Ville de Québec

We spent the Labour Day weekend this year in Québec City. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision based on a profound need for some time spent exploring, just us three and may have been one of the nicest little vacations I’ve ever had.         We have never really travelled. It was something that we just…

Cooling off in the Newman Wine Vaults

When we asked Katherine how she wanted to celebrate Canada Day this year (for Canada Day is very important to Katherines, you see), she gave us a list that was a mish-mash of the best of the best from Canada Days past, with a weather based modification; she wanted to go swimming. So on Canada…

In the name of France, I claim this shed…..

(I wonder how many of you I’d lose if I wrote this post entirely in French?) It doesn’t take much to pique my interest and a brightly-coloured house with two bright-hued dories out front along with a beautifully-textured shed sporting brilliantly-yellowed doors is bound to  it, with or without a French flag and a snow…

Scapegoat

This morning I am engaged, in part, in spring cleaning. One of the things that has been on my list for some time and to which I almost got yesterday was the putting away of winter clothes. I was just about to start packing away the snow suits, boots and heavy coats when I chanced…

Whaleback Rock & Gallows Cove

It’s funny how sometimes you take the same photographs of the same places and, without even realising it, track the seasons of time through those pictures. One of the views that always strikes me as particularly dramatic is that of Whaleback Rock here in Torbay. I walk over the crest of the hill on our…

Exploits photos, yet again

I’ve been digging through albums to find photos of Exploits from various points in time. A few more evinced themselves the other day. The hardest part has been weeding out the family photos. A house in Lower Harbour. I don’t know who owns this one. The foundations of the Methodist Church. Our wharf and boathouse….

It’s still cold, but at least the sun came out!

This weekend promised to be more of the same dull, grey weather we’ve been having so much of lately. Pleasantly, it turned out not to be so. On Saturday, we meandered our way to Outer Cove Beach and took a few photographs: It was definitely grey and has been for a week now. Cold, too….

Puts a chill in the bones

The past few days around here have been cold and foggy with the kind of flesh-penetrating, bone-aching, finger-numbing cold that comes only with living near ocean in late winter. Some warm weather would be really nice, but seems unlikely because of this: Yep. Ice. Lots of it. In some ways, I suppose, it just looks…

More Exploits photos and links

I’ve been attempting to gather up links to photos, maps, digital documents, references and websites pertaining to Exploits-Burnt Islands. My intention, in my copious spare time, is to consolidate the information in a webpage and to continue collecting and adding to the available pool of knowledge. In the meanwhile, until I get the shell fleshed…

Old photos of Exploits

I spent some time recently digging through some old photos of Exploits that Grandma collected over the years and that I later scanned from prints. Some were taken by her, some by her son (my uncle, Peter M. Ball). Exactly who took which is a subject that only Peter could truly verify for us. I…

Burn, baby, burn!

Some time ago I promised to try out the effect of pyrotechnics on textiles. My intention was to grab a few samples of my work and set them ablaze. Since then, I’ve wussed out repeatedly on burning up things I’ve made. I couldn’t even come up with a “hit list” of designated ignition targets. It…

“There are no badgers…”

I wander around CBC.ca daily, often to much enlightened gratification and mirth. Today was no exception, as Don Murray’s Viewpoint column was both a chuckle and an educational refresher. It’s easy to see exactly where John Mortimer was coming from….. For the official UK Parliament page, try here. More on the House of Lords (from…