T-Shirt Friday…. Repost

This is a repost of something I posted earlier in the month. However, since this is T-Shirt Friday I HAVE to post it again!

My “new” shirt, and a favourite, already.

My Lug*Tread T

My Lug*Tread T

Beau's "Lug*Tred" Lagered Ale

Beau's "Lug*Tred" Lagered Ale

Favorite Tee, favorite beer….

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Pet Pride: R.I.P. Maple…



My brother called me to tell me that his family’s beloved friend, Maple, died, today. She was 13 years old and had just had surgery to remove a large cyst on her side. The vet called and told them they should take her home. Once home, she died. My brother tried mouth-to-mouth but it didn’t work. Poor Maple….

She was a Boxer/Mastiff mix. Because her tail had never been cropped, she could clear a table when she was happy which was a lot of the time. She would bully you into letting her onto the couch when she knew she wasn’t supposed to be there. I used to warm my toes after swimming by tucking them into her soft, warm underbelly. She never seemed to mind.

She will be greatly missed….

PhotoHunter: Belated Utensil….

This is a day late and, unusually for me, short and sweet. My favorite utensil, either by type and specifically…

My pair of stainless steel chopsticks. Purchased at a shop in Trenton, Ontario, they are stylish, simple, sturdy, and easily cleaned and popped into my purse when I go out to eat sushi or Chinese food.

Les Chopsticks....

Les Chopsticks....


I was just looking at the word “Utensil”… what an odd word! Ever look at a word and think… “Is that right? It just looks wrong!”?

AND… every time I typed it, I spelled it “untensil”. How very odd!

Main Entry:
uten·sil           Listen to the pronunciation of utensil
\yˈten(t)-səl, ˈyü-ˌ\
Middle English, vessels for domestic use, from Middle French utensile, from Latin utensilia, from neuter plural of utensilis useful, from uti to use
14th century

1 : an implement, instrument, or vessel used in a household and especially a kitchen

2 : a useful tool or implement
So… an untensil would perhaps be an unuseful tool?

Mike Plume: “8:30 Newfoundland”

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Old photos…

I had posted my PhotoHunter post last night but thought about this photo when I was visiting some other peoples’ entries.

Grandmother and Mom at the Rocking Stones (Brimham Stones), Yorkshire

Grandmother and Mom at the Rocking Stones (Brimham Stones), Yorkshire

It was a photo taken by my grandfather, who I never met, of my grandmother (who I also never met, and my mother. My mother thinks the photo was taken at the Rocking Stones (Brimham Stones), in Yorkshire. The photo is hazy because I actually only have the negative. I scanned it using my regular old flatbed scanner and then making a negative of it. I have a bunch of old family photos that I have done this with, some more successfully than others.

This one was a surprise because, while I had seen the negative many times over the years, it wasn’t until I scanned it and blew it up that I realized it was my (step) father. It was probably taken when he was in University, thought, aside from skiing, I didn’t think he was particularly athletic. My sister swears it isn’t him but it is definitely his face — or the side of it, anyway.



Mom with her mother's parents

Mom with her mother's parents

This was my mother with her father’s parents. He was a lovely man but she was apparently a grouch. He wore a toupee which, although you cal tell in the photo, Mom didn’t know was a toupee until once she accidentally yanked it off. He wasn’t best pleased.

During the war, her grandmother, who lived in Newcastle, came to stay with them because of the risk of bombing there. This was after her husband had died.

While staying with my grandparents, she complained all the time about the food. Nothing sat well with her… She didn’t like how it was cooked… always a complaint. One night, my grandfather heard someone downstairs in the kitchen and went down to find his mother chowing down on all the food she had refused at supper time. He told her off. Apparently, she packed her bags the next morning and left and neither she or any of his family ever spoke to him again.

Somewhere in India

Somewhere in India

I have no idea where this is aside from the general location “India”. It is probably somewhere in Bombay (now Mumbai). The edge of the lake is square, so it may be a tank (the name of man-made waterholes). On the far side, on the left of the photo are a man and a woman standing. Possibly my aunt and my father? If it is my father, it was while he was still a teenager because he left India to study at MIT before WII and didn’t return until we visited in 1968. Who knows… Mystery photo.

PhotoHunter: “Rock”

My “rock” is part of the Canadian Shield. The Canadian Shield (aka the Precambrian Shield, or Laurentian Shield) is the Precambrian rock that covers about 8 million square kilometers of Eastern and Central Canada. It is comprised of some of the world’s oldest rock, dating back approximately 4.5 billion and 540 million years.

Some of that Pre-Cambrian rock.

Some of that Precambrian rock.

Over successive ice ages, mountains (including some volcanic) as high and awesome as the Rockies have been scoured down to bare rock over which lies boreal forest. You can find evidence of the last ice age all over the place.

The view of the Laurentian mountains from Mont Tremblant, Quebec

The view of the Laurentian mountains from Mont Tremblant, Quebec

In the photo below, you can see the edge of the Shield where it is cut off by the Ottawa River Valley, a great, wide valley which extends from the St. Lawrence River in the east and swings west and then northward towards Hudson Bay. It is a rift valley, formed when the bedrock dropped down tens of kilometres deep. Several major fault-lines run through the area and we experience frequent earth tremors, as a result.

View from the Champlain Lookout

View from the Champlain Lookout, in the Gatineau Hills

The edge of the Shield which bounds it on the northern edge rises up about 300 metres.

Parts of the Shield extend down into the US.

The Ottawa Valley and Canadian Shield

The Ottawa Valley and Canadian Shield

The Ottawa River Valley

The Ottawa River Valley

The Ottawa Valley was once part of the great Champlain Sea, a huge brackish inland sea where whales once swam. The Champlain Sea formed when the great ice sheets of the last ice age pressed down on the land and when the melted, the Atlantic Ocean flooded in. When the last of the ice was gone, the continent tipped back and the water flowed out, again.

Antony singing If It Be Your Will

The Antony part in the Leonard Cohen documentary – Im your Man.

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Antony and the Johnsons – One dove

From the marvelous new album “The Crying Light” of Antony & The Johnsons (2009).Take a look at my personal homepage at http://www.bernard.holtrop.com or at http://www.bernard.holtrop.com/englis h/

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“Epilepsy Is Dancing” by Antony and the Johnsons

“Epilepsy Is Dancing” by Antony and the Johnsons from their Secretly Canadian album, The Crying Light. Video directed by AFAS.For more information on Antony and the Johnsons:http://www.secretlyc…

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…and no camera….

I took Mom out for supper last night and stupidly didn’t think to bring my camera.

The huge cloud formations were concentrating the light low on the horizon and the light was amazing. There was a field of cows and it was…. breathtaking! And then, further on, a field of not sure what… hay, I think, light green bounded by deep and pale blue-green trees and banked by huge blue to grey to black to white clouds, raking showers in the distance…. and a rainbow….. Stunning. Even if I had my camera, would I have been able to capture it?

And moments later, a huge bolt of lightning blew straight down from the clouds, straight ahead down the road….

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