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August/September 2021

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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min

Sound the Alarm I was very interested in the Collectors story on sleigh bells (February-March 2021). Yes, many are beautiful and often of pride to the owner who kept them well polished. Believe me, that was no easy task! But bells were not meant to be ornaments, they were an important safety device. Travelling along snowy roads, visibility was often compromised. Winter storms, high winds, and the long, dark hours of winter limited visibility to a very short distance. Sleighs gliding on snow-packed roads gave little signal of their presence until they were virtually head to head or tail to tail to one another. A horse or horses running at full speed would be likely to run into an approaching horse, or into the back of a slower moving sleigh almost…

2 min
contributor spotlight

RANDY NICKERSON Born in Toronto, Randy moved to Oshawa, Ont., to raise his three children with his wife, Caroline. Randy is a freelance photographer working for the snapd newspaper group as well as the Oshawa Express. His passion is photography that tells stories—check out his photo essay An Epic Roadtrip on page 8. As a Rotarian, he is able to help many groups in the community, from raising money to highlighting and bringing awareness of their work to others. He is working towards his AFIAP designation, already attaining Silver and Bronze Award distinctions. You can follow his work on instagram (@randy.nickerson) or check out his web page at streetphotos.ca JOANNE CULLEY Joanne Culley is a voracious reader and writer, with a Masters of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto…

1 min
savouring summer

By the time this issue lands in your mailbox or at your local magazine vendor in mid-July, many among us will hopefully be enjoying the simple pleasures of summertime, once again able to spend time with our extended circle of family and friends, as well as others outside of our immediate bubble. Our encounters this summer are sure to boost our spirits, allowing us to enjoy the warmth of companionship and reap the benefits of sharing time together. One of the iconic joys of a Canadian summer is a vacation on the road. To whet your appetite for your next one, turn to the photo essay on page 8, “An Epic Roadtrip,” by Randy Nickerson of Courtice, Ont., who recounts his eye-opening, jaw-dropping tour of Newfoundland’s rugged west coast and his…

1 min
veteran profile

Nick Kazuska was born on November_17, 1919, in Hampton, Sask. He joined the Canadian Army in 1940 and trained in Regina, where he was posted to the 9th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. He was sent to England in 1941 and assigned to the #3 gun layer of an anti-aircraft battery. “Our gun got credit for shooting down one ‘Doodlebug’ while in England. Those bombs, they did a lot of damage.” He recalls one incident in Normandy during lunch break while the entire camp was preparing to move to another location: the air-raid siren sounded and German planes began dropping bombs, causing hundreds of casualties. V1 flying bombs aka “Doodlebugs” were first launched by Germany against London in June 1944. By September, nextgeneration V2 rockets, a precursor to modern-day ballistic missiles, took the devastation…

5 min
an epic road trip

I used to think that the best drive in our great country was from Calgary to Jasper by way of the Icefields Parkway, but I am going to let you in on a secret, the west coast of Newfoundland is every bit as amazing. I know many people who have travelled to the eastern part of the province and have raved about it, but the west coast is rugged, full of small fishing communities and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Being from Toronto, we don’t have the type of rugged landscapes nearby that offer a glimpse of what Eastern Canada truly has to offer. You can imagine my surprise at the wondrous vistas before us the minute we got o? the plane at Deer Lake. Our visit…

4 min
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HOW TO TAT I learned to tat in 1945 and only stopped in 2020. Tatting is performed by using a shuttle and various sizes of thread, the finest being a #10. Doilies, which come in and out of fashion, can be made this way. I will try to explain how tatting is done. First, fill the centre of the shuttle with the thread. Tatting involves one particular kind of stitch known as the double half hitch. Hold the free end of the thread in your left hand (if you are right-handed). We can call this end the hand-thread. Pinch the thread between your thumb and middle finger so you can wrap the thread around your fingers. You will make a loop using the shuttle-thread end. You then hold your hand-thread so that…