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Wollastonite

I had no idea what Wollastonite was before I stopped here to take a picture of the inuksuk wearing sunglasses, and then did a bit of snooping about on Google. Named after the English chemist and mineralogist William Hyde Wollaston, … Continue reading

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W.N.Twolan

Built in 1962 by Geo. T. Davie & Sons Ltd (little Davie) in Lauzon, now Lévis, QC, the W.N. Towlan was designed for service in the port of Churchill, MB for the National Harbours Board. It was a twin screw … Continue reading

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Drews Head Lighthouse

In 1874 the The New Brunswick parliament appropriated funds for a lighthouse at Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, to guide vessels into Beaver Harbour, which was frequently resorted to as a harbour of refuge. A site at Lighthouse Point on Drews … Continue reading

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The Walter Gray

The small deck ferry Joshua Slocum was built in Halifax in 1973 by Halifax Metal Workers for the Minister of Highways. It  entered service on the short run between East Ferry, and Tiverton, Digby, County. Fitted with twin steerable props … Continue reading

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Gargoyles

  Architects often used gargoyles on buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. A trough is cut in the back of the gargoyle and rainwater typically exits through the … Continue reading

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Lancaster KB882

Lancaster Mk 10P KB882 was built in 1945 by Victory Aircraft Limited, Malton, Ontario and delivered to Britain, where the aircraft joined No. 428 Squadron RCAF in March of that year. The Lancaster was part of the first production batch … Continue reading

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Amherst Island ferry

The 15 minute ferry trip to Amherst Island is a nice way to cool off on a hot summer day, which is exactly what I did while heading to Toronto from Kingston. The ferry runs from Millhaven, 22 km west … Continue reading

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Toe the line

The most likely origin of “toe the line” dates back to the the late 17th or early 18th century when barefooted sailors stood to attention for inspection on wooden decked ships of the Royal Navy. The sailors lined up on … Continue reading

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Juniper berries

A juniper berry is the female seed cone produced by the various species of junipers. It is not a true berry but a cone with unusually fleshy and merged scales, which give it a berry-like appearance. The cones from a … Continue reading

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Colours Of Fall – Sunflower

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. The sunflower is named after its huge, fiery blooms, whose shape and image are often used to depict the sun. It has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, … Continue reading

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