We went to Manitoulin last weekend, just for the fun of it, we saw bridal veil falls all frozen. We visited this time last year with Santi and Tibor, and I did a blog entry

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We stopped in at Moms Cafe/Bakery, not sure what it’s called. We were recommended it by a colleagues wife whilst we were at the curling on Saturday. We only found it by asking repeatedly of the locals, they kept directing us in the right direction, it wasn’t until we were right outside and we asked a couple of ladies showed us the place, They wondered with us how anyone would know, as there is no sign! Also, while looking for the place, we went into Food Land and picked up some apple cider, not the alcoholic kind though, the kind one drinks hot. it’s very nice!

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On our drive back out from Mindemoya (where Moms Cafe was) we passed a lake, we stopped by for a walk on the water.

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We also saw the tractors that I think mentioned in the blog over a year ago:

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We had a fair bit of snow this week, this is Hannah’s walk to work:

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Also, over the past week or so we got some pictures of our crazy cat, who’s current favorite toy a length of string, approximately 6ft of it, we go from the living room to our bedroom as fast as we can, and he races after us, scrabbles on the floor with his claws fully extended for traction, Most amusing, and he seems to love the game! He also relaxes in positions which look less than relaxing.

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Categorised as Canada, Cat


It occurred to me today that we have not taken many mundane pictures of the winter, so I took some. The car covered in the snow is a neighbours, it’s been there for weeks now. Hannah broke the single icicle off the license plate, when I came out from work a lot of the ice on the car had melted and there are now about 5 or 6 icicles on the license plate, but it was to dark to get a picture. Those mounds of snow are just that. It’s flat ground under them in the summer.

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The smoke coming from the stack is just that, smoke, but I guess there is some steam in there also. The stuff coming from ground level is steam as it’s not there in the summer.


Categorised as Canada


This past week has not been particularly eventful, though the snow is back as is the cold. I even bought an extension lead to plug in the block heater for the first time since we have had it. Though we both plan on walking to work tomorrow, even though there is a forecast for a low of -30, which they claim will ‘feel like’ -42. Should be bitter.

So working back through the weekend, I rebuilt my helicopter into a new chassis, which I don’t plan on breaking in a crash. I hope that this will give me some amount of fear of crashing and thus push me harder to be better. To rebuild I had to completely strip the helicopter from the old broken chassis. The pictures tell the story better than the words, though the screws are so small. It’s hard to conceive their actual size from the pictures, but I assure you, they’re tiny.

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That bearing is the smallest roller bearing I have ever seen! The coin in the pictures is a Dollar or as it is commonly known in Canada, a Loony, after the bird on the tails side of the coin. It is about the size of an English 50p piece.

Sunday morning I happened to look out of our kitchen window upon the snow scene, when my eye settled on the tree by the stained glass place. The tree was clearly providing sustenance, in the form of the small red berries that currently adorn it and contrast so beautifully with the white snow, for a number of Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum). I counted between 12 and 15 of them. My pictures don’t really do their plumage justice as the windows are not what one might consider to be clear and transparent.

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Pretty aren’t they? I am not sure that I have ever observed this species before, perhaps I have not been concentrating in the past. Then again the tree has so many berries on it, that I doubt anything has been eating them at much of a rate. I would wager that if each bird weighs 30g, and consumes its own body weight of food during the course of a day, that 15 of these things could consume 450g of berries. Now I am stumped as I don’t know a, how many berries there are on the tree, and b. how much one berries would weight. So the wagers of off. Sorry.

I had my microscope out and took a picture of the LEDs which make up the computer monitor display. The three colours are actually LED lamps, you’re seeing them though the two polarizing filters which allow for reducing brightness of each individual LED.

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I keep meaning to take a picture of a snow flake through the microscope, one day soon I’ll bring you said picture. Soon.. not date mentioned..

Hannah: “Our lives are not that boring, but Brendan had a lot of time on his own this week, as I haven’t had much time off, what with colleagues being sick and holiday cover (plus teaching and attending directors meetings). We’re going to a Curling Bonspiel this coming Saturday, that should be good fun”

Brendan: “I completely fail see how this blog post could possibly construe that we have boring lives.. Just because I took the time to understand how the LED monitor works…”

Dreadful weather

The weather has been “warm” i..e it has climbed above zero centigrade, much to our disappointment. The snow has melted a lot, there was even grass visible on Troy and Katie’s garden, only where Troy had shoveled though, car parks and sidewalks are now full of puddles, It feels ‘English’ here. How ever that is rapidly on the change this evening, it is snowing now, and it’s settling well. I believe from the looks of the weather reports that it’s going to fall to a high of -6C by Tuesday night.

We have not been up to very much in this past week, just working and living. I noticed that two of the tiny Aloe plants did not survive the trans-plant into the new pots. But the larger of the small 3 does appear to be doing well.

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Hannah got a kit for making moccasins, she has been busy making them..

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Tigger amused us this week, which is not out of the ordinary, but I managed to get it on video!

In other news, I flew my small helicopter outside today, it copes VERY well with the light wind, I am most impressed with its performance.


Hannah playing with Tigger, that toy came from Dollarama for $1.13 (Inc. tax)! He loves it.

This is regular play time for Tigger, he likes to chase or catch something.

Categorised as Cat

Set fire to the snow

I have now fixed my helicopters’ ski using some transparent plastic that was part of some packaging from a present which one of us received from Christmas.

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I also built the Spite Fire which I was given for Christmas, it took longer than I expected, almost an hour and a half I think, It was great fun. I now plan on getting my wood glue from work and sticking a few of the parts in and on as some are a little lose.

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We got some good pictures of Tigger recently:

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On Saturday afternoon we set off from home with our snow shoes, a sledge/toboggan and headed North on Elm Street. We passed through Chelmsford and shortly before the next gas bar we spotted fire wood for sale. We bought $10 worth, loaded it into the sledge on the back seat off the car and then continued on our merry way. We arrived at Windy lake, parked up and got our snow shoes, hats, gloves etc on. We set off, me with my knife and survival tool. We walked for at least a mile to the edge of the lake, now frozen so thick that there is an ice fishing hut on the lake. We cleared an area of snow and piled up the wood in the center of it; I later discovered that what I thought was a “cleared” area, was just a hard layer of snow; there was a good 3 inches more snow under that. Soon we had a good little fire going. We enjoyed it until it burned down such that it was no longer giving off any discernible heat (at -19 I guess we might just not have been feeling it!). During this time the light had bounced off on it’s merry way to a new day on the far side of the planet leaving us surrounded by the absence of light. Luckily I knew that we had to make our way due north, so using the compass we set off following our own foot steps right back the way we came.

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When we got home we had some dinner, for desert we had a slice of Christmas cake with English custard, made in the county of Devon in England!!!

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We have bought a new domain name, is now registered to us.

No reason, just fancied a change. Also, it can stand for our names and can also include Hannah’s maiden name and my grandfathers fathers family name and mothers maiden name. I felt it was a more relative to what the website is now all about, us!

We have had a little more snow recently, but not much, maybe a couple of inches, we’re planing on making the most of this tomorrow.

Categorised as Canada


I have now broken two parts of my new helicopter, I had a collision with the wall in our bed room which resulted in a “fall from height”. this split the cannopy, since then I might have had a few other crashes causing yet more damage to the cannopy. Then on Monday I had an incident, where the helicopter contacted the wall and floor at speed, I believe that this collision broke the skid leg.

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I read on a forum that I should be practicing landing accurately  so I made a heliport, Hannah kindly provided the colouring expertise to make the logo nice and black. I also added a coke can for somewhere to land when I eventually get good at landing on the H!!

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