I've been working through
the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina and while publishing to the web site
this week have had CNN on watching all that is happening. Of course
life must go on for the rest of us and so it is with myself.
I've approached the local
Economic Development Department of Chatham-Kent to see if they would like
to help me tell a story of the area. Haven't heard back from them yet but
will be interesting to see what they say.
On 1st September 2005 I
went out to have dinner with Nola Crewe and Harold Nelson at their home in
Port Crewe along with their neighbours and a fine dinner it was too...
You can see that Nola is enjoying her holiday
Here is Pat giving instructions on how to make
the water boil a bit faster :-)
Our Pork ROast and one of Pat and Al's sons makes an appearance
And here is the other son and some of the many
cats around the house :-)
Nola's house has had a paint job and another
cat makes an appearance
Al is carving up the pork joint as
we moved next door to have our dinner :-)
A lot of the vegetables for
the dinner were from
Acres Farm Market and I did a photo shoot of their store as it has
been in operation since 1838. I'd like to do more of these types of
projects as it lets people from all over the world learn a bit about what
life is like here in this part of Canada. When I was traveling last
year I also tried to show areas that I stayed in both in the USA and
Canada as well as when I went back to Scotland.
I had an interesting email
in during the week from someone that was buying a house in Chatham asking
me if I could recommend a House Inspector and Lawyer. I think they found
my journal on the web and as I'd just gone through all this was able to
Today, Monday 5th September, is Labour Day in
Canada so everyone gets the day off.
Noted a news item on CTV today about residents
trying to save the Melville railway station...
Figured I'd take a few pictures in case they
don't succeed and it's torn down.
On Monday/Tuesday I came to a grinding halt
for some reason. I felt shattered and had little energy or
enthusiasm for doing any work. I then got a call on Tuesday to say my
grandfather clock was fixed and wanted to come home :-) Given the
way I was feeling I said I'll head out right now and I also took the
opportunity of doing a photo shoot on them,
Stekelbos. By the end of
the Tuesday evening I was feeling a lot better and my energy had returned.
When I think about it I do mostly work 7 days
a week although try to take it easier on the Sunday and have been doing
this for a few years now. I guess I should start to think about
taking a day off each week to keep the batteries charged up.
Funny think about Chatham is that if I don't
re-visit a place at least a couple of times I keep forgetting how to get
back to it. This time I needed to go to the LCBO liquor store and
couldn't for the life of me remember where it was. I did know it was
my side of town and not too far away. Anyway... Harold needed to go
there and he remembered where it was so I now think I have it fixed in my
mind. I need to re-stock on wine and get a bottle of malt
Also made contact with a person in Wallaceburg
as there is meant to be an unveiling of a Wallace Mural on Wallace Street
in Wallaceburg on the 25th of September. I'm going up to get a sneak
preview on Friday but hope also to get up to take pictures of the actual
Today, Thursday, I got by book shelves fitted
and they will be back on Saturday to do the final sanding and varnishing
and so by Sunday I should be able to get my books up. The good
things about this is that this will finally let me put away my china and
ornaments and so get my dining room finished as well.
You can see my clock is up and working and the
dining room filled with china which will soon be all put away
And all of these books will also be put away
leaving the display cabinet cleared where most of the china will then go
And here are my book cases which will take all
the books as well as my cassettes and LP's. They have built in six
drawers in the center which will take my cassettes.
I also received quite a few new books so am
trying to get organised on which ones to put up first. At this moment I
feel it might be worthwhile to do the Scots in Russia as that provides
some new information for us. Mind you I'll need to check on that book
survey I did earlier to see what the vote count was on the others I've