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ginger749

January 11, 2013
4:34 PM

Post #9382301

I wonder if any of you Canadians have ever been to this spot ???
Alberta-British Columbia Boundary.
A really nice 10 hour summer walk.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 12, 2013
5:49 AM

Post #9382567

What a beautiful spot! And such exotic wildlife.
ginger749

January 12, 2013
7:49 AM

Post #9382664

Yes June.
It sure is a wonderful spot.
I don't know if you can see it but a fence disappears up over the far Mountain.
This next Picture was taken on the way home.

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 12, 2013
8:04 AM

Post #9382685

I live in Alberta, and have driven over into BC, but would suppose it depends on where you cross... we went on the Trans Canada, hours north of the Montana border.
Where exactly IS this beautiful spot? West of Waterton/Glacier National Park?
ginger749

January 12, 2013
11:37 AM

Post #9382844

Hi Tallulah,
The exact spot is "Rock Island Lake. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park".
There are no roads within cooee of this Lake.
So the only way in is a long long walk.
These next Pictures are all of Rock island Lake.

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ginger749

January 12, 2013
6:55 PM

Post #9383169

I'm not sure what all the white Flowers are.
But there sure was a lot of them.
Next trip I will take a few close ups.

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ginger749

January 13, 2013
1:15 PM

Post #9383820

I wonder if anyone knows what Lake this is ?
The colour of the water is a bit of a give away.

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ginger749

January 13, 2013
7:19 PM

Post #9384093

Another Picture from one of the highest point reached on this walking trail.
Still no takers on which Lake it is ?
Maybe Yall don't do a lot of 'Hiking'?

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 13, 2013
7:58 PM

Post #9384110

Ginger - I've never been to that part of Alberta/BC, so cannot say what the name of the lake is.

Susan
ginger749

January 13, 2013
8:27 PM

Post #9384129

Hi Susan,

I have always looked at visiting Calgary.
But as a dumb Ozzie I only know what I read on the net.
I do remember Calgary was the first Canadian City to host the Winter Olympics.
And of cause the great Calgary Stampede.
Making it 'The Stampede City'.

Here is a water level look at the Mystery Lake.
Sammy with the Glacier way behind him.

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 13, 2013
8:59 PM

Post #9384142

hahahaha Mystery lake - I should have guessed!
however... the colour isn't what would give the name away...
ginger749

January 13, 2013
10:22 PM

Post #9384157

No Tallulah it is not Mystery Lake.

The Village the Lake and the Ski Area is located in Banff National Park, approximately 184 KM (115 miles) west of You.
The Lake is fed by the glacier to the left of the red dot in this Picture.

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annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 14, 2013
10:37 AM

Post #9384691

Hi Ginger
This looks like Lake Louise to me. I have always been there in the winter so my view has never been from this angle or when the lake was not frozen. LOL.. Very beautiful and a lovely place to stay and ski!.

Looks like your friend the moose has been around.
Alberta Ann
ginger749

January 14, 2013
11:16 AM

Post #9384733

Hi Ann,
Yes you are spot on, it's Lake Louise.
We were also there in winter 2010.
We were lucky to see the 'Ice Magic Festival' that year.
I think it was in February, I'll look it up later.

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annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 14, 2013
2:27 PM

Post #9384941

Ah ha, that is the view I'm used to. Super sculptures!
Alberta Ann
ginger749

January 14, 2013
4:16 PM

Post #9385070

This Picture was taken on 22-Dec-2012 at LL.

Looks like a good Skii season ahead.

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ginger749

January 15, 2013
3:45 PM

Post #9386402

Back to Summer @ Lake Louise.

This Picture looking down towards the Château on the far banks of LL was taken 1½ hours hike from the Fairmont Château Car Park.
The walk officially starts from just beyond the Château and follows along the north shoreline to where the silt-laden waters from Victoria Glacier feed into the lake.
From there on the Hike is all up Hill/Mountain.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 15, 2013
7:09 PM

Post #9386613

What a fantastic view! You must be incredibly fit. It would take me 1 1/2 days to hike to that elevation.
ginger749

January 15, 2013
7:21 PM

Post #9386626

Yes June,
It sure is a fantastic view.

This spot was as far as one could walk towards the Victoria Glacier which feeds LL with milk coloured, icy cold water.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 16, 2013
6:31 AM

Post #9386899

The picture brings back what I learned about glaciation in Geography class, 50 years ago. It's a textbook U-shaped valley, with lateral moraines, striated and ice-plucked erratic rocks, etc. I forgot how I loved my Geography classes - thanks for reminding me!
ginger749

January 16, 2013
1:27 PM

Post #9387400

What a great description June.
A picture tells a thousand words.
But standing right there only meters away makes the hair on the back of ones neck stand on end.
And there is the constant sound of rocks falling.
This Picture was taken from the same spot as the last Picture.
But looking straight up Victoria Glaciers Gorge.
If any of yall have a day or two to spare you must do this Hike at least once in a life time.
We have done it twice in three years.
There is no place like CANADA on Earth.

See the water fall to the right of this picture.
It's much bigger than you think.



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ginger749

January 16, 2013
5:30 PM

Post #9387615

Just a light relief from all that cold weather Yall are copping over there in Canada.
This is My property during our Hot Hot Summer.
During this last week Brisvegas has recorded the hottest temperature on living recorded memory.
I wonder how quickly I can get back to Banff ??? (love that cold weather)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 16, 2013
7:15 PM

Post #9387711

Send me a new body, I want to take a hike in the Rockies! LOL. 40 years ago, when I lived in the UK, I visited the Rockies - a wonderful experience - took the train from Vancouver up to Banf, the bus to Jasper, and train back to Vancouver. The next year, I got married and insisted my DH see the Rockies too. As a result of our visits we both loved Canada and wanted to emigrate, but we didn't have job offers or any money, so got turned down. Nine years later, when we'd almost given up on our dream, my DH was offered a job in Ontario and we finally emigrated to Canada.

Not much cold weather yet in southern Ontario, Ginger. We've had record-breaking warmth since Christmas, and all the snow has melted. The temperature will go down to minus 10C tonight though.

I hope you soon get some relief from the heat in Brisbane. Those are gorgeous flowers - are they amaryllis?

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 16, 2013
7:32 PM

Post #9387727

As we see the mountains all the time, and go camping in them, here's what I have pics of... mountains are SO majestic, no?!?! This is in Kananaskis - Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, where we were camping in October. We were walking down a path in the campground.

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ginger749

January 16, 2013
8:58 PM

Post #9387792

Yes June, they are Amaryllis.
We call them Hippeastrums.
I started off with 4 bought ones and now have more than 800 bulbs in the ground.
Your journey to Ontario sounds very exciting June.
-10 C. and no Show sounds cruel.
Are you looking forward to some more Snow ?

My Mut/Dog seems to think the heat is very funny.
She is a lovely Dog.


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ginger749

January 16, 2013
9:07 PM

Post #9387799

Tallulah,
We feel a bit the same living 30 minutes drive from the Gold Coast.
I have not been there for more than 12 years.
And yet tourists come from all over the world to walk on our beaches.
I prefer the mountains and real bush Camping.

I hope you don't mind but I have saved your picture as one of My screen savers.
If you have anymore pictures I would love to see them.

This next Picture is taken from inside My Studio looking out towards the front gate.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 17, 2013
9:36 AM

Post #9388158

Awesome view, Tallulah! The trees get so tall on the west coast, it's as if they're columns in a giant cathedral. Long may they grow!

I love the dog pic, Ginger. I'm really a cat person though. (I have two elderly felines, Alba and Stumpy). Your garden is so manicured, with neatly trimmed grass and hedge - you take good care of it. My lawn is uneven, weedy, full of holes that skunks and raccoons have excavated, and looks more like a cow pasture. My bushes only get pruned if they're obstructing the view, and my flowerbeds are chaotic. I call it a "semi-wild" garden and pretend it's that way on purpose.
ginger749

January 17, 2013
10:44 AM

Post #9388225

Sounds like a good plan June.
I love Cats but My OH is alergic to them.

This is My last Picture of the Hippies.
All the Flowers are now spent and the Garden bed is re-mulched for the next growth spurt.
That's My Studio in the background.
The big Palm is a Çanary Palm.

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ginger749

January 17, 2013
5:16 PM

Post #9388583

This is Sammys Sister and Mum.
Who was it who said he looked like a Moose ?

They are just fantastic feral critters who come to visit with Me.
They do not dig holes, They do not eat the Plants in My Garden, They only eat grass.
Thank God we don't have Skunks or Raccoons.
My two Rotties would love to cross their path. ^_^
But fortunately they like our Native wild life.
They never bother My Birds either.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 17, 2013
6:33 PM

Post #9388660

Lovely critters! Are they wallabies?

Here's a pic of some of the wildlife that visits my garden.

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ginger749

January 17, 2013
7:24 PM

Post #9388719

What a lovely picture June.
We also have 'Scrub Turkeys'.
But they are much smaller than yours.

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ginger749

January 17, 2013
7:41 PM

Post #9388740

Yes June they are Wallabies.
They are the most friendly Critters you could ever imagine.
This one has been feeding on My leftovers for about 1½ years. (while Camping)
But Winter last year he discovered the opposite sex. ^_^
So now he totally ignores Me and chases the girls around all day.

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 17, 2013
9:08 PM

Post #9388803

I don't mind if you use my pics as wallpaper!
Glad they're being enjoyed!
These were taken around Banff
1. Here are some ice Fields
2. and more
3. I love this pic...
4. Not sure which lake this is, but it's pretty...

5. This one was taken while on the Waterton ferry, on the way to Montana's Glacier park



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ginger749

January 17, 2013
10:14 PM

Post #9388825

Wonderfull pictures Tallulah,
I think I have been past the last one.
There is a waterfall hiding behind the frontal view.

I notice there are a lot of 'lurkers' on this Thread.
PLEASE feel free to comment on anything you see here.
I did start off on Pictures from Canada and I promise I will get back to them.
But sometimes we do get a tad sidetracked don't you think ?

This is Bush Camping Australian style.

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ginger749

January 17, 2013
10:19 PM

Post #9388827

Just backtracking to the partly tamed Wallaby.
During the time I was his best friend, I did teach him to play the mouth-organ. ^_^
Welll!!! He never did blow a decent tune, but I did get some great Pictures as he was trying to eat my mouth-organ.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2013
5:48 AM

Post #9388950

Makes you wonder - if there were no humans, would wallabies evolve intelligence? Wallaby World. (I read too much science-fiction).

Camping bush-style looks like fun!
ginger749

January 18, 2013
8:09 AM

Post #9389094

Bush Camping means no facilities at all.
Not even mobile phone reception or Internet.
Only a long drop loo.

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ginger749

January 18, 2013
1:13 PM

Post #9389360

A view of My whole Camp Site.
Temperature was about 7 deg C.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2013
1:38 PM

Post #9389387

Is eggs, sausages & bacon a typical Aussie breakfast? It reminds me of the hearty breakfast my English mum used to cook before sending me off to school. She served it with fried bread, and sometimes a fried tomato. All fried in lard, of course. How my diet has changed! Now my breakfast is a bowl of muesli with goat's milk. Now I've admitted to eating that sort of food, will I be refused entry to Australia?

On your campsite without phone or internet, how do you get word out if you have an emergency, or receive warnings about storms or fires?

7C is cooler than I imagined it ever got in Australia. What time of year do you go camping?
ginger749

January 18, 2013
2:29 PM

Post #9389486

Yes June,
Bacon, sausages, eggs, fried tomatoes, and potatoes cut into ½ inch slices and fried.
I cook it all in cold pressed Virgin Olive oil.
We will still accept you even with your admission.
Is your Goats milk fresh ?

As for warnings about storms or fire or broken bones.
Tough Cookies.
They do advise us to always walk with a friend.
If you fall off a rockface like this, you won't need help.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2013
3:24 PM

Post #9389530

Where are those amazing rocks, and what are they called?

My goat's milk is not straight from the animal, but it is "organic". I buy it pasteurized, in a carton, from my local whole foods store. I use it to moisten my breakfast cereal, and to make rice pudding, not to drink. I never liked milk as a drink, even in the days when my stomach could handle the regular cow product. The whole foods store sells sheep's milk too. Sheep's milk yogurt, cheese, and ice cream is delicious, rich and creamy, with a higher fat content than cow's milk. My favorite sheep cheese, with a strong, nutty flavor and a soft red rind, is called "Mouton Rouge".
ginger749

January 18, 2013
4:18 PM

Post #9389570

As a true Dane cheese is one of our joys in life.
I love almost all the Cheeses made in Tasmania.

The Rockformation is called "Ëye of the Needle".
It leans against Mt Norman.
And Mt Norman is the highest point in the Granite Belt region.

http://www.rymich.com/girraween/index.php?section=tracks&sub=norman&d1=eye_of_needle&page=gi_eye_of_needle

Back to Skating on Lake Louise.

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ginger749

January 18, 2013
6:02 PM

Post #9389698

Another Icy Picture from LL.

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January 18, 2013
8:54 PM

Post #9389808

I wonder if this is a typical way of serving good quality Sea Food in Canada ?
This was in The Fairmont Château Lake Louise.

Here in Queensland we grow Prawns in man made salt-water lakes.
Saves all that going out in Trawlers and burning all that Diesel fuel.
Jacobs Well has about a dozen such Farms.
http://theextramile.typepad.com/the_extra_mile/2010/08/cane-fields-prawn-farms.html
90% of SE Queensland's Sugar Cane grows in this area as well.
If Yall Google Earth 'Jacobs Well', you will see just how much Cane grows in this area.

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 18, 2013
9:02 PM

Post #9389813

Ginger - looks like they used a cedar plank to cook/serve the seafood. That's a common thing to do, in BC.
ginger749

January 18, 2013
9:12 PM

Post #9389819

I must say as an Artist I did like the presentation.
Do they use the same plank over and over ?
Or does every customer get a new plank ?

I very much liked the look and taste of this 'Stone Fired Pizza'.
They were peeled cherry tomatoes and 'Fetta Cheese'.


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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 19, 2013
6:07 AM

Post #9389943

Thanks for the links, Ginger. I enjoyed reading about Girraween. Some of the little marsupials were new to me. I particularly like the look of the spotted Quoll, but it is listed as carnivorous, so it probably isn't cuddly and would consider my fingers to be edible. As for farming prawns - I had no idea!
ginger749

January 19, 2013
9:22 AM

Post #9390077

These next two Pictures were taken as Lake Louise began to Thor out.
The Pictures were taken on the 28 March so the Lake does not take long to Defrost.

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 19, 2013
11:51 AM

Post #9390245

They would use the plank over and over - cleaned well, of course. And the smoking gives the food that real cedar-cooked flavour which is lovely...
Have you ever used cedar chips in your BBQ?
ginger749

January 19, 2013
1:18 PM

Post #9390330

No Tallulah, I haven't.
It is far to expensive here in Ozz.
I have a real Outdoor Pizza Oven where I cook often.
I have even done a full Sheep over night on the residual heat.
As you might imagine, all My neighbours want to be My best friend.

Have you ever tried a Sausage crust Pizza ?
It is one of My specialities.
This is one of them.

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ginger749

January 19, 2013
1:21 PM

Post #9390332

Back to the big thor.
The Hotel staff love to tell the story about completely emptying the Lake so they can re-paint the entire bottom of the Lake giving it that unique colour. ^_^^_^

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January 19, 2013
3:36 PM

Post #9390447

This is a Picture of the whole Pizza Oven.

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 19, 2013
4:00 PM

Post #9390468

Looks great, Ginger

btw - my name is Susan. Tallulah's only my registration name.
ginger749

January 19, 2013
4:43 PM

Post #9390512

Thanks Susan,
We do have a lot of great times and Parties around the Oven.
Tallulah_B wrote:I live in Alberta, and have driven over into BC,

Have you ever been on the Sea to Sky Highway ?

This Picture is My DD baking her own Pizza.

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 19, 2013
5:32 PM

Post #9390592

I've been in Glacier National Park and went on the Going To The Sun Road, but not the Sea To Sky highway... where is that?
ginger749

January 19, 2013
5:47 PM

Post #9390606

Highway 99 is the Sea to Sky Highway, which winds through five distinct biogeoclimatic zones in the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains region of BC, from coastal rain forest at Horseshoe Bay, through Squamish, Garibaldi Provincial Park, and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
At Squamish we found a BEAUTIFUL Mountain called ' Stawamus Chief '.
And yes we did climb all three peaks.
Have you ever heard of Stawamus Chief ?

Sea to Sky Highway is just behind Sammys right ear.

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ginger749

January 19, 2013
7:52 PM

Post #9390776

OK! So these people came and spoiled My lovely View.
They were part of our group so I guess that makes it OK.

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 19, 2013
7:53 PM

Post #9390778

Never heard of Stawamus Chief
ginger749

January 19, 2013
7:58 PM

Post #9390785

I am very surprised Susan.
You live there and I am only a part time visitor.

A good link: http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/stawamus-chief/

ginger749

January 19, 2013
8:24 PM

Post #9390809

Some of the pictures in this link are almost identical to mine.
Except Sammy is not in their pics. ^_^

http://squamishhiatus.com/squamishhikes/thestawamuschief.html

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 19, 2013
10:17 PM

Post #9390873

Ginger - people who travel as visitors and tourists often go further afield than people who live here. I've only lived in Alberta for 6 years, and haven't been everywhere yet.
I've been to Kananaskis, Banff, Waterton, and the Hoodoos. We go camping in the Pincher Creek area, and I have lived in the Edmonton area and north (Whitecourt - only 4 hours of night in the summertime).
Alberta is 255,541 square miles, and you could put several states in it, so no, I haven't visited it all.
I haven't been to Vancouver since I was a teen - 10 hours drive over the mountains...
ginger749

January 19, 2013
10:26 PM

Post #9390878

I know how you feel Susan.
I have never been to the Great Barrier Reef.
I could be there within a 3 hour drive from home.
And you know I have never been there in 54 years.

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January 19, 2013
10:55 PM

Post #9390886

The coldest Winter I have ever spent was a Summer in Banff Canada.
This Picture was taken on the 28-May.
We were meant to go for a leisurely 'Summer Bike Ride'. (yeah right)

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January 20, 2013
12:36 AM

Post #9390896

Is this the Glacier tour you were on ?

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 20, 2013
2:51 PM

Post #9391566

I never went on a Glacier tour, although we went on the lifts at Banff... very cool!
I also walked on the ice fields at Glacier Nat Park... interesting to see the alpine flowers peeking out, in JULY! Never truly thaws on the high mountains along Going To The Sun road...
ginger749

January 20, 2013
3:04 PM

Post #9391578

We went on this tour.

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January 20, 2013
3:08 PM

Post #9391581

I don't know why I have so much trouble adding multiple Pictures.
So I'll try again.

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 20, 2013
3:26 PM

Post #9391606

ah yes... I've been up there, and saw the tour buses, but my DH didn't want to go on it, so we just went on the lift. That was fun, too :-)
ginger749

January 20, 2013
3:49 PM

Post #9391626

Sammy loved the chair lifts as well.
Saved all that hopping about.

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January 20, 2013
5:03 PM

Post #9391696

As you can most probably imagine.
We have a lot of road kill here in Australia.
There are many people here who will stop and pick up freshly killed 'road kill'.
They will take it home and chop it up and put it in their refrigerators for later use. (cooking)
The 'South Africans' and the 'Kiwis' are the most likely to do this.
On the way home from one of my Road Trips, I stopped for this poor Roo.
Sambo was not impressed but did give his deepest sympathy.
Do Yall eat 'road kill' in Canada ?
I was told Deer is very popular with Canadians ?

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 20, 2013
5:32 PM

Post #9391726

In some cities in Canada we have a restaurant called "Road Kill"!!
yes, there a lot of people who eat deer, and goose...
ginger749

January 20, 2013
6:47 PM

Post #9391790

We don't get Deer around here.
Probably too hot for them.
We do get wild Boar though.

But if you ever run into one of those tough Guys.
They go directly to the hospital to have the Car removed from their leg.
Then they return to the Mulga.

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ginger749

January 21, 2013
10:43 AM

Post #9392443

This is not road kill.
I wanted to give the Canadian Ribs a go.

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ginger749

January 21, 2013
12:31 PM

Post #9392556

Ready to BBQ.

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ginger749

January 21, 2013
5:46 PM

Post #9392887

After one hour it was ready to EAT.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 22, 2013
5:47 AM

Post #9393414

I've been having some Internet connection problems - snow and high winds apparently can affect the satellite dish adversely - so I'm back to using the dial-up line. Nice pics, ginger! Now then, why has Dave located you in Austria instead of Australia? I thought you said you were Danish!
ginger749

January 22, 2013
9:59 AM

Post #9393672

Re, the Austria thing,
This has happened before.
They change it sooner or later.

And yes I did say I was born in Denmark.
See the Danish flag in this Picture ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 22, 2013
11:58 AM

Post #9393782

On the napkins? Although the pizza as a flag would be pretty unique.
ginger749

January 22, 2013
12:51 PM

Post #9393843

Not the napkins.
The flag is on the match box.


ginger749

January 22, 2013
12:54 PM

Post #9393845

BBQ Canadian style at Beaver Creek, Yukon.
Take a look at this guys vest.
I wonder if he ever washes it ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 22, 2013
2:15 PM

Post #9393926

Probably not!

On the subject of Scandinavian cheeses: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21141244 is an interesting item. I'd like to try some of this cheese - but maybe not on the grill.
ginger749

January 22, 2013
2:53 PM

Post #9393946

Wow! what an unusual story June.
Who would have guessed Goats Cheese could be so flammable.

I use a lot Danish Blue on My Pizzas instead of Feta.
I find Feta won't melt even at 700° C.
I also use Pumpkins ,Mushrooms, Pineapples, Sun dried Tomatoes, Capsicums, Olives, Pine Nuts, and other Nuts.

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January 22, 2013
3:22 PM

Post #9393979

And this is what it looks like when finished after 1½ minutes.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 22, 2013
3:58 PM

Post #9394012

Mmmm! Is anyone else feeling hungry now? I gotta go eat!
ginger749

January 22, 2013
4:08 PM

Post #9394026

Nice one June. ^_^


This is not meant to stir or upset any Canadians.
But I have a personal choice when it comes to Capitol Cities in Canada.
I really love Vancouver.
I have spent more time in Vancouver than any where else in the whole World.
Except My home town that is.

Does anyone know this Lighthouse ?

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ginger749

January 22, 2013
8:49 PM

Post #9394310

This is probably a better Picture.
You have to have patience in these locations.
There are people walking through 'My Frame' all the time.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 23, 2013
6:15 AM

Post #9394500

I have no clue where the lighthouse is. I agree with you about Vancouver, although I've only been there a couple of times. The city's setting - by the sea, and so close to the mountains - is beautiful.
ginger749

January 23, 2013
11:44 AM

Post #9394936

A slightly different angle.
These Pictures were taken from inside a National Park.
Growin from Vancouver will most likely know what it's called.

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January 23, 2013
1:33 PM

Post #9395042

Does anyone know this Band ?
Pictures taken at Vancouver.

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January 23, 2013
2:18 PM

Post #9395085

This is the Bus they turned up in.
Looks like a School Bus to Me.
The Band was very good, and they looked OK as well.

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January 23, 2013
3:34 PM

Post #9395193

I wonder if anyone knows what the pink and white curly things are on this Welcoming Desert Plate ?
I found out by eating them, but I had not seen them before.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 23, 2013
7:28 PM

Post #9395465

I feel as if the older I get, the less I know. I never heard of The Niche band! And what are those pink and white curly things? Do tell! I like to be adventurous with food - I wanted to try guinea pig in Peru, but when I was in the high Andes unfortunately I was too ill from the altitude to eat anything but yogurt.
ginger749

January 23, 2013
8:31 PM

Post #9395545

Wow June, You have been to the High Andes ?
PLEASE do tell a little about your adventure.
I would just love to do an Adventure in the Alps.
But it will have to wait a few more years till I exhaust My thirst for Canada.

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January 23, 2013
8:54 PM

Post #9395549

I'm not really sure why this dugout was up on top of this Mountain ?
I always thought you needed water to get about in one of these.
Maybe it was an Offering to the Mountain Gods.

Ooops, I forgot to mention what the pink and white Desert was!
It is/was 'Marzipan'. (till I ate it)
Marzipan is a very popular Danish Desert ingredient.

http://mydanishkitchen.com/tag/marzipan/
I notice the Wedding Cake also has American flags on it.
Another perfect union. ^_^^_^

Do you use “Lurpac”Butter.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2013
6:28 AM

Post #9395762

I don't use Lurpac butter - is it one of those fake butters that scientists said were good for you, and then they said it wasn't? If I use butter at all, I use unsalted dairy butter - and then only for cooking. I prefer olive oil.

Marzipan is very popular in Italy, where I have seen some amazing fruits, vegetables, and animals all made out of marzipan. My mother (British) only used marzipan at Christmas, when she made us a traditional fruit cake topped with a layer of marzipan and then sugar icing on top of that. She would also buy a box of dates, replace the date stones with little chunks of marzipan, and serve them as snacks in case you weren't already full of Christmas turkey, pudding, cake, mince-pies, etc.

OK, you asked for just a little about my trip to the Andes. It was about 10 years ago. Landed in Lima, drank some bad water, got upset stomach. Visited the Inquisition Museum. Flew from Lima (sea level) to Cuzco (11,000 ft), developed throbbing pain in back of head, worse when I lay down, so spent most nights walking around my hotel room when not throwing up. Coca tea did not help. Was able to see some Inca architecture - amazing stonework! Train to Machu Picchu, hotel at 8,000 ft so got some respite from the headache - saw more amazing architecture and mountain scenery - then back to Cuzco and the pain. Tried green coca chocolate - not very nice, although some tour members ate a too much and became hyper. Bus across the High Plains to Lake Titicaca - saw the reed islands, took a ride on a reed boat, blew up my hairdryer (didn't notice the electric current was different) - then on across the plains to the Bolivian border. Ended up in La Paz (13,000 ft) at New Year's. The whole city was drunk and wearing red underwear. Next day, city was deserted, apart from a few folks who hadn't made it home. On the city tour, our bus driver was pepper-sprayed when he tried to remove a drunk from in front of our bus and a policeman strolled up and sprayed both of them. Flew home very thin, but soon regained all the weight I lost. I will never go above 10,000 ft again, but I'm glad I went.

annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 24, 2013
9:24 AM

Post #9395995

June, great short story, I enjoyed reading about your adventure!. I get migranes and totaly get the can't lay down but can thow up thing, yuck. And that is exactly why it scares me to go to Machu Pichu.
Alberta Ann
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2013
10:18 AM

Post #9396099

Ann, don't let my horror story put you off going to Machu Picchu as it truly is a magical place, and the hotels are down in the valley below, so no problems with altitude sickness while there. I stayed at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, where the rooms were in cabins set in a wonderful garden, with little streams running through it, and orchids growing on the trees, and full of birds singing, like a little bit of heaven.
ginger749

January 24, 2013
11:45 AM

Post #9396215

Thank you June for your great description of your trip to the High Andes.
I hope there was no long term illness after your trip.
Do you have any pictures of Machu Picchu.

As a young High School student I made a paper mache model of Machu Picchu.
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/how-to-make-paper-mache-volcano.html
So my love for Machu Picchu and Mountains in general goes back a long long time.

I have decided to add this Picture for the reflection in the water.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2013
2:22 PM

Post #9396382

I had no lasting ill-effects from my Andean trip. As soon as I was back at sea-level, I felt fine. I had no digital camera at that time, so my trip pics are mouldering away in a photo album stored somewhere in a cupboard.

By co-incidence, I did a high school essay on the geography of Peru. I picked it because I had a fascination with Incas, and it was a far away, exotic country. I never dreamed I would actually go there one day! I've never made a paper mache volcano, but I've visited a few: Etna, Vesuvius, and one in Iceland - I can't remember the name (or spell it if I could). I also visited the Rotorua area in NZ, but nothing was erupting at the time. The Kiwis have some live ones at the moment, don't they?

I love the reflection pic. It's the sort of view that you want to lose yourself in.
ginger749

January 24, 2013
3:01 PM

Post #9396414

Life is just full of coincidences. ^_^

This reflection Picture is back at Lake Louise.
I wonder if the Lake bottom is really painted each year ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2013
3:12 PM

Post #9396428

Wow, what a perfect reflection. Incredible pic. If you are not a professional photographer, you ought to be.
ginger749

January 24, 2013
3:35 PM

Post #9396458

Thanks June,
Photography is just a hobby for Me.
But I am a full time Artist, so maybe that is rubbing off ?

This Picture was taken one minute after than last one.
Reflection was not as good but I was trying to capture all the Ski runs behind the Château.
As Yall already know, that is Banff in Summer in the background.

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January 24, 2013
5:45 PM

Post #9396590

A very popular destination on one of the Summer hikes at Banff is the Plain of Six Glaciers
http://www.banfflakelouise.com/Things-To-Do/Summer-Adventures/Tea-Houses/Plain-of-Six-Glaciers-Tea-House
They make a great Lemonade at this Tea House.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2013
7:31 PM

Post #9396742

What an interesting structure! Is there a road, or do all the supplies for the tea house have to be carried in on the walking trail? (I envisage people with backpacks full of lemons for the lemonade.)
ginger749

January 24, 2013
7:55 PM

Post #9396775

No June, there are no roads anywhere near here.
The track rises far to quickly even for a Quad Bike.
Supplies are bought in on Horse back.
http://www.albertawow.com/hikes/Plain_of_Six_Glaciers/Plain%20of%20Six%20Glaciers.htm
http://hikebiketravel.com/19465/hike-plain-glaciers-lake-louise-tea-house/

This Picture is of Lake Agnes with the Tea House up at the other end.
Lake Agnes is not fed by any Glaciers so the water is a beautiful blue colour.
There are Hiking Tracks all the way around Lake Agnes.



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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 25, 2013
5:22 AM

Post #9396940

Another perfect shot! Did you encounter any marmots or bears on your hike? Do you carry binoculars and look around for birds, or do you walk looking downwards to look for alpine flowers? I once went with a combined birding and botanizing group to the French Pyrenees and we never got anywhere on our hikes because everyone stopped walking whenever a bird or a flower was spotted. (It was in 1998, before I had a digital camera, so I don't have any pics unfortunately.)
ginger749

January 25, 2013
9:07 AM

Post #9397193

Never saw any wild Bears.
But we did see some tracks.
And to be honest compared to Australia there are very few birds in Canada.
I could count the number of bird sightings on one hand.

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January 25, 2013
12:53 PM

Post #9397382

This was the highest point above Lake Agnes that the hiking trail takes us too.
The walking trail on the far side is very easy to see from here.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2013
4:22 AM

Post #9397887

Canada has more than 400 species of birds, and they're not all geese!

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Rosemont, ON
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January 26, 2013
5:25 AM

Post #9397922

In this winter pic, there are goldfinches, a cardinal, a slate junco, a chickadee, and two different woodpeckers - downy and hairy.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2013
5:48 AM

Post #9397949

Many Canadian birds are migratory, summering in the north and wintering in the south. Ones that we see mostly in winter include pine siskin, redpoll, junco, nuthatch, grosbeak, and tree sparrow. Many waterfowl, such as this merganser duck that got curious about what the squirrel was eating, we see only in passing as they use local ponds as rest stops on their long journeys in spring and fall. Other birds, such as red-winged blackbird, cowbird, grackle, swallows (various), warblers (various), robin, wren, flicker, oriole, bluebird, indigo bunting, sparrows (various), wood ducks, mallard, trumpeter swan, herons (green and great blue), kingfisher, osprey, vultures (black and turkey), and ruby-throated hummingbird are summer residents of this area. Those that stay here all year include blue jay, mourning dove, cardinal, turkey, chickadee, goldfinch, crow, raven, red-tailed hawk, woodpeckers (3 kinds). Bird populations are somewhat different east and west of the Rockies, though.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2013
6:40 AM

Post #9397991

I forgot to list Canada's most famous bird - the mosquito!

But I digress. Lovely pic of Lake Agnes, ginger.
ginger749

January 26, 2013
11:02 AM

Post #9398193

June_Ontario wrote:Many Canadian birds are migratory, summering in the north and wintering in the south. Ones that we see mostly in winter include pine siskin, redpoll, junco, nuthatch, grosbeak, and tree sparrow. Many waterfowl, such as this merganser duck that got curious about what the squirrel was eating, we see only in passing as they use local ponds as rest stops on their long journeys in spring and fall. Other birds, such as red-winged blackbird, cowbird, grackle, swallows (various), warblers (various), robin, wren, flicker, oriole, bluebird, indigo bunting, sparrows (various), wood ducks, mallard, trumpeter swan, herons (green and great blue), kingfisher, osprey, vultures (black and turkey), and ruby-throated hummingbird are summer residents of this area. Those that stay here all year include blue jay, mourning dove, cardinal, turkey, chickadee, goldfinch, crow, raven, red-tailed hawk, woodpeckers (3 kinds). Bird populations are somewhat different east and west of the Rockies, though.


What an impressive collection of Birds.
I can only guess they all visit peoples back yards for a free handout during winter and not the wild west Rockies.

I will Photograph anything that moves.
And like I said, I saw less than 5 Birds in 3 weeks.



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ginger749

January 26, 2013
11:12 AM

Post #9398204

We did see two Bears but only from the Train.
We all thought there was only a Brown Bear.

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January 26, 2013
11:15 AM

Post #9398210

We were all surprised that this Black Bear appeared from no where.
Maybe he came out of a hole ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2013
11:31 AM

Post #9398223

From a vehicle is probably the best way to see bears - certainly the safest way!

By the way, ginger, happy Australia Day! I hope you're not in the flooded part of Queensland.
ginger749

January 26, 2013
11:47 AM

Post #9398236

Thank you June.

Our Creek is still not running.
But they are saying the Cyclone is heading our way and will get here today.
As you said June, Yesterday was 'Australia Day' for us. (26-1-2013)
I decided to fly the Flag for the first time to show my colours.
This is My front gate with the two Canadian street signs on the piers.

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January 26, 2013
11:50 AM

Post #9398241

We saw this kind of thing in USA and Canada every day.
For next year I will install a proper Flag Pole.

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January 26, 2013
12:51 PM

Post #9398304

I thought it was amazing these Goats were walking so close to the Hikers walking Tracks around Banff.
But it got even better later on.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2013
1:25 PM

Post #9398329

I have a bunch of questions:
Is that a cattle-grid on your gateway, and if, so what animals are you keeping out?
What do you have mounted on top of your gate posts?
What is that shrub with the pink flowers by your gateway?
And lastly, are those goats or sheep near Banff? I have a faint memory of seeing big-horned sheep on my long-ago trip to the Rockies.

P.S. Great flag display!

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ginger749

January 26, 2013
1:45 PM

Post #9398347

Is that a cattle-grid on your gateway, and if, so what animals are you keeping out?
Yes it is a 2 ft deep Cattle grid.
One of our annoying neighbours uses our road as his private 'Long Paddock'.
If we choose to leave the remote gate open for friends to enter, then his Cows won't walk in.
There is also quite often Horses wondering about.
Once upon a time it was up to people who owned animals to fence their property off to keep their animals at home.

ginger749

January 26, 2013
1:55 PM

Post #9398361

What do you have mounted on top of your gate posts?

A Green Letter Box on the right.
And a Sculpture of a Boy climbing a stump on the Left.



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January 26, 2013
2:16 PM

Post #9398384

What is that shrub with the pink flowers by your gateway?

The Pink Flower is a Hibiscus.
Not sure what species.
I bought it from 'Bunnings' 2 years ago.
I will look it up next time I go to Bunnings.



June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2013
2:51 PM

Post #9398414

I see why you need the cattle-grid!

Is the very charming gate-post sculpture a piece of your art? You have mentioned that you are an artist, but you have not said what you create in your studio.
ginger749

January 26, 2013
3:10 PM

Post #9398428

I just went to take a Picture of the Hibiscus.
It is now seriously pouring rain.
So I broke off a branch and brought it up to the Studio.

The Boy was carved out of a solid piece of Limestone.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2013
3:22 PM

Post #9398448

Oh dear, I hope you didn't get soaked. What are you working on at the moment in your studio, and do you have a thread in one of the other forums with pictures of your artwork?

We seem to have strayed from the thread topic again - my bad!

I'm in the midst of cooking dinner, so I'll be busy in the kitchen for a while. I'll check in on the thread later. Stay dry!
ginger749

January 26, 2013
3:24 PM

Post #9398449

Studio Shots of Hibiscus.

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January 26, 2013
4:45 PM

Post #9398505

June_Ontario wrote:I have a faint memory of seeing big-horned sheep on my long-ago trip to the Rockies.

Just a few minutes later they jumped right on down onto the Hikers trail.
They have obviously done this trail sharing before.
But it still got even better for Me only minutes later.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2013
6:23 PM

Post #9398576

Thank you for the close-ups of the hibiscus. It's a beautiful flower, and very different from the shrubby hibiscus that is (just) hardy here. Pray tell: what is the bird in the painting in the background of your first photograph?
ginger749

January 26, 2013
6:36 PM

Post #9398592

They are a pair of 'Wedge Tailed Eagles'.

The Wedge-tailed Eagle has very long wings (wingspan is 2.3 m).
A characteristic long, wedge-shaped tail, and legs that are feathered all the way to the base of the toes.
The bill is pale pink to cream, the eye brown to dark brown, and the feet off-white.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge-tailed_Eagle
Not the kind of Bird of Prey we want to meet on a serious rock climb. ^_^

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2013
6:52 PM

Post #9398626

Impressive! Your weggie dwarfs the red-tailed hawk, which is the largest raptor I'm used to seeing - and it's scary enough up close.
ginger749

January 26, 2013
7:09 PM

Post #9398637

These two Pictures were taken at 'Çurrumbin Bird Sanctuary' Gold Coast.
The second (whiter Bird) is a Sea Eagle.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_eagle

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 27, 2013
5:42 AM

Post #9398882

Those bird-handlers are brave to put their faces so close to an eagle's beak! And they must have strong arms. I once held a (hooded) golden eagle, and after a couple of minutes, I thought my arm would drop off.

Is your creek running today?
ginger749

January 27, 2013
10:58 AM

Post #9399141

Yes June, the creek was running one hour after I got the Hibiscus cutting.
Because of the cyclonic winds my umbrella inverted and was wrecked.
So my Canon got drenched.
But it did eventually dry out.
This is a sequence of the creek rising.

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annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 27, 2013
1:11 PM

Post #9399241

Ginger Looks like that creek made a big mess! Hope you fared well. I think the animals you have photo's of are sheep. The goats are white with very long hair. I will now google that to check because I always mix that up.
Alberta Ann
ginger749

January 27, 2013
1:55 PM

Post #9399278

Thanks Ann,
I never did find out what they really are.
The amazing thing they did next was they cross a Wooden Bridge.

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January 27, 2013
1:57 PM

Post #9399279

I was really shocked when I saw 3 people still on the Bridge.
It made no difference to the animals.

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January 27, 2013
2:26 PM

Post #9399301

I found this link on the net.
http://www.canadianrockies.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/bighorn1.jpg
I must say they look nothing like the 4 I Photographed.

ginger749

January 27, 2013
3:37 PM

Post #9399369

Can you imagine my surprise when I found out the people on the Bridge were Ozzie's ?
And they all came from Queensland.
They decided to jump off the Bridge into the Icy Cold Glacial Water. ^_^

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 27, 2013
7:54 PM

Post #9399590

Ginger, I hope you are still above water. When the creek floods over your driveway like that, do you have an alternative route, or are you cut off from the road?

The sheep/goats crossing such a high bridge is amazing. I looked-up the Bighorn sheep in a reference book, and it says only the males have the massive curved horns, the females have short slender horns. The Bighorn's coloration is brown, with a white belly, nose, and rump. There is also a species called Dall's sheep, that has smaller horns than the Bighorn, and is the same color all over - and can be either white, brown, or black. The book also says that Mountain goats always have a beard, even in summer when their hair is short, and their coloration is yellowish-white all over, while their horns are black. Does this help with identification?

As for jumping off the bridge - yikes!

If I don't post anything tomorrow, it'll be because the power is out. We're expecting a winter storm with snow and freezing rain.
ginger749

January 27, 2013
8:34 PM

Post #9399623

Wow June,
That is a great help.
Ann said much the same thing, I think.
It is amazing how much I forget while on such short Holidays.
I always believed the Pictures would refresh the old grey matter.
But obviously not.

This guy was just brilliant in his Jumping styles.
I thought he should have been an Olympian.

No alternate way out for me June.
I just don't go out for 2 or 3 days.

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January 27, 2013
9:59 PM

Post #9399682

More somersaults and 360° twists.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 28, 2013
9:28 AM

Post #9400147

That jumper must be fearless! I hope the park rangers didn't see him, or he'd be in trouble - and "Jumping is dangerous and forbidden" signs would be soon posted. I guess Australians aren't in the habit of calling a lawyer if they do something risky and hurt themselves! I used to work for a public garden in the US, where visitors would sue if they stubbed their toe on a step because they weren't paying attention - it was apparently the garden's fault for being too interesting - so now I tend to view everything from the legal angle.

How's your flooding situation, ginger? The ice storm here has not amounted to much. So far we have had a couple of inches of snow, and then a light coating of freezing drizzle, which is still coming down, but the temperature rising and so the precipitation should change to rain soon. I took my garbage bag and 3 recycling bins down to the road for collection early this morning when it was still snowing, and then the snowplow went by and a bow-wave of ice traveling at 60 kph knocked bag and bins into the ditch, so I had scramble down into the snow-filled ditch, and heave my garbage out onto the side of the road again. One of the joys of a Canadian winter.
ginger749

January 28, 2013
11:13 AM

Post #9400260

We saw no signs saying not to jump.
Flooding is going down very quickly.
Now the clean up begins.
Lots of organic material in fence wire.
I gather it up for Mulch.
All 3 Flowers have chirped up since getting a bit of warmth.



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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 28, 2013
12:14 PM

Post #9400324

I hope your lovely hibiscus plant did not get swept away by the water. Here's a pic of the only hibiscus hardy enough to grow in my climate Zone - it's not so elegant! The pic was taken last August. The previous owners of my property planted the shrub, about 12 years ago, against the south-facing wall of an outbuilding. Every winter some branches die back, but the shrub is now about 8ft tall and as much across.

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ginger749

January 28, 2013
1:26 PM

Post #9400404

Great picture June,
Your Flower has a much deeper colour in the throat.
My stamens are much finer and longer.
And no it did not get washed away.
But did get more than a foot of water over its toes.
I have lost about 100ft of 3 strand barbed-wire fence and about 8 drops.
They will all need to be replaced to keep neighbours Cattle out.
I wonder if he would notice one of his Cows missing ?
I could fit ¼ of one in My Pizza Oven. ^_^
I just need to find a mobile Butcher now.

ginger749

January 28, 2013
1:31 PM

Post #9400411

These Pictures were taken from Lake Louise Ski Area.
That is Lake Louise on the opposite side of the Valley.
Red dot marks the Lake.

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January 28, 2013
6:09 PM

Post #9400662

Chair Lift ride with Lake Louise in the background.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 29, 2013
5:15 AM

Post #9400993

Suberb photography, ginger! What time of day were they taken? Were you up there skiing, or just sightseeing?

Sorry to hear you lost some of your cattle defenses in the flood. Please excuse my ignorance, but you need to tell me what "drops" are, in a fencing context. I keep envisaging pits with sharp stakes at the bottom!

ginger749

January 29, 2013
9:34 AM

Post #9401283

Pictures were taken at 4.17pm and 4.55pm.
Yes you are right that day we were only sightseeing.

A drop is a steel star picket.
Very easy to drive into the ground.
http://www.starpicket.com/star-picket.html
But very hard to get out.

I think these are Goats.



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January 29, 2013
11:04 AM

Post #9401359

There were three of them.
I could not believe how sure footed they are.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 29, 2013
11:56 AM

Post #9401405

Yes, I do believe those are Mountain goats. Incredible climbers.

What you call drops or star-pickets, I know as T-bars or T-posts. I have some holding up the wire fence across the front of my property. I haven't tried removing any, and I hope I don't have to!
ginger749

January 29, 2013
12:15 PM

Post #9401425

I think this is a Moose.
He was quite friendly for a wild critter.

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January 29, 2013
12:21 PM

Post #9401434

Although I had the 300 mm lens on.
I was still quite close and did not feel threatened at all.
I don't know if it was a Male or Female.
I would have liked to take it home.
But I was already on excess luggage. ^_^

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January 29, 2013
4:16 PM

Post #9401821

Here is an old Picture of mine with two drops in it.
The Bird is a wild Goose that flies in every day to steal My Horses tucker.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 29, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9401893

Chocolate moose and Magpie goose!
ginger749

January 29, 2013
6:18 PM

Post #9401954

Thanks for the ID June,
It is always so hard to find out what things are while walking around.
And to be quite honest, interest vanes on arriving home.
There are so many other things to think about.
Do you have the Magpie goose there ?
Or do you just know it.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 30, 2013
5:10 AM

Post #9402271

I have to confess to owning an ID book on Australian birds, due to my DH (who is a keen bird-spotter) having visited Oz a few years ago, and the Magpie goose was an easy one to name. There aren't many black and white geese to choose from!

What kind of horses do you have, ginger? I hope they were safe from the flood waters.
ginger749

January 30, 2013
10:08 AM

Post #9402551

June, you can see some Pictures of My Horses on the 'Equine Forum'.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1231342/

The most-asked question on this hike was, Where's the bloody tunnel ?
You guessed it, There really is no Tunnel.
The mountain earned its name from a proposed route for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) back in 1882.

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January 30, 2013
2:00 PM

Post #9402836

Here in AUSTRALIA we call that a 'Thoughty'.
A blunder in surveying led to the suggestion that a half-mile tunnel be blasted through the hillside. An idea that would have cost the CPR millions of extra Dollars.

That plan was quickly discarded and an alternative route was found around the mountain.
This incidentally, shortened the rail line by a mile and avoided two long hills, and most importantly, It got rid of that ridiculous idea of a Tunnel.
What on Earth were these early Pioneers thinking about ?????

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January 30, 2013
5:34 PM

Post #9403134

And right on queue here comes a Canadian Pacific Train.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

January 31, 2013
6:14 AM

Post #9403551

That's the sort of train you don't want to be waiting for at the road crossing - about a mile long! Great pics, ginger.

I enjoyed looking at your equine thread. What an interesting farm you have - so many birds, snakes, and of course, the lovely horses!
ginger749

January 31, 2013
11:26 AM

Post #9403857

This Picture was taken towards the end of the Hike on the way down.

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January 31, 2013
1:31 PM

Post #9403955

And just to show us that there really is lots of snow around here during Winter.
We saw these two Snow Ploughs sitting idle.

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January 31, 2013
4:29 PM

Post #9404138

Here's one we saw in Alaska.
Would Love too see it working.

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January 31, 2013
8:49 PM

Post #9404437

The broad Hiking Track and well graded Switchbacks are worthy of Royalty.
The track was rebuilt in 1939 so King George VI and Queen Elizabeth could climb the mountain during their 'Cross Canada Tour'.
We looked for them but did not see them.
Oh well, maybe next year.
Meantime we were seeing lots of other Animals. (but no Birds)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 1, 2013
5:28 AM

Post #9404608

Holy Moly! Those are some seriously heavy-duty snowplows. I'd like to see them in action too (but not coming straight at me).

Keep the pics coming, ginger! I haven't had so much fun reading a thread for years (I lead a sheltered life).
ginger749

February 1, 2013
11:33 AM

Post #9404962

Thank you June,

These 2 Pictures were taken from the top of 'Sulpher Mountain'.
Looking down on top of Banff and 'Tunnel Mountain'.
I have marked Tunnel Mt. with a red dot.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 1, 2013
7:07 PM

Post #9405475

That view looks very familiar. I do believe this was the mountain that, in 1975, I persuaded my then new husband to ride up in the cable car with me to the top. He suffers terribly from vertigo - cannot get past the second rung of a ladder without feeling dizzy - but I convinced him that he would not need to look down, and the journey would not take long. Half-way up the mountain, a wind sprang up and increased pressure on the cable to the point where a safety mechanism cut in and halted all movement. Our car was stationary, swinging on the cable, far above the treetops, for some time. He's never forgiven me!
ginger749

February 1, 2013
7:22 PM

Post #9405483

Wow June,
That sounds like fun. (not)
We were told about that safety cut out as we were leaving.

We were also told that a favourite among the locals was 'The South East Ridge Trail'.
It is of cause located in “The Banff National Park”.
But this Trail should only be attempted by more adventurous and fit hikers.
A must if you are spending at least a few months in Canada.

Here are 3 Pictures all taken on the way up.

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February 1, 2013
7:32 PM

Post #9405487

These Pictures were taken off the Top lookout.

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February 1, 2013
8:54 PM

Post #9405541

Infact the 'Cosmic Ray Station' is on the real summit.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 2, 2013
5:44 AM

Post #9405716

Breathtaking pics, ginger. How do you get such crispness - do you rest the camera on a tripod, or are your hands rock steady?

I showed my dear husband the cable car pics, and he said he still feels ill just thinking about it.

I noticed in the Cosmic Ray Station pic how sharply tilted the rock strata are. Isn't it awesome to think that they were laid down level in a long-ago sea, and now they're thrust almost vertically up in the sky at the top of a mountain?
ginger749

February 2, 2013
9:05 AM

Post #9405911

Never use a tripod.
Too hard to carry on a holiday.
I guess it's just a steady hand.

Another Picture of the Cosmic Ray Station.
Was the Board Walk there when you visited ?
And yes, I agree with you about the rock strata.

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February 2, 2013
9:14 AM

Post #9405919

The ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a 4 person Gondola sure is an adventure.
It's the only way to experience a bird's eye view of six mountain ranges.
From the Banff Gondola, you'll see more mountains in 8 minutes than most people see in a lifetime.
This exhilarating ride is open all year round, a definite 'must see' on your trip to the Canadian Rockies.

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February 2, 2013
1:02 PM

Post #9406132

The Scenic Look Out is partly on the way down from the Cosmic Ray Station, looking straight down over Banff.
This Picture was taken from just outside the Restaurant looking up to the Cosmic Ray Station.
The board walk can be seen winding its way up to the top.
There was still a lot of Snow about for a May Summers Day.

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February 2, 2013
7:27 PM

Post #9406470

This Picture is a reverse of the last Picture.
We are looking down to the Upper Terminal/Restaurant/Gift Shops from the Cosmic Ray Station.

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February 2, 2013
8:35 PM

Post #9406526

This sign says it all and then some.
I wonder if anyone ever reads that gibberish on the right/bottom of all these signs.
In all the times I have ever been to Canada, I have never struck anyone speaking gibber.
It's always The Queens English and why not ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 3, 2013
8:05 AM

Post #9406815

Surely you can't mean French, Canada's other official language! There aren't a lot of French-speakers in the west of Canada, but I'm sure there are some tourists who appreciate the translation, just as I'm glad of seeing English signage when I travel to places where English is not widely spoken. Do you have a second language in Oz - Chinese, maybe?

Ginger, I can't remember any of those structures - Ray Station or restaurant - from my visit nearly 40 years ago! They may have been there, and I've lost the memory, or they might be "new".
ginger749

February 3, 2013
9:19 AM

Post #9406908

I tried to google the time frame of the construction of the Restaurant and Observation Deck-Round building.

This is the Banff Sky Walk & A National Historic Site.
When you arrive at the upper terminal, you will have the choice of exploring the building or witness the breathtaking 360° Panoramic views.
Or going up into the Restaurant area where you can sit in comfort and still enjoy the view.
Above the Restaurant levels is the upper Observation Deck giving the best outdoor view possible.

Love the Snow in this Picture.

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February 3, 2013
9:22 AM

Post #9406911

June_Ontario wrote: Do you have a second language in Oz - Chinese, maybe?

Only one language here in Ozz.

ginger749

February 3, 2013
9:25 AM

Post #9406914

That is Banff Springs Golf Course below.
I'm not a regular Golfer but!
When you see a beautiful Garden like this from thousands of feet above, you can't help but wonder.

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February 3, 2013
2:12 PM

Post #9407232

So we decided to have at least one round.
$90 for 9 holes ??? (but it was a 'once in a life time experience'.)
Here in Ozz it costs $25 for 18 holes.
And there is no time limit.

I predict the Ravens to win Super Bowl today. ^_^

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February 3, 2013
4:20 PM

Post #9407345

We met yet more Ozzies on the Banff Springs Golf Course.
They caught up to us, so we let them play on past us.
Check out the Golf Shoes on this chap.
We call them Thongs.

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February 3, 2013
8:57 PM

Post #9407574

Hey! Guess what ?
I just won $800 on the TAB.
Yes the Ravens won.

This Picture is dedicated to the 49'ers.

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February 3, 2013
9:00 PM

Post #9407577

I read on the Net that more than 1.2 billion Chicken Wings will be devoured during the Supre Bowel event in Umerica.
So dutifully, I decided I had better join in. (not sure why)
I only had one kilo/16 wing pieces to BBQ.
I haven't had so much fun since my Budgie died.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 4, 2013
5:32 AM

Post #9407762

Congratulations on winning your bet, ginger! The wings look tasty, and I bet there was more meat on them than on your old budgie, probably even more than on my old cat.

If you shop for footwear in Canada, you need to know that "thongs" are saucy knickers here. I was having trouble with my computer yesterday - it refused to show any pictures - so when you said you had posted a golfer wearing "thongs" I had the totally wrong mental image.
ginger749

February 4, 2013
10:50 AM

Post #9408156

This particular day the 'smooth water Gods' were not on my side.
So I could not get a decent reflection in the water.
You know I go to bed at night dreaming about Scenes like this.
That is part of the tour group on the near right bank.

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February 4, 2013
12:20 PM

Post #9408267

June! You have asked me before if I took any Bird Pictures.
And yes, I did take a couple.
But I felt they were not worthy because they are slightly out of focus.
The drip of water on this Birds beak is out of focus.
So I have not shown it here on DG before.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 4, 2013
1:20 PM

Post #9408326

Oh definitely, the drip of water ruins it! LOL. How close were you to the eagle when you took the pic - it looks as if it was sitting on your knee.
ginger749

February 4, 2013
1:58 PM

Post #9408369

He was about 10 feet away.
In this Picture he looks like he is wearing a Judges Wig.
I don't know why they call him 'Bald' ?
He has more hair/feathers than most of my friends or people I know. ^_^

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 5, 2013
6:14 AM

Post #9409013

I have wondered about the name too. Maybe the early settlers had bad eyesight and thought they were seeing a vulture?

Now then, you obviously haven't mastered the art of bird photography. My dear husband has explained to me many times that the correct method is to scare the bird into flying off, and when it perches about a mile away, you take a picture in which the bird is visible only as a brown dot. Then you tell everyone what a rare specimen it was, if only they could see the plumage, etc.
ginger749

February 5, 2013
7:40 AM

Post #9409099

I've never thought of doing it that way June. ^_^

But talking of Vultures, I got one of them as well.

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February 5, 2013
11:41 AM

Post #9409292

Hey June,
I have one of those Pictures your DH says is the perfect Bird picture.
I wonder if this is a Buoy or a Girl ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 5, 2013
12:09 PM

Post #9409311

I think it's a buoy, and it's name is Bob.

Are those seals, draped over the base?
ginger749

February 5, 2013
12:56 PM

Post #9409399

Not sure June what they are.
We were just heading out of Vancouver Harbour under the Lions Bridge towards the Alaskan Glacier fields.
We would have been 500 feet away from the Buoy.

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February 5, 2013
2:48 PM

Post #9409538

This Squirrel was quite friendly at Tunnel Mountain and he wanted nuts.

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February 5, 2013
3:57 PM

Post #9409612

We only had a bag of 'scroggin'. (‘Scrogen’)
So that is what he was fed on.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 5, 2013
6:40 PM

Post #9409768

He's adorable! You have to be careful feeding the wildlife, though, as I discovered on a trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison (in Colorado?). When I ran out of crumbs, the cute little ground squirrel tried to eat the edge of my shoe.
ginger749

February 5, 2013
6:51 PM

Post #9409776

Just as well you weren't wearing thongs. ^_^
The Australian kind that is.
He might have had a nibble on your bare toes.

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February 5, 2013
7:33 PM

Post #9409808

He just loved Scrogen.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 6, 2013
12:40 PM

Post #9410374

What's in your Scrogen, ginger? And am I right in thinking it's what I would call "trail mix"?
ginger749

February 6, 2013
1:22 PM

Post #9410425

Yes June, You are spot on.
http://ourhikingblog.com.au/2009/04/trail-mix-gorp-or-scroggin-hiking-snack.html

Well! We kept feeding that Squirrel till it lay down and just fell asleep.
Now I know how to catch wild Critters. (just fill their tummy) ^_^
I wonder if I could teach Him to play the Mouth Organ ?

I've got a good Picture of him lying down.
But the Photo adding thingy is missing this morning.

ginger749

February 6, 2013
1:24 PM

Post #9410428

Well here it is.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 6, 2013
2:24 PM

Post #9410483

Did you offer him an after-dinner mint?
ginger749

February 6, 2013
3:01 PM

Post #9410519

No Mints only Licorice allsorts.

Do you recognise this rather large Bird ?
I was a tad worried it may be a Raptor and he would fly off with Sammy.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 6, 2013
6:27 PM

Post #9410689

Godzilla jay.
ginger749

February 6, 2013
6:46 PM

Post #9410708

Godzilla jay. ?

There was also a Gurl Bird of the same kind.
I would like to know what they really are.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 6, 2013
7:11 PM

Post #9410730

Well, to the best of my birding ability, which isn't great, I think the one on the right looks like a jay, and the one on the left looks like a sparrow. This is what happens when you put radioactive water in the bird bath. The Godzilla jay has been known to carry off small children and Japanese anime characters.

Where did you find these crazy sculptures?
ginger749

February 6, 2013
7:32 PM

Post #9410747

June_Ontario wrote:
Where did you find these crazy sculptures?


In Vancouver.
http://heavyworld.com/theskinny/?p=1354

This is such a great link.
Do scroll all the way to the bottom.
This is My kind of World.


June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 6, 2013
7:41 PM

Post #9410757

So, I was half right - they are both sparrows! Thanks for the link. The design and construction process was pretty amazing.

Well, it's past my bedtime here in Ontario, so I'm off to get my beauty sleep now. Have a great day in Ozz!
ginger749

February 6, 2013
7:45 PM

Post #9410762

I thought it was funny these Women decided to breast feed their babies next to the female Bird.

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February 6, 2013
7:48 PM

Post #9410763

I guess the Male Bird was closer to the Pub. (Tap & Barrel)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 7, 2013
5:24 AM

Post #9410929

It's morning, and I'm back. Did you have a drink at the pub, ginger? What's your opinion on Canadian beer?
ginger749

February 7, 2013
5:56 AM

Post #9410962

Lions Winter Ale is the best Beer I have ever tasted.
After returning to Ozz.
I contacted Granville Island Brewing to find out where in Australia I could buy some more.
No luck, They do not export to any other country at all.
She told me it is local sales only.
And only a Winter Ale to make it even harder to get.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 7, 2013
6:27 AM

Post #9410989

I feel your pain, although I'm not much of a beer drinker. I particularly like an Italian aperitivo called 'Punt e Mes' (it's brown, slightly bitter, with a more complex flavour than Campari, and makes you feel alert). If I want that I have to fly to Rome, buy it there, and fly it back in my suitcase. If any of my friends in BC decide to take a trip to Ozz, I'll ask them to fit some cans of Lions Winter Ale into their luggage for you!
ginger749

February 7, 2013
11:24 AM

Post #9411209

A flight to Rome makes it an expensive beer.

I rather liked the one from Lake Louise as well.
'Kokanee' It was nice and smooth, not much head.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 7, 2013
1:40 PM

Post #9411350

Sorry, I wasn't clear - the 'Punt e Mes' isn't a beer. It's wine-based, flavored with "secret" herbs, and intended to be drunk before meals to perk up the appetite. It's good to try the beers, wines, liqueurs, etc. of any country you visit, don't you think? When I'm in restaurants in Europe and I hear tourists ordering Coca-cola or "American" coffee with their meals, I feel sad. They're missing so much!

By the way, I'm impressed that you drank Canadian beer and still managed to take great photographs.
ginger749

February 7, 2013
2:24 PM

Post #9411396

I fully agree with you about trying other peoples Beers.
This was an Ozzi lunch at Lake Louise Mountain Snow Fields.
Beers and Fries Yummm! ^_^

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

February 7, 2013
2:28 PM

Post #9411398

Sure enjoyed the photo's..another trip please try Ontario...
ginger749

February 7, 2013
2:40 PM

Post #9411408

Betty,
Do you have Water Rafting in Ontario ?
Even here is a good time to sample the local Kokanee Beer.
Not sure what this River is called.
I only know that it was Bl---- cold.
Glacier runoff.

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

February 7, 2013
2:46 PM

Post #9411410

Not sure it's as grand as what you are accustomed to but yes we do

http://www.wildernesstours.com/
ginger749

February 7, 2013
3:09 PM

Post #9411430

Thanks for that link Betty.
That 3 day Tour sure looks like fun.
And the Night time dress up sure looks like fun.

Our dingies were just Woolworths blow up kids toys.
But they did the job.

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

February 7, 2013
3:12 PM

Post #9411435

You certainly look as though you've had a time of your life.
ginger749

February 7, 2013
3:31 PM

Post #9411446

We Ozzies don't have fun, we make fun.
You should have seen the look on the faces of all the other tourists at that Car park.

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

February 7, 2013
3:44 PM

Post #9411456

As old as I am I still enjoy making my fun...life's all about enjoying oneself!
ginger749

February 7, 2013
4:12 PM

Post #9411469

Most people never go to Whistler during Summer.
But the Snow slopes and all the jumps make great Mountain Bike teritory.

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ginger749

February 7, 2013
4:26 PM

Post #9411487

This is a close up of the House Tunnel from the previous Picture.
I did not see too many people using it.
Check out all the bikes on the chair lift.

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ginger749

February 7, 2013
7:10 PM

Post #9411649

Who would have thought you could have so much fun with YPO.

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ginger749

February 7, 2013
7:16 PM

Post #9411652

This Picture was taken from the exact same Summer spot as Post #9411469.
But this Picture is obviously during Winter.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
5:08 AM

Post #9411822

Great shots, ginger. You can amost see the speed of the bikes leaning into the downhill curves! Who are all the folks in your boating/biking/snow-sport pics - friends, relatives, or chance encounters? Are any of them You!

I'm full of questions this morning. What is a Tunnel House used for? And what is a YPO?

Speaking of snow, I need to go out and clear 8 inches of the stuff off the roof of my aluminum-frame greenhouse before it collapses under the weight. It's still snowing, too.

By the way, I did the white water rafting in the Ottawa River that Betty posted about - mind you, this was about 25 years ago, when all my limbs were working properly. It was fun until the spray covered my glasses, and then I couldn't see the huge rocks, whirlpools, standing waves, etc. any more and could just concentrate on paddling for my life and trying to stay in the boat.



ginger749

February 8, 2013
9:58 AM

Post #9412095

One person in some of the Pictures is a relative.
All the others are just people on the same tour.
Some times they are on the same 3 or 4 week tour so they finish up in many of my Pictures.

Ypo means with 'your pants on'.

This was a Rafting trip from 2009 at Chinook Canada.

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ginger749

February 8, 2013
10:02 AM

Post #9412098

These two Pictures were taken 1 second apart.
Every one got wet this day.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
1:15 PM

Post #9412299

That looks exactly like what I remember of my long-ago white water rafting experience. I also remember that the wet-suits stank of pee! (Not mine, I hasten to add).
ginger749

February 8, 2013
1:17 PM

Post #9412303

This Picture was meant to go right next to the first Picture in this Chinook series.
As you can see, It is all but imposible to keep the camera dry.

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ginger749

February 8, 2013
1:22 PM

Post #9412307

A ride like this sure stays with you a long time June.
There were 4 rafts in our flotilla.
And this was the last two.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
1:29 PM

Post #9412313

Yes, it's an exhillarating experience all right! What I didn't like about it was the water getting on my glasses so I could not see. When danger is heading towards me, I want to see it coming.

ginger749

February 8, 2013
1:44 PM

Post #9412324

It says on the brochure that contact lenses can be worn.
This was the end of the ride.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
1:50 PM

Post #9412327

They look very happy! I guess none of them lost a contact lens in the river.
ginger749

February 8, 2013
1:54 PM

Post #9412330

And this is the tired brave Soldiers. (none of them were wearing contacts)
Now carrying their steeds back to the start for yet one more ride.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
2:11 PM

Post #9412349

Holy moly! I seem to recall taking a gentle stroll along the riverbank, to let my heart rate get back to normal while a truck took the rafts back to the starting point, not more exertion! Where did all these folks get their energy? Had they been eating Scroggin?
ginger749

February 8, 2013
3:02 PM

Post #9412388

We could not find a good shop in Horseshoe Bay that had the ingredients to our home made recipe.
The Hotel was no help either.
The Truck idea seems like a good idea.

Having been part of this Rafting trip in person.
I'm not sure what these Ladies were so happy about ???
This Picture was taken at the start of the adventure.
And they have absolutely no idea of what's in-store for them.
Nudge-nudge Wink-wink say no more.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
3:21 PM

Post #9412406

Obviously, they're happy because you're there!
ginger749

February 8, 2013
3:25 PM

Post #9412408

This is ''The Drop” they mentioned at the very end of that last link I added.
This public place is absolutely amazing.
It's right next to 'Çanada Place' where all the Big Ships leave to go to Alaska.
The entire roof is covered with Lawn.
And the roof is 8 to 10 stories high and sloping.
Can you imagine mowing the Lawn/Roof ?
Just make sure you are sober when you start that Ride-On.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
3:32 PM

Post #9412410

Incredible!

Maybe they have Mountain goats or sheep to "mow" the high roof lawn. I can't remember what country I was in - it could have been Norway - when I saw a goat grazing on the sod roof of a cabin.
ginger749

February 8, 2013
3:39 PM

Post #9412416

It is very common to have Goats on the roof eating grass in Danmark.
Even on the outskirts of KØBENHAVN.
I was born in KØBENHAVN and lived there for 10 years.

Can you see the person hugging the Big Blue Drop.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
3:43 PM

Post #9412419

Yes, but it looks as if they're tipping it over!
ginger749

February 8, 2013
3:47 PM

Post #9412424

It took some doing to get the whole Drop in one Picture from close up.
And without 40 Tourists trying to ruin a good Picture.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
3:52 PM

Post #9412428

Great shot! I'm feeling dizzy from looking at it sideways. I need to take a break from the computer now, or dinner will never be cooked (it's Korma curry tonight). Please carry on posting, I'll catch up later!
ginger749

February 8, 2013
4:00 PM

Post #9412431

I did take some Pictures from a high rise Hotel of the grass roof.
But it will take some time to find them.

I can vouch for the SubWay in this Picture.

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ginger749

February 8, 2013
5:44 PM

Post #9412525

You can see part of the grass roof just behind the ladys head in this Picture.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
6:05 PM

Post #9412552

Did you hear that SubWay had to apologize to its customers recently because it had been selling 11inch "foot longs"?

I see the grass roof, I think, way off in the distance. Was your pic taken from the Alaska cruise boat?
ginger749

February 8, 2013
6:29 PM

Post #9412596

Yes and yes.
We heard about the 11" long Subs here in Queensland as well.
And yes the Picture was taken from the 'Volendam'.

This Picture was taken in Alaska.

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ginger749

February 8, 2013
6:39 PM

Post #9412608

I was not sure of the Name of the place where that last Picture was taken.
But looking back on Picture files, I see it was Skagway Alaska “Gateway to the Klondike”

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ginger749

February 8, 2013
6:45 PM

Post #9412614

A better Picture of The Volendam leaving 'Çanada Place'.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
6:49 PM

Post #9412618

Was your Alaska trip restricted to day trips from the boat, or did you have long enough time ashore to go hiking and camping (or prospecting for gold)?
ginger749

February 8, 2013
6:58 PM

Post #9412625

Restricted to day trips from the boat.
The Train trip to 'Denver' and 'White Pass' was FANTASTIC.
We looked for Sarah Palin.
But alas, missed her by only a few days.
I did want to talk to her about 'Gun laws' in America. ^_^

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
7:05 PM

Post #9412632

I'm curious to know - what do they sell in the "Sarah Palin Store"? I'm envisioning cardboard cutout Sarah Palins, or maybe inflatable - no, let's not go there.
ginger749

February 8, 2013
7:20 PM

Post #9412645

I did get a nice T shirt. (I never wear)
And no, I did not see any blow up Dolls of her.
That would be totally freaky.
I did look at the Calendars but they are also totally freaky for us.
Dates, Times and Holidays are all wrong.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2013
7:34 PM

Post #9412660

Bizarre!

Why do you never wear your Sarah Palin teeshirt? I bought a Colonel Gadaffi teeshirt in Libya and wore it (when I was working in the garden and nobody could see me).

I've had a long day shoveling snow, and I need to get some shut-eye. I look forward to catching up with your thread in about 8 hours time.
ginger749

February 8, 2013
7:58 PM

Post #9412691

I know you Guys are in the middle of a deep freeze.
So I thought I would just brag a little here.
This is My daily Garden harvest here in Brisvegas.
The 'Snake Beans' have gone ballistic.
They are up to 3 feet long at picking.
I have 8 different kinds of 'Heirloom Tomatoes'.
And the Bees are very busy. (or is that Buzzy ?)
I get around 12 kilos of Honey a month from them.
Much more than the two of us can possibly eat.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 9, 2013
5:14 AM

Post #9412841

Oh, that's a wonderful harvest! I love fresh fruits and veggies, and honey. I'll be on the next plane over - darn, the airport is closed. I'll just feast my eyes.
ginger749

February 9, 2013
9:16 AM

Post #9413048

I got the light blue T shirt you can see in this link.
http://danwin.com/2011/07/the-sarah-palin-store-in-skagway-alaska/
I was going to get a Coffee Mug.
But I was already over weight with luggage.
I wanted to take the Moose. Oh well.
If Sarah was to make and sell a nice Alaskan Lager.
She would definitely be President within the next 10 years.
I was hoping to be invited up to her Bed Room.
I only wanted to know if I could see Russia from her window. ^_^

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ginger749

February 9, 2013
10:27 AM

Post #9413106

I wonder if these Ships have reversing lights ?
All this maneuvering was done without Tugs.
Not bad for such a large Ship.

The tall Hotel under the red dot is where we stayed in Vancouver.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 9, 2013
2:25 PM

Post #9413374

Vancouver looks different every time I see pics of it. Lots of new construction, I guess!
ginger749

February 9, 2013
2:32 PM

Post #9413382

Going under The Lions Gate Bridge, officially known as the First Narrows Bridge.

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February 9, 2013
2:34 PM

Post #9413386

And while every one was still up on deck.
Now was the perfect time to take Pictures of the Library/Reading room without those annoying tourists. ;o)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 9, 2013
4:52 PM

Post #9413505

Those chairs look comfy! Not very many books for a library, though. Did you spend much time in here?
ginger749

February 9, 2013
5:21 PM

Post #9413536

That was my first and last visit.
I'm an outdoor person.
Even with a -12º C. temperature.

A week after we came back from Alaska.
We made our way to Lions Gate Bridge and took these Pictures of the Volendam from the Bridge.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 9, 2013
5:28 PM

Post #9413540

While on your voyage, did you visit the ship's bridge, or was it off-limits to passengers?
ginger749

February 9, 2013
6:01 PM

Post #9413576

Totally off limits to tourists.
The closest we got to the Captain was he signed a menu for us.

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February 9, 2013
6:06 PM

Post #9413580

Got to see the two stone Lyons at the start of the Bridge.
They looked like they were cut/sculpted from Granite ?

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February 9, 2013
6:42 PM

Post #9413608

This cute little Critter wanted to know why we were taking Pictures of His Bridge.
So I bribed him with some of my Beer.
That sure did the trick and he let us pass.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 9, 2013
6:56 PM

Post #9413612

I had no idea raccoons drank beer, but it would explain the loud parties they have in my garden at night..
ginger749

February 9, 2013
7:18 PM

Post #9413633

Never trust a Critter that wears a mask like "The Phantom".

This cute little Pussy Cat took a liking to My 'Rent A Car'.
I was not totally convinced He was a Friend ?


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February 9, 2013
7:21 PM

Post #9413638

At one stage He turned his back on me.
Well!! I thought He was ready to run off.

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February 9, 2013
7:26 PM

Post #9413646

Then He had the gall to complain about My Foot long Sub. being 1" short.
Ungratefull little B-----d.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 10, 2013
4:56 AM

Post #9413880

You do like to live dangerously! Did you know that a skunk can spray both forwards and backwards? To spray forwards, it stands on its front legs, hoists its hindquarters up and over, and sprays over the top of its head. On the other hand, I hear they make wonderful pets - after their scent gland has been removed.
ginger749

February 10, 2013
7:51 AM

Post #9414063

Earlier, I was talking about the Phantom wanting a ransom.

In Papua New Guinea the locals charge you for taking their Picture.
And you know that can cost you up to $10 for ½ a dozen Pictures.
This Guy wanted 10 Kina for one Picture or he would cut Me. Eeeek.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 10, 2013
12:24 PM

Post #9414321

This kind fellow in London, England, let me photograph him and his hawk for free. I'm not sure what kind of hawk it is, because I can't remember if he said it was a Harrier or a Harris's.

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ginger749

February 10, 2013
12:34 PM

Post #9414330

A nice calming picture June.

You guessed it, these two Pictures cost me 20 Kina.
One Kina is just more than ½ of one $ Aus.
Probably on par with the current Umerican Dollar.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 10, 2013
2:39 PM

Post #9414458

I don't photograph people carrying weapons any more, after I took a picture of a group of tourist police (armed with semi-automatic rifles) at the pyramids in Egypt, and they all wanted "lots of dollars" from me. I found one dollar for each of them, and then pleaded poverty, and they reluctantly let me go.
ginger749

February 10, 2013
4:34 PM

Post #9414626

These People were much safer to Photograph.
To enter the show Grounds where they were performing, there was a 150 Kina Camera admission.
Which is about $80 Aus.
But I must say it was worth every penny. ($)
I will only include a couple of Pictures from that day.


Check out the fag in this guys gob!

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 10, 2013
7:02 PM

Post #9414782

Eeew! I wish you hadn't drawn my attention to his teeth. I guess the red is from chewing betel nuts?
ginger749

February 10, 2013
7:40 PM

Post #9414807

The teeth of these Beautiful young girls is simply appalling.
They all eat 'betel nut'.
You Canadians should all be very happy the (Areca catechu) does not grow in Canada.
It is a drug as bad as 'grass' but it is totally legal to every one.
I have seen Indiginous Carpenters totally wasted by 10 am.
But then they only earn $2 per day.

If you have never seen the local PNG Natives chewing Betel Nut you should look at this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areca_nut

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 11, 2013
6:56 AM

Post #9415166

Does the betel nut cause bloodshot eyes too? Or maybe the paint all over the young lady's face is an eye irritant. Do the PNG tribes-people still use traditional, home-made face paint, or do they import it from China these days?
ginger749

February 11, 2013
10:56 AM

Post #9415505

They use genuine natural paints.
There are no shops within 3 days walk of where they live.
And then there are only 'Trading Stores'.

These Guys sure do have a sense of humour.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 11, 2013
11:05 AM

Post #9415515

Ha! They made me laugh! Where are they?
ginger749

February 11, 2013
12:42 PM

Post #9415655

They are in Vancouver.
If I can find a link, I'll add it up here.
They are bigger than they look.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 11, 2013
12:48 PM

Post #9415668

They reminded me of this fountain.

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ginger749

February 11, 2013
1:07 PM

Post #9415692

Is that part of the Trevi fountain in Rome ?

I just googled the two street names in this Picture,

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February 11, 2013
1:14 PM

Post #9415704

OK! I found a link to the Artist and these Laughing Men.

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

February 11, 2013
2:34 PM

Post #9415796

N awe, feel as though I took the vacation with you!
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 11, 2013
2:38 PM

Post #9415798

My fountain is not the Trevi, just a little basin in the piazza in front of the Pantheon.

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ginger749

February 11, 2013
2:42 PM

Post #9415802

On our next cruise we may even drop in on you.
Ontario looks really grand.
Do you have any suggestions as what to see and do in Ontario ?
I find the locals always know the best spots.

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February 11, 2013
2:45 PM

Post #9415813

June, We spent one month in Rome in 1974.
I only have Colour Slides from that time.
I used to load and develop My own black and white Pictures during that period.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

February 11, 2013
2:51 PM

Post #9415816

Well known for our Georgian bay..when I had the 2012 gathering we toured some of the islands, ate at world famous Henry's for the catch of the day..my son 42 is a kayaker, he and better half did Trent waterway in 21 days..lots to do and yes if you are ever in my region you will be more than welcome to spend time in my region..always extra beds..i just don't cook. Lol
ginger749

February 11, 2013
2:57 PM

Post #9415822

Thanks Betty,
Most tours we do are on a tight time limit.
And all accomodation is included in the tour.
Even tipping is all taken care of.
We love Kayaking.
We did a bit in Alaska.
Bloody cold that was.


June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 11, 2013
3:10 PM

Post #9415833

Tours of the Niagara region are popular, including wine tastings and locally-sourced meals.
There's a long hiking path - The Bruce Trail - that follows the Niagara Escarpment up to the Bruce Peninsula.
At Tobermory, on the Bruce, you can take a ferry to Manitoulin Island, or just do a short, sightseeing boat trip around the Flowerpot Islands.
I'm no camper, but I hear that Algonquin park is excellent for camping and canoeing.
If you're on an organized tour, you'll probably be taken to Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. If you get to Montreal, do visit the Botanical Garden (accessible by subway train from the city centre).
ginger749

February 11, 2013
3:18 PM

Post #9415840

Thanks June,
There is some great suggestions.
I always google places to suss them out.

We were at Niagara Falls about 5 years ago.
All wearing blue rain coats.
I haven't looked at those Pictures for years.

Once again, I have mentioned this before.
These very popular Street works of Art are very much in demand.
So to take a Picture like this without one single person in sight is quite unique.

http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2012/04/22/public-art-giant-laughing-statues-to-stay-in-english-bay/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxvVmg13XYc

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 11, 2013
3:28 PM

Post #9415848

What a shame we didn't know you were in Ontario 5 years ago - we could have held a Dave's Garden International Members meeting!

Thanks for the laughing sculpture link. I was expecting them to be Haida Gwai. I never would have guessed they were Chinese.
ginger749

February 11, 2013
4:24 PM

Post #9415916

These Pictures were taken June 2011.

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February 11, 2013
4:29 PM

Post #9415922

This was in the heart of Vancouver June 2011.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 12, 2013
5:43 AM

Post #9416394

I hope the sports fans were well-behaved. Did you go to a Canucks game?
ginger749

February 12, 2013
7:14 AM

Post #9416484

No June we did not make it.
But we were caught up in the excitement.
Even this Policeman joined in.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 12, 2013
11:27 AM

Post #9416725

I have to admit that I've never been very enthusiastic about team sports. I blame my English school's sports education program. In winter, when the boys played football (soccer), we girls played field hockey. We played wearing plimsolls and flimsy socks - no protective gear - and we all had perpetually bruised ankles. If you were goalie, and could not run around to keep warm, add chilblains. In summer, when the boys played cricket, we girls played rounders (the barbaric precursor of baseball) using a cylindrical wooden bat and an extremely hard ball - and we wore no gloves or hats. If I saw the ball coming at me, I would instinctively run away. This was in the 1960's, so maybe it's not quite so painful or dangerous to play sports at English schools nowadays.
ginger749

February 12, 2013
11:34 AM

Post #9416728

Sounds like fun June.

The pedestrian traffic was very busy all day going up to the Olympic stadium.
The Stadium can be seen at the end of the street on the right.
This Picture was taken right outside the Library.
And yes, I did get a T-Shirt from that day.
I hardly ever wear it to keep it looking good.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 13, 2013
5:25 AM

Post #9417467

How many T-shirts do you have in your collection, ginger?
ginger749

February 13, 2013
7:51 AM

Post #9417599

Hundreds.

This Picture was taken 10 minutes ago.
That is Sambo wearing My Canucks T-Shirt.
Picture was taken inside My Studio at my Computer corner.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 14, 2013
5:46 AM

Post #9418633

Your Computer Corner looks very high-tech! What kind of Internet connection do you have in your area - dial-up, cable, satellite, or cell-phone signal. I struggled with dial-up for many years, tried using cell-phone signal (it was even slower than dial-up), and finally invested in a satellite dish.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 14, 2013
6:03 AM

Post #9418649

I forgot to add the pic.

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ginger749

February 14, 2013
6:35 AM

Post #9418697

My connection is a WiFi "Dongle".
http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-a-dongle.htm#slideshow
No need for Copper wire or Satellite.
Does your Satellite work even with all that snow on it ?

ginger749

February 14, 2013
6:37 AM

Post #9418700

Hey, It wouldn't be hard to run away from this Canadian Un-Mounted Police Bear.
We looked High and Low to get some Pictures of the real Mounted Police. (in Red Jackets)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 14, 2013
7:22 AM

Post #9418769

The Internet "dongle" looks like the "stick" offered here by various cell phone companies. I tried a "stick" on my laptop computer, but transmission speed was slower than dial-up, and the connection was unreliable because it used cell-phone frequencies, and I live in a spot that does not receive a strong cell-phone signal. The satellite dish works better, even with snow on it.

The only time I can remember seeing RCMP officers in full dress uniform was at my citizenship ceremony 30 years ago. I believe the rights to producing RCMP memorabilia/collectibles were sold to Disney a few years ago, and probably outsourced to China by now.
ginger749

February 14, 2013
11:14 AM

Post #9419001

The only Guy willing to be in our Pictures was in another County.
We were having so much fun taking Pictures in the heart of Ottawa with this 'Mounty'.
One of our group was even happy to wave the Canadian Flag. (the red and white one)

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February 14, 2013
8:15 PM

Post #9419446

But when it was time to leave, the Mounty turned a tad nasty.
I think he wanted to get paid for his contribution.
Very much like that Native in New Guinea did.
I'm thinking of charging people for taking pictures in My Studio and Garden.
'What goes around, comes around' I think.
http://worldfacts.us/Canada-Ottawa.htm

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 15, 2013
5:08 AM

Post #9419615

I hope you've never gotten arrested while on your travels, ginger.

Thanks for the Ottawa link. I ought to plan a visit. I only have only been to the city once, when I was invited to spend Christmas with some friends who had moved from Toronto to Ottawa. On the day of my journey, the temperature had plunged to minus 25C in Toronto, and it was minus 30C by the time I arrived in Ottawa. I didn't see anything of the city, because I didn't leave my friends' house until it was time to drive back to Toronto.
ginger749

February 15, 2013
12:50 PM

Post #9420054

Here on The Cold Goast just south of Me, we have a place called 'Dreamworld'.
http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2008/05/12/382_gold-coast-theme-parks.html
There are at least 40 rides and a dozen of them cost around $3,000,000 each to build.
And it costs Adults $75 each to go in there all day and ride all these fabulous Rides.
So for one single man to stand outside Ottawa's Parliament House and expect $20 for 2 to 3 minutes, is simply 'Highway Robbery'. (Ned Kelly would be proud)

I am really not sure where I took this Picture.
It was in Vancouver and we were on a Bus Tour.
The Bus only slowed down but did not stop.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 15, 2013
3:01 PM

Post #9420188

Sorry to be so dumb, but are you saying that the Mountie outside Parliament in Ottawa actually asked for a $20 photograph fee? If he did, I guess he was a fake, as it would be illegal for a real Mountie to take money. I'm surprised he didn't get arrested for impersonating an RCMP officer.

The "fleece the tourist" game goes on all around the world, it seems.
ginger749

February 15, 2013
3:21 PM

Post #9420198

I must say he was a lot of fun to Photograph.
But yes he was a fake Mountie.
And as for impersonating an RCMP officer.
I'm not sure why he didn't get arrested.
We spent more than an hour inside The Parliament House and he was still there on our return.

He sure did look like the real thing.
Maybe he has a special buskers licence ?

ginger749

February 16, 2013
12:20 AM

Post #9420567

This Angel walks around 'Sunnybank Plaza' in Brisvegas.
He never ever try's to charge you for taking his Photograph.
He always has a small Easter Basket full of Dime size chocolate Easter Eggs with him.
He hands them out to Children with a big Faiy-size smile.
He is not subsidised by the Plaza or any of the Stores within it.
I can only say he just loves to talk to people. (I know the feeling)

Can you see his halo and silver Angel Wings ? ^_^

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 16, 2013
5:38 AM

Post #9420701

Cute angel outfit! I wish I had a pic to show you of the "living statue" I saw one time in Nice (south of France). The guy was dressed as a Cavalier statue with a large floppy hat, but he was posing with live cats on his arms and hat, and was asking for cat-food money. I'm a cat-lover, so of course I contributed.
ginger749

February 16, 2013
7:58 AM

Post #9420825

This is a better Picture of the Halo and Wings.
I never did see him fly.
Not yet anyway.


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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 16, 2013
11:20 AM

Post #9420987

Your angel looks a bit like this snowy owl (no halo, though).

Slightly fuzzy owl photograph courtesy of my dear husband.

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February 16, 2013
11:52 AM

Post #9421006

The Owl looks like it is Smiling.

Do the people in Canada eat Grubs ?
This is a Witchetty Grub, Yummy!!! tastes like Chicken.
If you ever go on an Outback Trek in Australia.
You will be expected to eat a couple of these cute little critters. (BBQ'éd)
Ayers Rock is a most popular venue for these morsels. ;o)
Try Googling them.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 17, 2013
5:27 AM

Post #9421626

They do sound delicious! Put one on the barbie for me.
ginger749

February 17, 2013
7:17 AM

Post #9421712

Whenever we have Visitors from Canada.
We serve them up as genuine Ozzie treats.
Does this not look Yummy ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 17, 2013
10:00 AM

Post #9421938

Absolutely! What is the proper etiquette when eating them - fork or fingers? Do you eat the head first, or the tail? I want to be sure I don't cause any embarassment to my host.
ginger749

February 17, 2013
11:45 AM

Post #9422055

Looks like head first in this Clip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJlO0aifJxA
http://www.pilotguides.com/destination_guide/pacific/australia/witchetty_grub.php

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 17, 2013
1:00 PM

Post #9422138

When you were in Canada, did you eat Poutine? Not in the same league as Wichetty grubs, I know, but just as appetizing to look at.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine
ginger749

February 17, 2013
1:26 PM

Post #9422160

I can't remember it by name.
But this looks like it ?


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February 17, 2013
1:33 PM

Post #9422166

And this one was Calamari and baby Octopus, all in bread crumbs with raw onions and Lemon slices.
I love to try anything new especially from Canada and Alaska.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 17, 2013
2:16 PM

Post #9422225

Ah, now I wish I had taken a photograph of the fried eggs with baby eels that I ate in Barcelona. The eels were tasty, about pencil size, but very difficult to get onto a fork. They had stopped moving, but they were still slippery.

On the subject of Canadian food, did you try Butter Tarts?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_tart
ginger749

February 17, 2013
2:26 PM

Post #9422242

Hey June,
Your link does not work.
Can you cut and paste it again please.

ginger749

February 17, 2013
2:38 PM

Post #9422259

I cannot remember them on My Plate.
But this desert was very tasty.

Not sure why they put gravy on top though ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 17, 2013
2:47 PM

Post #9422266

That looks a bit too healthy, with so much fruit.

Just Google "butter tart" and you'll see one of Canada's favorite snacks. Boy, do we love sugar!

Did you try fried eggs with Maple Syrup?
ginger749

February 17, 2013
2:52 PM

Post #9422269

You mean like this ?

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February 17, 2013
4:40 PM

Post #9422356

There was more Desert/Cakes etc. on this table than I have eaten in the last 25 years.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 18, 2013
5:57 AM

Post #9422782

Have mercy! I can't look at any more food. It's making me hungry, and I'm supposed to be dieting. Do you have any Canadian trip pics that don't involve eating?
ginger749

February 18, 2013
6:42 AM

Post #9422834

Have you ever heard of 'Çalving' ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 18, 2013
1:32 PM

Post #9423343

Yes, ginger, but why is that word used to describe a chunk of ice falling off the end of a glacier? Mind you, I've never seen a cow give birth, so maybe there is a similarity of sorts.
ginger749

February 18, 2013
2:25 PM

Post #9423423

That was my exact next question.
I was hoping you would know.

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 18, 2013
2:49 PM

Post #9423454

Nope, no clue. I even looked in the dictionary and all it told me was that the word had two meanings, either to give birth to a calf, or for a chunk of ice to separate. Maybe the geologists picked a word that was descriptive but not offensive. I suppose we're lucky they didn't decide that glaciers "excreted" icebergs.

Where is the glacier in your pic located?
ginger749

February 18, 2013
3:13 PM

Post #9423473

I will need to go to the Itinerary and match the Pictures to those days.
There are no Sign Posts out in this wilderness.
I'll get back with that info tomorrow.

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February 18, 2013
4:46 PM

Post #9423567

I wonder how many Canadians have ever been on a Boat that catches your food ?
Then takes you back to their Restaurant and cooks the catch right there in front of you.
Well!!! we had that exact experience.

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February 18, 2013
4:50 PM

Post #9423576

I wonder what kind of Crabs these are ?
We have some that look the same.
We call ours 'Spanner Crabs'.
The other critter is an Octopus.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 19, 2013
6:48 AM

Post #9424100

I'm one Canadian that has been on a boat that caught my own food! It was during a trip to Newfoundland, in the middle of the month of June, when the capelin (tiny fish) began spawning. Huge numbers of capelin gather just offshore and then make a dash for the beach to spawn in the shallows. I was with a group on a whale-watching boat, and our guides demonstrated how to catch capelin using a weighted, circular net that was flung into the water above a mass of the fish. As the net descended it was drawn shut by pulling on a line, and it came out of the water full of capelin. We ate them fried for our supper. We were told capelin of one sex are considered a delicacy (I can't remember if it's the male or the female fish that are preferred) in Japan.
ginger749

February 19, 2013
8:15 AM

Post #9424225

That sounds like fun June.
I wonder if it is the male or female capelin that are best ?
We call those Nets 'Çast Nets'.
We use them for catching Prawns or Bait Fish.

This was eating the catch of the day in Alaska.
These two people ate all this.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 19, 2013
12:07 PM

Post #9424504

Did the cruise ship offer any activities for the passengers to work off surplus calories?
ginger749

February 19, 2013
12:22 PM

Post #9424517

Yes they did June.
More desert that night that's all. ;o)

I would like to know what that 'Roll' is under the Rooster in this Picture.
To be honest, it only caught my eye after returning home and seeing the Pictures on the Puter.
Perhaps it is some kind of Canadian treat ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 19, 2013
2:19 PM

Post #9424613

Wow, they had some really good artists in the galley, didn't they? I'm not sure what the roll or log under the rooster is, but if it was Christmas, then it might be a Stollen cake.

I see we've passed 1,000 "views" of this thread! Do other readers have any ideas?
ginger749

February 19, 2013
2:34 PM

Post #9424635

About the 1,000 views.
I have noticed there has always been lots of lurkers.

Talking of Artistic Chefs.
I would love to see some of this style of presentation here in Brisvegas.
But I'm not holding my breath.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 19, 2013
2:41 PM

Post #9424642

Brilliant food sculpting! But sometimes, simple is best - and tastier. Here's the appetizer table at a wine tasting in Sicily. The flavour of those cherry tomatoes with capers was exquisite.

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ginger749

February 19, 2013
3:06 PM

Post #9424659

That does look appetising.
What was the Wine like ?
Do you grow your own cherry tomatoes in Summer ?

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 19, 2013
3:19 PM

Post #9424670

The Sicilian wines were excellent, and we drank lots - as you can see from the state of our table after a tasting.

I have grown cherry tomatoes, but not successfully. Hornworm caterpillars ate all the leaves. I inadvertantly set up a hornworm buffet by growing ornamental tobacco plants next to the tomatoes.

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February 19, 2013
3:38 PM

Post #9424682

That Table is impressive.
I'm assuming that was only you and your hubbys Table ?
So what did all the other Guests drink ?

I'm thinking of limiting myself to one Glass of Wine per day like this Guy. ;o)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 19, 2013
6:06 PM

Post #9424811

He must have a wine cellar this big.

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ginger749

February 19, 2013
7:27 PM

Post #9424900

I meant to ask you what is that 'Tree' behind the Red Wine Bottle on that Nibbly Table ?
Is it Cherries or something just as exotic ?

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 20, 2013
6:31 AM

Post #9425264

Hmm, I'm not sure what that "tree" was. It's too regular in shape to be a bunch of grapes, so maybe it was a ceramic jar. On the walls of the tasting room there were shelves lined with examples of the very decorative ceramic plates, figurines, jars, and so on, made locally. Tiles were displayed on the walls, too,

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February 20, 2013
12:09 PM

Post #9425637

While on the subject of Wineries.
We had a ton of fun in this place.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 20, 2013
1:27 PM

Post #9425703

That sign is outrageous! It looks most unstable - I wonder how it stands up to a high wind. Where is the winery?

My dear husband just informed me he's re-organizing the computer equipment, and will be disconnecting the satellite modem so he can string the cable up into the ceiling and across to the other wall, so I may be off the Internet for a while. If he has problems getting everything re-connected, I might be away from the website for a while. Please carry on posting, and I'll catch up later.
ginger749

February 20, 2013
2:07 PM

Post #9425754

That Winery is in Vancouver as are all these next ones.
At Chute Lake Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada (Southwest Mission)
http://www.summerhill.bc.ca/contact-us/directions

This Winery is also in Vancouver.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 21, 2013
6:14 AM

Post #9426465

The Great Computer Equipment Move seems to have been successful, and I have Internet access again!

Ginger, did you get a complete tour of the winery? It's eye-opening to see the progression from bunches of grapes to the final, drinkable product. This tub full of luscious, sweet, dark grapes is about to be processed at a small winery near Mount Etna, Sicily.

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February 21, 2013
8:30 AM

Post #9426661

All these places are just for the Tourist.
They grow a couple of rows of Vines.
All their Grapes come from subcontractor growers.
Pity really, Their main sales are Meals.


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February 21, 2013
8:33 AM

Post #9426663

I'm not even sure these Grapes find their way into their Wine Bottles.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 21, 2013
10:55 AM

Post #9426796

Those grapes look good enough to eat! The winery I visited, Cantine Nicosia, allowed the tour group to walk around one of its vineyards located on volcanic slopes high above Catania, where we saw the grapes being hand-picked and loaded onto a small pickup truck to be taken to the winery. The owner then took us into an old barn where he showed us ancient wine making equipment, including a stone trough where the grapes used to be trodden.

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Rosemont, ON
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February 21, 2013
10:57 AM

Post #9426802

Sicilian wine production is much more high-tech nowadays.

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ginger749

February 21, 2013
12:02 PM

Post #9426847

I would have loved to see things like that in Canada.

This is as close to seeing it made as we got. (fermenting)
Still very impressive.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 21, 2013
1:40 PM

Post #9426945

Have you visited any Australian wineries? Are you in a wine-growing area of Ozz? Do you have a favorite Australian wine?
ginger749

February 21, 2013
1:56 PM

Post #9426970

We visit at least 5 Wineries each year.
Our closest Wine growing area is 3 hours drive away.
And that is Stanthorpe.
http://honeysucklecottages.com.au/websites/wineries-in-the-stanthorpe-granite-belt-region-of-queensland.html

This is still the same Winery.

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February 21, 2013
1:57 PM

Post #9426971

This was the tasting table when we first arrived.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 21, 2013
2:32 PM

Post #9427003

Thanks for the link. Quart Pot Cottage sounds like a good place to stay.

At your tasting table, there seems to be too many glasses and too few bottles!
ginger749

February 21, 2013
2:36 PM

Post #9427005

The Bottles kept coming as they were emptied.

I will only buy Wine worth up to $12 a bottle.
I really can't afford any more.
All my savings go towards our Canadian Holidays.
We have a Grange Hermitage worth about $15,000 a Bottle here in Ozz.
Can you imagine drinking that ?
http://www.nicks.com.au/index.aspx?link_id=67.700
http://penfoldsgrangeforsale.com/forsale.php?Penfolds=2318


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February 21, 2013
2:40 PM

Post #9427009

Not sure why they have a Church bell there ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 21, 2013
3:05 PM

Post #9427035

Some very odd architecture. I'm sure there's a reason!

I can't imagine who would spend $15K on a bottle of wine. $15 is more in my price range.
ginger749

February 21, 2013
3:28 PM

Post #9427068

I once shared a $1,000 bottle of Grande with 3 other people.

That was one glass full each.
$250 for one glass full.
Never again in my lifetime thank you.

The Building on the left is what is above ground off the underground cellar.

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February 21, 2013
3:36 PM

Post #9427073

This is My Cellar. ^_^
Straight on the Studio Floor/Carpet.
We can buy 'Cleanskins' for $2 a Bottle.
But only by the box full. ( one dozen)
And it tastes not too shabby.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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February 22, 2013
6:41 AM

Post #9427650

Very impressive bottle collection, ginger! My "cellar" is a 10-bottle wine rack in the cold, dark closet under my basement stairs where I also store suitcases, a folding bed, and packets of seeds. I never buy wine by the case, just different bottles of whatever takes my fancy to fill up the rack when it starts to look empty. My local liquor store (run by the bureaucrats at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario) stocks a small selection of imported wines from around the world, but rarely has anything that I'm specifically looking for, and is unresponsive to requests. After returning from the Sicily wine tour, I asked LCBO staff why none of the excellent Marsala wines I had tasted were available, and all I got was shrugs and disinterest. On my next visit to the LCBO I will look in the Australian wine section for any bottles from Stanthorpe Granite Belt wineries, and hope I'll be pleasantly surprised!
ginger749

February 22, 2013
7:34 AM

Post #9427697

I hope you can find a bottle or two from Stanthorpe.

On arriving at this Estate, one good look at this Sign told us to move right on along.
If this is the best they could do to try to get us in ?
They were sadly mistaken, leaving all of us happy to go to the next Winery.
If their Wine tastes as BAD as this Sign looks. (time for a wake up call folks)
The Bus simply drove right on by after a vote from all of us.

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February 22, 2013
7:36 AM

Post #9427699

We were more than happy to give this Fine looking Winery a try.
The Cheese Platter at the tasting table was simply heavenly. (sorry no Picky)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 22, 2013
2:55 PM

Post #9428161

It's sad that a lot of small businesses fail because they don't pay attention to appearance - they let their sign fall to bits, don't spend money on advertising or landscaping, and so on - so even if their product is good, they don't get many customers. I hope the wine at the second winery was as good as their sign and their cheese.
ginger749

February 22, 2013
3:09 PM

Post #9428179

I really liked this Sculpture of the adult 'Quail'.
The old Grape Vines were used for the bodies.
No one else noticed that fine touch.
I bought a Cork screw Wine Bottle opener with a Vine handle.

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ginger749

February 22, 2013
3:12 PM

Post #9428187

And this was the last Winery for the day.
And probably the best set out.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 23, 2013
5:01 AM

Post #9428676

Those bird sculptures made from vines are amazing! I wonder how they're made.
ginger749

February 23, 2013
8:37 AM

Post #9428861

They are woven over a wire frame.

Can you imagine holding a Wedding in these grounds ?
I wonder how they keep their Grass so green and perfect ?

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ginger749

February 23, 2013
8:46 AM

Post #9428866

This is looking 180º in the opposite direction.
That is the undercover reception area at the top of the stairs.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 23, 2013
2:44 PM

Post #9429160

Wow! A gorgeous spot for a wedding - or indeed any special occasion. Did those lovely roses have a scent?
ginger749

February 23, 2013
3:19 PM

Post #9429190

They sure did.
I never did find out what genus they were.
And that's not like me at all.
I have their Email Address so I may ask them.


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February 23, 2013
3:21 PM

Post #9429192

The Barrels in all these Winerys all looked so new compared to ours over here ?
I wonder if it is our Dry and Hot weather ?

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February 23, 2013
5:25 PM

Post #9429319

Can you believe the size of these Floor Tiles ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 24, 2013
5:44 AM

Post #9429624

I'm not sure what type of wood Canadian wineries use for their barrels, or if the barrels are made in Canada or imported. I do remember on several Italian winery visits being told that French Oak is greatly favoured for wine barrels, but I'm sure there aren't enough oaks in France to supply the entire world's wineries. Some research is required!

Yikes, those tiles do look huge! Maybe concrete was poured and then made to look like tiles?
ginger749

February 24, 2013
5:56 AM

Post #9429628

Do you still see any Wine Bottles with Corks in them ?
We have almost done away with them completely.
I personally like the screw tops.
Easy to get off and easy to reseal and put away for tomorrow.
Also the Restaurants can't charge you $10 corkage for opening your Wine at the table.
In some Restaurants here in Brisvegas they even charge you $2 each for providing you glasses ???
So to sit down and eat a $32 meal, It can cost another $25 for incidentals.
What really gets up my goat is they don't tell you in advance.
It's just added to your bill at the end. (too late to argue then)
http://danmurphys.com.au/dm/home.jsp

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 24, 2013
6:50 AM

Post #9429663

After a quick trip to Google-land, I can report that Canadian and American oaks are used to make wine barrels in North America, although they apparently do not impart exactly the same taste as French Oak.

On the subject of corks - I prefer to find real cork stoppers in my wine bottles, as cork is not only bio-degradeable, but also a renewable resource. I do not like plastic or resin corks, because of hazardous chemicals getting into the soil, air, and water at their production and disposal sites. Screw tops are fine for wines that are drunk young. I recently encountered re-usable glass stoppers on some wines from Italy - luckily I noticed that the cork was glass before I used a corkscrew on it.

I'm not sure what the usual restaurant charge for "corkage" is hereabouts, as I never take wine to a restaurant. I figure my local restaurants need the money on the wine mark-up to stay in business, and if it's a good restaurant, I'd rather keep it going than have to eat somewhere worse next time. Not many folks are eating out these days, due to the economic recession, and only the cheap and ghastly "value meal" providers are busy. KFC, McDonalds, etc. thrive, while bistros serving real food die out. That's how it is in the rural communities outside Toronto, anyway. When I visit the city, the restaurants there seem to be as busy as ever!
ginger749

February 24, 2013
7:12 AM

Post #9429677

Thank you for the info on the Oaks.
In a previous life I made my own Whisky.
I bought French Oak wood shavings to soak in the pre mixing.
It was filtered out later and cold not be used again.

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February 24, 2013
7:15 AM

Post #9429679

I wonder if any one can guess what Sammy is looking up at ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 25, 2013
5:20 AM

Post #9430684

I'm going to guess it's some kind of information notice attached to the stone. I hate guessing, because I'm always wrong.
ginger749

February 25, 2013
7:01 AM

Post #9430838

How right you are.


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February 25, 2013
7:03 AM

Post #9430843

And this is the complete Picture at Whistler.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 25, 2013
10:31 AM

Post #9431128

An impressively solid-looking structure. I hope you didn't accidentally run into it on your snowboard!
ginger749

February 25, 2013
11:39 AM

Post #9431199

It was far to big to miss.

Heading North from Vancouver.
We could not believe this Train had a Pot-Belly Stove in each Carriage.
Take a look at the glass cabinet above the Stove.
There are two Axes just in case we break down and run out of fire wood.
At least we would not die from Frostbite. ;o)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 25, 2013
1:16 PM

Post #9431332

You could also boil some water and make tea!
ginger749

February 25, 2013
5:01 PM

Post #9431607

We make something here called 'Worm Tea'.
You most certainly would not want to drink it.
It comes from our Worm Farm.
And it is worm castings from kitchen waste.
It tastes horrible even with full cream milk. ^_^

Have you ever been to the Vancouver Aquarium ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 26, 2013
5:17 AM

Post #9432015

I last visited the Vancouver Aquarium nearly 40 years ago. At that time, there were Killer Whales and Belugas existing in rather cramped quarters, and although it was exciting to see the whales up close, I hope you will tell me that the aquarium has been enlarged and improved since then.
ginger749

February 26, 2013
1:01 PM

Post #9432642

I have nothing to compare it to.
So I don't know if it is bigger.
But I know two of the Belugas died last year ?
This is one of the ones that died.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 26, 2013
1:16 PM

Post #9432655

I feel sorry for animals caught in the wild and imprisoned by humans for the remainder of their life. I think that, wherever practicable, wild-caught animals should be returned to their natural environment after a few years of serving as an educational exhibit in a zoo or aquarium. Having said that, I know that a lot of zoos and aquariums now make great efforts to replicate the natural environment of their captives. At the Boston aquarium, the core of the exhibit is a massive tube of water several stories high containing a coral reef habitat that gives the impression of endless swimming space for the inhabitants.
ginger749

February 26, 2013
1:41 PM

Post #9432677

I have seen one of those in Sydney.
And although they are trying to replicate nature.
The fish just swim round and round in circles.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 26, 2013
2:10 PM

Post #9432723

Well, I think we're doing better than we were at keeping captive wildlife happy, if they're swimming in circles instead of back and forth.

I wonder if future generations will look back on you and I in horror for imprisoning plants in pots. I shudder to contemplate the number of houseplants I have killed by allowing them to become pot-bound.

Anyhow, I digress. Can we see more pics of the Vancouver aquarium, please?
ginger749

February 26, 2013
3:34 PM

Post #9432806

Digress all you like.
I am learning things from the other side of the world.


I was given special permission to take these Pictures from the other side of the Pool.

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February 26, 2013
3:53 PM

Post #9432840

This is not the Pool they live in.
They are only bought in here during 'Show and Feeding times'.


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February 26, 2013
3:55 PM

Post #9432843

This is probably the 'Çutest Picture' I have ever taken.
Pity We were not allowed to use the flash down here.

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February 26, 2013
4:02 PM

Post #9432853

Link to death of Belugas.
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e71_1316279855

And yet another Picture from down below.
Just love the reaction of the Children.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 27, 2013
5:47 AM

Post #9433350

Yes, the children look cute, but how noisy were they? Those high-pitched shrieks they let out when they get over-excited hurt my ears. I guess you can tell I'm not a real fan of ankle-biters. Most of the time, it's the parents' fault for not teaching their kids how to behave. I've witnessed kids screaming and beating their fists on the glass in aquariums and zoos, scaring the fish and animals, and their parents standing by doing nothing. I'm that nasty old lady that tells the kids to stop having fun and makes them cry.
momcat
northeast, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 27, 2013
6:42 AM

Post #9433413

I've been enjoying reading this thread.

Back in the early 80's we were driving back to Chicago after a vacation in Newfoundland, going through Quebec and we took a ferry boat across the St. Lawrence River and we must have gone through a pod of Belugas. There were dozens of them, they looked almost silvery in the sunlight when they surfaced. Just gorgeous! I understand that there are very few in that area any more, but it was a sight I'll never forget.

Deb

ginger749

February 27, 2013
9:27 AM

Post #9433610

You nasty old lady June. ^_^ ^_^
But you got the whole scene 100% right.

The Perspex these Children are standing in front of is 10” thick.
All the Perspex in this Aquarium complex is made in Japan. (why ?)

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February 27, 2013
9:33 AM

Post #9433618

Hi Deb,
Thanks for joining in.
Your chance encounter with the Belugas sounds so exciting.
Did you happen to take any pictures ?

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February 27, 2013
9:36 AM

Post #9433623

This is just to show yall what is Flowering here at the moment.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 27, 2013
9:53 AM

Post #9433638

Contrast with my garden. There's a pond out there somewhere.

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momcat
northeast, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 27, 2013
10:12 AM

Post #9433655

I probably did take pictures at the time. I'll have to go through some old photo albums and see what I can find.

annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

February 27, 2013
10:26 AM

Post #9433671

June, LOL mine's the same!
Alberta Ann
ginger749

February 27, 2013
12:01 PM

Post #9433790

Great Snow picture June.
Please Ann share some pictures.
Makes me homesick for Canada.

This guy bcame to visit My Studio.
It pays not to leave door open.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 27, 2013
1:34 PM

Post #9433876

He's beautiful! What kind of lizard is he?
ginger749

February 27, 2013
1:51 PM

Post #9433893

He is a DRAGON.
http://www.australiazoo.com.au/our-animals/amazing-animals/reptiles/?reptile=lizards&animal=eastern_water_dragon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_water_dragon

I have a 4' long one that comes inside My Studio for meaty treats.
I will look for the Pictures if you are interested.

ginger749

February 27, 2013
2:21 PM

Post #9433915

I'm not sure about the legitimacy of this site.
But I only did a quick google search to find it.
http://www.straight.com/article-460736/vancouver/tiqa-probably-wont-be-last-beluga-whale-die-vancouver-aquarium
Eight dead Belugas in one Aquarium seems like a lot of ACCIDENTAL deaths.
But I am not here to judge.
Had it not been for the Vancouver Aquarium.
I would never have seen and met these fabulous looking White Whales.
To be honest, I hardly slept that night thinking about them. (they were like Angels)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 27, 2013
3:04 PM

Post #9433957

Thanks for the links. I wish I had some Dragons! I don't see any lizards here, and very few snakes. There are lots of frogs, toads, and turtles in my pond, though.

It's too bad the Belugas have fared so poorly at the Vancouver aquarium. It's disturbing that the aquarium would keep getting replaclement whales without knowing what was wrong with the environment it was putting them into.
ginger749

February 27, 2013
4:21 PM

Post #9434017

Back to Vancouver Aquarium.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 28, 2013
5:49 AM

Post #9434324

Are those baby crocodiles?
ginger749

February 28, 2013
6:22 AM

Post #9434346

I thought they were adult Alligators.

Check out the colour of this Bird.


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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 28, 2013
6:29 AM

Post #9434356

The bird appears to be trying to hide, not very successfully. In full light, I bet it glows!

Those alligators look small in the pic. Next time, you'll have stand next to them to give some scale.
ginger749

February 28, 2013
10:16 AM

Post #9434600

Ok June, Next time.

This Fish was a beauty.
We only get the plain grey ones.

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February 28, 2013
10:25 AM

Post #9434603

Today I bought one kilo of Lima Beans from an Indian Shop.
I have never cooked them before.
I googled this Canadian site.
http://www.canadianliving.com/how_to_cook/how_to_cook_lima_beans.php
I am now totally confused.
Can someone please help me ?
Which is the best recipe ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

February 28, 2013
1:59 PM

Post #9434762

The link to candianliving.com didn't work for me, so I don't know what they're suggesting you do with your beans. I assume you have bought dry beans. I recommend you soak them in cold water overnight, then drain the beans and add them to fresh water (1 measure of beans to 3 measures of water). Simmer in a covered pan for one-and-a-half hours, or until tender. Drain the beans and stir in whatever sauce or seasonings take your fancy.
ginger749

February 28, 2013
2:55 PM

Post #9434804

Sorry for the bad link.
I googled it and found it again.
http://www.canadianliving.com/how_to_cook/how_to_cook_lima_beans.php

Your method does sound good.

ginger749

February 28, 2013
2:57 PM

Post #9434807

When I opened the packet to feel what they felt and smelt like.
I immediately saw their Photographic potential.
This is now My new Desktop Picture.

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February 28, 2013
3:10 PM

Post #9434817

The Orange Chillies in this Picture are 'Habenero Chillies'.
In the year 2000 they were the Hottest known Chillies.

If you need to handle or cut them up.
Be sure to wash hands thoroughly afterwards.
If you were to touch your eyes after cutting them you will regret it.
And don't let your Pets lick them either.

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ginger749

February 28, 2013
7:52 PM

Post #9435050

Back to the Vancouver Aquarium.
Check out the Hairy Legs on this cute big fella.
And I thought we had big Spiders.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
5:00 AM

Post #9435191

I promise not to handle any hot habanero peppers or big hairy spiders.
ginger749

March 1, 2013
5:09 AM

Post #9435201

They even have Birds.

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ginger749

March 1, 2013
12:24 PM

Post #9435599

Have any of you ever seen these cute little Fish ? (nemo)
They are endemic to Queensland, namely 'The Great Barrier Reef'.
Picture taken at VA.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
1:29 PM

Post #9435652

Suddenly I want a home aquarium full of Nemo fish! Do you have a fish tank at home, ginger? I haven't kept any fish since my parents gave me a goldfish bowl containing a goldfish and a catfish when I was about 6 years old. They made me siphon out the dirty water using a rubber tube - suck too hard and you got a mouthful of fish poop - and that kind of put me off keeping fish.
ginger749

March 1, 2013
1:36 PM

Post #9435656

I have about 50 Tanks around My Studio.

Have you ever tasted the Nemo Fish ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
3:00 PM

Post #9435734

That was cruel. Now my middle aches from laughing so much.
ginger749

March 1, 2013
3:12 PM

Post #9435746

This morning my resident Turkey came for a hand out.

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March 1, 2013
3:15 PM

Post #9435751

This is the Female Bird.
She has become quite friendly.

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March 1, 2013
6:36 PM

Post #9435969

June, Here is a Picture of what you were talking about earlier.
This is what I call a Tin of Salmon in Brine.
The walls of this Tank is 30 mm thick.
It is made all in one piece.
Why can't we make them like this ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
6:44 PM

Post #9435977

I can't get close to our wild turkeys, and can only photograph them through the window. We put food out for them, but do not try to make them tame. They are hunted on some nearby properties and so need to keep their fear of man.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
6:52 PM

Post #9435986

Our posts crossed. That's one impressive fish tank! If I remember rightly, the big columnar tank at the Boston aquarium is not see-through all the way round, instead the walls are concrete inset with glass or perspex windows for viewing.
ginger749

March 1, 2013
6:52 PM

Post #9435987

They look quite large.
If you were to catch one, what woud it weigh in at.

ginger749

March 1, 2013
6:56 PM

Post #9435989

Our posts crossed Again. ^_^

While I was taking the Pictures of the Lima Beans.
I also took this Picture of a few of My Paintings.
You have asked Me before what I Paint.
As a rule I don't show My Paintings or talk about them here on Daves Garden.
I really don't like their © rules.
In fact I think they stink.
The admin on DG leave a lot to be desired. (one person in particular)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
7:01 PM

Post #9435994

Assuming you are referring to wild turkeys, not fish, my resident bird expert tells me that the average weight for an adult male is 16 lbs, and for the adult female 9 lbs.
ginger749

March 1, 2013
7:11 PM

Post #9436003

Well that is quite big.
Compared to my small ones.
This is her compared to a Cockatoo.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
7:12 PM

Post #9436006

And we crossed again. Wow, ginger, your paintings are awesome! Sorry to hear you have had some grief with admin. It happens to us all occasionally. I have learned to avoid any mention of certain subjects that may cause offense due to my opinions not being shared.
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
7:14 PM

Post #9436011

How much does a cockatoo weigh, then?
ginger749

March 1, 2013
7:18 PM

Post #9436015

June_Ontario wrote:I have learned to avoid any mention of certain subjects that may cause offense due to my opinions not being shared.

I know exactly what you mean June.

Here is an older Picture of one of My Paintings.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
7:24 PM

Post #9436019

That's amazing, ginger. The flower looks as if it's growing out of the picture. Did you study botanical art?
ginger749

March 1, 2013
7:35 PM

Post #9436027

I have never studied any Formal kind of Art.
I only did Art as a subject in year 8,9,and 10 .

This is the Male Turkey trying his luck with me.
Notice he closes his eyes when grabbing the Dog food.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
7:45 PM

Post #9436035

I hope the turkey never mistakes your fingers for food! The only bird I've ever hand-fed was a Trumpeter swan that spent some time around our pond one summer, when she was recuperating from heat-exhaustion, and she had a blunt, leathery beak.

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ginger749

March 1, 2013
7:55 PM

Post #9436042

Great picture June.
I have never heard the word 'blunt'.
What does that refer to ?
What is the other Bird on the Jetty ?

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
8:10 PM

Post #9436061

Blunt = not sharp.
The other bird is a Canada goose.
In this pic, the birds farthest away are cormorants.

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ginger749

March 1, 2013
8:15 PM

Post #9436066

We call them 'Shags' here.

Why does the Trumpeter Swan have a Price Tag on it ?
Can you buy it for a Xmas Roast ?

ginger749

March 1, 2013
8:32 PM

Post #9436094

This was one of the poor unfortunate Shags that miss judged one of my 'Barbed Wire Fences'.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2013
8:35 PM

Post #9436096

We no longer roast our Trumpeter swans, having almost extirpated them. There is now a breeding project underway to build up the swan population, and all the birds are tagged and monitored. This one was a juvenile spending her first year away from her family. Hundreds of swans spend winter safely on the shores of Lake Ontario, but this one chose to go it alone and migrate further. She flew over the Appalachian mountains and should then have followed the Atlantic coast south. Sadly, she flew into the path of a winter storm and ended up on Long Island in New York State, where she found nothing to eat, was too weak to fly further, and so perished. Only a small percentage of the young swans survive to the breeding age of 4 or 5 years old.

Well, it's getting late and I need to rest my eyes. I'll be back in 8 or 9 hours.
ginger749

March 1, 2013
8:37 PM

Post #9436097

Fortunately I saw it in time and let it free.

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March 1, 2013
8:43 PM

Post #9436114

We crossed again June.
I am surprised you know so much about the history of your young Swan.
It is always sad to see them expire.

Do you have Foxes in Canada ?

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 2, 2013
5:50 AM

Post #9436283

I'm glad you were able to save the bird that got caught up on your fence. When I saw the first pic, I thought it was a gonner.

How I know the history of the young swan is through the number it wore. If people who see a number on a swan do an Internet search on it, they can get in contact with the Trumpeter swan breeding project staff, who keep records on the individual swans. My DH contacted the breeding project after he rescued "our" swan from a nearby farm (where it had crashed from heat exhaustion while flying in extremely hot weather) and brought it home to recuperate on our pond, where it spent the remainder of the summer. After the swan migrated, a birder on Long Island found the swan at the end of its life, researched the wing tag number, and notified the project staff. They knew we had spent some time looking after the swan earlier that year, so they notified my DH and I.

Yes, ginger, we have foxes in Canada. We also have coyotes and wolves. In Ontario, the wolves live further north than where I live, but there are foxes and coyotes in this area. In spring, foxes and coyotes search the long grass and reeds around the margins of ponds looking for goose nests full of tasty eggs. The parent geese put up a good fight, but lose. Somehow, though, a nest is always overlooked and every year I eventually see a bunch of fluffy yellow goslings and their proud parents pecking at my lawn.
ginger749

March 2, 2013
8:43 AM

Post #9436427

The only Bird I know off that gets tagged is the Satin Bower Bird.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 2, 2013
2:56 PM

Post #9436763

Do you have Bower Birds in your area, ginger? What sort of things do they collect for their bowers?
ginger749

March 2, 2013
3:14 PM

Post #9436781

These BB live around me.
But I have not had one build a bower on my property.

That last Picture was taken at Girraween National Park.
You have already seen the link and commented on it.

This Picture was taken within our Valey.
I was not aware they ate with a knife and fork ?

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ginger749

March 2, 2013
4:36 PM

Post #9436858

Hey June, did you hear about the Quantas Plane leaving Brisvegas Airport under the control of a Jewish captain and his co-pilot who was a Chinese Canadian citizen.
It was the first time these two pilots had flown together.
An awkward silence between the two seems to indicate a mutual dislike.
And yes you guessed it, they were heading straight to Canada.
Once they reach cruising altitude, the Jewish captain activates the auto-pilot, leans back in his seat,
and mutters, 'I don't like Chinese'.
'No rike Chinese?' asks the co-pilot, 'why not?'
'You people bombed Pearl Harbor , that's why!'
'No, no', the co-pilot protests, 'Chinese not bomb Peahl Hahbah! That Japanese, not Chinese.'
'Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese...doesn't matter, you're all the same to me!'
There's a few minutes of silence.
'I no rike Jews!' the co-pilot suddenly announces.
'Oh yeah, why not?' asks the captain.
'Jews sink Titanic!' says the co-pilot.
'What? You're insane! Jews didn't sink the Titanic!' exclaims the captain, 'It was an iceberg!'
Iceberg, Goldberg, Greenberg, Rosenberg , ..no mattah...all same.

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 2, 2013
6:48 PM

Post #9436960

Aw, that's a very old joke! In the version I heard 30 years ago, a Jewish guy is just walking down the street and an Irish man runs up and punches him on the nose and yells, "That's for the Titanic" etc. Both versions of the joke manage to be offensive to two ethnic groups.

Getting back to birds, whatever did Bower Birds collect before there was any blue plastic around? I would think blue objects must be uncommon in the natural environment.

ginger749

March 2, 2013
6:55 PM

Post #9436966

Talking about your Foxes in Canada.
This is one that never made it home for Breakfast.
We never see them during the day.
But spot them at night in the car head-lights all the time.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 3, 2013
5:10 AM

Post #9437149

It's too bad we can't give road crossing safety seminars to wildlife. Squirrels are the worst at crossing - they dart out into the path of the car, dither in the middle of the road, suddenly change direction when they were safe and run back into danger - and then theres the thud, and you see in the rear-view mirror a little body lying motionless. I swear some of them have a death-wish.

On a happier note, I saw a beautiful red fox in my garden a few weeks ago. By the time I had gotten my camera out of its case, though, the fox was gone. At this time of year foxes are hunting for small rodents, such as meadow voles, that are active under the snow. When the snow melts, the "tunnels" that the voles made are visible as shallow, snaking runs on the surface of the lawn, and I find their spherical winter nests made of dry grass tucked into my flowerbeds.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 3, 2013
6:37 AM

Post #9437236

On the topic of dead animals, here's

THE TRUE STORY OF FLUFFY THE RABBIT
A lady I know agreed to go to her sister’s house every day to feed and exercise her sister’s dog while her sister was on vacation for a few days. Her sister left instructions not to let the dog out if the neighbour’s white rabbit, Fluffy, was out of his hutch, because she was afraid that the dog would jump the fence between the two back yards and attack the rabbit.
On day one, there was no sign of Fluffy, so the lady let the dog out to run around the yard for an hour. On day two, still no rabbit, she let the dog out again, but it was scratching at the door to be let back in after 20 only minutes. When she opened the door, she was horrified to see the dog standing there with a very dead white rabbit in its jaws.
Not only was Fluffy dead, but he was filthy, looking as if the dog had been dragging him around in the dirt. So, before returning Fluffy to his owners, she shampoo’d him, dried him with a hairdryer, and brushed his fur until he looked immaculate. Then she braced herself and carried the sad burden next door. She knocked on the door. There was no answer. Nobody was home.
Then she thought how she and the dog could escape blame. If she put Fluffy back in his hutch, the neighbors would think he had died peacefully from natural causes. She carefully arranged Fluffy in the hutch, as if he were asleep, and snuck away.
She did not mention any of this to her sister on her return from vacation, but about a week later, in conversation, she casually asked her sister, “How are the neighbours?”
“Oh!” her sister said, “They are really upset. Fluffy the rabbit died. But the worst thing was that some SICK person dug Fluffy up and put him back in his hutch.”
ginger749

March 3, 2013
9:22 AM

Post #9437466

That gave me such a good laugh June.

I am going to give you a link to one of my old threads.
Tell me what you think of it ?
Feel free to add something if you like. ^_^

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/697873/

ginger749

March 3, 2013
9:35 AM

Post #9437473

This is another Water Dragon.
They keep running inside My Studio.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 3, 2013
1:04 PM

Post #9437615

Thanks for the link to your old thread. I enjoyed the "toilet" humour! There's an outhouse in my garden, but I'm afraid to even open its door because yellowjacket wasps, and who knows what else, live in there.

Are those water dragons slow-moving, or are you an expert at catching them?
ginger749

March 3, 2013
1:25 PM

Post #9437643

The Eastern Water Dragon is very fast.
It gets up on its hind legs and runs as fast as a human if not faster.

This is the same one as an earlier Picture.
But this time the full length is shown.

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ginger749

March 3, 2013
1:31 PM

Post #9437648

Have you ever heard of the Australian Land Mullet ?
They are extremely rare.
I feel very honoured to have glimpsed this guy long enough to take these Pictures.

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ginger749

March 3, 2013
1:38 PM

Post #9437657

You mentioned "Quart Pot Cottage" a few posts ago.
I see it is now for sale.
http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-qld-stanthorpe-113045999
Do you have a lazy $420,000 ?
We would almost be Neighbours. ^_^

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 4, 2013
5:35 AM

Post #9438147

Darn, I don't have $420,000 spare at the moment, due to buying a new car. Maybe I could sell my unused outhouse to raise some cash. Any buyers?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 4, 2013
5:36 AM

Post #9438150

I didn't know about the Land Mullet. I thought a Mullet was either a fish or a haircut.
ginger749

March 4, 2013
7:42 AM

Post #9438260

Why don't you put the outhouse up for auction ?
Is it made out of plywood ?
Does it have power ?

All the 'Thunder Boxes' here in Ozz are made of weatherboards.


ginger749

March 4, 2013
12:16 PM

Post #9438570

Maybe they call them Mullets because of these scales.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 4, 2013
12:30 PM

Post #9438583

A very fishy lizard!

I see you have moved to Central Asia, ginger. What's the weather like in Azz?
ginger749

March 4, 2013
1:22 PM

Post #9438648

I think admin are playing tricks again.
They usually have me in Austria.

Another Picture of the Mullet.
If I had caught it, I would be able to tell you if it smelt Fishy.

I almost stood on his tail.

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ginger749

March 4, 2013
1:24 PM

Post #9438652

I meant to say he is about 22" long.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 4, 2013
1:46 PM

Post #9438681

He (or she) is beautiful, and quite a respectable size!

I have no black reptiles to show you, only black squirrels.

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ginger749

March 4, 2013
2:08 PM

Post #9438710

This is one of our smaller Carpet Snakes.
He was about 8' long and has a Prize Rooster in his belly.

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ginger749

March 4, 2013
2:12 PM

Post #9438711

I forgot to ask, are they seeds all those black spots in the Snow in your picture.

This is where the Carpet Snake likes to hide.
In My Rainforest Walk towards the front door.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 4, 2013
2:49 PM

Post #9438743

Eeek! Was it your rooster inside the snake? If an 8-foot snake is small, how long are your large snakes? The largest snake I've encountered was a 6-foot Racer snake, when I was living in southeast Pennsylvania. Racer snakes used to hunt for mice and voles on my lawn, and I'd sometimes see the tail of a snake poking out of a hole in the ground. I didn't see an entire snake until one got caught up in a plastic net fence. I had hold the snake and cut the netting off it using scissors, and it wasn't very happy with me. I was wearing leather gloves, though, so when it tried to chew on my hand I was OK. I got rid of the plastic net fencing after I realized what a hazard it was to snakes - the holes in the net were just big enough to allow the front end of a snake to go through, but not its middle.

Yes, the black specks on the snow in my squirrel pic are sunflower seeds that have fallen out of bird feeders suspended above.
ginger749

March 4, 2013
3:14 PM

Post #9438773

I don't have any Chooks at all.
It was a Neighbours Prize Bantam.
I went and got it out of his Pen.
Then I had to keep it till it passed the remains of the Rooster.
The Neighbour had to have the leg band as proof of the Roosters death.
Something to do with Club Insurance.
I just kept it in an empty Fish Tank till it pooped the Skeleton and Feathers.

ginger749

March 4, 2013
3:18 PM

Post #9438776

Just touching back on the Land Mullet.
He lives on a National Park Trail at Springbrook.
The Hike is 17 kilometres long and is called Warrie Circuit.
We always add 5 kilometres by going out to 'The Pinnacle'.

This Picture was taken at the start of the walk.

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ginger749

March 4, 2013
6:07 PM

Post #9438968

Hi June,
I'm not sure if you have a Hotmail account ?
But today Hotmail have turned my world upside-down.
They have introduced a new set-up ???? for Hotmail accounts.
I am going to change to G-mail for sure.
Trouble is, I loose all my friends addresses.

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 4, 2013
8:23 PM

Post #9439097

I use G-mail, which seems to work fine, although I find it annoying that every time I log in, Google pesters me to change my browser to Chrome. My DH uses Hotmail as an interface for his Bell e-mail account, and it has worked fine for years, but lately the Hotmail server has begun to randomly delete some e-mails instead of forwarding them into his Bell in-box. He can't figure out what's going on. What is Hotmail doing to you? You might try posting on the Computer Forum, and see if anyone there knows what's going on with Hotmail.

How often do you walk the Warrie Circuit?
ginger749

March 4, 2013
8:39 PM

Post #9439114

Because The Warrie Circuit is only 40 minutes drive for me.
I try to walk it once a month. (always alone)
I find it very relaxing and I do see a lot of new Plants and Critters there.
I always Photograph the new things and add them here when I get a ID on them.

What do you think of this ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 5, 2013
5:54 AM

Post #9439310

It looks prehistoric! Pretty colour. Is it edible?
ginger749

March 5, 2013
9:06 AM

Post #9439509

Yes June it is edible.
But it is totally endemic to these National Parks.
And there is a $700 fine for removing them from the Parks.

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ginger749

March 5, 2013
9:09 AM

Post #9439513

Ooops! that was the wrong Picture.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 5, 2013
11:21 AM

Post #9439639

It looks as if it's related to crayfish or lobster, but it seems quite at home on dry land. I would call it the Blue Land Lobster. What is its real name?
ginger749

March 5, 2013
11:33 AM

Post #9439658

Lamington Spiny Cray (Euastacus sulcatus)

http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/4946/

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 5, 2013
2:32 PM

Post #9439871

Crayfish I might have guessed, but not the rest of its name! I look forward to more challenging ID pics - I'm sure you have quite a lot of them.

When you were traveling in Canada, did you encounter our only marsupial, the Virginia Opossum? 'Possums are at the farthest north of their range in Ontario, and they sometimes lose their tail to frostbite. We usually only see them in winter, when they search for food during daylight on mild days, otherwise they are nocturnal.

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ginger749

March 5, 2013
3:00 PM

Post #9439901

Love the look of that Virginia Opossum.
And no, I have never seen one before.

I did spot this Critter on an North Canadian side trip.

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ginger749

March 5, 2013
4:04 PM

Post #9439964

Hey June,
Do you have totally nude National Parks in Canada ?
I don't mean the Park is naked. (that would be a Desert)
I mean the people who traverse the terrain within the Park.
I wonder how they carry their Scroggin ?
I have never been on that Hike !

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 5, 2013
7:12 PM

Post #9440154

Nice porcupine pic!

There are no nude parks around here that I know of, but I do have a neighbour who takes all his clothes off when he's walking in the woods or working in his garden in the heat of summer. I avert my eyes if we meet by accident.

Being nude in the outdoors doesn't appeal to me. I like to have a layer of clothing between me and the ticks, spiders, wasps, black flies, deer flies, and mosquitos. I am a bug magnet, and so I garden and hike completely covered head to toe. A burka would be perfect summer garb for me.
ginger749

March 5, 2013
7:35 PM

Post #9440178

Do you have 'Leaches' in Canada ?
They are blood sucking snake like critters. ( approx. 4" long)
You never feel them attach to ones skin.
If pulled off physicly the wound goes on bleeding for hours.
Best way to remove them is with fire.
Like a match or a Cigaret Butt.

This Sign is on the Warrie Circuit.
It needs no explination.

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ginger749

March 5, 2013
7:45 PM

Post #9440185

I have never seen a Hiker wearing a berker.
That would scary the Crow out of me.

You said you wanted another challenge.
Well here it is.
What is this four legged Critter ?
Check out the gnat on his nose.

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ginger749

March 5, 2013
7:51 PM

Post #9440191

These two Pictures were taken on Mount Mitchell at Cunninghams Gap.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 6, 2013
5:05 AM

Post #9440401

I'm going to guess this one is the Gnat-eating Zebra Lizard. Whatever his real name is, he's lovely!

Yes, we have leeches in Canada. I have them in my pond, and that's one reason I don't swim in it. They're tiny compared to your leeches, though.

The notice board lists an aboriginal name for a boomerang, but I always thought Boomerang WAS the aboriginal name of the hunting weapon that you throw and it comes back. Now I'm confused. Are there different types of boomerang or is a boomerang called different names in different parts of Ozz?
ginger749

March 6, 2013
9:09 AM

Post #9440690

June_Ontario wrote:The notice board lists an aboriginal name for a boomerang, but I always thought Boomerang WAS the aboriginal name of the hunting weapon that you throw and it comes back. Now I'm confused. Are there different types of boomerang or is a boomerang called different names in different parts of Ozz?


I'm not sure June.
I have never learnt much about Aboriginals or their ways.



ginger749

March 6, 2013
3:25 PM

Post #9441089

This Piucture was taken on My Property.
And it was the first time I haver seen them here.

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ginger749

March 6, 2013
7:30 PM

Post #9441342

These feisty little Skinks are not afraid to let you know they prefer to run about on the ground.
They can't really hurt at this age, as you can see, they don't have teeth yet.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 6, 2013
7:42 PM

Post #9441360

Don't worry about not being able to answer my aboriginal language question, ginger. I'm pretty sure that in a country the size of Australia, there must be lots of aboriginal languages and dialects, just as there are in Canada. And before you ask, I'm no expert in Canadian native languages - I know "igloo" and "wigwam" and that's about it. Some Ontario towns, such as Toronto, Mississauga, Tecumseth, have native names (and, come to think of it, the name of the province sounds native too), but I have no clue what they mean.

Does your little striped lizard have a name?
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 6, 2013
7:45 PM

Post #9441363

We crossed posts. How big will your Skink grow, and when will it get teeth?
ginger749

March 6, 2013
9:01 PM

Post #9441441

Ah yes, the Adult version of these young ones can give a very nasty bight.
The wound can take more than 12 months to heal.
And can continue troubling for many years to come.

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ginger749

March 6, 2013
9:09 PM

Post #9441450

At 22" long they are quite strong.
And 'no' I have never been bitten by one.
I think I would rather be bitten by a Grizzly Bear. ^_^

Their real name is: Anerythristic Baby Blue-Tongue Skink, Tiliqua scincoides.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiliqua_scincoides_scincoides
http://www.ozanimals.com/Reptile/Common-Blue-Tongue/Tiliqua/scincoides.html

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 7, 2013
5:54 AM

Post #9441642

I get the impression that a lot of Australian critters have a venomous bite and/or lots of sharp teeth. You must need to be very careful when you are hiking or gardening.
ginger749

March 7, 2013
3:37 PM

Post #9442180

99% of the time these critters keep out of our way.
In fact I have only ever seen one Deathadder in 33 years where I live.
Neighbours have them in their Swimming Pool all the time.

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ginger749

March 7, 2013
5:03 PM

Post #9442257

I was talking about “Hotmail” earlier.
The top part of this Picture has been My Hotmail for the last 8 years.
And now the new “Öutlook/hotmail” at the bottom of this Picture is all we get.
I am no GEEK, but this new one is total CRAP to Me.
I am changing to “Gmail” from now on.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 8, 2013
5:11 AM

Post #9442611

A swimming pool with Deathadders in it sounds like something out of a Horror movie called 'Attack of the Killer Snakes'. There used to be a whole bunch of 'Attack' movies. Do you remember 'The Attack of the Killer Worms'? And 'The Attack of the Killer Rabbit'? And 'The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes'?

My DH received an explanatory e-mail from Hotmail or Microsoft with instructions on how to use the new Hotmail/Outlook interface. Did you get those instructions?
ginger749

March 8, 2013
8:05 AM

Post #9442770

I remember all those Killer Movies.

This is a typical Ozzy Outhouse.

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March 8, 2013
12:49 PM

Post #9442968

This Picture was taken at Girraween National Park.
With all the rain we have gotten in the last 8 weeks.
This sign that is usually 7 meters out of the water got washed down stream.
Sambo and I dragged it back to its original place.
Hope it stays there for a long while.
Even if it is a tad crooked.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 8, 2013
2:20 PM

Post #9443076

Ozzies know how to make a proper out-house, it appears. Mine should be called an out-hovel, in comparison.

Are you still getting floods in your area, ginger? Is this usually your wettest time of year, or has the climate gone crazy? Is it early autumn where you are, or still summer? There is still a foot of snow on the ground over much of my property. There was a bit of melting today, though, and a patch of open water has appeared on the pond, so spring cannot be far off. In a fit of optimism, I have watered the potted plants in my cold greenhouse, so they can start growing again.
ginger749

March 8, 2013
3:42 PM

Post #9443150

Yes, this is our normal wet season.
But My Road has been flooded 4 times in 7 weeks.
I am totally over it.
All my Beans, Tomatoes, Watermelons and Zucchinis have expired.

Do you get miniature Dolphins in Canada ?
They are in great demand here in Ozz.
But they are very expensive.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 9, 2013
4:54 AM

Post #9443546

Hmmm. I'm not convinced the mini-dolphins are real. At least, not really dolphins. Are they fish that happen to resemble dolphins?
ginger749

March 9, 2013
5:17 AM

Post #9443569

Well June, You are right again.
It is a Collage.

But this next Picture is the real deal.
If you are a Bird, don't sit still too long around here.
Do you recognise the Bird ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 9, 2013
5:53 AM

Post #9443602

Darn, I just ate breakfast, and now I feel hungry again. Is that a cockatoo in the coils?
ginger749

March 9, 2013
8:55 AM

Post #9443745

Yes it is June.
Scientific name is 'Galah'.
http://au.images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=sfp&va=galah

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March 9, 2013
8:58 AM

Post #9443751

There were dozens of Pictures taken off this event.
But I have only chosen these three to show what happens in nature.

I keep forgetting to ask you what is the Bell for in your Snow Scene over your Pond ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 9, 2013
12:37 PM

Post #9443946

It's a tiny little dinner bell for the birds. No, just kidding. It's an ant-baffle. In the summer, we hang a hummingbird feeder full of sugar-water below the "bell". Inside the "bell" is a layer of grease, which ants won't cross. Remind me in a couple of months time, and I'll take a pic of the same view showing the feeder on the hook.
ginger749

March 9, 2013
1:03 PM

Post #9443964

I would have believed you about the dinner bell.
I do a similar thing here with the Butcher Birds.
They would come all day if I let or fed them every time.
But I make a loud whistle a bit like a Cooee.
And they come and get one piece of meat each.
It is only meant to be a snack not a meal.
Makes for some easy Photography for me.
I don't have to chase them around.


ginger749

March 9, 2013
1:05 PM

Post #9443966

Have you ever seen this Bull Statue ?
I thought it was a really Fantastic Street Sculpture.
The Children were climbing all over it.
That to me makes it a Good Work of Art.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 10, 2013
5:25 AM

Post #9444526

The Bull Statue looks familiar - I've seen other pictures, I think. Did you climb on it?
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 10, 2013
6:21 AM

Post #9444560

Can you guess what this is?

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ginger749

March 10, 2013
11:39 AM

Post #9444841

It looks Spanish to me.
The mosaic tile work looks great.
The Spaniards are Xspurts at that style of thing.
My guess is it's a front Entrance type Fence.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 10, 2013
12:36 PM

Post #9444885

You got the country right! It's rooftop decoration on a house in the city of Barcelona, in the Catalonia region of Spain. Casa Batllo (2nd from right in pic) was designed and built by Antoni Gaudi, in collaboration with Josep Maria Jujois, around 1904. The theme of the house is St. George & the Dragon, and the roof is the dragon's back. It is the most beautiful and strange house I have ever visited - the stairs, walls, and windows look like frozen waves or organic growths - and the tile and mosaic work is incredible.

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ginger749

March 10, 2013
1:05 PM

Post #9444920

Thanks June for sharing that picture.
I have only been to Barcelona and Toledo.
The Sword Souvenirs we bought in 1974 have all rusted out beyond repair.
They are all land fill now.

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 10, 2013
1:14 PM

Post #9444933

Did you know that Barcelona used to have a bat in the city's Coat of Arms? Can you see the bat in this pic?

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ginger749

March 10, 2013
1:37 PM

Post #9444959

That looks like a very fancy Street Light.
And yes I see the Bat being the highest point of this light pole.

What year were those pictures taken ?

ginger749

March 10, 2013
2:31 PM

Post #9445002

Just wondering if any one else in Canada have seen this under Bridge Sculpture ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 10, 2013
2:55 PM

Post #9445013

Oh, now that is creepy! Where is he? He reminds me of this little guy.

I visited Barcelona in 2010, ginger.

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ginger749

March 10, 2013
3:24 PM

Post #9445032

The Scuplture is in Seattle.
We did a Bus side trip from Banff.

This is The Space Needle in Seattle.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 11, 2013
5:09 AM

Post #9445485

Perhaps it resembles a flying saucer impaled on a spike, but I think "Space Needle" is a bit of an overstatement - unless you need a space suit to go up to the observation deck! Is that its official name, or a nickname? Did you go up it?
ginger749

March 11, 2013
7:59 AM

Post #9445678

The Space Needle is the official name.
It was built for the 1962 World's Fair.
We have a similar thing here in Sydney.
It's all held up by rope.

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 11, 2013
11:58 AM

Post #9445949

What is the one in Sydney called? And how is it held up by rope?
ginger749

March 11, 2013
12:30 PM

Post #9445978

The Sydney Tower Eye.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Tower
You can see the major support ropes that hold it up in this pictures.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 11, 2013
2:52 PM

Post #9446145

Very impressive, ginger! However, my favorite tower is still the Eiffel.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 11, 2013
3:03 PM

Post #9446161

Did you know that the Eiffel Tower was meant to be a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World Fair? She's lasted pretty well! Thanks to Paris's building laws, the views are still great, too.

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ginger749

March 11, 2013
3:28 PM

Post #9446188

Yes I concur.
We went up there in 1974 and loved it.
We also took Pictures from the top of The Leaning Tower.
Ah yes, they were the good old days.
We had a bottle of Coke with us and it nearly rolled off the edge.
Can't imagine that sort of thing happening today.

ginger749

March 11, 2013
5:30 PM

Post #9446304

I guess we have all done this kind of silly stuff.
The trouble was in those days it took 2 months to get your Pictures developed.
By then you were in another Country and unable to go back and do it again.
Thank God for the Digital SLR Camera.
By the way check out the bell bottom jeans. ^_^^_^

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 11, 2013
7:38 PM

Post #9446434

Classic Pisa picture! And the jeans are back in fashion.

I don't think they let anyone climb the Leaning Tower any more. I don't remember the year I was there (maybe early 1980's?) and at that time they were only letting people go half way up. Oh well, there are still plenty of other towers to climb, and I'll keep going up them - as long as they have elevators in them (my knees don't work properly any more).

The Christopher Columbus monument in Barcelona was interesting. It had the tiniest elevator I have ever seen, and an observation platform only just wide enough for two people to squeeze past each other, as long as one of them was skinny. So you got a view and claustrophobia at the same time.

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ginger749

March 11, 2013
8:17 PM

Post #9446464

Hey June I missed The Christopher Columbus monument.

But this was us on top of the Leaning Tower of Pizza.

All my kids have been back there in the last 10 years.
And there is NO access at all. (pity really)

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ginger749

March 11, 2013
8:20 PM

Post #9446468

Another angle of The Leaning Tower.

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ginger749

March 11, 2013
8:27 PM

Post #9446475

We got some Fabulous Glass ware from Pizza.
Paid for it in Cash on the spot and waited 6 months before it arrived at Home.
And yes, it was all in one piece.
Can't do that today I am told.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 12, 2013
6:38 AM

Post #9446722

I believe that it is still possible to get souvenirs shipped from Italy, but I've never been brave enough to try sending anything home that way. I know someone who had an inlaid-wood table shipped from Naples to the U.S.. Glassware, though - wow, you were brave!

Why is it that some humans are impelled to build towers and tall buildings, and others are impelled to climb them? I like rooftops as well as tower-tops. Do you know where this fine collection of stone spires is located?

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ginger749

March 12, 2013
9:16 AM

Post #9446900

Know it well June.
Milan Cathedral, in the Region of Lombardy, Italy.
Did you drive over the 'Furka Pass' into Switzerland from there ?
We came from Switzerland to Milan via the Furka Pass.

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 12, 2013
9:59 AM

Post #9446954

Well spotted, ginger, it is indeed the Duomo in the center of Milan. I have not traversed any of the Alpine passes. I always arrive in Milan by air. There's a frequent bus between Malpensa airport and Milan's Central Station, and I like to stay near the station at Hotel Auriga, which is just across the street from the Pirelli Building. From Milan's Central Station, trains go to a number of interesting places.

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ginger749

March 12, 2013
11:45 AM

Post #9447046

Did you get to clamper all over the roof ?
Or did you stay to the fenced off decks ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 12, 2013
12:43 PM

Post #9447086

I did walk around. I was surprised to find so many people on the roof, though. In places, it was hard to move, with tour groups blocking the walkway while they listened to their guides.

Do you know this Tower?

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ginger749

March 12, 2013
1:49 PM

Post #9447170

At first glance I thought it was 'Piazza Della Signoria'. (Florence)
But going through our Pictures from 1974 I see the Turret is different.
I give up. But it has to be north Italy ?

These Pictures were taken in the Piazza Della Signoria. (1974)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 12, 2013
2:42 PM

Post #9447225

It is in Cremona (about a 1-hour train ride from Milan) and is 370 ft high. It is believed to be the tallest medieval bell tower in Italy. I did not walk up it! Cremona is a lovely little city, full of people riding bicycles, and on Saturdays the entire historic center turns into an open-air market.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 12, 2013
3:15 PM

Post #9447249

Did you spend your entire visit to Florence looking at artworks? I think everyone does! I hope you were there at a quiet time of year. My first visit to Florence (1988?) was a disaster. It was in August, when the weather was unbearably hot, the city streets were full of vehicle fumes, everywhere was crowded, and the mosquitos were biting. After about 10 years, I went back for a second look, this time in a cooler, less crowded time of year. The mosquitoes were still active, but I enjoyed strolling around. I crossed the River Arno and climbed a hill on the far side to see the panorama of Florence.

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ginger749

March 12, 2013
3:23 PM

Post #9447255

That picture of the Bridge with all the Gold Jewellers on it is almost taken from the same spot as this one of mine.

That picture taken from the Hill is a beauty.

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ginger749

March 12, 2013
3:26 PM

Post #9447264

We are both wearing Leather Jackets so I imagine it was a cool time of year.
But I don't know exactly what month it was.

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ginger749

March 12, 2013
3:29 PM

Post #9447269

Did you visit this Market Place.

This Pig is a very famous worldwide Sculpture.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 12, 2013
5:45 PM

Post #9447414

Oh no, I missed seeing the Pig! Now I'll have to go back for another visit.

Still on the subject of towers, did you climb the steps of the Bell Tower in Florence? I did, and it nearly killed me (it was an excessively hot day, and I wasn't in good health at the time). It was about then that I decided to look for towers with elevators in them.

When you were traveling in the Pisa-Florence area, did you visit Lucca? There's a tower in Lucca with trees growing out of the top. No elevator, though.

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ginger749

March 12, 2013
7:05 PM

Post #9447503

No June,
We never heard of Lucca in 1974.
But it looks like a very nice City to visit.
I did take this Picture from inside a disused Tower.

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ginger749

March 12, 2013
7:07 PM

Post #9447506

I know we came from the complete opposite side of the World to visit Florence.
And there were so many Iconic subjects to see and visit.
But this Senior Lady caught my attention and I am very pleased with My Picture.
I had the Statue of David right behind me when I took this Picture.
I find it amazing how blasé the local Italian people are about their History.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 13, 2013
10:18 AM

Post #9448043

When you live surrounded by historic artefacts going back several thousand years, I guess it is easy to become jaded! However, I have noticed that young Italians are enthusiastic to re-enact medieval ceremonies, especially if it involves dressing up in tights. Here's an historically-costumed, drum-beating band marching to entertain the visitors at Lucca's annual Gardening Festival. I should explain that the old town of Lucca is surrounded by a humongous defensive wall so wide that it has a road on top of it and the bastions are tree-filled parks. Every year, for a week in September, a section of the wall's top is partitioned-off and used to stage a horticultural event. Specialist nurseries set up exhibits, booths sell gardening books, artists show garden art, artisans sell botanically inspired artifacts, and so on.

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ginger749

March 13, 2013
12:02 PM

Post #9448121

It must have been fun to be there on that day in September.

This Picture of 'Boy with Thorn' was in the Gallery right behind the Statue of David.
The Gallery is called Uffizi Gallery.
The Original Boy with Thorn, also called Fedele (Fedelino) or Spinario, is a Greco-Roman Hellenistic bronze sculpture of a boy withdrawing a thorn from the sole of his foot, now in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome.
A Roman marble of this subject from the Medici collections is in this corridor at the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, and that is the one in this Picture.
Today all these Sculptures are behind very thick Perspex to protect them from us/the people who love them, Go figure.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 13, 2013
1:02 PM

Post #9448168

That's a lovely statue, and a great pic! How are you converting your printed photographs to digital, ginger?
ginger749

March 13, 2013
1:28 PM

Post #9448191

The negatives are scanned in a special cradle that lies flat in the scanner.
The cradle holds one strip of negatives at a time.
Then they are automaticly transferred to the PC. and numbered.
It is a lengthy process but well worth the effort.
There is a second cradle that holder coloured slides.
It is a tad slower, every Slide needs to be put in in the right way and order.

I got the cradles and special scanner from 'Dick Smiths Electronics'.

ginger749

March 13, 2013
1:31 PM

Post #9448195

Much earlier you asked if we went up into the Space Needle in Seattle.
Well it took some time to find these Pictures.
And yes we did pay the $15 each to go up there. (and no, we did not get any Space Suits)
We chose not to eat at the Restaurant as it was 12.55 pm and we had already eaten Maccas, pity really.
Sammy felt a tad Sea Sick, The tower sways about 1½ meters at the top.
To clarify that, it moves 800 mm either way off centre.

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ginger749

March 13, 2013
1:35 PM

Post #9448200

And this was taken from the very top at the observation deck.
I never did find out what those weird looking Buildings are at the base.
Looks like some kind of Amusement Park ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 13, 2013
7:13 PM

Post #9448507

Those buildings down below look like giant bags or packages - very strange indeed!

A swaying tower sounds like fun!

Thanks for the photo conversion information. I was hoping you would say, "I just lay the photo on my scanner", but special cradles and such are beyond me, and I haven't kept any negatives at all. Perhaps I'll try using my digital camera to take pics of old photos. The vast majority of my pre-digital pics are photos, not slides. First, though, I need to unearth my old photo albums and sort them out. Some albums contain just one or two vacation's worth of pics, postcards, brochures & maps, while other albums are garden journals that span many years.

I have just one more Italian tower pic to show you. I call these the Tipsy Towers. They are in the city of Bologna. I would not like to live anywhere near them, especially during an earthquake.

P.S. Is it time to start a new thread? This one is starting to take a long time to load.

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ginger749

March 13, 2013
7:35 PM

Post #9448520

June_Ontario wrote: Perhaps I'll try using my digital camera to take pics of old photos.
The vast majority of my pre-digital pics are photos, not slides.
P.S. Is it time to start a new thread?
This one is starting to take a long time to load.


People have given me B & W Photographs over the decades.
And I take a digital Picture of them.
It works just fine.
I just feel they take a lot of cropping and enhancing.
It works just fine but yes, it is time consuming.
I'll start a new Thread this afternoon. ;o)
Thanks for suggesting it.
kell.

ginger749

March 13, 2013
7:40 PM

Post #9448527

Did you ever see the Sbandieratores better known as The Flag-wavers ?
This ia a Flag-waving Ceremony in Lucca ?
http://www.wildjunket.com/2011/03/22/photoblog-flag-waving-ceremony-in-lucca-italy/

Like you said.
They love to run about in tight Pants ???



ginger749

March 13, 2013
10:20 PM

Post #9448635

Seeing all those different kinds of Pears on that table in your last picture.
Reminds me of our encounter with Pears in North Italy.
These Pears were growing in a front yard right next to the main road.
We never picked any, we only took Pictures.

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March 13, 2013
10:23 PM

Post #9448636

Back at the Space Tower.

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March 13, 2013
10:27 PM

Post #9448638

View from the top of Tower.
No Martians up here this day. ^_^

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ginger749

March 13, 2013
10:31 PM

Post #9448652

Last Picture from Seattle.
Just shows to go how close Seattle is to Vancouver.
Picture of 'Tablet' on top of Tower.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 14, 2013
6:38 AM

Post #9448859

The Flag-wavers web page would not load for me, but I'm guessing it refers to whirling the flag, throwing it up into the air and catching it again. I have seen it done on a number of occasions, but never managed to get a pic of the flag in the air. My reflexes are too slow, alas.

I didn't realize the proximity of all the landmarks on the Tablet. Were you in Seattle before or after Mount St. Helens blew its top?

I look forward to the new thread!
ginger749

March 14, 2013
1:42 PM

Post #9449312

Horse died yesterday afternoon.
Was busy burying her and Planting Tree next to her.
I don't think we need a Picture here, Maybe later.

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 14, 2013
2:38 PM

Post #9449413

Oh Kell, I'm so sad to hear of your loss! Take all the time you need to grieve.
ginger749

March 14, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9449430

Thanks June for your condolences.
She was 40 years old.
I have never known a Horse to be over 28 to 30 years old.
She belonged to DD. And her favourite Tree is a Poinciana.
So this morning I went and bought a large Pink Poinciana to plant next to her Cross.

ginger749

March 14, 2013
6:01 PM

Post #9449625

When you say that link to the Flag Waving does not work for you.
How do you use the link ?
Do you cut and paste it ?
Or do you simply click on it as you see it in DG ?
http://www.wildjunket.com/2011/03/22/photoblog-flag-waving-ceremony-in-lucca-italy/

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
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March 14, 2013
6:39 PM

Post #9449669

Wow, 40 years is an incredible age for a horse. I think that only a happy horse would live that long. She must have been well loved.

The link to the flag-waving site probably isn't working for me because it has been truncated somewhere along the way - the end has been cut off and replaced with dots - so whether I click on it in DG or cut and paste the link, nothing happens. I guess my Internet browser needs to know what comes after "/photoblog-flag-waving-c..." to reach the web address. But don't worry about it. See you on the new thread!
ginger749

March 16, 2013
7:20 PM

Post #9451795

June_Ontario wrote:Wow, 40 years is an incredible age for a horse. I think that only a happy horse would live that long. She must have been well loved.


She sure was June.
It is now 8 days since her passing.
And I do feel a lot better about the whole thing now.
This is her on the day/minute of her passing.

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ginger749

March 16, 2013
7:28 PM

Post #9451804

I have moved the fence line around her Plot to stop her friend from walking on her.
By the way, it was a Frangipani Tree, not a Poinciana.

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ginger749

March 16, 2013
7:58 PM

Post #9451843

I feel she could not have chose a better place to expire.

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ginger749

March 16, 2013
11:05 PM

Post #9451961

Because she is only 40 meters from a main road.
I have had a lot of unknown Neighbours and Friends stop and give me their condolences.
It sure does help me move on. :o)

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 17, 2013
8:45 AM

Post #9452274

It's a very fine final resting place, and a great memorial tree.
ginger749

March 17, 2013
2:07 PM

Post #9452611

I am a tad annoyed with the Garden centre where I got the Frangipani Tree from.
I told them it would be in 100% full Sunshine.
Well now 3 days later every leaf is burnt and crumbling up.
I know the new leaves will be fine.
I think they stored it under shade cloth before I got it.

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 17, 2013
3:39 PM

Post #9452726

That's a shame! I hope you let the garden centre know what happened, and if the tree does not recover, they should replace it.
ginger749

March 18, 2013
1:40 PM

Post #9453745

Well I took your advice June.
I went back to the Nursery with Photographs.
After explaining what the Tree was for, they were quite sympathetic.
I asked them to exchange it but they said no.
Instead they gave me the full $74 refund and told me to keep the Tree.
And now even after 6 days it is starting to get new leaves.
It is also shooting one flower spike.
So everything will hopefully turn out OK.

ginger749

March 18, 2013
4:32 PM

Post #9453911

I find it amazing that here on The Cold Goast Tree Leaves get burned by the hot Sun.
There in Canada your Leaves get burned by Frost.
Somewhere in the World there has to be a nice Balance.
Not too Hot and not too Cold. ;o)

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March 18, 2013
4:38 PM

Post #9453918

Out of all this chaos a speck of hope appears.

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ginger749

March 18, 2013
4:39 PM

Post #9453921

No wonder they gave me a complete refund.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 18, 2013
5:20 PM

Post #9453966

That's a bad case of sunburn! I'm glad to hear you got a refund, and I hope the tree eventually recovers. Will you be getting cool, autumn weather soon? Or are you in a tropical zone that doesn't have seasons?
ginger749

March 18, 2013
5:57 PM

Post #9454006

We do have Hot and Cold Weather.
The Hottest it ever gets here is 38º C.
And the Coldest is -1º C.
But that temperature is only for 2 hours at Sunrise.

But unfortunately nothing like your Snow. (drat)

ginger749

March 18, 2013
6:26 PM

Post #9454031

June, you have asked me earlier about those Starpicked pullers.
I took these Pictures while removing the fence around 'Topaz'.
This is how it starts.

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March 18, 2013
6:29 PM

Post #9454036

Then the jaws are put around the picket.
And the handle is pumped up and down.
It never fails.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 19, 2013
4:56 AM

Post #9454415

Thanks, Kell! I showed the pics to my DH, so he knows what to look for at the hardware store.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

March 19, 2013
8:48 PM

Post #9455448

ginger749 wrote:Hi Tallulah,
The exact spot is "Rock Island Lake. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park".
There are no roads within cooee of this Lake.
So the only way in is a long long walk.



Most people who visit this spot just take the bus up from Sunshine Village ski resort, then it's about a mile out on a wide trail. Did you hike in off a backpacking route? Haven't been to this spot myself (though we hike in the area) but it's a nice way to see the alpine zone for people who don't want to or can't hike. The "white flowers" are the seedheads of Anemone occidentalis, a wonderful, iconic plant that blooms as soon as the snow melts off - love seeing them!
ginger749

April 1, 2013
10:19 PM

Post #9469368

altagardener wrote:
The "white flowers" are the seedheads of Anemone occidentalis, a wonderful, iconic plant that blooms as soon as the snow melts off - love seeing them!


Thanks altagardener,
I had totally forgotten about that plant.
Thanks for reminding me.

kell.

ginger749

April 11, 2013
6:22 PM

Post #9480670

Can Yall imagine going into this Gondola type Structure to Sight See ?
I took some Pictures from afar and left it at that. ^_^

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 12, 2013
6:29 AM

Post #9481112

That can't possibly be real!
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 12, 2013
8:57 AM

Post #9481280

Is there an architect or building code anywhere that would possibly approve that? :-) Wow!

Ginger, would you consider starting a new thread to continue with this? This thread is probably a record for length - truly amazing! However, it takes a long time to scroll to the bottom, and I imagine it's a deterrent for people with slow internet?


Edit: Please disregard my comment about starting a new thread. Annabell52 pointed out to me that one can always skip to the new entries without having to scroll down. Funny I had never noticed that feature before; it works great!

This message was edited Apr 14, 2013 8:16 AM
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 12, 2013
5:04 PM

Post #9481853

altagardener, we do have a new thread; it's called 'Xploring Canada & beyond'. I'm not sure how we got back onto the old thread again!

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