along the sunny sides of hills on our many roads and highways. We have seen herds of 30 - 40 grazing contentedly on the side of the road.
For those of you that might be a bit delicate, these next photos you may not like to view. They were captured by my Nephew. He was driving home and saw this, stopped the car, grabbed his camera and shot away. Its not often one captures a sight like this and pretty awesome to have been able to do so.
My Nephew also captured these photos of the Spring Melt at Lepreau Falls and Hammond River;  (a short distance from here) this past weekend. Yes, Spring is happening in the Maritimes.
Lepreau Falls
Hammond River