After taking a three-month hiatus, I am kick starting this blog. It might, for the next while, be driven by book reviews. I enjoyed doing them half a lifetime ago when I was a semi-regular on the Saturday books page of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record. Before that, I wrote several for the dearly departed Canadian Tribune.
I’ll get the books directly from the publishers through #NetGalley. I’ve done a couple of reviews before and hope to do it more regularly now. The first one, to be posted in a few minutes, is Red River Girl: The Life and Death of Tina Fontaine by Joanna Jolly.
While I recalibrate the written half of this blog, I’m also taking a look at the photo half. I recently posted some photographs taken during our annual trip to British Columbia. Two highlights were going for a look at the Whistler train wreck site and a boat trip into the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary.
The train wreck happened a year before I ever set foot in Canada. On August 10 1956 a freight train loaded with logs, grain and other stuff was going from Lillooet to Vancouver. It took a bend in the tracks a bit too quickly and off it went. It took a while to clear the tracks. After everything of value was taken away, a local farmer was hired to pull seven boxcars down to the edge of the Cheakamus River.
Now, 63 years later, they are still there, living canvasses for some very talented graffiti artists.
Cheers. Good to be back.