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  1. Believe me, when we visit Yorkshire we shall review your and Bloodaxe's posts to put us on the right path.
  2. Indeed it probably was Lofthouse, our discussion diverged into a discussion of a colleague with the surname “Loftus”, and whether the family originated in that locale. Thanks for the further information. My buddy chose to go there in late October. The owner of the local chippy, in a foreboding comment, asked him, “Why are you here?“
  3. My friend called last night and when I chided him for not enjoying a lengthy stay in Yorkshire he reminded me that, indeed, he had last autumn. Don’t know why, but I had thought that he was further south. But there was perhaps a good reason I hadn’t realized where he was. He had rented a lovely cottage in the town of Loftus. And he concedes that his judgement is still suspect. Perhaps Grandma and Bloodaxe know this area. It seems to have been “different”.compared to our image of Yorkshire.
  4. Well, I thought of that, but I didn’t want to experience the revelation that some minor state in Northern Eurasia had “scooped” us on that as well. 😢 Although surely the term “loonie”, assigned through common usage, and the image of the Queen on the obverse would confirm its uniqueness.
  5. Thanks for pointing that out. Indeed It turns out that the Great Northern Diver, found throughout Northern Eurasia, is very similar to our Common Loon. On our Azamara cruise to Norway we were struck by how much of the flora and fauna was very similar to that found in our North. As a guide pointed out, Continental Drift played a major role in that similarity. But we hadn’t noticed that parallel nearly as much when on our cruise around Scotland. Unfortunately we had to cancel our proposed Scottish cruise scheduled for this August. We will miss the Diver. Now I have to concede that the “quintessential” Ontario experience with the Loon is hardly unique. But it’s still part of our summer lifestyle.
  6. Quick quiz! is the furniture below a Muskoka or Adirondack Chair? https://www.lowes.ca/product/patio-chairs/bear-chair-pine-muskoka-773096?&cm_mmc=shopping_google-_-6444651998-_-76957851997-_-pla-899391979169&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvbP89LPo6QIVqNSzCh208wcwEAQYASABEgLtW_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Ahh, I think you will know it depends side of the border you are on. But in either case it's the perfect chair for sitting on the dock in the evening, listening to the loons. We have been through Burlington several times and once camped just north of it. Beautiful area. Really hope we can visit it in person again.
  7. Haunting in a good way, I hope.It's an amazing way to start the day and, more typically, to end it. It's the call they use to keep track of their partners. You can get a ringtone of that call.
  8. We are well into spring now and, unfortunately, our province is not leading the table on best results from our covid policies. However, a pair of loons has set up home on our local lake and their calls (there are several vocalizations) are a quintessential part of summer living in our near north. To us it is a beautiful sound and one I heard on my walk this morning. I have attached a sound clip. In the 1960's, one of the concerns about the use of DDT was its effect on the strength of birds' eggs, including those of the Loon. Loons are found elsewhere in North America, but we like to think that there is a distinct Canadian Loon species. And if you have met Canadians you might already have surmised that, as "loons" go, we are indeed unique. I thought I should say that before someone else posted it. 🙂 Or. given our failure in this pandemic reaction, perhaps the uniqueness is confined to Ontario.
  9. The pandemic has not only had a huge impact on cruising and tourism in general, but also on workplace patterns. We shall see which of these impacts lasts longer. On a personal note, you mentioned Sheffield and when I was a young boy one of my goals was to own a knife made from Sheffield steel. Why I wanted one now escapes my memory, although Boy Scouts may have played a role. Regardless, in my unsophisticated opinion, any blade from that city was quality.
  10. That's a fabulous website. Thanks for posting it. Although we may be months or years away from transatlantic flying, I can still imagine visiting your beautiful Yorkshire. I have a friend who, until the recent problems, would spend a month each year in the UK. He has stayed in Shropshire, Devon, Cornwall, etc., but never in Yorkshire. I shall now question his judgement.
  11. Odd that I had a vague notion about the geography of Yorkshire and I really appreciate the clarification from you and Grandma. The obvious followup question is, why would anyone choose to live anywhere else in the UK? 🙂 I can guess that employment opportunities might be part of the answer. But that may be completely off base.
  12. “Dales” is a word I’ve often heard in connection with Yorkshire. If I may, can I ask what it means to local residents?
  13. Those are the “bad apples” in the flock that aren’t welcome back here. 😄 More seriously, we have members of the flock on our local lake who now don’t bother with all that migration effort. Is it a new adaptation?
  14. I Interesting that, if this is a male/female couple, there appears to be vibrant colouring for both genders. For most of our native species the male has the showy plumage and the female is rather drab. Perhaps that reflects the greater sense of equality that is supposed to be foundational in Australia as compared to other Commonwealth societies. 😄
  15. Well, as the good citizens of British Columbia know, we in Ontario are behind in more ways than one. I attached a photo of the first clump of our provincial flowers (Trillium) to recover from the challenging spring in our locale. But who can’t appreciate the different personalities of our Canada Geese? One an introvert, and another more gregarious group who can’t wait to “put on a show”.
  16. Thanks. There is increasing science that being in surroundings like these is very good for relaxation and composure. I am certain that that is one of attractions of your Yorkshire countryside. Given the stress of the pandemic. some commentators are now questioning whether these areas ever should have been closed. Conversely, it was necessary to reflect as to how the wildlife was reacting to the return of human presence, a presence they must find concerning.
  17. Well, my smile this morning isn’t quite as broad as when we are boarding Pursuit, Journey, or Quest, nevertheless it reflects a happy development as we are now allowed access to our neighbourhood conservation area. And although far from as grand as Hotham Hall, if form follows function then it was delightful to once again come upon our maple syrup “shack” deep in the woods. On the lake, the Canadian Geese were creating a ruckus because they now have to share their environment. Lots of other birds singing in the trees. It was all powerfully uplifting.
  18. With this sort of ingenuity for patronizing The Sunset Deck, Discoveries, and especially The Patio, we should be soon given the all-clear to start cruising again :). https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/german-cafe-gives-customers-pool-noodle-hats-to-ensure-they-remain-physically-distant-1.4940889
  19. Love the flowers! Today we only have daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths out, so this reminds us what we will eventually see.
  20. For some reason Yorkshire and its history was oft-mentioned on BBC 4 the last few days. For a while, this may be as close as we get.
  21. I didn’t post this correctly, but this was my walk this morning. No, this isn’t normal, but what is these days?
  22. Great idea. On May 5th We had hoped to be in The Netherlands to commemorate the surrender of the German forces there to I Corp of the Canadian forces and its leader Charles Foulkes. Ever since that capitulation there has been a “special bond” between the Dutch and Cansdians. Fortunately, we were able to participate in some online activities. It is sad that the 75th Anniversary was affected so deeply, since few of our veterans now remain and by the 80th Anniversary that number will inevitably have decreased even more.
  23. I’m not certain it’s safe to walk under that tree, Now I have a new word to think about: “Wold”. I can’t immediately think of a synonym we would use here, although we are near the source of 3 major local rivers (including the Humber). So colloquially we are the “High County”. Could we work “Wold” into that?
  24. I thought it was a good example and when I posted I knew the topic was drifting. The degree of acceptable drift is, no doubt, subjective, but HJB will make the final decision.
  25. Wonderful. Looked up Hotham Hall and learned that it was/is up for sale although a bit out of our price range. The sign concerning Ypres is poignant for Canadians. It was the location of the first major action for the 1st Division and the initial use of chlorine gas by the Germans. I am now adding Hotham on our list of places to visit in Yorkshire.
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