Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Jul 29/12)

It was a splendid week on Corrie Street.  The Jubilee festivities were just grand, with the Sitting for meal at Jubilee street partybunting and flags and pictures of Queen Elizabeth.  The Street party was wonderful, as were the costumes of 60 years of pop singers.  I’m glad Steve told us he was dressed as John Lennon.  My guess was Elton John or John Denver.  Eva and Sunita – I guess if you’ve got it, flaunt it!  And they did, I say, they did.

Dennis and Rita’s wedding lead-up was great.  Exciting.  Was she going to get to the Dennis and Rita are pronounced husband and wifechurch on time or at all?  But she did and the bad guys were caught and Kirsty and Tina reached an understanding if not friendship.  The wedding itself was lovely.  I got a tear in my eye when they said their vows.

It was a week of great scenes in storylines Tyrone and Kirsty and living room walland visuals.  But the showstopper for me was this shot of Tyrone’s living room.  How could anyone spend time in that room and keep their sanity!  It was bad enough when Vera and Jack put that nightmarish dark wallpaper up.  The only good thing I could Kirsty beside huge flower printsee about Kirsty moving in was that she would replace it.  But no, they’ve added “elements” to it.  I wished they’d just pan the camera around slowly so I could see it all, but I was afraid it would burn my retinas if they had.

As a MINI person, I did love the Jubilee commemorative flag with a shiny MINI in the Jubilee MINI postermiddle of it.  I don’t understand it.  2012 is Mini’s 55th anniversary.  I want one.  Maybe it’s just part of what all British or British-connected companies did this year in issuing Jubilee editions or commemorative stuff.  I really want one.  I just wouldn’t put it on an already overloaded living room wall.

The history of tacky décor is a long and Ogdens with the 2nd wall mural and plaster duckshonourable one on Corrie Street, starting with Hilda Ogden’s wallpaper “muriel” and the plaster ducks.  And the Duckworths climbed new heights of tackiness with the stone cladding followed by “The Old Rectory” name Jack Duckworth outside front doorplaque.  Then, presumably wanting to surround themselves fully in the experience of hideousness, they put up the wallpaper.

Vera would be proud of what Tyrone and Kirsty have done.  And I guess I can take solace in the thought that, as long as that wallpaper stays up, a bit of Vera and Jack will always be with us.

Geoffrey Hughes as Onslow on Keeping Up AppearancesIn real life sad news, actor Geoffrey Hughes passed away last Friday.  He played Eddie Yeats, the Ogden’s lodger and the source for the ‘muriel’, on Coronation Street and Onslow, the bane of Hyacinthe’s existence, on Keeping Up Appearances.

Tale of Two Dog Parks

stthomastimesjournal.com_2012_07_18 dog park maintenance
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I don’t know if St. Thomas dog people and City Hall are still battling about the weeds in the dog park.  Please God, I hope not!  Of all the issues that may cause problems between the powers that be and dogs running loose, tall weeds should not even register on the fight-o-meter.

No one has suggested clear cutting the woods or leveling the ravine.  All that was asked was to keep weeds and grasses to a manageable height so that dogs, and their poop, cannot get lost in them.  No one wants a dog or a small child to get a stick in their eye while running through an area where they can’t see where they’re going.  No one wants ticks on their dogs, their children or themselves.  And in case you’re wondering, park users aren’t permitted to just cut the weeds themselves.  Only City employees can do so.

Thirsty Pooches 3 Jul 2012 in Kings Co. Record Sussex NB
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Two weeks before the weed cutting battle was raging at St. Thomas City Hall, the King’s County Record in Sussex NB published this article entitled “Thirsty pooches should be pleased”.  The town council approved the expenditure to install a water fountain for the dogs, replace the snowfencing with chainlink and create a small dog area in the town’s dog park.  I don’t know what kind of negotiations preceded this decision, but it was nice to read Mayor Marc Thorne saying “There are a lot of dogs in town, and residential properties don’t have the amount of space they need to get a healthy workout.”

St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson has been a good friend of the Lions Club Dog Park since the beginning, as have been Council members and Parks & Rec staff.  That’s why it seemed so odd that such a battle over its “landscaping” ever developed.

two dog parks, poodle running in Sussex dog parkThe Sussex Bark Park terrain is totally different from St. Thomas’ park.  It is on a hill and could be improved further by planting a few shade trees.  But, as you can see from the picture, the dogs in it can run.  There ain’t no waist-high weeds.

First posted on this date on my St. Thomas Dog Blog

House Deconstruction

Three weeks in our new house and slowly it’s coming together.  A new house is like a clothes on line and fieldRubik’s Cube:  frustratingly impossible to figure out the parts but hit the right one and somehow the rest fall in place.

I haven’t moved in over a decade.  That’s too long, I’ve decided.  Move every five years so you don’t have time to accumulate too much, or never so that someone else will have to deal with your lifetime’s worth of stuff.

We moved to a smaller house.  So even after fairly extensive pruning, a lot more came in the door than could be accommodated.  Furniture was arranged several times before a workable solution was found.  You start with a preconceived idea, based both on your perceptions china cabinet with cat in houseof the space and the way you had things before.  Then you see it doesn’t work or feel right, there’s too many pieces left over, or what you need doesn’t fit and what fits you don’t need.

Throw it all out and start over’ was followed by ‘We paid to move this stuff halfway across the country so it’s all going to fit come hell or high water’.  Then a midpoint of sanity:  you have to see something in the space to know if it’s needed and rejigging can make things fit.  And if something really doesn’t work, replace it.  Life is indeed too short to settee and table on house porch photo D Stewartlive around your furniture, accommodating it instead of it accommodating you.

So a settee and coffee table sit on the porch, no place inside for them.  Kind of looks like the Clampetts moved in.  They probably will go to the attic or garage, or I might leave them there until winter.  They just beg you to ‘set a spell’.

The countryside around here is beautiful:  farmland with hay baled or cows grazing, woods.  I’m enjoying just looking at my own flower bed and grape arbourland – rosebushes, tiger lilies, grapevine-covered arbour, field with the potential of being pasture, woods.  A deer out in the field late one afternoon, turned her head when she heard a voice and meandered on.

An old farmhouse, it’s very different than our previous new-ish suburban house.  But this house, with old softwood floors and a renovation job of pine cabinetry, tile and soft sea colours, is of the lineage of houses I have lived in and loved the most.  I could line up photos of rooms from this and three inside houseother ones and they could all be the same house.  That’s not to say I haven’t missed my St. Thomas house.  I liked its space and convenience and straight walls and floors, and I enjoyed just looking at the rooms.  But my soul is back at home in this house.