Museum of History

The Canadian Museum of History, formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization, is in Gatineau, Quebec, across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill.  We visited last spring, only taking in a couple of the exhibits.  Please click on images for a better view. From the Horse Power Exhibition, this Cabriolet Sleigh represented Canada at the first world’s fair at London’s Crystal Palace Exibition in 1851.  It … Continue reading Museum of History

The Bishop’s House

Please click on any image for a larger view Its history goes back to the very beginnings of Catholic schools in English Canada. Ontario’s Catholic school system began in the Bishop’s House in the village of St Raphaels. Built as a presbytery in 1808 by Rev. Alexander Macdonell who was the first bishop of Upper Canada (now Ontario).  It is three-storeys, about 2, 155 square metres when … Continue reading The Bishop’s House

St. Raphael’s Ruins

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past This is not the very distant past, but apart from the history of our First Nations people, the history of the settlement of Canada isn’t very distant, and when compared to European history,we just have baby history.  🙂 This is St. Raphael’s Church, and around here that’s pronounced St. Raffles. Building commenced in 1821 making it one of the … Continue reading St. Raphael’s Ruins

The Abbey for the Arts

Originally the Maryvale Convent, this lovely building celebrated its centenary in 2013.  It was home to the Sisters of Providence who taught separate school and high school , painting, “fancy work”, vocal and instrumental music.  In 1966 it became a nursing home.  In 1983 it was converted to a residential home for seniors.   Today it is known as the Abbey for the Arts , hosting … Continue reading The Abbey for the Arts

Focus, focus, focus

I’m a person with a camera, but I’m not a capital “P” Photographer, and I take pictures with a point-and-shoot with a few small bells and a whistle or two.  The Weekly Photo Challenge is Focus and there is an explanation about depth of field.   This one, shot this afternoon in the garden, shows a shallow depth of field achieved with my point and … Continue reading Focus, focus, focus

Telling a story with less

Wide panoramic shots of Nature’s best can definitely have impact, but since I got my new camera I have been exploring my own back yard in some detail.  What I’ve found is that honing in on those grand scenes produces some very fine captures as well.  For this I was down and dirty in the garden using macro …

moss in garden macro

but honing in on details doesn’t have to mean using macro.  This one is a crop from a larger scene …

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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 …