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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A few weeks ago, I went to a conference in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I forgot to bring my camera, but a kind colleague from China, Mr. Y, took photos of a field trip we went on and e-mailed them to me. I thought I would show some "typical" Canadian history to you.
These were all taken at Fort William. Fort William Historical Park is a reconstruction of the original Fort William which served as the headquarters for the North West Company's vast fur trading empire from 1803 to 1821. In other words, the origins of the North American shopping empire. Big box stores, 19th century style...
Our guides; our group got the girl. She was a fountain of historic wisdom.
No one around (too many mosquitos). I can't understand how Mr. Y's camera didn't pick up the black haze.

Clothes on the line, 19th Century style.

O.K., so I was really really hungry (explanation for my hand grabbing at the bannock first). Yum. I don't know why I looked so worried, though.

Supposedly I have a crap load of work to do from home today, but here I am.
I am trying not to look out the window at the umpteenth day of fog. My garden looks like a tropical rainforest, with spider webs and giant slugs hanging off of everything like Christmas decorations. Please, Sun, come back...maybe later today, but then we are going to be getting the system that is flooding Washington. Great. Another weekend of rain.

  1. Blogger Christopher said:

    Looks like Ye Olde Fun.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Great photos, and they feed you! :o)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Not really; too many mosquitos!

    Yes, I know! Historic sites with snacks :)

  1. Blogger fb said:

    Maybe they were historic mosquitoes there in period style numbers?

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    I have taken tours like that, and always enjoyed them. They are more interesting than wandering around a site by yourself reading plaques.

    "Big box stores, 19th Century style"... so that's who started that very nasty and ugly trend!

  1. Blogger Will D said:

    I think I would enjoy working there for a summer, I have been there twice and have learned something new both times

  1. Blogger erikku said:

    Perhaps you were saying, "Can I have one a scotch smaller?"

    Enjoy the rain. Again you guys get to inherit all of our crap weather. ^_-

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  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    The last time I visted an Historic site was elementary school...It was somewhere in Ottawa probably. And alot of fresh baked bread was eaten..lol wish I can remember where.

  1. Blogger vani said:

    yup...more rain will be coming your way! my garden is drowning. :(

    love the pics...kinda looks like old Williamsburg, VA here...:)

  1. Blogger 34quinn said:

    Hello from one canucklehead to another.
    just stumbled across your blog wanted to say hi.

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    Looks like a fascinating place. The photos are great ... it's nice to be in front of the camera, instead of behind it !!
    I hope the weather improves for you.
    Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    i love Fort William!
    and i am praying for rain, but no sign of it yet. everything is burning hot and making me drowsy. You wonder how civilization flourished in greece. Maybe in the ancient years the climate was different.

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    Great photo's Cathy. That bread looked good too. :)

  1. Blogger missy said:

    Thanks for sharing your trip to us! Can't really see the bread so I'm a bit worried for you, too! Was it good?

    missy xx

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    There's a nice little graphic novel called "Bannock, Beans and Black Tea" about growing up in PEI during the Depression. You should check it out. :) It's by John Gallant and Seth.

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Oh that's a nice place! :)
    I can't see anyone eating in the blog, I get so hungry lol
    It's been fresh over here too, so it's probably a new trend.
    I have a load of work to do as well, and I'm here too!!

  1. Blogger sjobs said:

    THe mosquitos just an hour south of Thunder Bay are terrible also.

    I love Fort William. That is what I like about Williamsburg, Virginia also. The feel of the old town and watching and learning about their way of life.


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  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    fb; what did the settlers do, wihtout insect repellent? I did learn that they had calamine; who knew?!

    Crag; well, the were guilty of the Hudson's Bay Company, anyway...

    Will; Woolen clothing and bugs galore; I would be happy with just a visit. It's a job I couldn't do!

    Our weather sucks! (and so does yours, apparently!)

    Anonymous; I'm not into secret shopping, thank you; I like to do mine way out in the open.

    Heidi; You have some great historic sites in Quebec! Time for a road trip, my friend :)

    I have given up on my garden. Going into the seventh straight day of drizzle and fog...

    34; Hello fellow Canuck. How's it goin', eh?

    Meow; I think that tourists from other countries would love it. Unfortunately our weather has not yet improved.

    Chloe; We really need to trade weather. Let's do it, but how?...

    You can bake some; click on the link!

    It was really good. It was baked over a smoke fire, so the taste was spectacular.

    Stepanie; Thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely check this out.

    Devil; Get your work done! There going to be lots of soccer again tomorrow :)

    Sjobs; I hadn't even thought that some of my blog friends would have been there before. Sorry to hear that the mosquitos don't pay attention to the border; are they illegal aliens or nationals?

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Now I know where the babe gets his worried face :)

    PS - I think I'm done now. Just catching up on all the blogging I've missed this week.

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