Sunday, June 20, 2010

And Your Little Dog Too!

My plan was not to make a blog post tonight. After a busy weekend in Halifax I was going to give the blog a rest tonight. Instead of writing, I decided to flip through some archival images to see if I could find anything interesting. Since Nathan Sarty has been daily adding to our collections of scanned archival images, I sometimes need to take a few quiet moments to see exactly what he has digitized. Well, my quiet contemplation of images has somehow worked its way into a post.

When I came to the image in this post I stopped to stare at it for a few minutes. I enlarged the image to see if I could recognize any features in the background. Sadly, I am not familiar with the house and the rest of the picture does not offer many hints. The apple tree and the cedar rail fence could really be anywhere in eastern North America. After looking at the image for a while a strange thing started to happen. The word "Kansas" started repeating in my mind. A moment later it blew over me like a tornado (sigh, literary excess if I have ever seen it). The word Kansas was in my mind because the woman on the bicycle looked like Elmira Gulch from the Wizard of Oz.

For those who have trouble remembering, Miss Gulch was the bossy neighbour who complained about Dorothy and wanted Toto taken away. In one of my favorite scenes, she is seen riding her bike in the middle of the tornado that takes Dorothy to Oz. When Dorothy arrives in Oz, the character has transformed into the Wicked Witch of the West. You just never know who will be riding a bike down the road in Annapolis Royal.

All for now,


  1. Hi, I just discovered your lovely blog, and it reminded me of a book written about my grandfather Hirum Cody called All The Days Of His Life - A Biography of Archdeacon H. A. Cody by Ted Jones.
    It's full of wonderful photos like the one in your post. I live in England having come from Nova Scotia aged 9. I'm planning to retire back in NS in the next year or two. I shall keep watching your posts for inspiration!!

  2. Thanks for your kind words. I may not always hit inspiration, but if I can get educate and occasionally amuse I am happy.