1980s House & Home

Do you have a favourite house? The one you go out of your way to walk by because it's an essential element of your rich fantasy life. I've heard that a big, old house on Inglis Street in Halifax excites the imagination of many people in this way. Now I can offer them and you… Read More

Great Walls of Halifax: the second stone

The last blog introduced old stone walls of Halifax that were mortared together. This post features my favourite wall: dry laid stone, what you get by just piling rocks with a little care and attention. The peninsula of Halifax and surrounding mainland were once criss-crossed by stone walls. In this 1801 illustration you can see… Read More

The Great Walls of Halifax

Do you like stone walls as much as I do? I think you might, so we are in for a treat, searching out and acknowledging some of the old walls of Halifax. I've been noticing walls around town for the last 40 years, and there are enough examples for two blogs. This one is about the… Read More

Here’s my card

These days many of us are obsessed with our lives on social media and forget about strange communication channels from the past. For example, a craze for decorative calling cards, or visiting cards, popular in the 1880s and 90s. A few decades ago I collected a handful of these cards because I liked their colourful… Read More

A Forgotten Craftsman

Back in the 70s, I squandered a lot of time searching for one of Nova Scotia's finest craftsmen, the problem was he had died well over a hundred years earlier. The object of my desire was a Welshman named William Johns. From about 1835 to 1865 he operated iron foundries in Halifax that made the… Read More

Another Short Walk

The other day I was in town from the cove, for the first time in the new year. The weather was mild after the bitterly cold spell, and I realized that just being out in the streets with my fellow citizens was making me feel irrationally happy. Turning on to Queen Street, there was the… Read More

More is More: living a collaged life

The last post introduced my affection for the collage feature, that makes it easy to combine images (more is more). I continue to mine my collage cryptocurrency (that's gold Jerry, gold!) with a collection of collages that celebrate our Nova Scotian material culture and cultural landscapes (in other words, stuff I like). One spring Saturday… Read More