Monday, September 26, 2016

Seeking Raindrops on Roses

Our photo theme today is "Raindrops on Roses."  The song "My Favourite Things" was written in 1959 for the musical The Sound of Music.  Mary Martin starred on Broadway, and Julie Andrews performed the song on the Christmas special for the Garry Moore Show in 1961, and was the star of the film in 1965.  After Julie Andrews, the person most associated with this song is John Coltrane, who did an extended fourteen minute version in his 1961 album with the same name.  

Raindrops on Roses has taken on many uses over the year:

21443 Paint - Benjamin Moore
A Paper Collection
Free flower delivery
Heartfelt creations
Topsail Island Rental
Nature News
Etsy items
The Raindrops on Roses Necklace
Pecksniffs Fine Fragrances
Mother Earth - aromatherapy and natural healers
Hydrating tonic
Felting
Weekly photo challenge

Friday, September 23, 2016

Demolition Derby all Done

Prudhomme's was a Niagara landmark for decades.  The Prudhomme resort, which started as a 16-room motel in 1949, blossomed into a 1,000-seat summer theatre that doubled as a curling rink in the winter. Stars like Eva Gabor, Eve Arden and John Forsythe appeared in the theatre’s week-long productions.

I found a few pictures on the internet - the first showing the 'garden centre' at its height.  The second shows the results of a 1971 fire that destroyed the Olympic-sized swimming pool, bowling, alley, and arcade.  

There was a waterpark until 2002 and it is pictured here along with lost Crystal Beach and Maple Leaf Village.

So our pictures contrast our June Fun run with some of the hotel showing in the background with what is there now - almost nothing.

The plans are underway for what will arise next as the land has been purchased.  This is the most significant development site in the Niagara region - on the water with QEW access and 80 acres - very large. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

TIMEANDDATE Today!

Can you imagine that there are 'things you need to know' about fall?  That headline comes from National Geographic.  So I headed out to find the top 5 things I would really need to know.  I didn't find 5 things - I found one fact that was most interesting from timeanddate.com.
 
4.The Equinox is a Specific Moment...
Contrary to popular belief, equinoxes are no day-long events, even though many cultures choose to celebrate it as such. Instead, they occur at the exact moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s Equator. At this instant, the Earth's rotational axis is neither tilted away from nor towards the Sun.

And the moment?  10:21 am ET.


Our pictures today come from the side of a passenger car at the Sandy River Railroad, showing the wear and tear of time on the surface paint. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Roundhouse and Rountable

Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad was great for the roundhouse and turntable.  We were treated to a live operational demonstration - here are  a few pictures.

Monday, September 19, 2016

That Fast Fox

Do you remember when you learned the letters of the alphabet in one sentence?  It is called a pangram:  

"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."

I was looking for Canadian expressions and the MacLean's article on Canadianisms begins with a sentence full of Canadian expressions.  It made me think of that fox.

"Pass me a pop or I'll turf you out of here, hoser."

Here is their list of 11 Canadianisms that American's would be stumped by:
1. Double double
2. Pogey
3. All-dressed
4. Chesterfield
5. Pop (soda)
6. 
Soaker
7. Dinged (financially hit)
8. 
Turfed out
9. Give’r
10. Parkade
11. Hoser


Our pictures today show some breezy views of the scenery on the way back from Maine.