Thursday, September 21, 2023

Quebec City roofs, late 80s


Roofs, Quebec City 

Quebec City has some of the oldest buildings made by European colonists in North America. 

Wasaga Beach, off season, 1991


Wasaga Beach, after season, c. 1991, probably 63 Beach Drive. Wasaga Beach is a resort town on Georgian Bay, Lake Huron. It's mostly people who can't afford to fly anywhere who go there, high school and college students. After the summer it gets boarded up and they don't remove the sand that blows in from the longest freshwater beach in the world.

Friday, September 15, 2023

Peter Gabriel

View from the nosebleeds at the Bell Centre, Montreal

 I went to see him on Sept 13 at the Bell Centre. Honestly, I didn't like it and left early - the seat was way up in the nose bleeds and on the edge so I was looking down from way up and the sound, although better than the old Forum which had a lot of exposed steel beams that made a cacophony of echoes, was still not that good, and I realized watching it on TV would be a lot better. Gabriel just looked like he wasn't that into what he was doing. I walked back to where I was parked along Dorchester (I don't want to honour evil) passing skyscrapers with pretty young women going in at night, I guess working with offices in Asia. I thought back to 1985 and it just seemed the same. A beautiful blonde woman walking barefoot in the rain along Sherbrooke.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Akwesasne Powwow 2023


Fish dance

Notable memory - vendor selling water asks man if he's with his father, he says yes, and he tells him to give his father a sip first. Mohawk custom is to feed elders, then women and children, then men.

Friday, September 8, 2023

Passion fruit

Looks ugly but tasty. Passion fruit from a plant that I didn't think would grow fruit.


Thursday, September 7, 2023

Found him!


Santa Claus in summer mode. You can write him in Canada here:

Santa Claus

North Pole

H0H 0H0


He will write back

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Northwest Territories License

 The coolest licenses plates in Canada are from the Northwest Territories. Saw this today - the capital, Yellowknife was evacuated last month due to wildfires. 

Sunday, September 3, 2023

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Liminal Space - walled off section of food court/game arcade


Closed off section of food court/Game Arcade, Seaway Travel Centre, near 401, Cornwall, ON, Stanley Cup replica, very large Cathode Ray TV set

Friday, September 1, 2023

Thrift store find. I saw this Kodak Disk 4100 with batteries still charged after nearly 40 years.

Thrift store find. I saw this Kodak Disk 4100 with a film cartridge still in it - although this is almost 40 years old in 2023, the motor still ran when I pressed the shutter button. The film was on a wheel of 15 shots that rotated. It had two 3v lithium batteries, which still held some charge even now. I used one like it in a waterproof case scuba diving. It didn't take good pictures due to the small size of the negative. Also film processors often didn't use the special equipment to make prints from it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

My earliest dateable memory

Iberia Airlines, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

 Sep 8, 1964 - Was again The Beatles, who had landed at Dorval Airport. My dad took me outside to hear the fans screaming. It was about a mile away from our house but I could still hear the girls voices. I can also remember my dad talking to a girl coming to the door on Hallowe'en that year wearing a Beatle wig.

Earliest dateable to the year memories

1964 - The earliest memory I can sort of date is The Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. I don't know which of the four appearances it was. 

Picture: Dan Grossi


Saturday, August 19, 2023


 I can't seem to get rid of this clothespin - Les Foubrac were an acrobatic comedy duo. When  I photographed them in 1990 someone clipped this on my vest without me knowing! Faites circuler is 'pass it around'.

Thursday, August 17, 2023


Four big ones - I bought the plant but the label is off, so I don't know what variety it is.


Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Nespresso Capsule Return Envelope

 There is no Nespresso pod recycling in my area, which is a shame as they are made out of easily recyclable aluminum, but if you ask at the website using their chat function they will send you recycling bags free of charge that you can use to mail them back to them. They have a reusable zip-loc style closure and a tape seal when it's full.


Sunday, August 6, 2023

Poutine festival's French fried humour

I've also seen a chip stand called "Lord of the Fries" near Guelph. The band The Tragically Hip was formed in Kingston, Ontario.

Poutine Festival, Cornwall, Ontario

Poutine is a relatively new snack food. It's difficult to track its origin, since the word in French can mean different things. Chip stands and wagons have been ubiquitous in Quebec, as have cheese curds but when and where they were put together with gravy is not certain.  Poutine probably derives from 'pudding', and can mean something that's thrown together, a mess, or trouble. Poutine Acadienne or Poutine râpée is a potato dumpling (or just grated potatoes on a plate with the filling), and in the St. Maurice valley region of central Quebec there is a pastry flour dumpling with the same name. The curds. fries and gravy form seemed to have developed in the 50s in either Warwick, Princeville or Drummondville, Quebec. It didn't come to Montreal until 1983 and I first saw it in Lancaster, Ontario, near the provincial border, in 1985, and I tracked its westward march. By 1990 it was in Toronto and on the menu at fast food chains like McDonalds. In the 80s it was an object of ridicule in Montreal, particularly in the humour magazine CROC, and if I mentioned poutine in western Quebec, people would ask me if I meant Poutine Acadienne, because they found the cheese curds, fries and gravy variety disgusting. When I lived in Lowertown, Quebec City there was a snack bar near me that had a sign that claimed they were the first in Quebec City to serve it, but said the owner had gotten the idea from New Brunswick. As I recall, 'hot chicken' (called that in French) sauce, which is made by the St-Hubert restaurant chain, was the usual gravy.
It is pronounced 'poo-tin' in English like in French, at least as far west as Brockville, Ontario, where they will correct you if you say it  'poo-teen', but a lot of people in Toronto say it 'poo-teen'.  I don't know where the isogloss, the line that separates the two pronunciations,  is. Ryan Gosling grew up in Cornwall so he says 'poo-tin', and he fronts the 't' sound so much it becomes an affricate consonant .⟨t͡s⟩, which is common in Canadian French -   His parents are from London, Ontario of partial French-Canadian background, but he doesn't speak much French.

Poutine is also the spelling of Vladimir Putin's name in French. When I saw him called "Le Roi Poutine" (King Putin) on the cover of a French magazine, I thought they were talking about a new fast food chain!


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

North America Bunny

North America, in a rabbit's fur. Owner said she lets her out for a half hour everyday.


Monday, July 31, 2023

Heron and gulls in the rain

Heron and gulls in the rain


More naloxone tips.

Since my friend Krystal died of a fentanyl overdose last year, I've started keeping a naloxone kit in my first aid bag in my car (I used to carry a naloxone pill in the 90s). There was a info booth at a fair and the pharmacist. Kent Guidon, told me that more than two nasal sprays can be used if the paramedics haven't arrived yet and the overdose victim hasn't responded, so I got some more. He also said to angle out the spray toward the eye after getting the nozzle in to better get the naloxone into the sinus, and to use the sprays on alternating nostrils.


Saturday, July 29, 2023

Which Kerr?

Jim Kerr, Simple Minds, 2017

Photo: Stefan Brending,

Last month I wrote Happy Father's Day in Welsh,  Sul y Tadau Hapus, on Cherisse Osei's page as she had a video with her father in Wales. Just now someone 'loved' it on Facebook. I wondered who it was...Jim Kerr... nah, it couldn't be the same Jim Kerr, lead singer for Simple Minds, the band she's a drummer was! I was wondering how he knew Welsh when I saw he hearted everyone's comment. (I'm assuming it was an app)

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Cherries on the bottom

Cherry tree, more of a bush, all the cherries are near the bottom, although there were flowers all over.


Monday, July 17, 2023

Another yellowish red sun

Yellowish-red sun. Not that much haze from the forest fires, but the light is still yellowish-red, so I imagine the smoke is in the upper atmosphere.


Sunday, July 16, 2023

Dogwood, maybe

Maybe a dogwood? Abundant flowers just growing by the roadside on Watkin's Corners Road, near Purdon Conservation Area. June 2023. One suggestion my friend on Mammoth made was a Mock Orange, Philadelphus spp.


Saturday, July 15, 2023

Bird of Paradise


Thrift store find - Promo brochure for 1951 version of Bird of Paradise, starring Louis Jordan as a Frenchman who goes to Polynesia, marries a native, played by the not-very-Polynesian Debra Paget, who is sacrificed to a volcano. Seriously. I think it's a fumetti with the plot given along with still photos.

Friday, July 14, 2023

Maple Leaf Truck

Chevrolet 'Maple Leaf' Truck, made in Oshawa from 1930 until 1948. 



Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Biker War 2023

Scene of shooting in parking lot, three injured,14th Street and Brookdale, Cornwall,  July 8, 2023  Supposedly there is a fight between the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and Loners Motorcycle Club. Outlaws clubhouse was torched in Brockville on Monday. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Little Girl

 There was a little girl, about eight, sitting on a folding chair at the entrance to a small mall. She had a cardboard box that had stuffed toys in it - "What are you selling?" "Some toys" "Here's a donation" I said, giving her a five. "What are you trying to raise money for?" I asked, thinking it might be for a school project. "I don't know, maybe for my dad." and her voice wavered. "Here's another ten - take care of yourself!"

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Luminous Long Sault

Luminous Long Sault 2023, boats light up by LED lights in bay, Long Sault, Ontario, July 8

LED Drones light up sky, done by Anugrah Patel, Paul St. Onge, and Barsha Hardikr 

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Birds not of a feather, flocking together


Domestic goose, with wound on wing, among Canada geese, east end, Lamoureaux Park, Cornwall, Ontario

Sixth booster

 Sixth Covid-19 booster today. I haven't had any kind of side effect from the Pfizer vaccine.

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Monday, June 26, 2023

My pic of Mayor Chow

My photo of new Mayor of Toronto Olivia Chow, with late husband Jack Layton, 1993.

Still smoky


Still very smoky outside - yesterday Montreal was on the news because it had the worst air quality for a city in the world!