Friday, August 24, 2007

About My New Logo

So up top is one of my original photos from my array "The View From My Small Window"

This array is a collection of photos I have taken across Canada and the United States and Mexico while driving a Long Haul Transport Truck. Through the small window of a moving truck.

One day I will present the array in full.
For now, this one is my new logo.

The logo work is on because My Dot Com and Dot Ca sites are being built.
Carl has taken on the project under the instruction of Al, so I can market my Knitting Invention.

These days the Tucker house is trying to wind down the summer with some last minute projects and a great BBQ with our friends from PSICAN on Sunday, so I won't be on much till mid next week.

Coming up is a presentation of photos of the ROM (The Royal Ontario Museum)
Plus Interviews with Paul Bruneau and Steve Loney- the wonderful Native Carvers I met this summer.

Knit or Knot has just brought out their fall lineup of classes, so click on their icon to get the info.

I feel like the grist mill wheels are turnin' now and there seems to be this flow in our life happening.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

There Are Days..................!

When you open the email and a thousand people have sent you some sort of joke, or chain letter, or power point presentation to another Celine Dion song, and you think.......

Do I have the strength to make the effort to look at all of these RIGHT NOW, or can it wait till tomorrow?

Then, of course, you wait till tomorrow, there are 2 thousand such emails to get through.

This was one of those weeks.
I didn't look at much of my email, and lost within the email was this fannytastic video.
(you must have your speakers on for this)

And just when you thought it could not get any funnier, here is one of a girl watching the video you just watched.

I hope you didn't pee your pants!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Holiday Monday Meant Relaxation And Crabs

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First I have new video footage of the crabs eating pineapple:


Then in the afternoon we set off to Toronto to visit Grum and Papa (my parents)
Dad BBQ'd steak, as we relaxed on the deck.

Cam was sooo relaxed he fell asleep on the swing.
Going to Grum and Papas will equal a nap for someone in the family.
They just have one of those comfortable spaces you can rest in.

There house is a bungalow with a florida room on the back and a wrap around deck.

We planted the spruce trees in the corners of the yard in 1990. When they were planted they were 1/2 metre tall. Now they are higher than the roof!

In the summer the Florida room is screened in, and in the winter they put windows in, so they can use it in the winter too.

Dads garden in the front of the house is really lovely.
His feature is Cana Lillies. Those reddish large leaved plants.

Oh those steaks are huge!
At night my parents garden features evening primrose opening as the sun goes down.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

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What do you get when you take a great country band, a birthday, and their Angel-child who is a star in her own right.......hundreds of people...........a farm in the middle of no where in Canada........pickers, grinners and dancers....and have them converge for a reunion to never forget?



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Teenagers think they are the only folks who know how to party.
No way!
This is the reunion party put on to welcome Gord and Audie Henry for the annual reunion.

The past few years their daughter Kristin Scott has been the main entertainment.
Canada is filled with hidden talent.
You will meet the best of the best today.

The players left to right:
Doug Dietrich on Pedal Steel Guitar, Jimmy Nellis on Fiddle, Steve Strong on Lead Guitar and vocals, Cliff Lalonde on Drums and vocals, and Gary Heaslip on Bass and Vocals.

Kristin Scott steals the show with her angelic voice!

This Video will make your mouth fall open!
The greatest fiddle player of all time shows his stuff!
Watch Jimmy Nellis play Orange Blossom Special.

Audie blesses us with her songs too!
She is almost retired and she sings like a 20 year old!
She really is a Shining Star!

This was so special to us because our friends Cliff and Ann were able to have all their family there.
We have one of those six degrees of separation thing with this family. They are intertwined with our extended family so the lines fade quickly and we become emotionally related.
Cliff's family is from the Cornwall to Morrisburg area along the St. Lawrence river on the edge of the Ottawa valley, and they are friends with very very close friends from my childhood.
Ann's family is from Toronto, like us, and Ann and I actually crossed paths in business in the early 80's. In 1991 we became friends.

Cliff was the drummer in Red Bandana then, and I used to get to play fiddle with them once in a while. Then we shared venues in two separate bands. My band was upstairs and Red Bandana were downstairs.

This is Cliff and Ann, who have been our closest friends who are a couple. We vacation with them and they share in intimate family events with us.

The crowd is gathering to hear the band.
The Horse Barn was converted to a stage room, and the paddock gates were open to allow it all to spill out into the field.

The guys opened up the show and got the stage movin.
Kristin lead the band and really lit up the stage with her presence.
Take advantage of the videos here and now, cuz you are seeing the beginning of huge career that is building.
We will see her in Nashville soon.

How did all this begin?
In the 70's Gord and Audie Henry and their country music band were the prize of the Grand Valley Ontario.
They filled to capacity every venue they played.
Folks looked forward to their weekends so they could go dancing to the music of this great band!

Gord and Audie played with Canadian stars like Al Cherney, one of the greatest fiddlers and fiddle music composers in the world.

Gary Buck, the Canadian Country Crooner also shared the stage with them.

And their children were always with them. Exposed to the music from birth Kristin is destined to be a Star!

And in the early '80's the Henry family moved to Texas for business, and the folks of the Grand Valley lost their favourite band to the USA.

Big John who is a cousin by marriage shared in the joy of the entertainment through the '70's.
Upon his '60th birthday he decided he wanted a huge party for all the fans who were like him and missed the Henry family.
So Gord and Audie, and their kids have come ever since to have the RAVE and celebrate Good Ole Canadian Country Music!

(Big John is the gentleman in the black stetson)

The crowd grows

Left to Right: Ann's Mom, Cliff's 90 yr old Aunt, Cliffs Sister Brenda and her Husband Glen, and in the fore ground is Cliff's sister Marlene.

Ann's Mom

The people keep coming!

Doug Dietrich and Jimmy Nellis

Gary Heaslip

Cliff Lalonde

Steve Strong and Kristin Scott

Right to left:
Debbie's daughter, Ann, Marlene and her husband Gerald, Brenda Son Ryan and his girlfriend Brittany, and across from Ann is Ann's sister Jill
Carl is at the next table in the black Tshirt and hat.

The Food Line

Big John's family were the great chefs of the party

Sausages and Hamburgers, Corn on the Cob and Salad fixins

Folks came from afar with their giant RVs

Cliff and Ann dancing with Rebecca the Maltese.

The girl with the dark hair at the back is Marlene and Gerald's Daughter Laurie.

What we all were waiting for. Audie blessed us with a few songs before dinner.

The dancers hopped up and took over the floor!
Suddenly it was soo crowded.

Jimmy wound us up with his fiddling!

Joe Firth who is a cousin of Gord Henry, who also had a hit band in the 70's called The Promised Land, came and played for us too.

Laurie and Gerald dancin' and Kristin's Daughter kicks it to the band with her Grandma Audie Henry.

It was packed in their as night fell and the lights came on. Rubin, Ann's brother in Law is in the red striped shirt.

The outside field was packed! All these folks fill clubs and arenas and fairs through the 70's and 80's to see the players.

Gary Heaslip sings some great songs.

The dancers really gave us a show.

Kristen, then Joe Firth plays, and Gord and Audie Henry Close the Show!

Gord and Audie Henry Close the show with a revival of song.

Until Next Year!