Jan’s Day Off: The West Wind Flyer

Jan’s Day Off: The West Wind Flyer

This is not Jan’s Day Off – This is Jan’s Month(s) Off.

It’s been talk for many, many years.  Then justification made it a reality.

  1. Perth, ON was celebrating its 200th Anniversary as a Military Settlement this year.

As Jean S. McGill wrote in her earlier book:  A Pioneer History of the County of Lanark, “The industrial revolution of the century previous had continued to displace tradesmen and craftsmen throughout the British Isles. Now, with the end of the War … , Great Britain was overrun with discharged soldiers also seeking employment. Something had to be done quickly ….”

Second, …the British Government had recognized that a loyal population must be established inland away from the St. Lawrence ‘front’ as a second line of defence in any future (American) threat.”

  1. Shelley’s ancestors were in the first wave of Scottish immigrants in 1816.

Opening the uncharted area north of the Rideau system offered a creative, if challenging, solution to both problems. In early 1815, the British Government commenced an emigration program that offered land and support, including transportation, to families from Scotland, joined by discharged soldiers, willing to take up a new life in this isolated part of Upper Canada.

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Vol.62 Customer Projects

Vol.62 Customer Projects

Jim Barker’s work seen first hand in the Hilton Village, Honolulu Hawaii

Our collaboration on this job with Jim Barker of Barker Manufacturing Inc. – Textured Millwork – Weathered – Burnt – Adze  (Victoria, BC) began in January 2015.  Destined for Honolulu – Hilton Village – Lagoon Tower, the delivery of this order became a bureaucratic struggle.  Afrormosia – Pericopsis elata – Fabaceae (Leguminosae); sometimes called African Teak is under the radar of CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.  To ensure the legality of harvesting practices, this means documentation must be produced every time the ‘wood’ crosses an international border.

It was a bit of a hunt to locate Jim’s handiwork but succeed we did.  We spoke to the Sales Staff and they said they are wowed by the beauty of these pieces of furniture.  It’s always satisfying to see ‘the art of wood’ well appreciated!!

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Australia: My Country

Australia: My Country

“I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of droughts and flooding plains”


by Dorothea Mackellar Originally titled “Core of my Heart”

 

Australia may not be ‘my’ country but my youngest daughter lives there, and her heart is in Australia.  Nor was Australia on my ‘bucket list’ prior to her relocation but having just spent 4-weeks enjoying Western Australia, I know I’ve left something behind and I’ll be back, no question!

Jan read Bill Bryson’s book “In a Sunburned Country”; I’ve just finished it.  It’s apparent we are in awe of this country.  So little is known; so much yet to explore; so many wondrous things to experience.  Absolutely loved the dry heat!  Let me say unequivocally, “moss doesn’t grow there” and I’m a Vancouver girl – born and bred.

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Jan’s Day Off: Mary Anne

Jan’s Day Off: Mary Anne

In the 60’s, William (Bill) Garden, renown Pacific northwest naval architect watched out his office window (in Seattle) as a Canadian dredge loaded with four lapstrake boats was towed enroute to the ship-wreckers across the canal. Buying the entire load, one of them was renamed Mary Anne. This was unfailing good luck as the family required a tender for our summer camp on the West coast of Vancouver Island.

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