What's It All About, eh?

Cape Breton evokes deep memories and strong emotions for me as well as a deep appreciation for the beauty of my adopted island. My hopes are that you too might find the photos evocative - maybe a view you've not enjoyed before, or an 'Oh I've been there', or if from away that you may be encouraged to visit this fair isle so that you might come to love and breathe Cape Breton as I do. One word about place names that I use - some are completely local usage while others are from maps of Cape Breton that I've purchased over the years. I frequently post travel and other photos that are of interest to me - and hopefully you.

On the right hand side bar find my take on Single Malt whiskey - from how to best enjoy this noble drink to reviews (in a most non-professional manner) of ones that I have tried and liked - or not. Also musings, mine and others, on life in general.

Photographs are roughly 98%+ my own and copy-righted. For the occasional photo that is borrowed, credit is given where possible - recently I have started posting unusual net photographs that seem unique. Feel free to borrow any of my photos for non-commercial use, otherwise contact me. Starting late in 2013 I have tried to be consistent in identifying my photographs using ©smck on all out of camera photos I personally captured - (I often do very minor computer changes such as 'crop' or 'shadow' etc but usually nothing major), and using
©norvellhimself on all photos that I have played around with in case it might not be obvious.

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Power Outage

POWER OUTAGE - the east coast storm that brought snow to many and rain to some, brought us the in-between of thick wet snow and sleeting rain - which in turn froze in place on the branches of the many trees and forested areas of much of our county.  The heavy icy build-up on limbs and branches was particularly top heavy on the tall mature conifers of the Elk Neck area and trees were tumbling like dominoes or breaking off mid-way with sounds like rifle shots.  Very early in the storm several large pines toppled  across our power lines killing power and effectively blocking our lane to 272.  So all day Tuesday, Tuesday night and nearly all of today we've been hoping to be reconnected.  
I had heard the figure of some 40 thousand residences being without power and most of these were finally reconnected late this afternoon.  Now those hearty and unsung linesmen are working in the dark in the beams of high powered work lights in the cold and wind doing the side roads like ours.  My hat is off in thanks and respect for them.

8:45 p.m. power is on - furnace is on - water is on - I'm having a shot of single malt

also I lost a day so updated 'Monday' to 'Tuesday'


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