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 a reçu votre lettre hier soir, elle me dit que vous ne me repondrez pas maintenant. Ne me faites pas attendre trop longtemps. J'ai été très désappointé de ne pas recevoir une carte de vous hier soir, j'étais si certain d'en avoir une - j'avais hâte d'arriver à la maison, mais j'ai été déçu"

"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.