Thursday, August 20, 2009



On Saturday, September 12, 2009, Thistledowne is playing at the Vallican Whole! If you're in the vicinity, it's going to be a great show, and if it isn't I think you get to eat them!

Vallican Whole Community Centre
3762 Little Slocan River Road
Vallican, Slocan Valley
(250) 226-7957

Doors/drinks/goodies at 7 pm

Concert at 8 pm

Advance tickets $12 at Jennie's Books in Winlaw, Eddy Music in Nelson, or online at

Tickets at the door are $15

They're just back from playing the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, The Old Fire Hall in Rossland, and the Idlewild Festival in Cranbrook. We saw them the night before we left and it was a fantastic show. (Sorry for darkness if picture; it's from the Rossland show). Don't miss it, and if you wanted to give my boy the minstrel a hug from his old Mom who wishes she could be there, that would be okay!


The DaD-aDa-DaD Tour is in full swing. Two weeks on the road and we're still speaking!

This morning we went into a little restaurant in St. Bride's, Newfoundland for breakfast.

"Is it too early for fish chowder?" I asked.

"It's never too early for chowder," was the reply.

It's late, I'm fighting a cold and need to go to bed, but first, here are a few pictures to get you up to speed.

The morning we left Leanne came over. She's off on big adventures, too, so it'll be a while before we get together again.

Sparwood, BC, boasts having the world's largest dump truck!

We stuck close to the border going through the Prairies. Only got onto the Trans-Canada when we absolutely had to, near Winnipeg.

Manitoba = sunflowers!

Outside Thunder Bay we stopped at the Terry Fox memorial.

Ste. Flavie, on the Gaspé Peninsula. These human-like statues, by sculptor Marcel Gagnon, emerge from the St. Lawrence River and are incredibly moving. The installation is called "La Grand Rassemblement" (The Great Gathering).

Some of the, um, entertaining signage we saw in Nova Scotia.

At last!

We went to Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, and visited the Miners Museum where you get to see what it's like to go underground in a coal mine. There goes Ted, on the right. You really do have to bend over because the ceiling's so low. More than a little creepy. More than a little awe-inspiring.

Our guide, Sheldon Gouthro, who's a retired miner, kept us mesmerized with his stories.

Chowing down before heading to the Newfoundland ferry.

Ted taking a little time out.

Me (that tiny dot in the middle), surrounded by gannets at St. Mary's Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland.

See the white blur against those cliffs? Birds! Gannets, mostly.

Newfoundland sunset. Yes, the sun DOES shine here!


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