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…

Because I love laughing at lawyers…..

Law firms are prone to merging and rearranging themselves into strings of surnames that often rival the names of the authors of scientific journal articles in length. Every so often, firms such as “Chaulker, Green and Rowe” transmogrify into “McInnes Cooper” or “Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales” will save on printing costs by dropping the last…