Friday, April 26, 2013

Blurb Books Success Story

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Blurb Books. They were interested in using our Paws For Charity Project as one of their "Success Stories". I answered a few questions by email, and now you can find Paws For Charity under their "Fundraiser" success stories. The only problem is...they used images from last year's project instead of this year! Oh well, any free press is great press!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Nova Scotia Postcards

I've been thinking about starting this project for a while now, but knew I just had to do it after I found a postcard from 1967 in a drawer I was cleaning out. The postcard was from my mom and sent to my grandma during a family trip to Cape Breton when I was six years old. Even though I have no memories of the trip, I truly believe it was this trip that caused me to have a lifetime love of Nova Scotia. I finally moved to Nova Scotia in 2008, and love it just as much as I thought I would! 

Project Details: I will be collecting postcards of Nova Scotia by email (front and back) to be published in a book late 2014. I hope to have a collection of postcards that will capture images and words of a way of life that used to that are kitschy, funny, tourist attractions, businesses, etc . All cards will be considered for publication, but I hope to focus mostly on cards from the 1970's and before.

Do you know anyone with old postcards of Nova Scotia? Please ask them to email their cards to be included in this book project!  If you don't have a scanner to email your card images, contact me by email for details on how to mail your cards.


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Thursday, April 18, 2013

in our yard

Most of the photos taken at our house these days are of the new "baby". But there are still some things going on that deserve to be the red tailed hawk soaring over our field.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Happy Anniversary

It's a very special anniversary today...the 10th anniversary of the luckiest day in our lives. Some people might not look at it that way, but we do. Ten years ago today, we were just a few minutes from home and heading down a two lane highway. It was snowing, and a car in the oncoming lane was stopped to make a left turn. A transport truck came over a small rise in the highway, and swerved to miss the stopped car. The truck hit the ditch and jack-knifed, and the trailer came down on top of our van.

John was driving and leaned over the console, which saved his life. The fire chief told us later that he thought he had a fatal accident to deal with. John was rushed to the local hospital, and then taken to Ottawa by ambulance. He was kept in the trauma unit for 3 days. This all happened during the SARS epidemic in Ontario, so I was not allowed into the hospital to see him for the first 24 hours.

It took many, many months for John to recover. But how lucky we are! Because it's ten years later and we are here....together...enjoying life.
what was left of our van after our accident in 2003
We all know life is fragile. Things can happen in the blink of an eye. It's good to be reminded of this from time to time. That's why April 16th is a special day in our lives.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Two Trees - Take 2

Remember the photos of the two trees that I posted in March? (click here if you don't remember). Well, I have gone back there a couple of times to photograph them with different skies in the background. Here they are on a sunny day, with a crow flying low over the field.
There was a mottled sky early morning last week, so I hopped in the car with Riley (our Wheaten Terrier) and went over to take a couple of photos. I took this one...

...and as I was walking back to the car, a flock of birds flew over. I was at the wrong angle (as you can see) so one of the apple trees doesn't show up well against the background of trees. I walked back to my standard spot hoping that the birds would fly over again.

But the birds....a flock of pigeons...didn't budge from the telephone wires.

A man came out of the house across the street, and once he found out that I was hoping for the pigeons to take flight, he helpfully pulled off his cap and shouted "shoo! shoo!". That did the trick, and the birds took flight.
the pigeon wrangler - his bright orange cap will help you spot him

two ducks fly overhead while my pigeon wrangler works to get the flock of pigeons back in flight

The pigeons didn't fly exactly where I was hoping, but who can complain about minor details when someone is willing to help capture a photo?