Category Archive for 'Local History'

family trees

Friday, April 13th, 2007

view of maple sugar bush at Mill Pond Conservation Area FAMILY TREES John’s voice comes over the telephone line in whispering hesitation. Would I like an orphan lamb to raise on extra milk from my dairy goats? Within the hour, I’m driving along icy dirt tracks leading to a stone house atop a sweeping ridge. […]

new life for old photos

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Last week, I wrote a little about the photo restoration project that I’m currently working on. The photos are part of a collection of old family photo albums and other memorabilia. The above is a section of a photo of my mom’s mother (click on it for a larger view). I believe the photo was […]

porcupine quill box

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

A couple of days ago, I wrote about Porcupines here in eastern Ontario. This morning, while casting about for an idea for something to write about, I happened to look at the above quillwork box and thought how well it would relate to the Porcupine piece. The round box in these three photos was made […]

up, up and away in my beautiful balloon

Monday, February 19th, 2007

It’s been quite cold in this area for the past few days, so I haven’t been able to spend as much time outdoors as usual. I’m very much looking forward to some mild temperatures so that I can go out looking for snow surface insects and spiders, a pursuit that can keep me occupied for […]

castles of concrete & online archiving of materials

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Yesterday, I took robin’s good advice and stayed indoors to scan more photos. I decided to start working on a project that I’ve planned to do for some years. The scanner now makes that possible. In 1993, while completing a degree in Art History at Carleton University, I spent a couple of months researching the […]

cold weather & penguins

Monday, February 5th, 2007

After an unseasonably mild winter, we’re finally into cold weather. This morning, the temperature was at -24C (about -11F). With the windchill factor, it was supposed to be about -37C (-35F). It was colder during the night. The snow has taken on that dry, granular quality that allows it to quickly sift in to fill […]

another mudpuppy night at oxford mills

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Back in March 2006, I wrote about an outing to Mudpuppy Night, which takes place at the Oxford Mills dam just about every Friday night throughout the winter season. Last night, we packed up my camera gear and an aquarium, and headed off into the frigid night to meet up with Dr. Fred Schueler and […]