early winter photos – Tay Township


taken by me today using a Sony NEX F3 with 18-55 lens

100 miles north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, just south of Georgian Bay, the Sturgeon River

It is interesting to keep returning to the same spots through the four seasons.  Today I noticed that with all the foliage down, I could now see from a slightly different position a view of the Sturgeon River, little more than creek sized, that during the full grown season was invisible.  This section of the river was the water supply for a 17th century Huron village. A haunting spot.

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TRANSPLANT VERDICT


I  had dialysis this morning from 715am to 1140am in Penetang, Ontario.  A smooth run.  I then drove myself about 100 miles south to Toronto to St. Michael’s Hospital in the downtown core.  Spoke with the surgeon.  I had set a range of possibilities in my brain before heading down.  I had been told that I was a GO for transplant, but you never know.  So I was ready for NO GO all the way to waiting four or more years longer.  I started dialysis in the first week of November of 2008.

So the verdict:  I was told to expect a cadaverous kidney in about a year.

This is based on the practice to place patients on this transplant list based on the date they started dialysis, after they complete the preliminary evaluation/work up to determine their viability for a kidney transplant.

It is interesting one factor they consider is anti-body production.  Three ways that your body might have produced anti-bodies:

  • blood transfusion
  • pregnancy
  • another organ transplant

None of these factors apply to me.

All those Hail Marys must have helped.

Twilight Photos Tay Township Backroads


Tay Township 100 miles north of Toronto, Sony NEX F3 with Sony 18-55mm lens, edited using Corel Paint Shop Pro X5.

November light fading. temperature -1 degrees Celsius, dusting of snow lingering.

A few of these shots are within yards of a 17th century Huron village site.  It is debated whether it is the site of the martyrdom of St. Jean de Brebeuf, St. Gabriel Lalemant (French Jesuit missionaries) and many Christian Hurons at the hands of the warring Iroquois in 1649.  Whenever I stop and look and photograph these spots, my imagination turns back and I keep one eye out for those Iroquois.  This creek with the still water was most likely the water supply for that village.

Sunday drive to Coldwater, Ontario


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a little typewriter hunting


Typewriter hunting

I took a drive down south of Barrie to the 400 Antique Mart just off the 400 super highway that runs down to Toronto.

Just three typewriters.  One, an early SCM office electric with no power cord.  One Underwood 5, rightly described as mint condition, but asking a silly, that is beyond outrageous price of $198.00.  I acquired an Underwood 5 not in mint condition from the Huronia Museum for $10.  The Underwood 5 was made in very large numbers, many have survived and the Underwood 5 is normally a 10-15 dollar item.  Worth adding to your collection, but not an item to kid yourself into paying 200 dollars.  They were an early practically indestructible office typewriter. OTOH it was the cleanest typewriter I have ever seen.  At the other end of the Mart another Underwood 5 asking a semi-comical $49.  I passed on all three.

I took a few photos in the Mart and one of an old Dodge up in Coldwater, Ontario.

I was fortunate in Barrie on the way home.  Went to Staples,  parking lot was awfully full.  Then I remembered it was the end of the afternoon of the first day back to school.  Last second school supplies were being sought.   I went backwards a few steps in the technology and bought a Brother electronic typewriter.  I will post about it later this week.

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Underwood Typewriter
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Voigtlander Vitessa rangefinder camera
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Marshall’s Photo Retouching Kit
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Bronson Altoona Casting Reel, fishing reel
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Kid’s fancy western two gun rig, gun belt with revolvers
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old Dodge

shore edge


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Image = shore edge in front of my home on the eastern end of Georgian Bay, which is the east end of Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes of North America.  I have been living up here 100 miles north of Toronto for twelve years (fulltime).  My family rented here in the sixties and then bought a lot and built this cottage in 1969-70.  It is a beautiful place and I am fortunate to live here.

until the shore growth got high enough to hide predators, families of Canada Geese would amble in to crop away at the plant life…..it is fun to watch the tiny golden goslings mature into as of this week nearly full-sized geese.. the neck stretching guard adult geese are careful in their watching and quickly sound the alarm when they dont like something in the area, which produces a mad rush and much splashing as the family skedaddles out into the safety of the bayy

Sony H50 camera

three holes in bowling ball, an odd dialysis treatment


A little trouble to get started with dialysis treatment using my fistula today: two nurses worked it out though and I ended up with three holes not the usual two.  My pump speed was excellent 420-430 and I cleaned 106 litres.

coming down the pike:

  • anigoplasty to fix a narrowing in the fistula
  • trip to Toronto, for a final check on my healed heel
  • end of August surgery to remove most of my parathyroid glands
  • seems we have lost one of our dialysis patient team to home hemodialysis, this program is ramping up in this area of Ontario – I will miss yakking with him in the waiting room

parathyroid removal is common related to hemodialysis