The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon

The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon
Shortlisted for The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize

Friday, 2 July 2010

Canada's 143rd

It was Canada Day yesterday and the Beynon's continued a tradition of heading into Elora for pancakes.  The Centre Wellington Fire Fighters put on a breakfast each year to raise funds for charity.  They break out the big ladder truck for the kids to explore, but this truck is my favourite.

It's a beauty - it still runs  - and carried our mayor around town for the Canada Day parade a little later on.  Here it is from another angle.

The day before yesterday was a busy one as well.  BT Corner saw some added work.  Donor stones were finally engraved (actually they were sandblasted, but I'm not one to pick nits).  The results were good.  Here's our donor stone:

After I met with the gent on-site and answered a few questions, the day was free to spend with the kids.  We decided to visit one of our nearby Conservation Areas.  This one was the Rockwood Conservation Area.  I like Rockwood.  It has caves.

Here are the kids in front of one.  Inside this particular cave, I met this handsome fellow:

I was also impressed that I was able to snap this shot.  

The water was dripping every few seconds, so capturing the exact moment of impact was a bit of skill liberally mixed with a lot of luck.  So far, summer is off to a good start.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

School's out for summer...

It seems like just last week it was September...

Yesterday was the last day of school for kids in my neck of the woods.  Both kids had great years, scholastically and socially.  We're easing into summer with a quite morning at home.  This afternoon may include a trip to a local conservation area, but it better warm up before then.

As we drift into summer, I'm going to need to be very discipline with my writing time.  A pair of bright, high-energy children require a lot of attention.  I spent yesterday taking stock of what is done, the irons in the fire and those story ideas I'd at least like to get a start on.

I'm looking forward to a busy summer with my kids, but I'm also looking forward to a full schedule of writing.

I'll leave you with this: