Sunday, September 23, 2007

Silence of the dawn...

Up at 6:00 today as I knew that power would be going off for the day. It’s a planned outage by hydroOne and it was very nice of them to let us know it was coming so I could get up early to make sure we had some morning coffee.

I’m normally up by 7:00 at the latest as I find that I’m sleeping less and less the older I get. Dawn is the best time of day anyway. The night’s coolness is still with us, the air is clear and the world is new.

Right now the geese are on the beach just starting to exchange stories of last nights dreams, the crows are talking just for the sake of making noise, there are a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers tapping the trees awake and I’m on my second cup of coffee. You can’t buy this… nothing finer… I wonder what the poor people are doing?

(The above was written at dawn this morning but is being entered into this blog late in the evening. We went and spent the day in Sudbury while the power was off all over Manitoulin. Meet you for coffee on the beach tomorrow at dawn?)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

September 10th, notes in the air...

Just climbing up out of Kasabonika on a NAC flight that will take me to Thunder Bay with a short stopover in Sioux Lookout. After that is'a Bearskin Airlines hop over to Sudbury.

It has been a routine store management relief job and actually easier than most. This seems to be one of the rare stores where staff actually like to come to work and it was a real treat not to have to worry about cashiers or freight handling and deliveries. Of course there was the occasional disturbance at night due to the local youth having little to do but throw rocks, but at least there were no break-ins at our location in town. This is one of the few places within our system where the residence is attached to the store. This is certainly handy and much appreciated on rainy or blizzardly days. I'm not sure if I'll be around doing this in another year but there are certainly worse places to spend a few weeks. Big THANKS to all the Northern, Kasabonika staff for making my job an easy one!

This photo was taken in Sault Ste. Marie on the way west last month and I thought it would fit in well with my previous post about "vanishing points."