Monday, April 24, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

More crocuses

Look good planted in a mound

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MPs, Human Rights campaigner push for anti-organ trafficking law.

Anastasia Lin and MPs Irwin Cotler and Garnett Genuis at screening of the movie "The Bleeding Edge", Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Genuis is trying to pass the bill introduced last session by Cotler that would make it illegal for Canadians to go abroad to buy "human organs that have been removed without donor consent or for financial gain." Lin, a former Miss World Canada, has been campaigning on behalf of Falun Gong and other political prisoners in China who are reported to have had their organs removed after execution. Lin also starred in The Bleeding Edge as one of these victims. Tory MP to revive Cotler's organ trafficking bill
Anastasia Lin

MP Garnett Genuis 

former MP Irwin Cotler 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fool's Postcard

Odd flying machine from the early 20th Century - this one is postmarked Farnham, which is close to Yamaska, so it probably came from the same collection as the previous postcard.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

Most owls are camera shy, but this one let me roll up next to it on the road to take pictures.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Yamaska Heartbreak

Desperate postcard from 111 years ago:

"Antoinette got your letter last evening, she tells me that you will not answer me now. Don't make me wait too long. I was really disappointed to not get a card from you last evening. I was so certain that I'd get one. I hurried home but I was disappointed." It looks like there are tear stains on it!

Postcard was mailed by a Thomas from Montreal, postmarked 5 PM, February 19, 1906 to an Antoinette in Yamaska, a small town 100 km east of Montreal. Yamaska has only about 5,000 people today, so I blanked out her family name!
The picture is of  Couchiching Beach Park, in Orillia, Ontario which I have visited.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Colonel Sanders' Canadian home

Colonel Harland Sanders stayed in this modest bungalow at 1337 Melton Drive in Mississauga after he sold his operation in the US and came north to manage his chain in Canada.
Although he spent a lot of time on the road, he lived here from the early 1960s until his death in 1980.
Google maps

(Grey house with blue garage door)


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Winter Robin

Robin in winter - they've been in this park the whole winter - I don't know how they survive - there was a flock of about 50 at the start. I sort of imagine they roost together in a big mass at night.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Heil Cthulhu!

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn: "In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming", translated by Facebook, who thought it was German.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Honeybee on comb

From 2008, found this honeycomb on floor of forest - must have fallen from a tree - bees were working at draining it - in a few hours all the honey had been taken out.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Men's Entrance

In 1937 Ontario passed a law that required bars to have separate entrances and drinking areas for men and women - one source quotes a now removed article from a BC paper which said this seems to have been part of an anti-VD campaign in Canada. There had to be some kind of barrier between the side in the bar where women sat and where men sat, but it was "Ladies and their (male) Escorts" on the women's side and no women on the men's side. To this day many old bars in Ontario still have two doors, although the separation barriers are long gone.
This was in effect up at least into the 1970s, and in Quebec many taverns were off limits to women in practise until the 1980s - in 2007 a woman was refused service at a gay bar in Montreal
This is a building on Beckworth and William streets, in Smith Falls, Ontario in 2008 that probably was a hotel with a bar - sign is now gone.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bird's Nest Fungi

Crucibulum laeve ? Bird's Nest fungi yellowish  fungi that have some pill like things inside them on growing on decaying wood, probably taken somewhere in Charlottenburgh Park on July 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Turkey Trot

Wild Turkeys in Snow, mating dance, Turkey Trot - the two males are usually related and do a slow walk together while the females watch and follow. Three hens following two toms (bright coloured heads), taken about April 4, 2008.