Sunday, May 31, 2009

Last day in May, summer's on its way...


...maybe.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Behind the house, today

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hoppaquin Hay (Quinn)


Hoppaquin Hay is a man-at-arms mentioned in Froissart's Chronicles. I like to think of him as "the famous singing cowboy of the 14th century." I threw out that name as a possibility when we got the horse, and soon enough he was known as (the Mighty) Quinn.

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End of May, Bonfield, Ontario

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Down the road a bit, just now

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Walking around the property after supper

Sunday, April 05, 2009

And Winter reminds us...

...that she will be back soon, oh soon.

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Out in the field, spring is coming in

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Stars over Ravenhill Farm, Labour Day Weekend 2008


Instead of an APoD from NASA, a picture made (thanks Eirik!) at my own house in the country.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What's $10 worth these days?



Sometimes you can give it to a country neighbor who has fixed a minor but disabling problem with your pickup truck. I suspect this bargain is available only to people recognizable as country neighbors themselves, or to those referred by very long-established country people. Helps to have a pickup truck, too.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

$5 a gallon

...but you'd never know from the number of people on the highways this weekend, including hundreds of motorcyclists from who-knows-where, cruising in large flotillas, stopping at Tim Horton's, etc...

Back when gas in my area hit $.95 a liter for the first time, and I noticed people still running their cars with their air conditioners in parking lots while using the post office, I concluded that the price of gas was not high enough yet. Maybe it's still not?

Image: a ride in support of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Society (founded in 1863).

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mid-May in the Near North




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Thursday, May 15, 2008

The BBC's version of the medieval mind -- and the Middle Ages come to North Bay

Richard Scott Nokes of Unlocked Wordhoard directs our attention to a YouTube-posted trailer for the upcoming BBC 4 Medieval Season. Unfortunately, much web material will be available only in the UK. But we can enjoy this:


And in another jurisdiction,

@Discovery North Bay is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the “Once Upon a Time…” medieval exhibit, on 24 May 2008, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, at 100 Ferguson Street. The exhibit originates with the Bruce Country Museum and Archives, and will be in North Bay until 5 September, 2008.

More on this later...

Update: I will be speaking at the Grand Opening on "Why the Middle Ages are Important."

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Inner Norwegian? Nay, real Canadian!


A brilliant little report from Toronto, which ten years ago had a mayor disgrace the city by panicking over snow.

If you are wondering, it's a lot less snowy up here in the Near North.

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