sumac’s red fruit

old photo – one of the richest colours of the Fall
taken at Little Lake Park in Midland, Ontario

An interestingnote about Sumac clusters in Huronia (Simcoe County in Ontario) is the fact that these groups of sumac need and appear in rich organic soil. Two main sources of rich organic soil in the farmlands here, often on the edges of pasture, are either livestock manure, perhaps from an old barn site, or a Huron Nation ossuary (communal graves collection) from the period AD 1200-1650). I picked up this archaeological tip from a couple of informal field trips this year I made with members of the Huronia Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society.

for more info on archaeological matters in Huronia see the Huronia Chapter of the OAS blog at

Village Soup

interesting spot on the web

a quote they feature

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”   – Thomas Jefferson, 1787


(recommended to me by my newspaperman friend, Bill Dunphy

Eaton Centre Geese- sculpture installation by Michael Snow

My first job after university was next door to the Eaton Centre and I used to eat lunch in the lower level food court. That was 1977 – the year phase one of the Eaton Centre opened.. So it was interesting to spend some time over a coffee thinking back and also watching the present day flow of humanity.

The shopping mall is Toronto’s top tourist attraction, with around one million visitors per week.[2] It is also the largest shopping mall in Eastern Canada and third-largest in Canada as a whole.

Another image from The Eaton Centre, I took this because of my interest in typography.
Eaton Centre, Toronto

“What do you mean you want to sit down?”

Time machine photo showing my first two golden retrievers, Shakespeare (foreground) and Diamond (background). they are both now playing fetch in dog heaven. The couch is gone to couch heaven, too.

Etienne Brule

in 1610 Étienne Brulé at the age of 18 visited Huronia in central Ontario, the first European to visit the area.

Today at the Huronia Museum, the 400th aniversary of this important time in Canadian History was marked.

Event sponsored by the Huronia Museum and the Huronia Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society.


Hugh Barnett as Etienne Brule
Huronia Museum Curator Jamie Hunter thanks Brule event crowd



Ontario Archaeological Society Huronia Chapter President John Raynor welcomes MP Bruce Stanton to the Brule event