Friday, October 30, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
The lemon dinner plate dahlia just kept making flowers. The only down side is that the stems weren't strong enough to hold the flowers up. Cheery colour.
I let some of the broccoli flower because the bees appreciate the late blooms. And anyway, I like the buttery yellow flowers.
But even with few flowers, the leaves are really attractive. We had a very dry September, and I probably should have watered it instead of letting it fend for itself.
So that's about it for the flowers for this year. I think I have one lonely pansy flower out there today and a few sparse buds on the purple salvia.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Between the yielding inviting sand
And soft fresh clouds and sky,
The blue hills of sorrow
That launched one-way boats
Made of lumber cut by men
Whose lives were felled, too.
In whose depths, men and women and children
Picked and dragged relentless loads
Blue hills of sorrow not forgotten.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
A little bit of info on harness racing. Harness racing goes back to the end of the 1700's and the founding sire for Standardbreds was an English horse called Messenger. The standard was being able to do a mile in 2 minutes and 30 seconds at a trot or pace. Horses that could meet that standard were eligible to be registered as Standardbreds. They are similar to Thoroughbreds that are used for regular flat racing, but they are a little heavier and less high strung. Standardbred horses sometimes have the ability to pace which means that instead of trotting with diagonal legs moving at the same time, the two legs on the same side move at the same time. The races are set for either trotters or pacers as pacing is a slightly faster gait than trotting. Most Standardbreds are bays or dark brown, but they can be any colour.
Many small towns in Canada had a track similar to this one. It used to be the only legal way to gamble. Now even the large tracks are struggling to stay afloat as there are lots of other ways to gamble.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
After a few false starts, investors were found to build a links golf course in Inverness. It opened in 2012, and has provided a much needed source of jobs and tourist dollars. It is located on the site of the old mine between the town and the seashore .A short walk brings you from the main street of town, along the boardwalk by the golf links, and finally to the beach.
I looked up golf "links" to see what makes them a unique golfing place. Firstly, a golf links needs to be within view of the ocean. It must have sandy soil and a natural terrain with native vegetation in the roughs. No watering is needed as the air is always moist. I think it must be particularly challenging to factor in the wind, and deal with the unexpected rain showers, but I guess that just adds to the fun of playing on that type of course. Some tournaments are only held at links golf courses, and they are not that common so this golf course draws people from many far flung places.
I like the fishing boats in the background in contrast to the golf cart that has just crossed to road to the beach.
But what we had really come to see was the Alexander Graham Bell museum. I am so glad we went. It was so interesting. I had no idea that Dr. Bell was involved in so many innovative projects. Did you know he built a hydrofoil? Or an airplane? Or that he was fascinated by kites? Or that he send sound over light waves? He and his wife were also deeply involved in the running of their farm, and were attempting to breed sheep that would consistently have twins. Long before it was popular, they were interested in conservation and responsible land use. Dr. Bell was also one of the founders of the National Geographic Society. And I haven't even mentioned his extensive work with deaf people.
He was a very remarkable person who really tried to make life better for many people. Wikipedia has a good long essay on him if you want to know more about him and his family.
I didn't take pictures of the museum - I guess I was feeling clicked out that day. If I go again, I will definitely take pictures.
I found a great yarn shop in Baddeck -" Baadeck Yarns". The owner has a really fun facebook page with info on yarns, and patterns, and lots of upbeat pictures of sheep! A very cheerful page.
OK, I know this post is too long. Maybe we'll be off to the races next time.