Monday, March 31, 2008


Headquarters Conservation Area, Hanover, March 2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008


Headquarters Conservation Area, Hanover, March 2008

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Family Cooking Molasses

Hard by the magic powder.

Guelph, March 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Sketchy Santa

Thrift store Santa.

Guelph, March 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008

out like a lion

Guelph, March 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

elavator lights

Halifax, March 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

RiverView Haven Cemetery

Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, March 2008

Monday, March 24, 2008

Halifax Farmer's Market

Highly recommended.

Halifax, March 2008

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Halifax Art Gallery

What's this mean?

Halifax, March 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

little boxes

Photo by Rory

Toronto, March 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Painted electrical service box.

Halifax, March 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008


Ani & Rory

Halifax, March 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Tree of Life

Stubborn Ounces (To One Who Doubts the Worth of Doing Anything If You Can’t Do Everything)

You say the Little efforts that I make
will do no good: they never will prevail
to tip the hovering scale
where Justice hangs in balance.

I don’t think I ever thought they would.
But I am prejudiced beyond debate
in favor of my right to choose which side
shall feel the stubborn ounces of my weight.

By Bonaro W. Overstreet

RiverView Haven Cemetery, Nova Scotia, March 2008

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Alexander James Farquhar, 1926 - 2008

FARQUHAR, Alexander James - Native of Brooklyn, Hants Co., son of the late Judge Hiram Smith Farquhar and Eva Mary Dimock, died at home in Halifax on Sunday, March 9, 2008, in his 82nd year. Married for 57 years, he leaves his beloved wife, Glennis; brother, Hugh (Claudette Derdaele); children, Alec (Kathleen McDonnell), James (Liliane Sayegh), Sarah (Randy Sutherland), Megan (David Graves), Donald (Kathryn Myers), Anaya (Donald Carrier), and Katherine (Robert Lalonde); 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; many cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
After first pursuing postgraduate study in physical education at Springfield College, Massachusetts, Alex felt and responded to a call to the ministry, enrolling at Pine Hill Divinity Hall, Halifax. While serving on a student mission field in rural Saskatchewan, he met Glennis Lamb, of Wawota, Sask., and they were subsequently married in 1950. After ordination in the United Church of Canada in 1951, Alex was called to a succession of pastorates in Nova Scotia (Lockeport, Baddeck, Sydney River, and St. Matthew's, Halifax), Ontario (First-St. Andrew's, London) and Quebec (St. Andrew's-Dominion Douglas, Westmount), before bringing his ministry to a close at Zion United Church, Liverpool, in 1991.
As a pastor, Alex was deeply devoted to his parishioners, serving them faithfully and with a profound sense of privilege. These words held a special significance for him: "The lines have fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage" (Psalm 16:6). Alex represented the United Church in international events pertaining to the Reformed Wing of the World Church, including the 1961 Kirchentag in Berlin, the 1962 Japan Evangelism Project of the US National Council of Churches, and the 1970 dedication of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. As a member of the United Church Committee on Christian Faith, in 1968 Alex helped to craft the United Church Creed, and as a member of the Committee on Church Union in the 1970's, he participated in conversations then being held between the United Church and the Church of England. During the 1980s, Alex served as president of the Montreal Interfaith Task Force on the Liberation of Soviet Jewry.
Throughout his life, Alex was passionate about sports and during his early years, he was an outstanding varsity athlete who excelled at track, basketball and football. He was named captain of Dalhousie University's football team in 1945. His summers in youth were occupied with baseball, as he played with the Halifax St. Mary's softball and baseball teams (provincial runner-ups) and later with teams in Pictou, Lockeport, Shelburne, and Lampman, Sask. Alex coached the Lockeport High School girls' basketball team to two Nova Scotia championships in the early 1950s, and concluded his own athletic career in 1958 as a member of the Cape Breton All Stars Maritime Basketball Champions.
A funeral service will be held in Edgewood-Oxford United Church, 3055 Connaught Ave., Halifax, on Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m., followed by a reception in Atlantic Funeral Home. A brief committal service will be held in Newport United Church, Brooklyn, Hants Co., the same afternoon at 3 p.m., prior to interment in Riverview Haven Cemetery. The visitation will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax, on Friday, March 14, from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church or charity of your choice, or to Dalhousie University (the Hiram and Eva Farquhar Bursary for students in the School of Social Work, or the Dr. James W. Reid Lectureship in Medical Humanities). Alex's family extends a heartfelt thanks to all who participated in his care, especially Dr. Gus Grant, Marie-Claire Chartrand, Barbara Stewart and the palliative care team. On-line condolences may be made at:

Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, March 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

common merganser

Perhaps these diving ducks are common somewhere but I'd never seen them in Guelph before.

Guelph, March 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

beaver fence

Guelph, March 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


View at work.

Guelph, March 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008


Guelph, March 2008

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Saturday, March 08, 2008


Guelph, March 2008

Friday, March 07, 2008


relaxing & rejuvenating hatha yoga - with certified instructor anwen


photo by Karolina Kuras

Highly Recommended ;)

Guelph, 2008

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Anwen's watercolour portrait

Watercolour portrait by Anwen.

Guelph, 2007

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Road

I enjoyed reading Cormac McCarthy's earlier work All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing so was looking forward to the Coen brother's film No Country for Old Men - a tense film right on the edge of my comfort level.

I'd thought of reading the book then decided to read his latest - the Pulitzer Prize winning The Road - a story more personal, bleak and hopeful. Truly powerful universal message. Highly recommended.

Guelph, October 2003

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

look up, way up

Grey County, June 2007

Monday, March 03, 2008

Sunday, March 02, 2008

freezer meats

Is this why people go to Florida in the winter? So they won't have to see this?

Guelph, February 2008

Saturday, March 01, 2008

eye contact

University of Guelph, March 2004