Canada 150 – #6 – Safe & Sound.

Canada 150 - #6 - Safe & Sound.

One of the things I appreciate most about living here is the relative safety. You can walk at night, leave your car unlocked, probably even leave your house unlocked although that is tempting fate.

Heck, you can even forget your well-loved teddy bear next to the fire at the Winter Market and know that he will be safe & sound and well cared for until you are able to retrieve him.

(Speaking of which, I suspect there is a child missing his/her little friend… and certainly this little guy is missing his family. If he belongs to your family, please give us a call! He is indeed safe & sound!)

TGS

Canada 150 – #5 – Neighbourhood Snowblowers.

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One of the very cool things that happened on my street a few years ago was the co-operative purchase of a neighbourhood snowblower. Yup, odd as it seems, I own 1/8 of a snowblower. And it was a great investment!

Good Neighbour

I would say the concept of a neighbourhood snowblower can really be attributed to Jim MacIntosh, who made a point (even at age 80) of snowblowing and shovelling a number of his neighbours out after each storm. He simply could NOT be talked out of it, so others grabbed shovels when possible to help him in his efforts. After Jim died, his snowblower continued to be used by other men on the street, to clear out Jim’s wife’s place, and to continue the legacy of helping others. As his old snowblower began to break down, discussion ensued and 8 households pitched in to buy a new machine.

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Now as great as that is, this whole scenario doesn’t work without the people part of it. We have a team of enthusiastic men who are happy to operate the snowblower, augmented by the others of the neighbourhood who pitch in to shovel steps and so on. And most often, those neighbours who have their very own snowblowers join in and help as well to make the work go faster.

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And the funny thing is, you see people smiling as they go at it – whereas if they were each shovelling their own place I don’t think the smiles would be quite so evident.

This spirit of cooperation and neighbourliness (is that really a word?) is the Canadian way, and something that I believe is even more common in rural Canada. My street has a long history of wonderful neighbours. Many places do, but this street has been very fortunate over the years. I have been the beneficiary of this goodwill, and I try when I can to do my bit as well. (In today’s case, there were quite enough people out there, so I chose to take some photos of the event instead of joining in. I trust the Snow Elves will forgive me for that!)

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So here’s to good neighbours, and to the spirit of cooperation. For together, we can move mountains!

TGS

 

Canada 150 – #4 – Snowy Village.

Canada 150 - #4 - Snowy Village.

For many visitors to Canada, we are “up north” and it snows here most of the year. Happily that is a myth. But certainly there is something about a scene like this that seems truly Canadian.

This, of course, is a shot of the picturesque village of Granville Ferry, with the North Mountain behind, as seen from Lower St. George Street in Annapolis Royal.

TGS

 

Canada 150 – #3 – And Here’s to You Mr. Robertson.

(Title with apologies to Simon & Garfunkel…)

Canada 150 - #3 - And Here's to You Mr. Robertson.

As I was working on a little post Christmas reno project, I vaguely remembered that one of those shapes on the screwdriver had a background that was Canadian. I was thinking it was the Robertson, but I had to Google it to be sure and also to be sure that this was indeed the square one (since we girls call these shapes by their REAL names: flat, star and square).

Mr. Robertson’s shape received a Canadian patent in 1909 and he began producing the screws in Ontario shortly thereafter. (His drawing is shown here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._L._Robertson)

Evidently, he was not the first to think of the shape (there is an American patent) but was the first to find the answer to the manufacturing end of things. So the shape to this day bears his name, even though I shall always lovingly call it “the square one”.

TGS

Canada 150 – #2 – Old Salt.

Canada 150 - #2 - Old Salt.

While not unique to Canada, there is no question the fishery is something that every Atlantic Canadian can identify with as part of our heritage. From long before the Europeans arrived, the bounty of the sea was a crucial part of local existence, and so it continues to this day.

This Old Salt is located by the Annapolis Royal Haul-up. Being made of material, he likely doesn’t have too many stories to tell. But the “real” Old Salts can still regale you with stories handed down through the many generations of fishermen in their families.

Canada 150 – #1 – Trans*Canada

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One of the great things about being Canadian is the freedom to be an individual. Not that it is always easy, especially for those who are not in the majority or “mainstream”, but when we think about the lack of such freedom in other countries, we can be very thankful we live in Canada.

This shot is of a photograph that was given to me for Christmas by a nephew. He is a very talented photographer and filmmaker. He is a very hardworking and motivated individual. He is a very thoughtful and caring person. And by the way, he is transgender.

I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult his journey through life has been, as he came to terms with who he really was and then was brave enough to do something about it. And this past summer he decided to travel across Canada on a Honda Ruckus and use his filmmaking skills to bring attention to the transgender people and communities along the way. A whole new meaning for Trans*Canada Trail.

Now Canada is not perfect, as anyone from any minority can no doubt attest.  But hats off to this Canadian named Samson Learn, who is trying to do positive things to make Canada an even better place for everyone to live. For more on Sam’s story, check out this article by CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/arts/this-nova-scotia-filmmaker-is-redefining-trans-canada-1.3658474

The photograph Sam gave me was taken along his cross country trek this past summer. He said he thought I would like it, and he is absolutely right – I love it! Thanks Sam!

TGS

2017 Photo Project – Canada 150

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Flag movement…

For my 2017 photo project, I will be using the theme of Canada 150 – Celebrating Our Canada. Or as I like to think of it… “Proud to be Canadian”. Seems like an easy theme, as there is so much to photograph in the Annapolis Royal region that really speaks about Canada.

This theme will be less rigorous than the “Photo a Day” project I just completed, at least as far as the need to shoot and post daily. But it will require a bit more thinking, to get meaningful photos and to tell the stories behind the photos.

I have missed the blogging part of my photography – it was something that just fell by the wayside with the intensity of the Photo a Day project. So one of my big goals with the Canada 150 project is to get back into writing and storytelling a bit along with the photos.

As usual, plans on January 1 sometimes evolve as the year unfolds, and projects usually finish up a bit differently than they started. It will be interesting to see where this challenge takes me.

So enjoy my take on Canada, the greatest country in the world!

TGS

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