Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Canada - Erntedankfest in Canada


Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day (Canadian French: Jour de l'Action de grâce), occurring on the second Monday in October (since 1957), is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season.
On Thursday, January 31, 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed:
A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.
Since 1971, Canadian Thanksgiving has coincided with the observance of Columbus Day in the United States.
                            Please enjoy my decorations for this special day!! 

Das Thanksgiving Fest in Kanada wird am zweiten Montag im Oktober gefeiert und findet in diesem Jahr am 10. Oktober statt.  Thanksgiving ist in den meisten Provinzen ein Feiertag, so dass er eines der beliebten langen Wochenenden im Jahr bildet. Das Fest war ursprünglich auf den 12. Oktober (Columbus Day, der Tag, an dem die „Neue Welt“ entdeckt wurde) terminiert, wurde aber – wie auch Columbus Day in den USA – auf einen Montag verlegt. 
                                 Ich hoffe, dass Euch meine Dekorationen gefallen.

"Make it a habit to tell people thank you. 
 To express your appreciation, sincerely and without 
the expectation of anything in return. 
 Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it."
- Ralph Marston

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Discovering the Nawautin Nature Sanctuary

Recently, we discovered a beautiful nature sanctuary located in the
 Township of Alnick, Haldimand near Grafton Ontario. Nestled at the mouth of the Grafton Creek on the shores of Lake Ontario, you'll find one of Northumberland's jewels. 
The Nawautin Nature Sanctuary was constructed over 20 years ago. 
It features a series of inter-connected ponds, a waterfall, nesting islands for birds, 
and several walking trails.  
Walk with me through this nature paradise...

Large ponds are surrounded by wild flowers and plants.

If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in the water.
- Loren Eisley

                                     Lake Ontario can be seen in the background...
                      A covered bridge leads to another area of the nature reserve...
Quiet moments at the pond...
Elderberry - Sambucus - Holunder
                        I am the only visitor walking around. How peaceful it is...
                     Did I find my own paradise? 
                  I'll be back soon.                                   
Indianerbirne oder Kartoffelbohne

One very interesting plant (vine) caught my eye. Never seen before....
From Wikipedia ..
Apios americana, sometimes called the potato bean, hopniss, Indian potato or groundnut (but not to be confused with other plants sometimes known by the name groundnut) is a perennial vine native to eastern North America, and bears edible beans and large edible tubers. It grows to 3–4 m long, with pinnate leaves 8–15 cm long with 5–7 leaflets. The flowers are red-brown to purple, produced in dense racemes. 
The fruit is a legume (pod) 6–12 cm long.
The tubers are crunchy and nutritious, with a high content of starch and especially protein. The plant was one of the most important food plants of pre-European North America, and is now being developed for domestication.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

busy week ...water main break ... Wasserrohrbruch vor dem Haus...

A small water main break in front of our house caused some problems.
After calling 311 City of Toronto's hot line City workers arrived very quickly, assessed the situation and fixed the broken water pipe. The crew filled the big hole, new grass replaced the damaged area and repaired the driveway.
Well done...
The City of Toronto websites states that an average of 1,400 water main breaks occur annually.  Lot's of water goes down the drain because of mechanical or structural failure of underground pipes. Besides Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke has the highest break rates because of  their water mains are located in heavy clay soil as opposed to sandy soil.

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