Pumpkin carving by my friend Shelly.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This small chapel on the corner of South and South Park is know locally as the "church that was built in a day" for the reason that it was entirely built on August 31, 1843, thanks to nearly 2,000 volunteers who gathered to erect the chapel. Formally known as Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel, this chapel is located in Holy Cross Cemetery, Halifax's first Catholic cemetery. Why they decided to construct this chapel in a day? Who knows. But you can read an accounting of the construction here.
Monday, October 26, 2009
On Sunday morning, the day of my aunt's funeral, there were lady bugs everywhere. They were on our clothes, in the girls hair, on the cars, on windows. At first I was annoyed but then realized, they are typically considered a sign of trust, good fortune and love. They are a symbol of the soul and in some divinities play the role of messengers of god. So it was lovely and fitting to see their abundance on this day.
Junk mail drives me nuts. I know some people like their flyers and all, but come on. Nearly half the stuff never gets opened and only around one fifth gets recycled. To me it is an unnecessary waste of Canada's boreal forest.
The problem is, how to make it stop? My method involved telling the kid who threw the stuff on my step to stop and he did. Other ideas are welcome. Do the 'no flyer' signs actually work? Should we be lobbying for a 'do not junk' list similar to the 'do not call' registry? Personally I think that lowering the demand for printing by limiting prints to only those who want them in the first place makes sense.
Friday, October 23, 2009
This is a carving of a gravestone in the Old Burying Ground. The engraving is quite unique and difficult to place. Two symbols are familiar - the hourglass counts down the passage of time while the skeleton represents death. But the person with the crazy hair blowing the ancient long horn that sits atop the head of a sitting figure...what is up with that? Announcing the arrival of death? Was the person buried here a musician? It is a bit of a head scratcher. I am not sure what style the carving is but it is very much out of place amongst the rest of the graves in the cemetery. Anyhow, off to New Glasgow for the weekend, will not be posting again until Monday.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Today was a sad day for me. My aunt Melda MacGregor passed away this morning. I have such fond memories of her growing up. She taught me there is nothing that can't be achieved when someone believes in you, laugh often and love much, and always keep your family close. She was a special woman and will be dearly missed.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Enjoyed a nice walk in Hemlock Ravine today. There were nice fall colours and soothing sounds of a babbling brook along the ravine. The walk is so much more calming than the dogs gone wild madness of Point Pleasant Park.
The pond was originally the hangout of Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent and his mistress, Madame de St. Laurent, who lived at Prince's Lodge from 1794 to 1800. The pond was reshaped into a heart when the Duke's grandson, Prince Arthur, visited Halifax in 1869.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thanksgiving is over, next up Halloween. I am not a very good pumpkin carver myself but if anyone thinks they've got the magic touch for a gruesome, scary design I would love to photograph your completed work for Halloween. DM me if you come up with a masterpiece.
Monday, October 12, 2009
To get out of the rain I checked out the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The oldest Parish in Canada, this church has plenty of treasures hidden within and a rich history. I arrived Saturday morning to congregation volunteers preparing the church for Thanksgiving service. The ladies and gentlemen of the church took turns showing me around while I snapped photos.
I had a great week in St. John's although the weather was miserable. Breaks in hard rain and fog were rare. On my arrival day I managed to check out the Outer Battery and the initial part of the Northhead Trail. This walk reveals houses carved into the steep slopes of Signal Hill, unique folk yard art and people hanging out their windows, sipping coffee, watching tourists pass. I heard the city provides funding to local residents to compensate for the flow of tourists crawling over their property though I have no confirmation of this. Some properties are well kept, others are in disrepair and still others are downright whimsical. Regardless, walking along Fort Waldegrave Path and Battery Road for the first time is a surreal experience you will not soon forget.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The thing I like about locally owned businesses is that they are always happy to open their doors and share their business story; pride of ownership shines through. Java Blend is a a locally owned coffee roaster/cafe on North Street dedicated to excellence in coffee. When I asked manager James Dikaios (pictured) how long he has worked in the coffee business he shrugged his shoulders and said "I've been hanging around this place since I was a kid". James showed me their roaster, gave me his take on what makes a good cup of java, and let me sample his signature espresso. They use a blend for their espresso called the "K2 Signature." It is described on their site as "possessing a balance of creamy, honeyed body and fine acidity in the finish."