Sunday, June 23, 2019

Marigold photos

I have pretty much skipped the garden centre this year and have been attempting to grow everything from seed. 
So far the only things growing are herbs and Marigolds.  The bunnies have pretty much eaten all the veggie leaves that have sprouted and the squirrels literally dug up and took off with the peanut plant. I don't mind. I enjoy seeing the little critters and don't mind if they help themselves to a snack.

So until something else pops up in the garden I will be snapping Marigold pictures.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Free Canadian Genealogy Links - Ontario

Free Canadian Genealogy Links - Ontario 

*I haven't posted about genealogy for a while and noticed many of the research links I use are now outdated or no longer exist. So I am starting from scratch with a new list of sites. If you know of a free / or own a genealogy site not listed please let me know and I will add it.

 I try to stick to the free stuff and  FYI...a good percentage of the records on the "Paid" sites are available for free in other just have to do a little digging. I do use the paid subscription sites now and then, especially if I have a tree to do in a hurry. Paid sites like ancestry make it super easy to find information, but for my own trees, I prefer to take my time and research the old fashioned way.  Genealogy is like a puzzle and to me, it is not very fun if you are given all the answers right away.

*This list of links is an ongoing Work In Progress so please check back often for updates :)

  • The Ontario Genealogy Society has a new search engine that is pretty cool.  It is called The Ontario Name Index (TONI) and currently has about 5 million records indexed. TONI is an index, it doesn't contain the information, just tells you where to find the information.  Most of them are cemetery records but I'm sure that will change as it is added to.

  • Our Ontario -  I have found a wealth of information on this site including business advertisements posted by my ancestors more than a century ago. Newspapers are one of the best sources for Genealogy and Our Ontario has a large database of local newspaper archives. They also have photos, documents, maps, all relating to Ontario history. Be prepared to get lost for hours on this page. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Who doesn't love sunsets? It is hard to resist snapping photos of free artwork in the sky. I have taken hundreds of sunsets pictures over the years. Here are some of my favourites. Most were taken on a phone.

Schleich Toys

I've recently discovered the Schleich brand of toys and now I am obsessed.  For plastic animal figures, they are very well detailed and pretty close to 1:12 inch scale.

The company was founded in Germany in 1935 and is one of the largest manufacturers of toy figurines.  I'm sooo bummed that it took me this long to discover them.

The main reason I collect figures is for photography.  I photograph the miniatures I make myself on a daily basis (for selling online ) but taking photos of toys is just for fun. 
Schleich Cow photographed with a Google Pixel and edited in Snapseed - Redwood Retro

I like to use other toy brands as well.  When I found this lovely creature in the garden, I couldn't resist posing it on a Hot Wheels car  (yes, I collect those too lol).