Good dark and early morning from warm and clear Kingston, Ontario. It's 18C now, will drop several degrees, then hit 25C under mainly sunny skies. Yesterday was "interesting" I had a late (5:30 p.m.) radiation appointment, followed by my first concert attendance since March of '19. And a good one it was, too: opening act, local Kingston band The Gertrudes, and headliners The Slocan Ramblers, who, as usual, tore up the place. Killer concert. The encore was a combined performance by both bands.
Meanwhile, in Ottawa, there was a ceremony honouring the Canadian general who accepted the surrender of German forces in the Netherlands at the end of WWII. Unveiling a plaque was Princess Margreit, who was born in Ottawa in 1943 - Canada sheltered Crown Princess Juliana and family. and declared the maternity ward extraterritorial, so the baby would be Dutch only. Margriet's older sister, Beatrix, eventually became queen. Lt. General Charles Foulkes commanded the German surrender, making sure that they would allow food aid through to the hungry populace (he said it would be a war crime if they didn't). Dutch appreciation for what Canada did was expressed in the gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa, followed by annual bulb donations - thus the annual Tulip Festival in Ottawa.
A sample of last night's concert photos:
Bill, enough of that ^^ "summer-like" commentary!!! At the moment we've got +1 C., a bit of wind, and continuing drizzle [just over 2 cm so far]. And, as was a possibility on some of the forecasts for today.... there's a few SNOW flakes mixed in.
Had this happened later on when crops were under drought stress the farmers would be mucho relieved/happy over the "million dollar rain." I suspect that this is also a million dollar rain, 'cept at the other end of the scale.
Hope everybody has a good day.
One of the things I've put on my plate is reconnoitering re. incorporating a Canadian flag into/onto the awning [stone guard??] for the front window of the SurfSide. When we got it it was an empty frame, so I put a couple of courses of 10" vinyl siding "stolen" from the dump .... it does the job and my wife says it's sufficient/good enuff, but ............ ???? Maybe a panel made with fiberglass cloth over a thin core of something-or-other, with the maple leaf and vertical end strips in relief (?) ???? Any "better" ideas?
Good Day! Can't brag about the weather here! It's been raining almost every day since last fall!
We're seeing trees & shrubs blooming that we didn't know flowered. It IS making everything vibrant & green here in the rain forest though.
Hoping to hear from my Arborist Buddy to help me put up my new flagpole. It was a wooden one & rotted off where the dowel sat in the holder. I'll get him to drill some holes to drain the water.
I have a new one made of aluminum to hang my new indigenous flag too. (I don't want people to think i'm a member of the Tim Bit Taliban)
'MB-850 Mandolin-Banjo' 46 min
'John Gray post-war banjo' 52 min