Thursday, 13 December 2018

The Inn On The Harbour, Port Stanley, ON

I spent the last two nights at The Inn On the Harbour in Port Stanley.

The reception area is locked at night and the receptionist goes home

There was a sitting area on my floor (the second floor).

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The Kettle Creek Inn, Port Stanley, ON

I had supper this evening with Lorraine and Joe at the Kettle Creek Inn.

We had a drink in the "pub"
For supper, we moved to a dining room

That Breakfast Place, Port Stanley, ON

I had breakfast this morning at That Breakfast Place.  It is attached to a pizza take-out and what looks to be a bar.  It's an open concept so I don't know if the three spill into each other at any time ... the breakfast part was the only one open this morning.

I ordered the Traditional Breakfast with fried eggs over easy, ham and white toast and a large milk.  The breakfast was okay ... nothing outstanding.

The server wasn't friendly or attentive, though she did perk up a bit when it came time to pay.  As a head's up, they only take debit or cash which seems strange in today's world.

That Breakfast Place Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Barnacles Beerhouse and Eatery, Port Stanley, ON

I had supper this evening at Barnacles Beerhouse and Eatery in Port Stanley. 

I had told my server that I was torn between ordering the wings, a hamburger and a pizza ... she suggested that I get a small order of wings (5 wings) and a personal pizza.  So that's what I did.  I got my wings with lemon pepper rub and my pizza had pepperoni, bacon and tomatoes.    The wings were okay.  The pizza was really good ... I'd get it again.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Book ~ "Dramatic Life of a Country Doctor: Fifty Years of Disasters and Diagnoses" (2011) Arnold Burden

From Goodreads ~ Dr. Arnold Burden's career began unintentionally when he performed his first surgery in the woods following a hunting accident at age fourteen. 

As a twenty-year-old hospital clerk, he handled battle casualties after D-Day in France and Germany. His early years as a doctor began in rural Prince Edward Island, where he served in the combined role of doctor and coroner. 

Back home in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Dr. Burden was the first medic to enter the mines after the deadly No. 4 mine explosion in 1956 and the No. 2 mine bump, the most severe bump ever recorded in North America, in 1958. In both cases he risked his life alongside the underground rescue teams to bring the gassed and trapped miners to the surface. 

Dr. Burden gives his account of an active life and of a man dedicated to his patients; a man full of common-sense and interesting stories, who writes candidly of his dealings with patients, unusual cases and brave efforts made under difficult conditions. As the author states: The real satisfaction in life has come from helping people. 

Dr. Arnold Burden (1922 – 2018) was a Canadian doctor born in Springhill, NS.  He enrolled in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War II and would be part of the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital when they landed on Juno Beach during D-Day.  He graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, receiving his medical degree, and would work as a doctor for the next 50 years in Prince Edward Island and Springhill.  He had worked in the mines in Springhill when he was a university student and would take part in the rescue operations of both the 1956 and 1958 mining disasters.

This book starts with his childhood in Springhill.  Then he details being in the army doing accounting and then heading home to go to school to become a doctor.  He spent time in Prince Edward Island before moving back home to Springhill.  Anne Murray was the babysitter for his kids!

I liked this book and found it interesting.  It caught my eye because it took place in Nova Scotia.  It could have been edited better, though, as there were many typos.

Tunnel of Glam, Yonge and St. Clair Avenue E, Toronto, ON

The Tunnel of Glam is an 80-foot covered pedestrian walkway lined with over 14 million reversible sequins.  It is located in Wally Crouter Walkway, which is off Yonge Street, just north of St. Clair Avenue E.  The installation was commissioned by the Yonge + St. Clair BIA.

About the Tunnel of Glam

On its shimmering surface, Tunnel of Glam is a loud, vibrant, glamorous centerpiece that draws visitors in by playing upon the appeal of all things shiny and sparkling – the twinkle of fresh snow, the glow of lights, the glitter of icicles.

With its grand scale and bright colours the installation sits like a gift to all. It is a present which promises new surprises every day, as visitors continually make and remake the interior to their own design.

Everyone is encouraged to interact with the 14 million plus reversible sequins. These act as analogue pixels, the scale of which begs for big, over the top movements. Why use just the tip of a finger – as we are forced to with a phone or tablet – when here you can use your whole hand, to make a mark by running from one end of the tunnel to the other?

Tunnel of Glam encourages individuals to write, draw, and alter their environment … no batteries required.

About the Artist

Studio F Minus is a public art and design firm based in Toronto, led by Mitchell F Chan and Brad Hindson. Notable past projects include the Luminous Veil, a half-kilometre long responsive lighting project that illuminates the bridge connecting Toronto’s Bloor St and Danforth Ave, and Gust – a series of 60 internally illuminated hanging sculptures designed to illuminate Brookfield Place. 

I'd heard about it a couple weeks ago and checked it out today.

What you do is rub your hand, arm, whatever against the sequins and they flip, turning colours.

At the west end looking east

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Christmas with Gord's family, Madoc, ON

Gord's family lives in Madoc, which is north of Belleville (2.5 hours away).  It's a tradition to celebrate Christmas at Judy and Doug's (Gord's sister and brother-in-law).  Gord and I and Gord's son, Ken, headed there this afternoon and will spend the night.

Judy and Doug had their tree up.

Also there were Minnie (Gord and Judy's 91-year-old mother), Kyle (Judy and Doug's oldest son), Kerri (Kyle's wife), Madison and Colton (Kyle and Kerri's kids).  They all live nearby.

Madison and Judy's kitten, Katie
Gord and Judy's mom, Minnie
Great grandmother Minnie and great granddaughter Madison ...
time for presents!
Judy and Minnie, daughter and mother, and Sheba

Friday, 7 December 2018

John Prine, Sony Centre, Toronto, ON

Gord and I saw John Prine this evening at the Sony Centre.

Prine is an American country/folk singer-songwriter who has been around since the early 1970s. I've been a big fan since the 1980s and have seen him a few times in concert.

Langhorne Slim opened for  him ... I wanted a teeshirt, though, and the line-up was quite long so we only caught the end of his last song.

Prine came out at 9pm and played for almost two hours to a packed house! He sang mostly songs from his latest album, Tree of Forgiveness, along with some of his older songs which the audience knew and sang along with.  His four band mates left him for a while and he sang some songs by himself and told some stories.

It was a fabulous concert.  Alas, he didn't sing Illegal Smile or Please Don't Bury Me.

The Hot House Restaurant & Bar, Toronto, ON

Gord and I had tickets to see John Prine this evening.  Our friends, Malcolm and Mary, also had tickets.  We met for supper beforehand at The Hot House Restaurant & Bar (Church Street/Front Street).  It was a busy spot!

I ordered what I had when I was there last month ... Lasagna Al Forno.  It was good ... even better than last time.  Mary also had it and enjoyed too.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Jessy's Pizza, Toronto, ON

Gord and I had supper this evening at Jessy's Pizza (on Dundas Street W/Roncesvalles Avenue).

Jessy's Pizza is the largest locally owned pizza franchise operating in Nova Scotia (the first location opened in 1992, a few years after I moved away).  They opened this first location outside of the Maritimes about a couple months ago here in Toronto (this location).  I'd stopped in for a donair a couple weeks ago and felt like having one again.

We both got large medium donairs ... mine had meat, tomatoes and donair sauce and Gord's had meat, onions and donair sauce.  I liked that the meat was thickly cut (some places here in Toronto cut it up small and fry it to heat it).  Our donairs were really saucy and messy.  Gord ate his on a plate with a fork (he doesn't like messy food) and left the wrap (there was a lot of meat!).  I ate mine as they are supposed to be eaten ... picked up like a sandwich.  My hands and face were full of sauce but I enjoyed my donair ... needless to say I used a lot of napkins!  The large donair is quite large and I'd stick with a medium one next time.

Book ~ "Peggy's Cove: The Amazing History of a Coastal Village" (2008) Lesley Choyce

From Goodreads ~ Here is the complete history of the famous cove and the unique village that hosts thousands of visitors each year. The story begins with the formation of the rocks along these shores and the impact of the glaciers. The Mi'kmaq were the first to live here in the summers, harvesting the riches of the sea. A land grant in 1811 brought the first hardy settlers, who built homes and wharves and discovered that the sea could provide bounty but was also a source of great danger.

The story includes the origin of the name, Peggy's Cove, and details about the everyday life of nineteenth-century families living here. A history of the famous lighthouse is included and there are excerpts from many of the famous and not-so-famous visitors who have written about the Cove through two centuries.

The author explores the most damaging storms and the shipwrecks, the reports of sea monsters and other strange phenomena. Fishing was always a source of income, but it changed over the years. At times the fish prices were so low it was not worth the effort and, in recent years, dramatic changes to the ocean have seen the collapse of several important species of fish.

In the twentieth century, Peggy's Cove attracted artists, writers and ultimately thousands of tourists. Sculptor William de Garthe made his home here and created his monument to the coastal fishermen out of the sheer granite outcropping in his backyard. In 1998, Swissair Flight 111 crashed off the shores of Peggy's Cove and the community opened its doors to the world in an effort to provide support for the rescue workers and the families of the victims. From the earliest days to the present, the story of Peggy's Cove has been a tale of natural wonder and human endurance. 

I'm originally from Nova Scotia and have been to Peggy's Cove many times over the years.  This book caught my eye because I thought it would be interesting to learn more about it.

The first chapter in the book is called "A Gift from Africa".  Huh?  Well, that caught my attention right away.  Nearly 500 million years ago, in the other side of the Atlantic, deposits of sand and mud became compacted beneath the ocean and eventually helped form the coastline of the ancient continent of Gondwana.  The sand and mud became compressed, forming shale and sandstone.  Then 100 million year later, a collision occurred and 50 million years later, Peggy's Cove was then near the equator and still recovering from the collision.  After another 50 million years, Gondwana moved east and south and rock was dragged and dropped along the way, creating Nova Scotia.  So what was left that jammed into North America was originally part of Africa.  Interesting, eh?

The author then continues to tell about the first families who lived and settled in Peggy's Cove, how it got its name, how it has grown and thrived throughout the years, the ups and downs of fishing industry, rum running, the lighthouse, deaths of people getting too close to the edge of the rocks, the SwissAir Flight 111 crash, how it has developed into the tourist destination it is today, and more. 

I liked the writing style.  There was a lot of history and information provided but I didn't find it boring or too detailed.

I read the digital version of this book and was surprised that the illustrations and pictures were removed.  So if you are going to read this book, I recommend that you read a printed version as there are apparently pictures, etc. in it. 

Here are some pictures I took when I was there a couple years ago: