old car old photo

Looking through old pictures I meant to post and never did, I came across this one I took on August 12, 2005. Odd how it only seems like yesterday I took it and now we are almost on the eve of 2007.

hidden treasure

So here is the treasure we were looking for — high up near the roof — hats! In 1716 when the bell-ringer died someone decided to remember him by nailing his hat high in the church just below the Belfry roof. This soon became a tradition and as bell-ringers died their hat was placed up there with the date they died painted on their hat.

Another interesting fact, the rafted (double hammerbeam) roof of the nave shown to the right of the photo dates back to the early 1500s, which makes it about the same date as Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.


I took this shot some time ago in Burlington (ontario), one can never spend enough time at the lake.

prayer cushions

Inside the church there were many brightly embroidered prayer cushions, but these were not what we were looking for, we were looking for something quite different, something left behind by bell ringers.

Actually I posted a pictures from this church before, a chest and the resent church carvings photo was also taken here.

To be continued...

room with a view

The view made this the most amazing family room I have ever seen!

treasure hunters

Earlier this year when my mom and I explored this Essex church, St. George’s in Great Bromley, we were on a mission. Somewhere inside was a historical treasure that was rarely seen — it was out of reach but in full view of all who knew where to look — but most people did not know where to look. Although we did not know exactly where the treasure was we had heard rumors and came with good ideas where it might be found.

To be continued...

godspeed sir

I visited this church a couple of years ago and have posted previous photos of it (see photo 1 and photo 2). This was the church of one of my mom's friends, an elderly gentleman who had been a World War II Royal Air Force Navigator, I always enjoyed meeting and talking with him. Earlier this year on another trip to England I visited him in a nursing home where he had moved to after becoming ill. A few weeks ago as a result of that illness he passed away. He was laid to rest after a service in this, his local church, with full military honours. If anyone can find their way home he will — Godspeed sir.

exploring old churches

I took this shot in an English church ealier this year - I miss exploring those old churches.

before summer

I took this and the day before yesterday's picture in May when I visited Ontario’s Royal Botanical Gardens. Although that day seems so long ago, it remains a vivid and nice memory not just because of the flowers but because I was anticipating summer at that time. Perhaps early in the new-year I will go again and anticipate next summer.

remembering old friends

Last summer rummaging through my gear getting ready for a backcountry camping trip I came across an old Union Flag (sometimes called a Union Jack) and I threw it in my backpack. When I made camp I decided to fly it and unexpectedly it raised mixed emotions of happiness and melancholy.
Last summer rummaging through my gear getting ready for a backcountry camping trip I came across an old Union Flag (sometimes called a Union Jack) and I threw it in my backpack. When I made camp I decided to fly it and unexpectedly it raised mixed emotions of happiness and melancholy.
I don't usually camp beneath flags, but the last time I did I with oppos (mates) in the Royal Marines. So as the Union Flag flew in this picture and I cooked up my field rations I remembered those guys and those days. I especially remembered those oppos no longer with us: Bob Longhorn, Richard Coulter and Ian Beckett. Rest in peace guys — you are not forgotten.

turquoise sea

A beach in the Bahamas - I could happily live on a beach like this

quick flight

I am sorry I did not update photos for a while. I had to catch a plane somewhere on short notice and before I left my internet was down so I could not put the site on auto-post.


I am no sure what these towers are for - but they made a good photo. I took this of the English Channel some time ago.

UPDATE: I am away for a week without internet and the site will not be updated until December 15.

yellow sports car

Yellow has always been my favorite colour—although I would take this car in any colour!

finding my way

I know GPS is all the rage but I don’t use it in backcountry, instead I rely on my old Silva Compass. Perhaps I am old fashioned but I think calculating magnetic variation, taking bearings and matching the contours of the land to the map are a part of what being in backcountry is all about.

lakefront lookout

I took this shot some time ago in Burlington (ontario), one can never spend enough time at the lake.

window over cairns

Looking up at the window of a friend's house in Cairns Australia - tomorrow I will show the view.


Sydney Australia - I have said it before but I say it again - a wonderful city!


Inside one of the abandoned Whitby Psychiatric Hospital buildings.

the hot seat

This small uninspiring room is the waiting area outside the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies defense rooms. Here candidates take, or try to take, the final steps in their PhD process. In the rooms leading from this area candidates 'defend' their thesis before a committee of renowned scholars who examine whether their work not only has rigor and trustworthiness but also whether it makes a significant enough contribution to knowledge for a PhD to be awarded.

After defending my thesis for two hours I was asked to leave so that the committee could decide my fate. I sat here in the corner hot seat and as they debated my work behind closed doors I debated it within my head. Perhaps I have not explained my theoretical framework adequately. Maybe my methodology is inappropriate. Likely I missed things in my literature review. There must be alternative ways of interpreting my data that I have not seen. Maybe my conclusions are not adequately supported by the data. Surely I am going to fail! Have I just wasted five-years of my life?

The exam room door opened and my thesis supervisor emerged and walked toward me looking serious and solemn. As I stood up he reached out to shake my hand and said, “Congratulations doctor….” It was done! That was four-years ago and still I am smiling, but it was only recently that I had the courage to go back and take a photo of that very hot seat!

fireside philosophy

A University of Toronto room - in the winter wooden logs will be burnt in this fireplace - a nice place to sit and read

china town

Buildings in Victoria BC’s China Town, the oldest China Town in Canada.

goodmorning seagull

Another view from my hotel in Victoria - this seagull came early in the morning to say hello.

good morning victoria

The view from my hotel window on my recent trip to Victoria. I think the mountains in the distance are Washington State.


With summer over it is time for the geese to head south - when the snow comes I will be wishing that I could follow.

hamilton tree episode three

Taken today. Click the "hamilton tree" label below to see all episodes.


Tom Thompson Lake at night with a 30 second exposure! Which reminds me of the poem by Su Dongpo (CE 1036-1101) of the Song Dynasty (CE 960-1279).

明月幾時有? 把酒問青天。 不知天上宮闕, 今夕是何年? 我欲乘風歸去, 又恐瓊樓玉宇, 高處不勝寒。 起舞弄清影, 何似在人間!
轉朱閣, 低綺戶, 照無眠。 不應有恨, 何事長向別時圓? 人有悲歡離合, 月有陰晴圓缺, 此事古難全。 但願人長久, 千里共嬋娟。

English Translation:
Bright moon, when did you appear? Lifting my wine, I question the blue sky. Tonight in the palaces and halls of heaven what year is it, I wonder?

I would like to ride the wind, make my home there, only I fear in porphyry towers, under jade eaves, in those high places the cold wind would be more than I could bear. So I rise and dance and play in your pure beams, though this human world — how can it vie with yours?

Circling red chambers, low in the curtained door, you light our sleeplessness. Surely you bear us no ill will — why then must you be so round at times when we humans are parted!

People have their griefs and joys, their togetherness and separation, the moon its dark and clear times, its roundings and wanings. I only hope we two may have long long lives, may share the moon’s beauty though a thousand miles apart.

remembering hippocrates

Here is the inscription from beneath the tree in yesterday’s photo:
This tree grew from a seed of the plane tree under which Hippocrates taught on the island of Cos: It was planted on this site by the Victoria Medical Society celebrating the 75 anniversary of its foundation and signifying the spirit of co-operation between the Victoria Medical Society and the University of Victoria. May 6, 1970.

To me this was quite exciting—even more exciting is the fact that I brought back some of the leaves from this tree for a friend who I know likes to collect and press leaves and I also brought back some seeds from the tree and I am going to try and grow them!

awsome tree

Another shot of the University of Victoria campus. I took this picture standing beneath a tree and you can see the branches and leaves from the perimeter of the tree in the foreground. This was, however, no ordinary tree, check tomorrow’s picture to find out why. There is something about this particular tree that caused me to stand in awe beneath it for a long time and imagine.

brother john

This is a picture of Brother John taken last week on October 31st. On all other days of the year he is better known as my cousin John.

tea at UofT

A scene from the University of Toronto and a very nice place for lunch or afternoon tea - see you there!