Thursday, July 26, 2007

Three Weeks Of My Life
12 out of 21 days

July has been a full month.
The Canada Day weekend saw Carl leave to be stationed at CFB Petewawa, north of Ottawa, for a month-long course.

After he was in Petewawa for a week, I went to visit him.
Petewawa is about 5.5 hrs driving from my home.
I stayed in the town next to Petewawa called Pembroke.
I stayed at the Travelodge hotel in Pembroke.

Here is the pool in the hotel

This is the Restaurant

This is one of their signature Salmon and Strawberry salads

Our First Room

The Waterfront Park in Pemroke

The Millenium Boardwalk was put in for the Anniversary of the Town.
Currently this town has 1200 citizens.

The Pembroke Lighthouse

Each board on the boardwalk is sponsered by person.

A haze of seagulls going crazy at dusk for mosquitos.

We had to move around in the hotel because they were fully booked. So we got a jacuzzi suite.
Complimentary robes.

The new room.

Welcome to CFB Petawawa

The hotel Pool Patio and Cafe

The main strip of Pembroke

Between the years of 1997 and 2004 local artists painted murals depicting the history and peoples of Pembroke. The work has really beautified the town, making its history and attraction

The River dam.
The mountains in the distance are in the Province of Quebec.

Pembroke is one of the towns participating in the horticulture contests called Ontario Blooms.

Spy the mural
150 years anniversary was 2004

Mural depicting volunteers of the town

The next town south of Pembroke is Eganville.
This hamlet is so small, there are probably only a few hundred residents.

Follow the river to the Eganville dam.

The Eganville Centennial garden.

Eganville dam.

Just north of Bon Echo Provincial Park on HWY 41 I found a knitting shop in the middle of the forest.
Unfortunately I called on the "Closed" day.

Ok here it is. This little place hosts a music and knitting night every week.
And what massive photo array can be complete without a beautiful sunset.


And a week later I am in Toronto, starting my trip to Niagara On The Lake to psychically investigate famous Fort George.
This photo is not the intersection. Look beyond that onto Lake Ontario to see one of the Tall Ships making its way along the Ontario Great Lakes.

And we are in Niagara On The Lake. Cam came with me, and we went with Chris Laursen whom I affectionately call "My handler" at PSICAN. He is actually my team leader in most investigations. This year Chris is the media relations officer of this Non Profit Scientific Association.
Niagara On The Lake is located at the mouth of the Niagara River. It's history is from the war of 1812 where massacre after massacre occurred over a three year period in time while the
British and the Americans fought to gain and regain control of Fort George, over and over again.

This town has around 800 residents, and has the reputation of having more recorded ghost sightings than their are live residents of this town.

It is like stepping back in time.
What a place to search for Ghosts!
And it has haunted land, haunted hotels, and haunted landmarks!

This is Fort Niagara. In the USA, just across the river from Fort George.

The homes are stunning. And so many of them are Bed and Breakfasts.
The big draw here is the town, and The Shaw Festival. One of the best live theatre seasons in Ontario.


These photos are what I took at Fort George.
As regular readers know now, I am a medium.
I was asked if I would like to join Chris Laursen and some guests- Nick Kyle and his wife Sarah Grumball. Nick is President of the Scottish Society of Psychical Research.
I had a great converstions/interview with Nick and his wife at dinner where I was asked specific questions about my methods of doing readings, and my opinion on some subjects which are common within the Psychic community. He also offered me much food for thought. One of the most stimulating conversations I have had about mediumship ever.

The following photos of the Fort, its surroundings and its inner buildings have not been edited in any fashion.
I will tell you I had two visits to the Fort that day.
One was in daylight and I was alone with the team of people coming on behalf of PSICAN: Dave Kirkwood, Chris Laursen, Nick Kyle and Sarah Grumball, Me and my Son Cameron as my video guy.
I will tell you that there are no visible ghosts in these photos.
But they all are taken when I was compelled by a psychic impression in the form of, something heard, or something seen visually, or something seen as a psychic footprint, or something smelled or felt.

I will do my best to teach you about how you can be fooled by a photo if you really wish to see something paranormal in the photographs.

Please look at the photos in bigger form by clicking on them.
If you think you saw something, please put what you think you saw in comments. I have labelled the photos to help you. I will not turn down what you might see. I will neither prove or disprove what you may find. But I am compelled to have you look-fresh eyes, a fresh outlook. You may just find the answer!

Come enjoy the fort from the psychic's eyes.
I saw alot of people in my psychic impressions. And I will tell you that none of them were wearing red or blue uniforms.


6)Kyle Upton of Ghost Tours of Niagara is our host and is guiding me and the team around.
I was sent in blind. No one told me any history of the fort, and I had not researched anything. I was to write down my impressions, speak to Chris and Dave while they recorded me on cassettes. (Kyle is in the black T-shirt)


20)Here is Nick Kyle and Dave Kirkwood taking their own photos.

22)Below I show you the same photo with and without flash. Do you see anything ghosty?
Check out the details. Click on the photo to look at a larger view.


25)26)Dave taking pics. Nick and Sarah in the background.
28)It became quickly apparent that Cameron was getting similar impressions to me. He was smelling the horrible smells I smelled, and seeing things move all around him. He was hopeful that he captured something on video. He did capture something, but it was just an answer to a sound that was not an EVP, or a flash of movement that was not a ghost. In my heart I was more thrilled that Cam was experiencing his psychic ability and noticing that it was not like a horror movie, and was quite a cool experience. He also quickly came to realize exactly how much data we need to span in one investigation, and the trials and tribulations that go along with trying to record the experience. Rather than whether he got a ghost on video.

Honestly, I go into a site expecting no impressions and no audio/visual captures, and I am always amazed if something flourishes.
31)Painting of Queen Charlotte

32)Chris taking photos and recording our every step on audio.
34)Remember I was having some sort of psychic moment at every photograph. This photo in particular shows me a something right in the place I saw spirit. Perhaps you can see what is interesting me. What do you see?

38)This munitions shed is one of the original buildings of the fort. Most of the fort has been reconstructed because when the US occupied the fort last, knowing they would have to push back their lines back over the river, they burnt all of Niagara On The Lake and the fort to the ground, displacing several hundred families.
40)This is land outside the fort wall. This area is closer to the water.
I even saw psychic impressions way down here.
41)as dusk falls we are delightfully invited to join a private tour of a local Niagara area group-at night! The Union Jack for Britain, The Stars and Stripes for The USA, and the famous Canadian Maple Leaf flag).

42)Here is where I can give you a lesson on ghost seeking. Orbs are reflections of stuff. Usually live flying things or inert particles in the air. I am here to tell you that the outdoor orbs you see are caused by mosquitos, moths, and fireflies.
I was taking the three photos of this area because I did see a woman spirit there.
Do you see one? What I saw with my eyes is not what is here. Yet there may be a clue.
43)outside the fort gates.
44)I think we have a groundhog friend there.
45)Oh night is falling. Would you be scared to walk here in the dark without any light?
Here is a little tidbit of psychic information. If a psychic is good a picking up historical footprints of the land they can actually glimpse a snippet of time long past. Most of the time this snippet is in daylight, and if it is night I am not seeing it night in the vision, and I can usually maneuver very well in the dark. Wild huh? These things I take for granted, and it never occurred to me before to share this information until I had to explain to Chris what exactly I was seeing.

48)Officers quarters longhouse.

51)Three bunk houses with a small cottage52)Cannon turette in a corner bastian. I hope I got those technical names correctly.
53)The Ghost Walk Guide's light sitting upon the stone monument for Brock's original burial location.
54)one of the original places Brock was buried.

55)Cam doing his nightvision camera work at the old burial site
58)The orbs are not what I saw. Again they are bugs. I did see something here though. Can you see anything?
60)On the night tour I learned some history about this war of 1812.
So many soldiers on both sides of this war took such high casualties there are litterally thousands of unmarked graves of soldiers who were buried where they fell, as they did not have the manpower to take the bodies away. From Niagara to Hamilton bodies are uncovered all the time when new subdivisions or malls etc are built.
61)Dave and Chris walking around inside one of the bunk houses.


65)66)Night walk to the municians shed and the "haunted tunnel"
67)What I heard and saw here was older than even the Indians we think of being around in even the 1600's. It was consistant, and strong. So I believe sensitive equipment may be able to sense what I saw. I want to lay in the field next to the shed in the gully. Quiet and still. I feel this spot is the key to the energy of this land. This area just happens to be the most haunted and daunting area that the guides can tell their own personal accounts of.

68)This is the most haunted area on the grounds. It is a municians shed

69)At the end we all gather to hear more ghost stories from Kyle Upton, and from members of the group who have recorded experiences.

70)After the Ghost hunting night we went to the pub at The Angel Inn which claims to be the most haunted Inn in Niagara On The Lake. Nick and Sarah pose for a goodbye photo.

71)This was our room. Our room was in the Moffatt Inn, which is also haunted.
My opinion on the indoor orbs....there were no bugs flying around. Could it be dust, or some of the ghosts coming to visit?
You need to decide. Do you see anything paranormal other than the orbs?

72)On single orb all of a sudden after a room full. Makes you go hummmm. But you thought I dont believe in orbs. I dont. I find they are easily explained away. So I would like something more tangible in my photos. Would a ghost be 3-D and reflect light? No. In my experience a ghost is only 2-d and absorbes light, does not reflect it. In the presence of spirit light is dulled or changed in colour by the presence.

75)This is the Apothecary. It is a museum for the Ontario College of Parmacy. It is said to be haunted, so they ask for a donation of a Toonie ($2.00) so one can take photos.
These photos are great general photos of a haunted place. I got no impressions here, but I did appreciate all the cool stuff in there!



84)As you can see. People are constantly coming in and taking photos hoping upon hope they get a ghost in the viewfinder.

85)This photo is the perfect example of how one can accidentally capture a ghost on film.
And it is PSICAN's mandate to weed out all of the questionable stuff, or explain why it is not proof there are ghosts that haunt. Or, of course, state that there is no explanation. So there is a possiblility of a presence. And, of course, we live for the days of enough strong evidence to pass scientific scruteny, and as Nick Kyle says, " have a message from beyond that this is not all there is to it, that there is something else to look forward to. And affirmation.."

I took this photo and there was a layer of glass between me and the mortar and pestles I am photographing. In the bottom left corner it looks like a ghost figure of a hand and arm are captured in the reflection, holding the handle of the mortar. But it is only my hand holding my camera, that is reflected back at me. Reflections make up a huge amount of possible captures on camera. I constantly search deep to disprove everything I see or hear, as some other phenomena before I will say, "Ah Ha! It's a ghost! Or that's the ghost I talked to!

So far I have seen images appear in the geography of inert objects on photograph, which represented the same message I was getting, and smoke like vapour that appears before my eye as well as captured upon film. Or strange colour changes that outline a figure or make up a figure that seems to be flat and absorbing light, not reflecting it. But these are a few photos -like4 or 5 out of thousands taken. So I feel that to find images in every group of photos taken defies the odds greatly.

The first spirit photo I ever saw was of my Great Grandmother in Lilly Dale in a trance at the Great Stump. There are faces in the foliage that are 2-D and have the consistency of wooden totems, that are not present at this place. What I have seen is not a vague glimpse, but a manifestation.
Niagara On The Lake is also competing in Ontario Blooms.

This is the Moffatt Inn. This is where we stayed. It too is haunted.

Around the corner from town the wineries and fruit farms flourish.
Foodland Ontario, Vineland, our perfect soft fruit growing farms.

Peaches are ready

Brock's Monument
The Niagara River Hydro electric dam.
Cam doing his impression of Jack Nickolson in "The Shining".
This photo of the gorge looks like a painting!

The Rivers Tidle Pool


Back to Pembroke. Al and Amber.

Our hotel roomMe soakin up some rays while finishing a Baby Sweater.
Wonder what November baby this is for?!

Sleepy Bear is Travelodge's mascot.
Lovely fountain. The first week I was there someone put soap in the waterfall and it went to suds.

Oh Canada BikersThe amazing murals of Pembroke.
The Swallows of Capistrano come back to Pembroke

strollin' down the street

Ode to the Voyageurs and Samual De Champlain.

This mural is on the side of a house!
All the others are on business walls.

The townline of Petewawa. See the big gun?!

This one is dedicated to almost 200 yrs of fiddle and step dancing. The Pembroke contest is July 1st.
This mural is dedicated to the day Pembroke got electric lights in the street.

They have the biggest Giant Tiger Store I have ever seen in pembroke. One wall is a long mural of people. Real people! Its sections represent 150 years of residents, in 20 year segments. The images are reproductions of real people, created through donations of old newpaper photos or personal photos of the folks related to the residents depicted here.

Ode to settlers long past (as ghosts) and to the blacksmith.

The water tower represents the town, farms and the railway spanning the land.

We came back from the base to find a white G-wagon in our parking lot, all custom built.



Candy didn't get to come with us on our mini vacation. So her Mommy and Daddy brought her home a new filtered flowing water dish.
Candy is very kitty curious and has to check it all out.

And she shows off her relaxed and adult look. No longer a kitten.


I would not put up such a photo array without some new knitting.
This is my new lace sweater.
The yarn is hand painted. So snobby cool.

This circle is the center of the small of the back of a very blousey lace sweater.


Upgrades to the crabitat are in too!

I am growing carrots in the substrait as a fresh treat for the crabs.
This is all the crab handler rage.

I also put a fountain in the crabitat. They too like the fresh flowing water.
I reminds me of the megalyth in 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Carrot top greens!

Crusty is having fun there on the net.

Peek inside the cave
Two perches so the crabs can climb upward.

Crabitat Feng Shui

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