Yearning for a lost urn

In the early 1970s I was seized by a passion for Victorian decorative cast iron and, armed with my trusty magnet, would venture on little expeditions of discovery around Halifax. The Public Gardens proved to have the richest concentration of iron objects: gates, fountains, park benches, bases for sculptures. The Gardens took their present form… Read More

A Brilliant Proposal

Nova Scotian architects and builders are designing and erecting quite a collection of memorable buildings that sparkle in the Nova Scotian landscape. They post photos of their projects, but most turn out to be residences, often located in beautiful but private settings, that I will never be able to see in real life. That's why… Read More

New market in an old location

Recently Halifax Retales, in his reports on businesses opening and closing, noted that Noggins Farm Market was going to open an outlet in the new Capital Suites building at the corner of Coburg and Seymour Streets in Halifax. Fresh produce in the center of a university and family neighbourhood feels like a brilliant idea. [caption… Read More

Old Album, Number Ten

This is the tenth album selected from my little collection of photos, arranged in more or less chronological order. Now I'm just pulling out slides from the 1970s, and selecting some that seem to go together. A couple of shots from rambles in Cape Breton in 1971. The crisp Gulf logo stands out against a… Read More

A quick trip to Saint-Pierre

Did you notice that Saint-Pierre & Miquelon may ask to join our Atlantic Bubble? That would be fun, if only to confuse much of the rest of Canada who don't realize we have a tiny bit of France only 19 km off of the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland. Guess we shouldn't be too smug because… Read More

Old Album, Number Nine

This is the ninth album selected from my little collection of photos, arranged in more or less chronological order. Now some examples that show how working at Sherbrooke Village made my photo taking more applied. Restoring the village buildings included things like deciding on painting schemes and adjusting landscapes. Suddenly I began to notice all… Read More

Old Album, Number Eight

This is the eighth album drawn from my little collection of photos, arranged in more or less chronological order. These photos were taken about 1970 -75, and all over the province.  This land is. . . Let's start with some landscapes. A particularly Canadian feeling to this moment on a morning in January 1973.  A… Read More

Old Album, Number Seven

This is the seventh album drawn from my little collection of photos, arranged in more or less chronological order. In 1972-73 I sojourned in the countryside. In 1972 I got a job at the Nova Scotia Museum. My first assignment was a year in Guysborough County working on the Sherbrooke Village restoration project. The previous… Read More

Back to the Future

Recently I've been posting albums of my 50-year-old photos. "My goodness, things have changed" is a consistent theme, and occasionally I'll reinforce that idea by including a Google Street View of the same location now. I'm a huge fan of Street View in general, but a particularly delightful feature allows you to see any earlier… Read More

Old Album, Number Six

This is the sixth album of my little collection of photos, arranged in more or less chronological order. Watch me self-consciously trying to be arty. By this album I'm getting a bit vague about exactly when each photo was taken, so let's say they all come from the very last years of the 60s and… Read More