The Zombies Ate My Brains

Rescuing what might remain of the grey matter.

It’s a Hobby

From the Back Seat of the Marl-Mobile

All of this talk of “old-fashioned” ways of performing a task reminds me of an artist from Waterloo County. The very first time I met Reiner, we got to chatting about the local gypsum mines in Paris, Ontario. He told me about his friend, Christopher Van Donkelaar who is an iconographer. Reiner was helping him with his “100 Mile Art Project” Adam Naming the Animals, fashioned entirely from local materials – […]

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My Rhubarb Patch

Spring is here! Would you like to know how I know this? Slate Coloured Juncos are poking about, feeding on the ground. Back in Southern Ontario, they would have been a sign of winter, but since they “summer” up here, their arrival is a sign of spring. Confused? Don’t be. The birds (and the bees) have it under control, so we’re good. The pond is beginning to thaw and overflow […]

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Colour My World – Electric Lime

As most of you know, I am a mineral collector. Living in Cobalt Ontario is a dream come true for the two rockhounds in our household. Mineral collecting is also a great source for blogging material. Today, by way of kicking the mood up a notch, I will tell you a bit about the mineral autunite. Some minerals are named after the discoverer; other species, like autunite are named after […]

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Cobalt: the Colour, the Mineral, and the Town

This post is in response to questions from my readers. [“…my readers.” What? All of a sudden I’m Ann Landers? Sheesh.] Any way… Barb Pyett asked, “Is cobalt a mineral as well as a colour and a town?” Short answer: Yes. Longer answer? This blog post! And while we’re at it, I’ll answer Deb over at I am, Therefore I Write. She asked me to post a map of where Cobalt […]

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Broccoli or Bust

In the spring, I declared that this would be the last year to plant broccoli. For several summers running, the harvests have been middling at best. If it weren’t for the fact that I’ve grown ginormous heads of the stuff in other gardens, I might think that the poor performance in this yard is all mine. This year I grew plants from seed. I also tended to the volunteers that cropped up on their own. No luck. The […]

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With my People

It’s Monday. The Monday after a very long and tiring, but satisfying weekend at the London Gem and Mineral Show. Below is my off-the-cuff, more or less mineral-less mineral show report. For some reason, people took note of the pseudomalachite specimen that we had for sale. It was one small specimen among the couple hundred on the table. On Saturday, within a twenty-minute span, three separate shoppers remarked, “Why Pseudo?” These […]

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