“Every thing here looks squally.”

….from the program for 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt


squallier (comparative adjective) · squalliest (superlative adjective)
  1. (of weather) characterized by squalls:
    “squally showers”
    synonyms:stormy · gusty · gusting · blustery · blustering · windy · blowy · wild · tempestuous · rough

    The use of the word “squally” in the program described the atmosphere of dissent in the rural areas of Upper Canada in 1837.


A ‘Commingling’ of Swans, Gulls, Ducks and Geese

….after discovering some unfamiliar words in the latest book I’m reading

I thought it might be fun to take new words and find photos to illustrate their meaning.

[kəˈmiNGɡ(ə)l, käˈmiNGɡ(ə)l]

commingles (third person present) · commingled (past tense) · commingled (past participle) · commingling (present participle)
  1. mix; blend:
    “the dust had commingled with the rain” · “publicly reproved for commingling funds”
early 17th cent.: from com- ‘together’ + mingle.

Thursday Doors – Sept. 21, 2017

…..church doors around Lake Simcoe

Last week D and I did a road trip around the west side of Lake Simcoe to check out some old churches. Our first stop was at the Temple of Sharon. This impressive building was built by an off shoot of the Quakers, called the Children of Peace. On the the grounds were old preserved homes and barns from the 1800s.


As we continued driving further north up Lake Simcoe we came to two beautiful little churches at Roche’s Point and Sibbald Point.

Thanks to Norm for hosting Thursday Doors.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Tombstones or Cemeteries

….thanks to Cee for this unusual theme for the week Fun Foto Challenge

I saved this challenge until I came across an interesting cemetery. This didn’t happen until last week when my friend D and I took a tour of some old churches on the west side of Lake Simcoe. Two of the churches had cemeteries attached to the church grounds.

In the last cemetery we found the tombstone for Stephen Leacock, the famous writer and humorist. For more information about Leacock’s life look here.