Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bread and Butter

October 2017 - Toronto ON

Some more posts from our fabulous road trip.

One a Day is a series of posts from Rapid City South Dakota known for its life-sized statues of each president, 42 corners, 42 presidents!
There are links in this post back to the other presidents.

Nipigon ON murals

Craigdorroch Castle Victoria BC

I'm also working on a video version of our trip.


Six Word Saturday

A grey grey day but that's okay as Saturday is our lazy day!

inSPIREd Sunday
Shadow Shot Sunday
One Word Sunday

We had a torrential storm hit us for about five minutes and then this.

I baked an apple pumpkin harvest bread that earned a spot in my recipe box. I used white gluten free flour and frozen cranberries and it turned out great.

Leftovers, yikes, on a Sunday, I never do that!

Good Random Fun
Foto Tunes
Monday Mural

This smoothie's label says raspberries and blood oranges, but when I looked at the ingredients there are no raspberries listed, instead strawberries and cherries???
I have contacted the company who responded that if I read the list of ingredients (in tiny print) I would see raspberries. I'm still puzzled by the title.

John was out to dinner so I had ham, potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

Tuesday Treasures Part 2
Weekly Travel Theme

A splendid day for an outing.

In the financial district I came across the Trashion Fashion Show in the Main Lobby of FCP as part of Waste Reduction Week.

I walked up to City Hall and caught this stunning reflection. The fountain was being drained for the ice rink.

From there I stopped for lunch in Chinatown. This is duck noodle soup, which was really good but there were bones in the meat making it awkward and dangerous to eat.

The Textile Museum of Canada had a display of Japanese kimonos on display.

Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection of 19th and 20th century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto’s professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fibre cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honoured techniques – weaving, dyeing, hand painting, gold foil application and embroidery – that exemplify venerable social and cultural values.

There was also an exhibit of  materials from Latin America.

Gord Downie from the Tragically Hip died yesterday and there were tributes everywhere.

Homemade meat sauce with spaghetti for dinner.


John golfed and I discovered a work in progress mural when the shuttle driver took a different route downtown.

Artist Tannis Nielsen, of M├ętis, Anishnawbe and Danish ancestry, was chosen to create artwork in the underpass for Lower Simcoe Street between Station Street and Bremner Boulevard.
Nielsen's concepts, Ontario Elder/Teacher Wall and Water Wall, give precedence to place. "I want residents and visitors to be introduced to the Elders and respected leaders of our communities, to be able to read about them and some of their greatest teachings given in relation to the land," said Nielsen. "In Water Wall, I want to honour water teachings and those who walk for the water."

Shepherd's pie for dinner.

Thursday Doors
My Recipe Box - Pumpkin Cheesecake

I had gotten a Facebook invite to the Penguin Books Gift Show so we checked it out.
Nothing was for sale, however, the displays were great and we both found some new authors.

There's a new Uber 5000 mural so we went to find it.

A stop at the Bulk Barn to stock up and then home.

I made jalapeno cheese biscuits from my new cookbook, see below and they were a big hit with John. He says they are the best gluten free biscuits he has ever had.

I was reading when I heard fire trucks, not unusual, when you are beside a busy highway. But then I looked out and they were turning down our street, still not concerned, we have false alarms in the high rises around us all the time. Then I realized the trucks kept coming so I headed down and was stunned by the smell of fire! And then to see smoke billowing from a building. Lots of people were out and a woman I spoke to had pictures of the flames shooting out of the roof. There is a row of townhouses within a high rise complex and they were on fire. It turned out to be a five alarm fire.
5th Alarm
14 pumpers, 5 aerials, 2 squads, 5 district chiefs, 1 platoon, 1 division commander, 1 command vehicles, 2 air supply trucks, 1 hazardous materials vehicles, other support staff if needed.
It was just devastating to watch, no one ever wants this to happen to anyone.

Dinner was leftovers.

Weekend Reflections Cheyenne WY
Weekend Greens Butchart Gardens Victoria BC Dahlias
Friday Finds

While out on Front St. I found a few new historical items.
The medallions are surviving remnants of a large monumental arch, built above Niagara Falls in the dark days of the Great Depression, and created by some of Canada’s best known artists and craftsmen in the inter-war period.

The remaining panels from the arch are up the street at the Mackezie Museum, I visited there last year.

You can find the whole story here.

Outside a Starbucks (sigh):
On May 12, 1804, Canadian statesman Robert Baldwin was born in a house that stood on this site. A reluctant politician, he is recognized as the father of responsible government in Canada and as the first real premier of this province. His legacy includes the reformation of the judicial and education systems, the foundation of the non-sectarian University of Toronto and the granting, in 1849, of a general amnesty for participants in the rebellion of 1837. Robert Baldwin died on December 9, 1858.

I had bought a Bulk Barn gluten free bread mixture and with the instructions "follow your breadmaker instructions", with no idea whether this was a rapid or normal cook time, I chose rapid which was probably the wrong choice!
 I made it and it didn't turn out at all.

I prepped a sweet potato bread from Against the Grain, will let you know how it turns out in the morning.

It's Friday so there's steak, fries and sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms.


I finished Unraveling Oliver and it was the best I have read in a while, I was totally riveted. 

I have a love/hate relationship with Graham Swift, sometimes I love his writing but this was not one of them, Mothering Sunday. Thankfully it is a very short novel  I did enjoy the historical aspects of the setting.

I flipped through Against the Grain a gluten free cookbook before it expired from my library account and liked it enough that I will probably bought a copy of it.
Finally, a book that takes the science out of gluten free baking. The author, Nancy Cain, has two sons with celiac, so she struggled to make baked goods and finally conquered it. I like the idea that she doesn't use any artificial ingredients like xanthan or guar gum.
P.S. I ordered around 4 PM Tuesday and had the book in my hands by 11 AM the next morning! No, I didn't order through Amazon, but rather a local bookstore chain.

Thanks to Tina, I have a new British writer to read. I started The Facts of Life .and Death


Weekend Cooking hosted by
Beth hosts Weekend Cooking where you can post anything food related.
Saturday Snapshots is hosted by West Metro Mommy.

One a Day

September 2017 - Rapid City SD

Click on this link to get the background on the City of Presidents that I am showing daily.

There is no particular order to my posts.

09. William Henry Harrison

William has the unfortunate distinction of being the first President to die in office. Harrison was born at Berkeley in 1773 and went on to study classics and history at Hampden-Sydney College, before going on to study medicine in Richmond. In 1791, Harrison joined the First Infantry of the Regular Army and headed to the Northwest. Harrison would later become Governor of the Indiana Territory, a position he would hold for 12 years. After major victories in the War of 1812, Harrison returned to civilian life. It would be some time before the Whig party would carry him into the Presidency. Sadly, Harrison passed away after catching a cold that developed into pneumonia. He served only a month in office. His statue sits at the corner of Mt. Rushmore Rd. & St. Joseph St. He can be seen sitting on a grand pedestal in his military regalia.

Sculptor: John Lopez

06 Adams
15 Buchanan
19 Hayes
26 Roosevelt

32 Roosevelt
37 Nixon

The Words Don't Fit The Picture

Six Word Saturday

September 2017 - Vancouver BC

Ron Terada - Artist statement
THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE is a text-based work made in response to the context, building and public surrounds of the Vancouver Public Library. The work takes the form of a large freestanding sign that sits in front of the VPL just off the southern entrance of the building in a heavy pedestrian traffic area. The sign takes its cues from an era of signage when signs were once seen as celebratory, grand and iconic – in effect, as landmarks in their own right as a kind of symbolic architecture (think: Caesars Palace, The Flamingo, The Stardust – to the landmark of all landmarks, Hollywood). In tracing this lineage, the work also acknowledges a local history when Vancouver was once seen as one of the neon-light capitals of North America. In adopting the form of a sign, THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE elides the classifications of traditional sculpture, by evoking a typology that is at once familiar and accessible. Taken within the context of a public library, the work touches upon – in a very poetic way – the use of words and language as boundless and imaginative, as a catalyst for a multiplicity of meanings.

The Words Don't Fit The Picture - Willie Nelson

Friday, October 20, 2017

Craigdorroch Castle

September 2017 - Victoria BC

While in Victoria we decided to walk to Craigdorroch Castle, don't let anyone tell you that it is a lovely walk from downtown, it is uphill and a long walk.

Craigdarroch Castle is a definitively Victorian experience. It is a shining example of a “bonanza castle” — massive houses built for entrepreneurs who became wealthy during the industrial age. In this case, the industrialist was Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal.

This legendary Victorian mansion, built between 1887 and 1890 on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was the richest and most important man in Western Canada.

Robert and Joan had two sons and eight daughters plus one child who died in infancy. As the Dunsmuir fortune grew, the family eventually moved from Nanaimo to Victoria and took up residence in 1885 in a house named Fairview situated near the Legislative Buildings. Robert at this point had been elected and was serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Nanaimo. 

Thirty two of the forty-seven original art glass windows are still in place. The studio responsible for them remains a mystery. An 1890 newspaper account states that the order for interior woodwork from A.H. Andrews & Co. of Chicago included “windows.”

Sometime after Joan Dunsmuir’s death, several art windows disappeared from the Castle. The largest of these windows were removed from the dining room, the sitting room, as well as a bathroom. The Castle Society plans to install reproductions of all the missing stained and art glass windows at Craigdarroch, which will involve careful study of historic photographs. 

James, the elder son, took charge of the mining operations in Nanaimo, and Alexander, the younger son, lived in San Francisco and managed the sales and shipping office. Dunsmuir coal now moved to market on Dunsmuir rail and in Dunsmuir ships and the business empire also included: collieries; an iron works; a saw mill; a quarry (the source of the sandstone for the exterior of Craigdarroch); a dyking company; a theatre; and extensive real estate.

In 1887, two years after the last spike had been driven on the E&N railway, and five years after he started accumulating 28 acres of property, Robert Dunsmuir gave the orders to start building Craigdarroch. There were still three Dunsmuir daughters who were not married and the mansion would be the perfect venue to launch them into married life. 

Unfortunately, he died in April 1889 before the house was completed. After Robert’s death, Joan spent some time travelling in Europe. Her sons oversaw the completion of the construction while she was in Europe and Joan, with her three unmarried daughters and two orphaned grandchildren, took up residence in 1890.

Robert’s death brought strife to the family. Contrary to oral promises made to his sons, he left his entire Estate and business holdings to his wife, Joan. This was a blow to both James and Alex (then in their thirties) who had worked in the family business all their lives. It took seven years of negotiations with Joan before she would give her sons title to the San Francisco company. It took another three years before she agreed to their terms to purchase the Wellington Colliery. With this settlement, Alex Dunsmuir felt secure enough in his financial future to marry Josephine, a divorced woman that he had been living with as man and wife for close to twenty years. Their married life only lasted six weeks; Alex passed away on January 31, 1900 while they were in New York on their honeymoon.

After the death of Alex, a costly quarrel over his Will again divided the family, setting Joan and her daughters against James. This quarrel triggered a lawsuit that went all the way to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London (in those days equivalent to the Supreme Court of Canada). James, who was Premier of British Columbia at the time the action was announced, was very much in the public eye. A story in the New York Times announced: “Premier sued by his Mother”. As a result of the legal action, Joan and James did not speak for years. When she died in 1908 having lived in Craigdarroch for 18 years, the local newspaper reported that James (then serving as Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia) was not expected to attend her funeral. At the last minute he changed his mind and did attend. During the service, he broke down and wept.