Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Longest Coastline

If you walked and walked and never stopped - not to eat, not to rest your feet, not to get some sleep - it would take you four and a half years to walk the length of Canada's coastline.
Canada has the world's longest coastline, bordered on three sides by three different oceans: The Atlantic, Artic and Pacific.
 To put that in perspective, Canada has 202,080 of the world's total 356,000 kilometers of oceanfront property. 
The only other country that even comes close is Indonesia, which has 54,716 kilometers of coastline.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


An icicle is a spike of ice formed when water dripping or falling from an object freezes.
Typically, icicles will form when ice or snow is melted by either sunlight or some other heat source (such as a poorly insulated building), and the resulting melted water runs off into an area where the ambient temperature is below the freezing of water (0 degrees), causing the water to refreeze. Over time, continued water runoff will cause the icicle to grow.
The photo above is how the trickle starts on my back roof and the photo below is how the icicles grew after some afternoon melts and evening freezes. See the huge amount of ice actually fills the gutter and then it might back up under the shingles in a fast melt. This is why I always remove the icicles when they are small - I try not give them a chance to build up and possibly back up under the shingles. Some just stay there all winter as I cannot reach them.
Icicles come in various shapes and sizes. Icicles from on surfaces which might have a smooth and straight, or irregular shape; which in turn influences the shape of an icicle. Another influence is melting water, which might flow toward the icicle in a straight line or which might flow from several directions.

Given the right conditions, icicles may also form in caves (known as ice stalactites). They can also form around salty water sinking from sea ice. There can be much damage and injury caused by icicles. Icicles that hang from an object may fall and cause injury and/or damage to whoever or whatever is below them. I can remember Mum always appointing one of us to take the broom out and knock the icicles off the back roof.
(THANK YOU to one of the two VOLUNTEERS that helped take ice off the Library roof yesterday)
Ice deposits can be heavy. If enough icicles form on an object, the weight of the ice can severely damage the structural integrity of the object and may cause the object to break. Whether it be structures, trees, cliffs, poles, wires, caves, etc - BEWARE OF FALLING ICE.
" BRINICLE"' - ICY FINGER OF DEATH, FILMED IN ANTARCTIC, captured forming by time-lapse camera.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mother Nature and Wind

I cannot say that I do not like winter. In fact, I do like winter. At the moment, we have snow banks halfway up the side of the house and well out into the street - it's like everyone has a tunnel of snow to reach their houses. I have walked aboot town and seen large, cleared driveways with mountains of snow surrounding each side. I have seen "shovel size" pathways, leading up to front doors. I have seen mailboxes shoveled oot. Businesses, schools and emergency all cleared early on of course. There are very few sidewalks that are available for walking. The sidewalk on our "main street" is cleared and also the street above us. All the sidewalks off the main streets and side streets remain deeply covered in tons of snow - so that would cover about half the residents in town.
Having said all this, I have to take a moment and talk about BEAUTY, the kind of beauty that takes your breath away.......the kind of beauty that takes but a second of your time to enter your mind and stay imprinted there forever. One of the facts of Mother Nature, when she is being cruel and punishing us with her beastly values of snow and wind, is also the BEAUTY she creates. 
This photo above is my friend's house - the wind blew the snow well out past the roof, leaving a lengthy extension of curves and lines and natural beauty.
 I saw this hill and knew I just had to share it with you - it gives you that feeling of "having stopped to smell the roses".  Creations like this leave me to appreciate Mother Nature and Wind.
p.s. You know I cannot leave Jack out of the post, eh........
One of my favs - Jack playing with friend "Toby Alexandra"

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

6 MORE WEEKS O'WHAT............

6 Days = 3 Major Blizzards = 109 cm of SNOW = 42.9134 Inches

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Yep, we got SNOW......

Yep, we got SNOW. And we got a bunch at that. Time to play - build snow forts, throw snowballs, go slidin'. Jack loves to chase snowballs and then she tries to figure out where the "ball" went when it lands and splatters. When the snowball lands in soft snow and disappears, Jack dives for it like a true cairn and does retrieve it.  When you play like this for some hours in the afternoon sun; trust me, you sleep very well through the night.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jack's First Encounter with.......

We were out walking one day way out in the meadow, on a farm.
We came upon the biggest, strangest dogs. 
I heard Mommy say their name was Horse. What I do not understand is why these large dogs are ALL called Horse. (Good Horse, Beautiful Horse, Nice Horse,  Horse likes dogs, etc)
I have friends, like Toby, Scruffy, Caesar, Daisy, Red n Rusty - 
I do not call my dog friends DOG, SO -
I shall make names for you - h-m-m-m, let me see
Bonnie n Betti - THAT'S IT, EH.
Meet my new friends Bonnie n Betti.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

-30 @ Oak Point - Low Tide

Cold surrounds everything
winter comes
with crystals forming
taking moisture from your breath
freeze framing it in the air
on your smile and in your hair
that frame your face
eyelashes have a sparkle
which make you shine
with a hint of frosting

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


"Ollie-bollen, or (Oliebollen) is a dutch pastry similar to a doughnut. This is a treat we had many times as young children  in our New Brunswick neighbourhood in Canada. When the other kids in the neighbourhood would have these treats from my Mum, they would ask where the hole was? Apparently, my Mother was the only "Mum" in the neighbourhood that made doughnuts without holes in them. I can remember other kids saying - "Doughnuts are supposed to have holes in them".  :)
Oliebollen is typically a deep fried pastry filled with raisins and dusted with powdered sugar. Some modern variations serve them topped with berry filling. My Mother always made these during the festivities of Christmas and especially to celebrate the New Year. The Oliebol is a traditional Dutch and Belgian food, called Oliebollen in the Netherlands, while in Belgium they are called Smoutenbollen.
HISTORY - They are said to have been first eaten by Germanic tribes in the Netherlands during the Yule, the period between Dec 26 and Jan 6. The Germanic Goddess Perchta, would fly through the mid-winter sky frightening away evil spirits. To appease these spirits, food was offered, much of which contained deep-fried dough. It was said Perchta would try to cut open the bellies of all the evil she came across, but because of the fat in the Oliebollen, her sword would slide off the body of whoever ate them. Perchta is looked at as a bringer of Divine light and a fierce protector of humans. To the faithful, she appears as a beautiful Goddess Of Light, who blesses humans with health and prosperity. To the evil hearted, deceitful and wicked, she appears as a ferocious demon with horns and fangs.

1. Break up the compressed yeast, and stir into the warm milk. Let stand for a few minutes to dissolve. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Stir the yeast mixture and egg into the flour and mix into a smooth batter. Stir in the currants, raisins and apple. Cover the bowl, and leave the batter in a warm place to rise until double in size. This will take approx 1 hour.
2. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer, or heavy deep pan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Use 2 metal spoons to shape scoops of dough into balls, and drop them carefully into the hot oil.
3. Fry the balls until golden brown, about 8 minutes. The doughnuts should be soft and not greasy. If the oil is not hot enough, the outside will be tough and the insides greasy. Drain finished doughnuts on paper towels and dust with confectioners' sugar. Eat warm if you can or just reheat them in your microwave for 11 seconds. 
They sure are tasty.

Friday, January 9, 2015


NOW, if we only had a way to the game .......
OR, it'll be live streaming again.....
GO PACK GO !!!!!