Sunday, June 29, 2008
I watched it for about 2-3 minutes before it took flight.
And winged it's way across the pond.
Shortly after, I headed home for breakfast but not before getting this shot of "Eggs and Butter" flowers.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Ron and Norm would come to our house on Saturday nights to watch hockey on tv. They were big fans of the Leafs and the Corner Brook Royals. Many an night I dozed off to sleep to the sound of Norm whooping it up when the Leafs had scored.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
back row l-r: my cousin Sonia (Howe) Bradshaw, moi, my darling Aunt Daisy
middle: cousin Deborah, my Mom and Uncle Cec
and the wee darling in the front is my brother Rob, age 7 at the time
My Dad was a summer student at the Institute of Technology in Moncton and we stayed at this cottage in Shediac. At the time Dad taught welding at the then Vocational School in Corner Brook and summer school was an opportunity to fine tune his teaching skills. Two summers later he taught at the same Institute and we spent the summer at a cottage in Caissie Cape.
Monday, June 23, 2008
The set was designed by the late, great Albert Hillier. Shirley and Pauline Au took a bow for the costumes, Jeff Pitcher (yes, that Jeff Pitcher of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador) and Bob Banfield did the lighting. Cathy Scott on make-up and Mike Thompson and Warren Down were the stage crew. I also remember that we probably couldn't have gotten it to the stage if not for Reg Pye, Lynn Ann's Dad and the Manager of the Arts and Culture Centre.
I was probably still using a Kodak Pocket Camera at this point but was taking shots of everything that moved anyway. Shirley managed to take this one of me when I wasn't paying attention. A year or so later I moved up to my Minolta SLR camera.Bob Banfield, or a rather twisted Mickey Mouse, doing some serious technical work....
It was a huge amount of hard work but a huge amount of fun. Almost 33 years ago, naw, it was only yesterday.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
When we were kids, Square Pond Park was part of the network of Provincial Parks in Newfoundland. I believe it's privately owned now. I have fond memories of our family camping there with Deb's, my grandparents, the Philpotts and Ralph and Dot Wight.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Maybe they heard about me rustling a bat out of the house first thing this morning and were concerned they'd be evicted as well. I wouldn't recommend bat catching as a way to start a morning. TGIF.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
This morning I was working away quietly when I sensed something large moving across the sky out of the corner of my eye. By the time I turned around properly to look, a heron had landed on the roof of a garage across the street. Unfortunately both shots were from about 150' and through rather dusty windows so I'm not sure whether it's a Great Blue or a Great Grey. In the first photo it had just landed, in the second it was just about to take flight again. It wasn't perched on the roof more than 20 seconds - long enough for me to retrieve my camera and take two shots.
Finally the first night of Opening Week this year we saw the famous cows (bulls, actually) and Marilyn wasn't exaggerating, they bear a startling resemblance to Oreo cookies. They also look like black bulls wearing tube tops..... They are either Dutch Belted Cows or Galloway Belted Cows. Both breeds have a black front end and black back end and then a wide white band around their middles. They look like an Oreo cookie from the side. The Galloway Belted cattle are from Ireland; they have long hair and are prized for lean beef. The Dutch Belted cows produce a great quantity of milk. Rather than “Oreo,” this species is more commonly referred to as “Belties”. The colours vary from black to red to dun with white.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Shop has this delightful resident bear and each year he's dressed to reflect one of the Festival productions. This year he's paying homage to The Music Man.
When we came out of the Avon from seeing Cabaret on Thursday night (fabulous show) we were greeted by this stilt walker - she was twirling flaming batons! The Stratford City Hall clock tower is lit up in the background.
Last but not least, there were two Belly Dancers (left)performing by the War Memorial Thursday evening. They were probably late teens or early twenties and had attracted a group of early teen boys on their bicycles (right).
It was a great week and Geoff is hard at work finishing his reviews and catching up on work that was put on the back burner for the week.
This "but Mom, I'm scared!" pose lasted at least an hour after I started watching before Mom flew to the tree and left baby alone.
About 20 minutes later baby (above) followed to the same tree.
Dad on the left, baby slightly higher and on the right.
Today Dad has started adding new twigs in anticipation of the next brood......