Behind Dundurn Castle in Hamilton is a small orchard where at the moment hundreds of apples litter the ground. When I saw these I was tempted to take some home because with naturally occurring antioxidants and other medicinal elements apples really are good for you! And becides - they are tasty too!

Some trivia: The word 'apple' originates from the Old English word 'aeppel' which used to be used to refer to any round object. The apple itself, however, originates in central Asia. Apples are said to have been introduced to Canada in Nova Scotia by the early French settlers sometime in the early 1600s.

better times

Both this car and the lock up garages have seen better times and they look particularly wanting on a wet and cold Hamilton afternoon. Yet I found that the pastel green paint on the garages looked nice even though peeling. Sometimes it is not what you see that counts, but the way you see it.

summer house

It does not seem that this building at Dundurn Castle is used because it is locked up and empty. I imagine it sometime in the past being a summerhouse. At the back of the house is a deck that looks out over the bay, a nice place for Earl Gray tea and cucumber sandwiches on a summer afternoon.

leaning tree trail

Another picture from last week's trail ride. This path that I call 'leaning bush trail' is deep in Bronte Creek.

indian ringneck

An Indian Ringneck - as of today a new member of the family.

bill and ben

I went to I Dundurn Castle to look for Bill and Ben, but there was no sign of them, other than these flowerpots. I asked Little Weed if she has seen them, but she told me to ask Dan the Potato Man, I asked him but he would not say. Oh well - if you are at Dundurn and see Bill and Ben - be sure to let me know.

websters falls

sunset trail

I know I have taken several photos like this recently - but really this type of scene is what makes this time of year so nice. I took this earler today riding the Bronte Creek trails.


Walking in downtown Toronto today I noticed that all of the restaurants had cleared away their patio furniture - an ominous sign.

the mission

This morning on the way to a Toronto meeting I saw this senior and I assume these are his grandchildren on the way to school. I am not sure who he is, but given his age he must have lived and navigated several wars and many economic and social upheavals, so he is the right man for this mission. I expect the grandchildren realize how lucky they are and will tell stories of these rides well into their old age - at least I hope so.

beaten path

One of the trails around Webster's Falls in Hamilton.

universal soldier

Exploring more of Hamilton Cemetery I discovered an entire regiment of military graves. Buffy Sainte-Marie on CBC yesterday told of how in the early sixties she sat in the basement of The Purple Onion coffee house in Toronto and wrote the song 'Universal Soldier' (nothing to do with the movie of the same name). Listening to the lyrics made me think more deeply about the institutionally scripted remembrance we undertake when we see graves like these; the things this remembrance makes us forget and the questions it stops us asking. Why don't we have a remembrance day for the heroes who refused to be drafted and would not take up arms? Why don't we honour those who were sent to jail or killed for their commitment to peace and non-violence?

Universal Soldier

He's 5 foot 2 and he's 6 feet 4
He fights with missiles and with spears
He's all of 31 and he's only 17.
He's been a soldier for a thousand years

He's a catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jain
A Buddhist, and a Baptist and Jew.
And he knows he shouldn't kill
And he knows he always will kill
You'll for me my friend and me for you

And He's fighting for Canada.
He's fighting for France.
He's fighting for the USA.
And he's fighting for the Russians.
And he's fighting for Japan
And he thinks we'll put an end to war this way.

And He's fighting for democracy,
He's fighting for the reds
He says it's for the peace of all.
He's the one, who must decide,
who's to live and who's to die.
And he never sees the writing on the wall.

But without him,
how would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau?
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He's the one who gives his body
as a weapon of the war.
And without him all this killing can't go on

He's the universal soldier
And he really is the blame
His orders comes from
far away no more.

They come from him.
And you and me.
And brothers can't you see.
This is not the way we put an end to war

webster's falls

Needing a little rest and recreation, and also remembering that the McMaster Flickr group set a waterfall assignment, I decided to visit Webster's Falls. Anticipating such a day I had already plotted the location on my TomTom maps in my iPAQ, so I just connected the iPAQ to my GPS via Blue Tooth and the iPAQ gave me directions right to the falls. I then took digital photos, went home and posted them from my laptop via a wireless connection to the Internet. Sometimes I wonder what I would do without technology!

soldier's tower (UofT)

These are a few of the student and faculty names on the wall of remembrance at The Soldiers Tower, University of Toronto.

lost regiment

I came across these soldiers in Hamilton Cemetery but so far I have not been able to discover their story. The dates on the stones indicate that they died in WWI, some in the last weeks of the war.

hidden hamilton

Exploring Hamilton today I came across this place - can anyone guess where it is?

autumn trail

I ride the same trail year round in Bronte Creek and I have now taken pictures of this particular spot in Spring, in Summer, and now in Fall.