Friday, March 25, 2011

House Explosion on Esdras Place!

Today's posting is a very tragic one indeed. There is a real pall over the neighborhood since yesterday. The next street over from where I live was the unfortunate scene of a house explosion. An elderly gentleman who seemed to be home alone perished as the house was very rapidly engulfed in flames, preventing him from making it out. A next door neighbor tried to haul him out of a basement window, but was unable to do so, and was overwhelmed by heavy black smoke and flames. The Windsor Fire Dept was on the scene in about 5 minutes, but the house was pretty much gone by that time. The neighbor who tried to pull him from the basement was standing across the road, crying his heart out. It was indeed a heart wrenching sight to behold. There was construction in progress on Esdras Place at the time, and of course it will take several days before the various investigations are completed. Even though we did not know this gentleman since we are relatively newcomers to the area, our sincere condolences go to his family, friends and neighbors. Our thoughts are with you........

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Green Door...

Remember the old hit song "Green Door"? That was quite a while ago, and when I came across this door on a music shop in Amherstburg this past weekend, that song immediately came to mind. Since it is green, I decided to use it for my St. Patrick's Day posting. The heavy steel hinge and the black wrought iron handle along with the protruding nail heads gives it a very old medieval look. The red colour of the spindles in the little window would symbolize the obvious result of the "troubles" in Ireland. A lot of blood was shed on all sides. The late, great, Dermot O'Riley of the Celtic Folk group "Ryan's Fancy" told me one time as we enjoyed a beer at Fiddler's Green Pub in North Bay, that he enjoyed living in Newfoundland so very much. He said that it was "Ireland without the bombs". Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Patio Umbrellas

Folded for the winter months, these patio umbrellas at a restaurant beside the Naval Yard Park caught my eye just as I was leaving to return home today. To me, they look like people wearing capes, leaning forward, on their way to somewhere or something.... but I get a little weird sometimes eh. If you were to dwell on it long enough, you could conjure up all kinds of nonsense I guess....a little rum would help also! LOL! Soon they will be shading patio tables and fluttering in the warm Spring breezes off of the river hopefully.......

Red Cap......

The ice on the river is flowing along as the Detroit River empties out into Lake Erie. While I was composing this shot today, a fellow wearing a red cap walked into the picture and stopped at the undulating black iron railing. If you look really closely, you will find him in the upper left quadrant just about where the lines of thirds intersect. His cap provided a little splash of colour on an overcast and drab looking day. I couldn't help but chuckle a little at this. Hope you like it also.

Spring Ahead...

Ooops! Someone didn't change the clock an hour forward last night, or today either. The old town clock in Amherstburg beside the Naval Yard Park has not been tended to, but it is not surprising, as the whole town seemed deserted today. If you were to load up one of the nearby cannons and fire it down the street, you wouldn't have hit a soul. Quiet little county towns like Amherstburg are so enjoyable on a Sunday afternoon, and was the perfect remedy for cabin fever. We have had a fair bit of snow for this area this winter, but it is almost all gone now.