A few more pics from Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada. One of my favourite places to visit.
^^ It's a fresh water beach so need to worry about this guy!
I've managed to work in Mars Cosmic Fries, and JAWS at the beach.... definitely my kind of vacation
Garden dwarfs or gnomes originated in 19th-century Germany, where they became known as Gartenzwerge. My neighbour is quite fond of them.
GNOME, n. In North-European mythology, a dwarfish imp inhabiting the interior parts of the earth and having special custody of mineral treasures. Bjorsen, who died in 1765, says gnomes were common enough in the southern parts of Sweden in his boyhood, and he frequently saw them scampering on the hills in the evening twilight. Ludwig Binkerhoof saw three as recently as 1792, in the Black Forest, and Sneddeker avers that in 1803 they drove a party of miners out of a Silesian mine. Basing our computations upon data supplied by these statements, we find that the gnomes were probably extinct as early as 1764.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce who I quote above was an interesting character himself. He was a was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist at the turn of the last century. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary.
His last known communication with the world was a letter he wrote to a close friend, dated December 26, 1913. After closing this letter by saying, "As to me, I leave here tomorrow for an unknown destination," he vanished without a trace, his disappearance becoming one of the most famous in American literary history, never resolved beside much speculation and spawning legends, folklore, and inspiring horror fiction.
You can read more about this facinating case here.
And then there is my gnome zombie.....
Remembering my beautiful Mama on what would have been her birthday......These are some photos from her youth, a time from before I knew her, but I recognise the lovely lively spirit that is my Mom.
Slow comes the hour .....
Its passing speed how great.....
In loving rememberance now, and always and until we meet again.
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Clock photo taken by me at Trinity College, Great Hall, University Of Toronto, August 2010