It's certainly going to be a strange Hallowe'en this year, with a lot of parties at home for kids. No trick or treating. And there was no Scarecrow Festival here this year either. But a few home owners have put up scarecrow or Hallowe'en decorations which can help us celebrate the season as October blends into November's grey landscape. Enjoy these!
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020
Inukshuks or Inuksuit
After my post on the monumental Inukshuk in Collingwood, Georgina asked if I could provide more detail on Inukshuks. Her request sent me off to do some research about it myself, so this is what I've learned.
First, the term itself is evolving. The Canadian government and the government of Nunavut (Canada's Arctic territory) both prefer the spelling Inuksuk, plural Inuksuit, so those are what I'll use. However the English spelling Inukshuk, plural simply Inukshuks, is widely used now, and the term seems to be evolving in that direction.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The changing colour of the leaves on trees are really what fall is all about, but from my viewpoint at the living room window there are other changing leaves right in front of my eyes - the hostas! Although in summer they're obscured by intervening green, at the moment they are really obvious, and hosta leaves change colour just at the same time as the tree leaves.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
My post on the cemetery yesterday took me back 3 years to some photos of lichens I took in the last months when I could still walk. And to some great photos of leaves last fall, when we were there on a sunny day about a week earlier in the season. When I think of photographs that are actually good, these are among the few I think of since moving to Meaford.
Monday, October 26, 2020
Yesterday after church we picked up a sandwich and hot chocolate for lunch. In search of a quiet place to sit and eat we drove up to the Meaford Cemetary, a very nice peaceful place where we've both driven and walked around in the past. The fall colours were still pretty good, though we were a week later than last year.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Yesterday we had a sudden tornado warning, ringing very loudly on my smartphone! It was mid-afternoon and we prepared to hunker down in an interior room, while I checked out the radar to see the location of the rapidly moving thunderstorm cell. It was already east of us, and moving rapid;y further east, an entire line of storms crossing the province.
It had been an unusually warm day here, over 20°C, and I headed downtown for a ride keeping an eye on the radar. But a storm arose out of nothing in a matter of about 3 minutes and it started raining (lightly, thank goodness) just as I was at the farthest point of my walk. I headed back a block and sheltered under the front entrance of the museum. and Mrs. F.G. had to come and pick me up. It was awhile after that that we got the tornado warning.
They've only implemented the emergency warning alerts here over the last two years, and it doesn't happen often. Most of those we get involve the abduction of a child in a marriage dispute somewhere in the Toronto region. So it's unusual to get one for a tornado warning.
In the end there was no tornado reported, just a bad storm with lots of very dark skies. Facebook had lots of pictures of dark shelf clouds rolling in from the west. And friends who live to the east of us reported heavy hail and green skies that are certainly a sign of danger.
Tornados are rare in southern Ontario, but one or two do happen regularly every year. Most are very minor and don't do much damage, but I remember 5 significant tornados in my lifetime - including the one that hit Goderich, damaging my sister's house, which was right in the path of the tornado. It heavily damaged the downtown square (actually an octagon), the salt mine and the grain elevator, and destroyed some homes.
We had actually been in town for our niece's wedding the day before, and their children and partners had stayed the night. So when a giant chestnut tree crashed down in their yard, and windows exploded into the house, they had lots of help to clean it up. They all retreated to the basement during the storm.
So we breathed a sigh of relief, and woke to no apparent damage. The temperature is almost 20° colder, but it's sunny out at the moment.
Friday, October 23, 2020
We drove to Collingwood the other day, to get the car rustproofed. Apparently this is important for a vehicle that's been adapted for wheelchair use, with the floor lowered 10". Afterwards we turned off through a short residential street to see if we could see the shoreline east of downtown. Much to our surprise we came out at a large public park along the shore. Collingwood actually has a lot of public land along the shoreline both east and west of the downtown.