Spring in the Cove: Six

At the best of times, I have a short little span of attention, and THESE times are not helping. So while we isolate here at home, maybe I can show you what I’m noticing in the spring landscape, and around the site, cause that is mostly what I’m doing anyway. So what has happened since… Read More

Contagion at Sea, c1875

My grandmother experienced an infectious disease outbreak 150 years ago. Her little story used to sound antiquated, but now we all know how it feels to have an invisible threat suddenly arrive, and how it changes our lives. Mary Davis Armstrong was encouraged by her son (uncle Maurice) to record stories from her interesting childhood.… Read More

Spring in the Cove: Five

At the best of times, I have a short little span of attention, and THESE times are not helping. So while we isolate here at home, maybe I can show you what I’m noticing in the spring landscape, and around the site, cause that is mostly what I’m doing anyway. Being able to shelter in… Read More

Spring in the Cove: Four

At the best of times, I have a short little span of attention, and THESE times are not helping. So while we isolate here at home, maybe I can show you what I’m noticing in the spring landscape, and around the site, cause that is mostly what I’m doing anyway. When it rains or is… Read More

Spring in the Cove: Three

At the best of times, I have a short little span of attention, and THESE times are not helping. So while we isolate here at home, maybe I can show you what I’m noticing in the spring landscape, and around the site, cause that is mostly what I’m doing anyway. This is a special moment… Read More

Spring in the Cove: Two

At the best of times, I have a short little span of attention, and THESE times are not helping. So while we isolate here at home, maybe I can show you what I'm noticing in the spring landscape, and around the site, cause that is mostly what I'm doing anyway. Tangible proof of the outside… Read More

Spring in the Cove: One

At the best of times, I have a short little span of attention, and THESE times are not helping. So while we isolate here at home, maybe I can show you what I'm noticing in the spring landscape, cause that is mostly what I'm doing anyway. Sunday has started with the most beautiful atmosphere: still,… Read More

Go potty

What a lot of talk about toilet tissue. By now maybe you are in the mood for some photos of vintage toilet facilities, to go along with all that paper work. "I am just going outside and may be some time." The outhouse comes to mind when we think of the days before indoor plumbing.… Read More

Bollards: you’re sooo strong

Do you know bollards? When I've pointed them out on walking tours, people are often not familiar with the name, but for some reason, are amused and enjoy saying "bollards". There are many examples around Halifax, so let the hilarity begin. Bollards have several functions, and since we live in a seaport let's start with… Read More

Cornered

Soon the old CBC building, at the corner of Summer Street and Bell Road, will be demolished to make way for the hospital expansion. I've never found the building particularly interesting, but I do like how its stub-nosed entrance echoes the curve of Bell Road. When the building opened in 1956,… Read More