Our Thanksgiving is in early Oct. However, it's hard not to get caught up in our southern neighbours spirit of giving thanks for harvest - modern and traditional.  Be it the season of cooking and therefore cookbooks, I am more overwhelmed by the digital photography than the food itself.  The resolution of the images look more real than in real life.  I mean I dont see as clearly as the camera lens when my eye 'shoots' its image if you will.    And the current fashion of up close in focus shots with the blurry background; I am a bit weary of it  (probably a tad jealous as it requires talent to create this effect or an expensive wide angle lens).  Hmm, this sounds more like complaining than thankful!  Well, taking out an old Bon Appetit cookbook, I was thrilled to rediscover the photography of Tessa Traeger .  If you're having fish this holiday you might consider the above 'fishlady'!  It's hilarious.  A skirt of  real smoked salmon? And clam gams owith oyster shoes?  

Traeger composes her images like old world paintings. Sometimes it's hard to tell where the stage set ends and the real food begins.  The above is very 'MSL' or actually Martha Stewart was no doubt influenced by her work.

Unfortunately the colour film of that day fades over time into morbid orange overtones ,especially if it's a photo of roast beef.  Ugh.


I recommend this pasta map photo for colour longevity this Thanksgiving! See I got so engrossed in her photographs, I forgot to put the turkey in.  Have a great Thanksgiving.






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Thanks to my cousin Stewart who lives in nyc for introducing me to the F&S show this past Columbus Day weekend - also our CDN Thanksgiving weekend. The show is the vision of interior designer Bradley Ford.   Tis a modern makers craft fair, beautifully edited with a range of products and prices but all singing the same song of unusual quality.  The first show featured 12 artisans and has grown exponentially to just over 200 this year.  Having viewed the slideshow I wonder how it happened that i missed seeing many of them;  no doubt I was focused on selling BBB. 


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Mid-September to mid October is the season for puffballs where I live and also around my birthday.  Perhaps this is why a rather large one appeared at my front door to greet me!  I regret to say I did not get a picture of the plethora of puffball that appeared in a shady fir tree grove near by..... at least 30 of them all popped up overnight.  Quite magical.

This definitley was  one of the largest unspoiled puffballs I have encountered. I'm trying to give you a sense of scale.


Or better yet, let's say it's about twice the size of my head.  A reminder not to get too puffed up on one's birthday.   Ho.  Ho.  They're super eating:  fried in butter with lots of salt and pepper and worcester sauce.  Some connoisseurs refer to them as 'puffball steaks'. However, this might lead to the misnomer of a puffball breed of cows like the joke about where  spaghetti comes from - the spaghetti tree.....



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Approximately a year ago Four Fathers Brewing Co. (formerly nestled in a barn in bucolic Rockwood, Ontario) found a new home at 125 Guelph Ave in Hespeler. I moved the bag biz from Toronto to this location in 2004 and the building stayed pretty much the same as when I moved into this 70,000 sq ft industrial building - a mish mash of structures spanning a 150 years. I stand to be corrected on my local history, but I am fascinated with the 'archaeology of the building and the site if you will.  Maybe it's the smell of hops roasting that has spurred my curiosity.

All I know, is the transformation of the this old chestnut is like watching an archaelogical dig. I knew my studio space on the second floor was the testing area for washing machines made by the CDN Simplicity company.  Here's tidbit of archival info I found  on William Kribs who I believe built the first building here.

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Women of Excellence - the Maycourt Ladies

The May Court Club of Chatham (I'm a 'out of town' member continuing the long tradition of my Mother and my Grandmother) recently held their annual awards dinner for the winners of the Women of Excellence event. 

The photo above is the May Court of Chatham ladies talent show; this was my Mothers generation circa 1960.  I knew almost every one of these wonderful mothers.  Starting at the top left :Mary Bradley, ?, ?, Fran Obrien, June Easton, ?, my aunt Ruth Lapp, Helen Ough, Francis Higginbotham, Hester Brisco, Ann Watson, Betty Tatton, ?, Shirley Furlong and finally my Mother, Dorothy McKeough.  Funny, June Easton we called Aunt, although not related and when we misbehaved, 'Typhoon June';  Helen Ough aka Mad Maudy and my Mom  Hurricane Dot.  This talent show was performed  for the annual dinner dance held around the holiday.  Ann Watson front centre was the queen of choreagraphy - Madonna watch out!  As kids we got to watch all the hullabalo, really a big to do, an occasion to dress up, drink and dance and dance and drink!  I lost track when they stopped the dinner dance & talent show. 



Wow, have we evolved.  Today the charitably correct form to celebrate and showcase our womens acheivments and talent is a somewhat more reserved Awards of Excellence event.  So the May Court ladies recently had their sold out dinner this May.  BBB donated a bag in a our Green Jardin.  I thought this was fitting as the very first May Court event held by its founder Lady Isabel Aberdeen, the wife of Canada’s then Governor General was a garden party.  Maybe next year, wouldnt it be funny if they asked the men to put on a talent show.  They could walk the runway in their speedos.... something to replace the nixxed  Bikini segment in the Miss America contest.  Ho Ho.  I'm sure it would be a sold out event.

I salute the ladies of the May Court Club of Chatham then and now for all their charitable work and talent. 


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