We have snow :)

So excited about the snow!

Have been very busy month with work… sorry I have not posted in awhile. Hopefully I will in a few days.

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Hope you are all having a great Christmas Season! Good Night 🙂

 

A morning walk on the Tantramar Marsh and the old radio towers…

Decided to take a long morning walk on the Tantramar Marsh. There used to be a radio station and radio towers on this marsh… not long ago. Was very sad when they shut it down and ripped down the towers.  http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2250785369

This article explains some people’s experience when the radio towers were up. Quite funny 🙂  http://www.cbc.ca/arts/this-new-brunswick-town-was-literally-haunted-by-the-radio-1.3768831

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It was about 8am and it was just freezing because of the wind which comes from the Bay of Fundy on the opposite direction of this photo. I had winter clothing on but my hands were frozen… even though I had warm mitts on. Photos are not really focused as I had to really grip the camera just to make sure it and I didn’t end up flying through the air 😉

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The marsh is also famous for it’s dykes that were built hundreds of years ago by the Acadians…  http://www.landscapeofgrandpre.ca/the-acadians-and-the-creation-of-the-dykeland-1680ndash1755.html

They have Acadian archaeological digging events as well and I have tried to sign up but the waiting period is quite long. One day I will find the time…

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There was a rainstorm coming and the shadows are very large rain clouds above. I thought if I looked up they just might break 😉

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Decided to go home as the rain clouds moved right in behind me and it looked like I was going to pour… I had a half and hour walk home and didn’t bring my raincoat… it was so cold I thought a winter coat was more appropriate.

Came home to ‘Alice’, my Foster Kitty, telling me it was time for second breakfast 😉

Have a great evening. Take care 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

The past…

Have been quite ill with the flu or a very bad cold for the two weeks… Haven’t been out to take photographs so I though these old black and whites of my parents would be nice to show.  They are on the Tantramar Marsh which is between Sackville, NB and Amherst, NS and quite beautiful especially during dawn and sunset. Will have to get out soon to take some colour photographs of it to show you.  http://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/tantramar-marsh/

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My Dad just passed in April. We all miss him…

Hope you have a great week.

 

The Great Amherst Mystery… poltergeist.

Happy Halloween!

If you want to read something spooky I suggest ‘The Great Amherst Mystery’ or in some countries it’s called ‘The Esther Cox Hauntings’. It’s said to be a true story that happened in Amherst, NS which is the small town I am living in now. It happened between 1878 – 1879 and I heard that one of my relatives built the house…

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This was the first book that was written and there are also 12 others.

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You can also read about it here  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Amherst_Mystery.

Good night 🙂

 

 

Adopting and Fostering pets

I am a true believer in adopting pets rather than buying them from a breeder. Have always adopted except for one kitty that was bought for me when I was very young.

My 25 year old kitty Ibu chan died of Congestive Heart Failure on May 28th. She was originally a semi-feral that adopted me in Kyoto, Japan. We brought her back when we moved back to Canada ten years ago.

These are photos of her when she was about 24 years old and in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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She was truly the most considerate, clean and loving furbaby I have ever met. I seriously recommend to adopt cats even semi-ferals… Quite often with time and patience, these cats can be a wonderful and loving addition to your family.

I met Ibu one Autumn day in Kyoto, Japan… Ibu decided to rip open my screen window and make our home her own. After a little research around my Kyoto neighborhood I found out she was an five year old offspring from the mountains. She was a little different than the other one’s as her Mother was an abandon American Shorthair and her father the biggest, meanest feral of the mountain area… or that how the story goes 😉 The local ladies also told me that Ibu was born in the Autumn and that her Mom was abandoned by her family who moved away.

I took her to the vet and he confirmed much of what I was told. He also told me that she was not fixed but sterile… though I am not sure how they can tell. She was quite small and only had peach fuzz on her stomach (some cats in hot countries have that).

Ibu chan was allowed to roam the mountains for about 8 years after that until we moved to a busy area. She was an amazing hunter and she kept our home mouse, rat and bug free 🙂 which is quite difficult in an Asian country.

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Ibu at 17 in my studio in Nova Scotia. It was very hot and I put a cold facecloth on her to cool her down a bit.

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Ibu in Kyoto at 14.

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After Ibu passed, I was just a mess obviously because my Father had just passed suddenly a few weeks before… I decided to foster a kitty from CARMA (https://www.ca-r-ma.org/) to help with the pain…

Meet ‘Alice’ 😉

Alice’s mother and father were feral cats and CARMA which is an organization that helps neuter and take care of ferals, trapped Alice when she was very young. They have to take the kittens away from their feral mothers at about 4 or 6 weeks old so they don’t end up feral like their mothers.

Alice was adopted at about 8 weeks old and then a couple of months later decided to go on an adventure in the woods by herself for three months… Her family moved away by then and Alice had to be fostered, fattened up and taught a few manners 😉 so she would be adoptable.

Now after 2 foster parents and 7 months of re-education 😉 she is ready for adoption. She is just under two years old, very vocal, clean and bit of a character ;). At the beginning of November she will be up for adoption and I will be very sad and miss her but glad that I could help her. Wish more people would foster cats and dogs. It may be hard to let them go but it is wonderful to know that you are helping a living being have a better life.

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‘Please adopt and don’t shop’. Thank you. And have a great week 🙂

 

Heian Jingu and the Kamogawa.

 

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This is the entrance gate.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heian_Shrine

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The Kamogawa (Kamo River)… I have spent a great deal of my life on this river bank either reading or at a social event.

They used to rinse kimonos out in this river long ago and sometimes it used to run blue with indigo…

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A ginko tree… some say the nuts are healthy to eat but I am allergic to them. They smell like throw up when cooking so I really don’t understand how some can eat them…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba

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These are Japanese Kites dive bombing people while they eat their lunch 😉 These birds of prey are quite large and will steal your food right out of your hand.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_kite

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Have a great evening 🙂

 

 

Maruyama Park and it’s glorious colours.

Nature never fails to amaze me.

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The leaves started to blow really quickly… and these photos came out sort of abstract 😉

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Maruyama Park in Eastern Kyoto which is right behind Yasaka Shrine. Usually very famous for it’s cherry blossoms in the Spring. I like it in Autumn as it’s not packed with tourists like the other places at this time of year…  https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3925.html.

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This little fella was grooming himself. So gentle I could have pat him but didn’t. I  believe in leaving wildlife alone.

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A very busy week and a half for me… Hope all of you have a great one.

Night 🙂

 

 

 

 

Back to my love… Kyoto

Back to my love 🙂

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I can never get enough of traditional Japanese Architecture and Art.

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A lot of good restaurants on Kiyamachi Street.   https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g298564-d3837245-Reviews-Kiyamachi_Street-Kyoto_Kyoto_Prefecture_Kinki.htm

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In Nara Deer Park… Oh my this smells good! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nara_Park.

Have a great evening! 🙂

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow but we celebrated early because of work and went for a drive during a humid, tropical light rainstorm today. The sky was a very odd colour and the wind was pretty strong so it took everything to try to hold the camera still 😉

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Beautiful marsh grass… wish I had brought my new camera. Could have made a little movie of the grass blowing. It was so beautiful it was almost poetic. The little camera I was using didn’t seem to capture the rich colours of the Autumn leaves. Have to really learn how to use the new one… it’s a bit intimidating. I am much more of a Twin-lens reflex camera kind of person 😉

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A lot of farms along this road.

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It appears most of the horses, cows and llamas decided to stay in today because normally there are quite a few in the fields.

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And the sea…

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Dropped into Parrsboro to look at some art galleries there and had a quick bite to eat. Some sites that might give you more information about this village… http://www.town.parrsboro.ns.ca/ and http://www.novascotia.com/about-nova-scotia/regions/bay-fundy-annapolis/parrsboro.

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Thought these were quite cute.

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Have a great evening 🙂