Monday, December 13, 2021

Prepping to be a reindeer

Prepping to be a reindeer, Christmas Pageant, Japanese school at Orde Public School, Toronto, 1990s

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Proust gag that you have to understand French to get.

I used to talk to this Breton guy who'd go on and on about how Madeleine cakes were like when you dipped them in tea. I finally said to him "Marcel, you go into so much detail you could write a seven volume book on research into wasted time."


Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Friday, October 22, 2021

flu shot

Flu shot today! Thanked the pharmacist profusely for his good work.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Friday, October 15, 2021

Fall Colours 2021


Crysler Farm, War of 1812 memorial

Pumpkin Man at Pumpkinferno, Upper Canada Village

Frenchie's Pumpkins roadside stand

Brockville City Hall, seeds on sidewalk

Red maples

Not sure what these are - they are growing in a cedar.

Ginko leaves in parking lot

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Zen or lemon zest?


As translated by Facebook: "Daisuke Suzuki, who introduced Japanese citrus culture overseas,..."
By Google: "Daisetsu Suzuki, who introduced Japanese Zen culture overseas..."
Orange you glad you know the difference?

Sunday, October 3, 2021

White squirrel


White squirrel, had patches of reddish-brown on front forelegs. Eastern gray squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, Écureuil gris

Friday, October 1, 2021

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Helena G. passes through double rainbow

 Helena G., Bulk carrier from Portugal passes through double rainbow in St. Lawrence

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Helmut Oberlander, former member of Nazi Einsatzgruppe, dies

 When the story broke in 1995, the Toronto Star sent me to his house - he'd decamped to his condo in Florida, but the CBC found him there. One of his neighbours offered to let me set up cameras in a room that overlooked his house! He never gave any support in Canada to neo-Nazis, but I did go to his trial and some of the people in the court who seem to be there to support him definitely had pro-Nazi sympathies, verbally attacking some of the German witnesses as traitors. I sat with Professor Gunnar Boehnert , a Canadian Mennonite who spent the war years interned in Germany with his parents who were missionaries, and we heard some of the audience making some obvious anti-Semitic remarks in German. Einsatzgruppe is another one of those innocuous words that the Nazis used to disguise their actions - it sounds like it means an 'assigned task group' but they really were death squads that murdered Jews and others in occupied eastern Europe.

CBC story: Helmut Oberlander has died in Waterloo, Ont.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Red Fox Vulpes fulva fulva Renard

 Little red fox, eyes were swollen yesterday, was at my front door today and looked better. Red Fox Vulpes fulva fulva Renard

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sign of backward times

Actual sign with a quote from Maxime 'Mad Max' Bernier,  leader of the People's Party of Canada, who recently spoke at an anti-vax rally. Embarrassing.

White Calla Lily


Monday, September 13, 2021

Cicada exoskeleton

Exoskeleton of Dog-day Cicada,  (Tibicen canicularis), which lives two to four years underground, climbs up a pole or tree and sheds its skin and emerges as a flying insect. 

Anti-vaxxers outside hospital

 There were about 200 people outside the local hospital protesting against vaccination mandates. In some places elsewhere in Canada the protestors blocked access to patients and staff. At a later protest, one person tested positive for Covid-19.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Moon and Venus over the mall

Moon and Venus over the mall. Looks like the moon is a bow and Venus is an arrow shot from it.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Gladiola Field

Gladiolas in a field near Sandbank Provincial Park, Bay of Quinte. The gladiola is named after the gladius sword used by Roman gladiators.


Saturday, August 14, 2021

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Octagon House, Hawkesbury, Ontario

  Octagonal House, Hawkesbury, Ontario, built sometime between 1860 and 1870. There was a small craze for building octagon houses at that time. I think this is made of concrete block.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Monday, June 21, 2021

Fully vaccinated

 2nd dose AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine plus one hour. Feel fine. The saddest thing was I overheard the pharmacists talking - they had 50 shots but would be only giving out 31 that day because people cancelled when they heard it was AstraZeneca. AstraZeneca is only being given for second doses now in Canada. I saw two people walk up to the counter and cancel when they heard it was AstraZeneca. There haven't been any significant side effect issues with second doses of AstraZeneca with people who had no problem with the first shot.