Wednesday, 31 October 2007
The surf is high but there's no surfing today, not on this beach anyway.
It's all to do with Tropical Storm Noel. An unwelcome visitor, in my opinion.
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
But not only shoes.
Boots, runners, flip-flops.
Typical of Canada, halfway up, there's even a pair of rusty hockey skates.
But the obvious question remains..... WHY?
Monday, 22 October 2007
Sunday, 21 October 2007
and the bridesmaids carried an assortment in autumn colours.
The square cake was my homemade fruit cake decorated by Susan. Both cakes were served at the late night buffet.
Saturday, 20 October 2007
Everything went according to plan. Wedding guests arrived from UK and Newfoundland on time. The weather co-operated with sunshine/clouds and a chilly breeze but NO RAIN! We seem to have been eating, drinking, and celebrating for weeks.
The Bride arrived with her mum and dad.
The ceremony was at the Royal Botanical Gardens, in a courtyard surrounded by flowers.
OlderSon (who was a very efficient and handsome Best Man), me, my newest daughter-in-law, and YoungerSon. We all look so happy! No, I didn't wear my wedding hat.... I thought about it, but, well, I decided it just didn't go with the outfit.
Friday, 12 October 2007
and so..... the ingredients....
mix it all together...
Saturday, 6 October 2007
Susan, the artist, paint scraper in hand, had decided that the five years that her design had graced the doors was long enough, and it was time for a facelift.
I decided to record what was left... the topiary bushes either side of the doors....
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
The Tractor Pull. Souped up tractors with alcohol injected engines. Each one pulls a heavy sled that offers progressively greater resistance as it is pulled. There's lots of noise and smoke and dirt flying everywhere. Cheering crowds and the smell of exhaust in the air, and a crazy commentator who doesn't actually know anything about tractor pulls.
The transfer sled is loaded with 45 gallon drums filled with concrete, which is moved to the front of the sled by an operator at the back.
In the last competition the tractors were pulling 22,000lbs of concrete plus 7,000lbs weight of the sled itself.
And then there's the midway, games of chance, win a giant stuffed furry animal, lose your money, eat candyfloss and peanuts, try out all the rides.....
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
I made my way straight to the quilt display.
This Champion Quilt was hand stitched..... each scrap of colour is a separate fabric.
.... and this one... well! It knocked me speechless. Grand Champion Quilt of the Fair. Semi-circular bottom end, corners the top end, machine stitched, I love the colours!
I have a quilt half finished... it's been that way for the past five years. Better get on with it ready for the 2008 Fair.
Scroll down to see Markham Fair - Part 2, the veggie display, and Part 1, the farm animals.
Monday, 1 October 2007
However, Markham Fair still displays it's rural roots every September, and I hope it will keep the tradition for many years to come. Without farmers, we wouldn't have anything to eat.
First prize feed corn... a bit tough for us, but the cows love it.
The old tradition of a wheatsheaf.