Early Spring in the garden.

The last of the snow has melted and the soil is reasonably dry, so I did some work in the front garden yesterday. Always, the first thing to do is pick up litter, which isn't overwhelming today, because the winds have been trending south-easterly, rather than the north-westers and westerly winds that bring in the... Continue Reading →

Looking Back: A Pileated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, ("tree-chopper, capped") is a fairly common bird throughout its range, which stretches from eastern North America through Canada to the west coast. It requires habitat with large mature trees, which provide its primary food source as well as roosting and nesting sites. I spotted this one last week (1 February,... Continue Reading →

Another obsession.

While at 60 I should be entering a more contemplative life, I recently made a purchase that has the potential to ruin that prospect. Cycling was one of my earliest passions, one that fell by the wayside for many years. It was resuscitated in 2019 with the purchase of a gravel bike, which helped bring... Continue Reading →

Contemplating the Photographer

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...

A Sutton Hoo Helmet

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.

Remembrance Day 2021

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 →

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