Friday, July 31, 2009
I built a dory drifter row boat last fall in the garage and finally got to float in it this last week end. We had a family reunion so I had lots of help and advice.
Thought I would share the pictures and a few thoughts.
Boating is not what it used to be.. All I wanted to do was build a small boat that me and the miss's could go drift down the South Saskatchewan River in to catch a few fish so as to make my Newfie ancestors right proud. Instead I discovered in Canada you now have to write a test and get certified even if you don't use a motor.
The test is for all kinds of boating so I had to know every thing from what buoys to watch for when coming up stream into the harbour, to what flags meant what, to how to handle going through the great Lakes locks to who has the right of way when approaching head on?
Got a right mind to row right across Canada, up those locks and into Bonivista Harbour just for spite. Top speed I can get out of the Lakoda trawling motor is about 4 knots..Rowing of course is a little slower. That ought'a get the St Lawrence Sea way traffic sufficiently snarled don't cha think?
Worst thing that could happen would be some one might spot all the high tech talent floating around in that one little dory ( I got 90% correct ) and offer me a job as a pilot on a tanker. Whoa and they think they got troubles now worrying about terrorists on the loose. They ain't seen nothing.. I'm not just another pretty face..
Catch you later matey
WELL I FOUND THE # 9 TRAIN THAT PASSED ON CHURCHILL, IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE , DON'T FORGET THE TRAIN WAS BUILT IN 1911 IT WEIGHT 19 TONS.THEY EVEN STARTED IT FOR ME, THERE IS AN ELECTRICAL WIRE ON TOP, IT DID BEAUTIFUL SPARKS, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, I HAD NOT HEARD SINCE 1956 THERE IS A LITTLE PROBLEM WITH THE GEARS, BUT IT COULD MOVE.
PS. MAYBE WE COULD ROLL THE TRAIN BACK TO G.PK. WHERE IT BELONGS, BEFORE 2011 TO CELEBRATE THE #9 TRAIN'S CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY WITH GREENFIELD PARK 'S CENTENNIAL.
A bottle of Bayer's heroin. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine. It was also used to treat children with strong cough.
Coca Wine, anyone?
Metcalf Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment.
Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of it's time. Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time. He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.
Produced by Maltine Manufacturing Companyof New York . It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal... Children should take half a glass..
A paper weight:
A paper weight promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim , Germany ). They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.
Opium for Asthma:
Cocaine tablets (1900)
All stage actors, singers teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to "smooth" the voice.
Cocaine drops for toothache
Very popular for children in 1885. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children happy!
Opium for new-borns
I'm sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but 46% alcohol!)
No wonder they were called The Good Old Days!!
Thanks George V.
Well thanks for the blog as I get to see family members more then just in person,good to see Rick and Lori Newbury enjoying a holiday .....
and enjoyed the pictures of Uncle Ted Newbury at his grandsons wedding with his daughter Lynn....................
Thanks again Elizabeth (Newbury) Baird............
Thursday, July 30, 2009
WHAT A COINCIDENCE IN HAMPTON BEACH, I SEE A GUY THAT LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE GUY THAT FIXES VERY GOOD MY SEWERS, CLEANS THE SNOW FROM MY STREET, KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE OUR MAIN WATER VALVES ARE, ETC. ETC. SO I FOLLOWED HIM AND IT WAS HIM FRED (RICKY} NEWBURY AND HIS WIFE FROM EMPIRE, HIS FATHER WAS OUR CHIEF FIREMAN AND RICKY'S SON WORKS FOR THE TOWN ALSO, KEEPING OUR PARKS VERY VERY CLEAN.
Ross isn’t that a little big to clean your driveway!! Maybe you can do all of Greenfield Park just kidding that is one great machine did you pay cash I am very happy for you maybe you can give father Bob a ride even Normand Simard might want a lift to get around the Park to take all his pictures. Take care good buddy will see you soon .
The Red Baron of North Lancaster