Friday, October 31, 2008

grumpy and spooky

Gareth Lind's grumpy and spooky pumpkin. Certainly grumpier than the 2005 cat - but maybe not as spooky as the George Bush pumpkin...

Guelph, October 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

oldest recording finally heard

"A recording of a woman singing "Au Clair de la Lune", recorded in 1860, is thought to be the oldest known recorded human voice...created by etching soot-covered paper, has now been played by US scientists using a "virtual stylus" ...The fact is it's recorded in smoke."

more here

Toronto, 1974

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Q: What good are the arts?

A: Take a good look at the next twenty dollar bill you see.

Guelph, October 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

birthday gift

My grand daughters made me this beautiful painting today.

Guelph, October 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

the flag of love

words can be the flag of love
so keep your breath unfurled
though the angels have forsaken us
it's not the end of the world

Guelph, October

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dreams of Bees

A fall song:

Dreams of Bees

Oh the sun is angled low
and the trees are changing clothes
and the grass stopped whispering
it's laying mute now - till the spring

memories of lilac time
so faded now - don't feel like mine
the summer sounds of the laughing breeze
are drifting through the dreams of bees

weaving fields of Queen Anne's lace
are sceptres brown now - with a turned down face
and the wind and the stars
so cold and clear - heaven's voice and chandelier

pretty bird has flown away
now that summer time is over
leaving you and me to stay
counting on a no leaf clover

memories of lilac time
so faded now - don't feel like mine
summer sounds of the laughing breeze
are drifting through the dreams of bees


Thursday, October 23, 2008

eramosa river goose

Eramosa River, Guelph

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Adwoa Badoe

Author, story teller, educator and African dance instructor Adwoa Badoe performing Griot's Journey.

Guelph Youth Music Centre, April 2006

Monday, October 20, 2008

nice hat

Painted in 1955 by unknown 'Hugo Sutherland' this portrait of Elizabeth II was rescued from the trash and now hangs horizontally looking down on Pearl Van Geest's studio. There is more on the story behind it here.

What do you say
when you meet The Queen of England
- and you want to have a little chat
What do you say
when you meet The Queen of England
- "nice hat".

Guelph, October 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

un-godly hour

Greg Denton kindly asked me if I'd like to join him to help spin some music on his radio show This Un-Godly Hour (7am CFRU) so this morning we exhumed ourselves long enough to listen to an hour's worth of music about Death. You can download the show here
and listen to vintage decompositions by Steve Sellors, The Fugs, Gillian Welch, and others (including a few of my own).

Univeristy Centre, Guelph, October 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

many hands make light work

Six years ago.

Guelph, October 2002

Friday, October 17, 2008

winter is icumen in

The University of Guelph, October 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Amherst mural

Amherst, Nova Scotia, August 2007

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

snail tree

There were dozens of snails climbing this tree - it took them days.

Guelph, October 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

fun(ky) hats

Funky custom crocheted hats, scarves, creatures, mittens/handwarmers, kids stuff, some necklaces, etc... by Anwen, contact:

Guelph, October 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

horse drawn mower

Last item remaining in the driving shed.

Grey County, October 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

ferns in the silo

Grey County, October 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

rock pool

"CitizenShift is the National Film Board of Canada’s participatory Web platform exploring today’s crucial issues through films, photography, articles, blogs and podcasts. This social media network is a space to share media, voice opinions and explore unique content from active citizens, independent filmmakers and multimedia artists."

They kindly asked to use one of my photos of Joggins fossils here.

Joggins, Nova Scotia, August 2007

Thursday, October 09, 2008

above reception

Guelph, October 2008

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


At work.

Guelph, October 2008

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

the wood stove

Grey County, August 2004

Monday, October 06, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Saturday, October 04, 2008

magic hour on Brier Island

I saw magic bloom at the dimming of the day.

Brier Island, Nova Scotia, August 2006

Friday, October 03, 2008

September 2008 composite

I've heard speed reading enthusiasts extoll its virtues and wondered if perhaps other arts could benefit from the approach so quickly finished my meal, ran through a gallery, doubled the speed of my music player and combined all my posted photos from September into one composite.

Guelph, October 2008

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Magic

Geordie Gordon singing in The Magic at kazoofest 2008 in downtown Guelph.

Guelph, September 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

the sutherland homestead barn

One of my all time favourite places..

Grey County, August 2008