Although John Moir's connection with Trout Hollow is what intrigues me the most, there was another important industrial development in the Hollow that is quite fascinating. This is the Georgian Bay Milling and Power Company which generated hydro for street lights in Meaford from 1902 to 1923 before Ontario Hydro's government support drove all the small power plants like this one into bankruptcy (and did spread the benefits of electricity to homeowners, a big step forward).
Friday, July 30, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021
Where John Muir worked in 1864-65. The property along the Bighead River on the edge of Meaford on which Trout Hollow sits was recently donated to the Environmental Biosphere Conservancy, one of the largest conservation organizations in this part of Ontario, by the Knight family. Trout Hollow was the sawmill owned by the Trout family where the famous American conservationist John Muir spent a year or two working in 1864-65.
Muir himself headed south through the United States, eventually walking all the way to Florida, working for a time in a wagon wheel factory. After a brief stay in Cuba he arrived back in New York and took a train to San Francisco. He spent the rest of his life there, dedicating himself to nature conservation.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
As I said the other day, I've also found a great new route for riding that causes me less pain 'cause it's smooth pavement.. I made a conscious decision a few weeks back to try and avoid the painful bits, and went searching. Turns out going downtown is actually quite good, though I'm forced to use the sidewalks down there, and Thompson Street is the other great ride. You can just sail along at full speed and not even worry about it.
Friday, July 23, 2021
It's only been a week since I shared an update on the garden, but flowers continue to bloom and the seasonal change is passing fast. There are a few highlights and interesting plants that I want to share.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Well, I've enjoyed a nice relaxing break away from the pressure of a daily blog posting. Let me tell you a little about the thinking I've done and the decisions I've made.
It started with recognizing for myself the pandemic rut I was in. As I've written and told people several times, staying at home during lockdown hasn't been that different from normal life for me, and I expect the same would be said by many of the mobility-limited. But I've got comfortably used to it; in particular I haven't stayed in touch with my coffee buddies. I'm just too comfortable!
I also need to remember that I simply don't have the hours in a day that all of you do, as I'm only out of bed and upright for about 11 or 12 hours a day. And out of that comes time for meals, exercise, going for a ride and anything else I do. Finding time for organizing photos and writing a blog post is difficult at the best of times, especially in the summer.
So I've made several decisions.
- I will write two blog posts a week, one an update on the garden and such, and one a post on some other featured story I want to tackle.
- I have organized the two projects I need to finish, and got some ideas for future projects,
- I have decided to also focus on writing a Blurb book on some our past travels; some of this work may find its way into the blog as well.
- I have found a new route to ride that is both all smooth pavement and has interesting things to see.
- And I need to find a way to re-organize my coffee group.
And for those of you who come to the blog looking for pictures, here are a few.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Taking a blogging break for a few days. I've got some other projects to get caught up on. And I'm a little tired of posting about the garden, the neighbourhood and the harbour. Maybe I'll get some fresh perspective. In the meantime I'll just enjoy the rain, stuck at home.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
It's been a beautiful day, a little on the hot side, but it appears this will be the only sunny dry day til Sunday, so as you can imagine, I got out! Propelled myself down to the waterfront and for only the second time this year explored northward to Raper Park The waterfront was busy with tourists or locals seeking some breeze.
There were more little sailboats out than I've seen in a long time. I counted 10 in this picture, including the blue hull of a boat down, just beside the second sail from the left.