I planned the backyard first. The space was to include a maximum of trees, shrubs and perennials and a minimum of lawn. A pond was essential, as well as more compost bins, rain reservoirs and an area for growing vegetables.
I was a "Photographer" of sorts once. It was an interest I became enthused with at about age 15 while living in South Africa in the 1970s. Just a teen, I was lucky to receive as my first camera an old Exa single lens reflex camera...
My brother, in a grand act of artistic dedication, once made a plaster-cast of his own head. This wasn't wholly due to vanity, but because he had plans to create fitted helmets using the cosplay costume-making process that uses EVA foam.
My only direct connection to the wars that are remembered this day in Canada are through my parents, who were in their teens in the Netherlands during WW2. Both seldom mentioned their experiences during the war while alive. However, I later learned through my father's autobiography that the times were challenging for his family. The... Continue Reading →