Friday, January 20, 2017

Time to Sing

After posting quite a lot throughout much of December and January, you may not have noticed my recent absence, but there has been one for just over a week. In point of fact, even my last two posts only made it online because were pre-posted, and I sure haven't been commenting.

I'd best not get into a blow-by-blow account, but I will share a few photos, which, I know, is terribly unique.

In our shopworn and somewhat dilapidated ER waiting room, it was pleasant to notice that a few people had made an effort to cheer up the place by painting some ceiling tiles.

Kind of a nice touch, eh?

But when I spent a few hours in a care room, mostly receiving from IV hydration ...


... this is what I saw right above my head.


A sort of creepy picture of a beady-eyed dove, which looked more like a vengeful crow, making it's way to heaven (I guess).

Now, I don't know about you, but I didn't find a beady-eyed bird indicating a passage to eternity to be exactly soul-lifting. Shudder,

Now that my mini crisis is fading into the mists, it seems appropriate to post this half-page from my SiL's journal.


"Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats." (Voltaire)

Thankfully, I am humming again, and that's close enough.

Some of the other quotes.

“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” (David Russell)

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."  (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."  (Vince Lombardi

"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." (Coco Chanel)

It also seems an appropriate thought for this rather grim political day in the USA. Everybody sing now. Come on, louder. Put yer 'arts into it, me mateys.

(Please forgive me for not commenting very much for a few more days.)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Whiskey and Wickedness

We attended a lecture (presentation) at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum this week. The topic was what you see in the title: Whiskey and Wickedness.

This event concerning our past was considered to be part of the our town's Canada 150 celebrations. Our young country is 150 years old this year, and there will be events and celebrations in all sorts of corners of the land.

Larry Cotton, the presenter, has written many volumes of this title, Whiskey and Wickedness, many about the days of whiskey and certain other beverages in the pioneer days of Eastern Ontario, The latest of his series features Carleton Place and places close by.



He explained how this region was settled, at least partly,  by retired soldiers, mainly of Irish and Scottish extraction. After the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 with America, Britain had thousands of vets that it had to deal with. It also had the need to populate this region to keep it under firm British control. So, soldiers were offered a pension and land to settle in these parts.

Part of the pension consisted of being allocated 5 vouchers per day to ... um ... keep up their spirits as it were. And since they were Scots and Irish, two drinking cultures,  to begin with, alcohol played a large part in the fabric of early settlements. Because of the need for water combined with the quick spoilage of their products, beer had to be manufactured locally, so breweries especially were often combined with pubs and more than one to a village.

The meeting concluded with a presentation by a new to Carleton Place, local brewery, Stalwart Brewing Co., which served samples, much to the delight of many.

Paul Cotton




Stalwart Brewing Company






Larry Cotton's Website

Stalwart Brewing Company Website

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Third Stop

I know that I'm sort of cheating by using about an hour's worth of photography into three separate posts, but c'mon man, it's January. If January in Canada isn't an excuse for just about anything, then I don't know what it. And just wait until February when cabin fever really seeps into the soul.

Anyway, after I jumped off left the bridge in the previous post, I got into the car and headed the relatively short distance to the park. The eastern end looked like this.


The keen-sighted amongst y'all may see that there is no path along the path as it were, so AC, being a chicken-liver at heart went back to the car and drove to the west end.

There really wasn't much doing there either, but I did take one by the ramp where cars load or unload their boats into the water — not just now of course.


So, I turned around where there is an old, original log house on the other side of the road. But this time, I didn't shoot the house but the adjacent shack. What really drew me was the satellite dish by the shack.


Nice enough light there, but I decided to have a look in mono, and I like that too. It's got a very different vibe, but I still like it.


And that, ladies and germs, is how you get three blog posts for the price of one. Now what?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

From the Bridge

From the park (previous post) I headed over to the bridge. These boathouses and their reflections are almost always of some interest.


From the other side of the bridge, I took one more shot of the Boulton Brown Mill, which seems to demand a shot every time. This time, I caught an ice floe going by, which made it a bit different.


I walked across the bridge (from where I had parked and begun) to the northwest side where I took this photo of the birdge, townhall and the former Paterson and Sons Funeral Home and Furniture Store.


I also turned around a took this shot looking back upriver. I was quite surprised to see all of those leaves clinging onto the young oak tree.


Upon heading back to the car, I chanced to notice the moon over townhall. I tried to get the moon centered over the flag pole. I didn't quite manage in camera, so I moved it and enlarged it a bit in post. What I did right in camera was to underexpose the shot to keep detail in the moon. I also envisaged it as a black and white shot from the getgo, and I think it worked out pretty well.


After I got back to the car, I headed to Riverside Park. But that's for another post.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

From a Snowy Park

Saturday dawned with a coldness, but when it is sunny and calm, it doesn't seem too daunting. So, with Sue out with Sha for the afternoon, I decided to take the camera out.

I first headed to a little park off Bell Street. It probably has a name, but it's not on Google Maps, so I can't tell you any more right now. What it does have is a view of townhall which is different, so I thought I would have a look.

Getting to the river side was a bit of a trick, though. I had to climb a snowbank to get into the park, and then I had to slog through unbroken snow, which was surprisingly deep in spots — like up to mid-calf deep or maybe more. This photo doesn't quite tell the story, but I took it for the fence line and shadows.


Directly across the river, the trees in front of the former Boulton Brown Mill (now condos) were covered with ice from the spray of the water, some of it coming from the remnants of a damn.


Since I went there with the intention to photographing the town hall, here are the two the I guess I like best.ou can see the old damn on the left.


Then I moved to the other side of the tree, and I think I managed a somewhat better photo although sometimes you just get out and enjoy yourself but no shot is terrific. Whatever the case, itis the shot that I like best from this excursion.


Actually, this wasn't the end of my excursion as I next went to the bridge that you can see in the background. But that can be for another post.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Years Eve

This post is a record for the folk who were there. The rest of you should feel free to just roll your eyes and move on.  😁

First a bunch of photos (and I do mean a bunch) followed by two video clips, the first of which is a game and the second the countdown and welcoming.

















Now for the clips. First the Unwrapping Game, followed by the Countdown and Welcoming.



Monday, January 09, 2017

Odd and Ends

A few Odds and Ends from our two days with the kids.

The weather has been erratic. We have snow, cold, warm, rain and freezing rain and around we go again. On a somewhat warm afternoon, I decided to try to get some ice off the driveway (you can also see how icy the road is in the background), The kids managed to turn helping into a game (as you will see a little of this in the video later).


There is always an hour or so of public skating at the arena, but during the holiday break various sponsors step in to make it free.



Here's the shovelling plus skating video. Really, if you're not family, you should probably just skip by this one. (Oh bother, see how I mistyped 'skating' on the vid title. I am the world's worst typist and can barely get through two words error-free.)



After an outing, especially in winter, we tend to stop for hot chocolate and a goodie.



Whilst there, Danica grabbed the camera and snapped this photo. She thought it was hilarious and that I should put it on my business card.


A few other incidentals before I leave off. JJ and I were looking for animals fairly well camouflaged in photos. He was faster than I at this. Sigh.


JJ was feeling poorly one day, so I provided the books and blanket. Ever the pragmatist, Sue provided the puke bowl.


While JJ was ill, Danica and I headed to the corner store for milk. Somehow or other, I came back with a magazine for her and a Star Wars book for him. It was a very expensive gallon of milk to say the least.


Oh yeah, we iced some more cookies left over after the Christmas decorating (of which I previously posted).


Finally, I though you might enjoy one more view of my toboggan tumble. My shoulder was quite sore for a day or three, and my pride is still hurt.