Saturday, December 24, 2005
Arrived back home to find that my daughter had made a nice snowman family in our front yard. I love how she always has them face us inside the house instead of the street.
(is it just me or does my snowman butt look big?)
Nearly collapsed with back spasms after shoveling the heavy slush off of the driveway (and the neighbour's). Then headed inside for some hot coco and lunch.
Now it's time for the ritual xmas eve t-shirt iron off where we print up a few pics on some iron-on transfers and make some last minute gifts.
Cheers and Merry Christmas blog readers.
Friday, December 23, 2005
It was a slippery, sloppy, snowy drive to the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC but it was worth it to catch a glimpse of the one and only Don Ross - the only person to ever win the US National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship twice. What an amazing show. This white boy can play like wildfire on fire. You'll never see more hammer-ons, pull-offs, smacks, slaps, knocks, harmonics, strumming, plucking, and picking in one 2 1/2 hour show ever. Truly a one man show.
Don in action...
Don meets BvT...
People say we look a like, whatta ya think?
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
This one was off of Cedarview...
This one is just me playing with the aperature setting on my camera and shaking it a bit. What do ya think?
Monday, December 19, 2005
The funniest thing was when one kid started laughing at the other saying that their gingerbread man's eyes were crossed. (what the !?@?)
I also got some more Christmas shopping done and I even wrapped a few while watching my new Jack Johnson DVD and having a whiskey or two. I'm sure Christmas morning will be "as per usual" when I fail to remember which gift it is that I wish to save as the "big one" for last. Sorry mama.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Alvin Youngblood Hart... a true bluesman visited the nation's capital last Thursday evening.
This was an awesome show. Although Alvin's better known for his acoustic blues, tonight he served up some hardcore electric blues backed by a Native American bass/harmonica player and an ex-skinhead drummer. What more can a poor white boy like myself ask for? The only downside to the night was that it was my turn to drive the Barrhaven Blues fan club and as such I was forced to go easy on the bourbon, scotch and beer. Nevertheless a good time was had by all.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
PS: Anybody know how to get rust off chrome?
Monday, November 21, 2005
Happy Birthday guys...
Opa puts his new coveralls to the test (note Tripper does not look overly impressed)
This was all that was left of the 2 packages of President's Choice Thick-Slice Bacon following Sunday morning's mega-breakfast. That can't be good.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Hair the colour of dead oak leaves...
Feeding the birdies...
The beginnings of a birch bark canoe...
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Anyhow I figured since I already had the ladder out I might as well put up the Christmas lights. Well they're up now and as a bonus this year I managed not to scare the neighbours half to death by falling off the ladder into the front shrub. Likely had something to due with the fact that I ripped up that evil eye-sore last summer. Revenge is sweet.
Here's a shot of the lights later that evening.
Saturday afternoon Sara had her bithday party with 4 of her school friends. We took them to see Chicken Little at the new Barrhaven theatre and to make a long story short there were some mix ups and after the movie we were given several free admissions and one adult refund. Cha-ching.
Five 8 year old girls, 25 balloons, and no flash... chaos!
Happy Birthday Sara.
Friday, November 11, 2005
Here are some of the pics... oh, if you're looking for an incredibly simple and cool way to stitch together your panoramic photos check out Autostitch. All you do is snap all the photos that you want to use for your panoramic view (up down, left right, just keep clicking away) and then just drop them in any order into Autostitch and BLAMO! Instant pano. It's truly amazing.
Lac La Peche
Hello from the Shores of Lac Curly
Wading over to the island on Lac La Peche.
Damn right it was cold, but it was the perfect spot to enjoy the view, a refreshing pint, and end the 2005 hiking season.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
I quietly grabbed my pen and drew a little picture on the inside of the empty box. I then took hold of the box between my index finger and thumb and started to roll it gently back and forth making the tiny cartoon BvT "dance". This was all fine and dandy until my fellow classmates noticed and started to laugh hysterically thereby disrupting the entire room. Le professeur only grinned and announced that it was time for a break.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Monday, October 31, 2005
First it starts with the traditional pumpkin carving (we seem to add another member to the ghoul cast every year).
Then the costumes...
Popping in on some friends...
And a very appropriate pint of ale provided to Papa while making the rounds with the little ones...
Here are some pics from Saturday morning's hike into Meech Lake area from P16...
The next one was taken on Sunday while following half the population of China. Somewhere around the halfway point, Emma found a coin (1 yuan) She called it her lucky "Chinese king-kaka coin". Luckily they didn't understand her accent (or her unintentional mockery) and we were spared a serious martial arts style beating. Hey, maybe the coin really is lucky.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
Well we found it, however, it was in rather poor condition. Turns out it had been hit by lightning twice and even though it had pretty much passed on to forest heaven it was still an incredible sight to see. There was a plaque on it declaring it to be the largest White Bur Oak in the Otonabee region back in the year 1975. High praise indeed.
We pulled up and all of us (except my wife, who was sleeping) hopped out of the van to get a closer look. Between us and the tree there was a steel farmers gate topped with the wire from an electric fence. You guessed it, ZAP! My oldest daughter got zapped good (btw, she claims that Opa told her it was off). And at the exact same time as Sara was running back towards the van, my wife was barrelling out of it shouting something about closing the doors and a bee.
Well as it turned out, in our haste to see if we could all hug this tree and completely encircle it we forgot to shut ALL the van doors. Normally not a biggie, but as luck would have it there was a rather large and out of control collection of bee hives nearby. Sorry mommy. Needless to say, after calming the crowd, I snapped some quick pics, shooed out a dozen bees, and headed back down the road. Fun.
As luck would have it, I coincidentally snapped this pic only moments after Sara was zapped by the electric fence. Talk about luck!!
Look how small everyone looks against this bad boy...
Here's a quick pic I took of the bee hives. Not sure what's up with the barrels other then to create mass bee hysteria.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Here are some pics...
Cows love apples (cut in half, as they may choke and die if you leave them whole). Man these things have freakishly long tongues. I think I now know why my brother spends so much time in the back frield.
Hoe'ing it with BvT. Apparently some 73 year old man dropped by the farm to help my dad fix a low spot that kept flooding out. Unfortunately he didn't leave us the keys... however, this was likely a good thing as it took us 10 minutes just to figure out how to shut the door.
Salmon jumping. Nothing like hanging out in Port Hope with 50 chinese families waiting for some lethargic fish to jump up a ladder. We saw lots of salmon but only one jumped. Luckily I snapped the pic. (who da man?)
Did I mention it was fall? Still lots of green around Peterborough though.