The Canadian Prairie

To Canadians, the Prairies means Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta – 138,997 sq miles … to give scale, England is 50,346 square miles.  The population of the three provinces is 5,886,906 … the population of England is 53,013,000.

Alberta prairie and big sky

Primary industries include agriculture (wheat, barley, oats) and cattle and sheep ranching – sheep ranching, that surprised me.  Canada is the world’s third largest exporter of wheat (behind the US and … France? ( – that’s a surprise too.  We export on average  20 million tonnes, or about 21% of the world market. (, primarily to China, Japan, Iran, South Korea and … US? (  Apparently they export more than we do and then import from us … go figure.

hay bales on Alberta prairie

The prairies are pretty flat … no trees, only the odd rock to break the never-ending flow of the landscape. Continue reading “The Canadian Prairie”

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton

Bridge over the Grand CanalWe passed under this bridge just around dawn on the Grand Canal in Venice.   If anyone knows the name of it I’d be most interested.

Bridge over Serchio River at Borgo a Mozzano in TuscanyThis bridge, built in the 13th C, spans the River Serchio in Tuscany at Borgo a Mozzano. It’s real name is the Ponte della Maddelena but it’s also known as the Ponte del Diavolo, one of several in Europe, all with a similar story … Continue reading ““We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton”

M is for Motivation

I try to do SOMEthing besides sitting at the computer exercising my fingers but sometimes I lack motivation.

snow falling by treesSometimes it’s a peek through the window to see yet more snow falling and I wonder what that will do to the trail …

weather, cold, temperatureSometimes it’s a peek out the patio door … today it was mild but when it points to -20 and lower, then I hunker down and think … I’d rather not.

But do you want to know what motivation looks like?

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The greatest thing in family life …

“The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn’t intended.”   – Robert Frost

Today is Family Day here in Ontario.  For some it meant another stat holiday.  Hopefully many actually spent it with family, doing something together.  For me it meant the end to my pristine yard …
snow shadows
… the back yard still looks like the angels just dusted it with snow.
The front yard, however, is showing signs of wear. Cooper is trying to remember what the hell happened …

Visual Quotations 5

“With faith the size of a mustard seed, you can indeed move a mountain, but you can hardly be expected to garnish your sandwich.” ― Jarod Kintz, Author

Apennines, mountains in Italy landscape

“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!” – William Butler Yeats

Rocky Mountain landscape and sky
“Every time I have some moment on a seashore, or in the mountains, Continue reading “Visual Quotations 5”

The Sign Post

My husband started it first and then, like door pictures, it has become a ‘thing’.  He collects, I collect, they collect … dust.  Well, they don’t really of course, but they languish within folders in my computer and it’s time they were given an airing.  I’m not going to cubbyhole them into this or that ‘type’ – just going to trot them out.

Some signs are important and you definitely don’t want to miss them …

sign Mont St Michel, France
“Caution. Today this area will be covered by the sea. Please remove your vehicle before the above closing time.”  Good to know.

Some signs are nostalgic …

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The Shadow Knows

Nothing delights my photographic eye more than strong light producing beautiful contrasting shadows.  We spent a week in the delightful village of Dinan in Brittany before the sun came out, encouraging me to climb the steep streets one more time to capture these shots.

shadows in Dinan Brittany

Shadows in the streets of Dinan Brittany France

shadows in streets of Dinan Brittany France


The afternoon light drew me down to the Cathedral in St-David’s in Wales for this lucky shot … Continue reading “The Shadow Knows”