In Canada, August 1 is designated as Emancipation Day. Events marking the day occurred today, and we visited what is now called the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History. There were speakers, musical performances, remarks by a descendant of Mr. Henson. The museum has exhibits depicting Mr. Henson, his life, the lives of former slaves who came to Canada, how slaves in the US lived, the inhuman conditions in which they were transported from Africa to the Americas.

I am an avid learner about things historical. I learned a lot today and look forward to learning more about this aspect of Canadian history.

How it is.

July 2022. The haskap has grown considerably and shares space with asparagus, strawberries, and sunflowers. Partly or completely obscured by the haskap and asparagus are Chocolate Cherry tomatoes, garlic, beans, tomatillos, broccoli, Chicago figs in pots.

Up against the foundation are ferns, more sunflowers, columbines, Purple Coneflowers, and more stuff I do not remember right now.

Some might call this untidy. Weedy. Even messy.

I say, less lawn to mow. More diverse. More welcoming to birds as well as pollinators and insects.


I captured the seagull shortly before sunset as it made a low level pass nearby.

It was very interesting to watch a number of seagulls, during this evening outing, obviously feed on flying insects. They craned their necks up, down, sideways, altered their flight pattern in order to snatch food. We had never observed this behaviour.

Saddle up!

Some years ago I took riding lessons and went on trail rides. Thinking I might want to take up riding again, I went on a trail ride this morning. It was a brisk morning and I was glad to have gloves. Major was a good horse to ride, soft mouth and easy gait.

Think I will most likely start taking lessons.


Sometimes humans grumble about life. It’s hot, it’s cold, it’s wet, it’s dry, it’s [fill in the blank]. I’m not immune.

These Mute Swans know nothing about the human senses of liking, disliking, grumbling. It is a sunny and mild day, they are safe, so it’s a good time to doze.

That is a good lesson. Accept what is given and be grateful.

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Today’s been a busy day. Faye decided (and I agreed) that this is a good time to refresh the kitchen with new paint and and some additional updates. We walked the dogs, did some laundry. Then we got started today by removing the cabinet doors, sanding all of the cabinet work, washing and priming it.

I removed the reverse osmosis water filtration system as we have not used it for quite some time. Doing so involved an unexpected excursion into the realm of minor plumbing repairs and two trips to our local hardware store for fittings. Oh yes, there were also four trips into the crawl space to shut off the water supply, turn it on, shut it off, and turn it on again.

It’s all good, I learned a little bit about our plumbing system and we still made good headway on the cabinets. Here’s a ‘before’ photo, as we did initial setup.

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