Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Warning

I thought I had posted this picture a couple of weeks ago, then realized that somehow it got overlooked. We spent a couple of days in Pembroke, Ontario, earlier this month reconnecting with some old friends and making new ones. We lived there 1987-1999, more or less, so the visit brought back a lot of […]

The Banana Republic

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister was at the United Nations this week, demanding an apology from Canada. He feels Canada has treated his country like a “banana republic.” The dispute has been ongoing for a couple of months now – a textbook example of why Twitter shouldn’t be used for foreign policy. Canada’s foreign minister tweeted […]

Little Women

Confession time: I’ve never read Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women, first published in 1868. I always thought, rightly or wrongly, that it was the sort of book women read, but real men didn’t. That meant I thought twice when offered the opportunity to preview a modern film adaptation, which hits theatres today. My […]

Fake Cow

Went to an open house Sunday at the SOS Children’s Village in Sulzburg (more on that at a later date). There were various vendors selling refreshments. The big hit was a dairy. At least I think it was a dairy – they were giving out free yoghurt drink samples. I don’t drink (or eat) yoghurt, […]

View From The Hills

There are so many trails in the Sulzburg area that, in a year, I have by no means exhausted them all. This week I went walking on the ridge on what I think is the west side of the town. (One of these days I’m going to have to orient myself and figure out which […]

Now I Know!

I have passed by this contraption dozens of times in the past year as we walked through the vineyards on the outskirts of Sulzburg, and each time wondered what it was. Firewood was all I could think of, but why would it be so elaborately housed? This past Sunday the mystery was solved. Touring the […]

The Aftermath

A few more pictures today, borrowed from a friend’s Facebook page, of my neighbourhood after Friday’s tornadoes touched down in Ottawa. Schools are all closed today, though power has been restored most places.

I Missed It

Friday night a tornado ripped through Ottawa, a very rare occurrence. I’m in Germany. The first I heard of it was when I woke up Saturday morning to read that 150,000 people were without power. Homes were destroyed, people injured and it was being described as the worst natural disaster since the 1998 ice storm […]

Today’s Thousand Words

Still feeling a little uninspired today, then I came across this photo I took in Naples almost a decade ago. Not sure what the context was, whether it was in a store or on the street. Probably the street, given that the pictures both before and after on the camera were street scenes. Back then, […]

No Post Today

The effects of jet lag have hit in full force. I’m certain anything I post would be unfunny, uninteresting and not even unusual. Therefore, rather than have you read something written while I was in a semi-incoherent state, I have decided to wait another day before resuming our regularly scheduled programming. The argument could be […]