Saturday, 22 October 2016

Tree frog, junco and goldfish

We've had rain for several days. Just prior, Daisy and I took a forest walk. I nearly stepped on a Grey Tree Frog. At first I thought it was a toad. It has since turned colder, and rainy. I'm sure it's back under the leaves!

Daisy helped me fish out some more goldfish babies. They seem to have disappeared. From having placed 27 in the tank, I thought I should put 12 back, which left 15 in the tank. Sadly, I can only count 6 babies, plus the 7 adults, at feeding time. We put some more back into the 60 gallon tank.

Then Dorah was up to no good in the hallway. I gave it some water and took it outside. Sigh. There are many juncos under the feeder. Dorah likes to bring her friends inside to play. I cleared out under the feeder, so that they can see the cats coming.

Robins bathing in the bird bath. I have both a heater and a small pump going to circulate the water. It keeps the water fresher in the heat of the summer. We had one robin all winter last year. We'll see what happens this year!

Lunch at Zolas

The caesar salad didn't seem to have any capers, despite this being advertised on the menu. It was a pretty boring.

With an eggless dressing of lemon, dijon, capers, anchovies and olive oil with croutons and parmesan. 
Not bad, but not much for the price.

whole wheat angel hair pasta in a light garlic olio
They weren't scallions, they were green onions and not cooked. It was a harsh taste. The sundried, rehydrated tomatoes overwhelmed it. There was less then a smidgeon of goat cheese. I love my cheese! The shrimp, added for $5.95, were yummy. The other problem was, it was spaghetti, not angel hair pasta! 

Then, there was this guy. Walking back and forth in front of the window beside us! It was creepy, even though I knew he was just talking. He did it the whole time we were eating.

Friday, 21 October 2016

"Driving at the speed of stupid"

Some days I just wonder. We were arriving home from a drive to the city.
After a wonderful drive. beautiful colours this year, despite those who said the drought would render it less so.

He tails us for 4 km, on our way home. Passes us on a double line, only to pull in to a home 500 m down the road.

We drove to the city!

We had a project. To return a pair of sunglasses. Off we went to the city.
Off through Perth. The trees are amazing this year. I love the ivy on this building.

A long tradition of burning brush as settlers cleared the land. You'd think we could come up with something different in 2016!

Lots of reds!

Grampa had bought two grandies a small Hallowe'en flashy cards that light up and play music. He hung them on the play house for a surprise after school!

We ambled down to the Scottish/Irish shop. Venison and Cranberry potato crisps! The tea bag had 200 individual bags in it!

I love the mosque. It'd be interesting to visit. There kids were there last year for Open Doors.
They gave out copies of The Quran.

Then there is the cow corn, ready to be processed.

Still a few geese around!


The old Richmond Bakery, we used to stop there frequently, but they sold. It's a pub now! (Richmond Bakery closes its doors after 62 years)

Back in Perth. We need a ring road!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Communications Bunker from the Cold War

I've been posting about  Ottawa Valley's Great Fire of 1870. We drove up so that I could do some research. The location includes Burnt Lands Provincial Park Alvar. The alvar shows much evidence of vehicles, sadly.
You can just see the building in the distance. Parts of the fence have been cut, and others have entered the property.

1. Abandoned NATO Bunker

As I gazed over the fenced property, I spotted a building. I was quite curious. Turns out it was a bunker, and an abandoned NATO Antenna base. It was the perfect site, with the open, flat lands.

Turns out, there were radio towers, as well, connected to the bunker. Burnt Lands park near the top, at the bottom a quarry. 
CFS Almonte
It is quite sturdily fenced, except where it's been cut apart. The cement-looking building intrigued me. Not enough for me to trespass, but someone else has!

The purpose of this equipment was to provide information to The Diefenbunker

Construction began in 1959
and took 20 months to complete,
an engineering/construction marvel.

Victor Echo Three Cold War Museum (VE3CWM)
Underground Station
VE3CWM transmits from 25 feet underground in a former secret nuclear bunker (the Diefenbunker) located in the village of Carp near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Officially known as Canadian Forces Station Carp, the facility was operational as part of the Canadian military’s communication system 24/7 for 32 years, from 1962 to 1994, before being decommissioned.

2. Back to the Radio Bunker On An Abandoned NATO COMM Base 

Video Published on 4 May 2016
This blast resistant, sealed off, top secret room was used at an antenna farm that was part of an underground bunker complex called the Diefenbunker. It was built around 1960 and abandoned around 1998. There were about 20 antennas here, plugged into the Diefenbunker, about 10 km away. It has a solid 2" thick steel door. There is evidence of a generator, air conditioner, and/or ventilator.

The bunker measures 25.8m square, and is in the middle of the closed facility. The videographer couldn't enter the sealed building (video #1), but found a sister bunker (video #2) which remains unsealed, and therefore, exploited by graffiti, with litter within the building.

Bunker Videos

The towers are gone, but the concrete bases remain.

 Exploring A Radio Bunker On An Abandoned NATO COMM Base II

 Published on 3 Aug 2016
This appears to have been closed around 1985, and is located near Ottawa, Canada.  The Diefenbunker complex had two antenna farms that were almost identical, one to the east and one to the west. This video is near Dunrobin, and as you can see, the doors are open......  

Then there were the barracks: Federal Readiness Units

This was all supported by the barracks in Carleton Place. It burned down, May 9th, 2016, and debris removed. Now, it is gone. Olde Barracks, near Carleton Place ,  it has been empty for years. It is a legacy from the Cold War Years (1960s), used in the 70s, and all the windows were boarded up. The two near-identical buildings — the other was built in Kemptville — resembled military barracks. 
The locations were chosen because they were west of Ottawa — upwind of the presumed target — and believed to be far enough to escape a nuclear blast while being close enough that basic operations could be up and running within three hours. By the 1970s, the building was used as a government training centre, with later occupants including the RCMP and the Canadian Security and Intelligence Services. (Photo - 2004)
They were known as Federal Readiness Units, with 12,000 square feet above ground and 6,000 below. They were to be used to stockpile supplies and house about 80 emergency personnel who would sleep in shifts so two could use a bed.
The building was there when we drove by a week prior to the May 9th, 2016 fire. 

3. Perth, Richardson Detachment

This guy has mapped them all out, from some old maps. From his blog post:

A two-story communications bunker was also constructed near Perth (Richardson Detachment), which was staffed exclusively by members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS), later 701 Communications Squadron post-Unification.  

Drummond Concession 1, east of Perth. I guess we'll have to go for another drive!

Although the bunker was never used for its intended purpose, it did serve a valuable function as a government communications station staffed by RCCS personnelNo. 1 Army Signals Troop.
 Source Material: Cobourg: "Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume I: Ontairo" by Paul Ozorak, information supplied by the Diefenbunker Museum (2004) & information supplied by the Carp branch of the Ottawa Public Library (2011).