I don't really post here much, this site is usually used for my off topic, political or what have you ramblings.  But if of interest, have a read. I do post fairly regularly at Random Island Memories.  You can see some snippets to the right.

Roast Potato Recipe (Cause someone is always asking)

So I’ll put it here where I can access it from anywhere 🙂


6 Baking size potatoes cut into 3/4-1 inch cubes


2 tsp parsley flakes
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp dried rosemary

in a bowl

drizzle potatoes in olive oil, add spices while tossing to coat well

bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for 45 minutes on 450.  Or till done of course

Do I have anything to say?

I’ve tried blogging before, and I get into it for a while, but then seem to fade.  I think this has mainly because I always felt I needed to do it for someone else, and have a topic.  So I ended up trying to blog about gadgets, or technology, or what have you.  

And that is ok if my career was blogging about those and could make an income from it, and research play with it day in day out.  Then I’d be able to have something to say constantly.  But, alas, much as I’d like to i can’t buy EVERY gadget that comes out. So I fall down on the job.

But I always do feel I have something to say, its just that most times its more my need to say it than any interest or expectation that anyone will see it, much less care.

So be warned, if you come here, you will see randomness, rants, puzzles (at least to me), personal stuff (eg: family, friends, my tastes in goat cheese).

But I do intend to write something everyday, as to me thats the only way I’ll manage to post regularly is if I make it a habit. 

And for some reason I find myself wanting to.

Been a while

Since I blog on my personal website, I’ve not been using this much. But I do feel the need to post on off tech subjects from time to time, and have been passing it by recently.

So look for this to become a little more active.

Testing WordPress

Thinking about moving my personal site from Drupal to WordPress.  Why?

Well I actually prefer Drupal, but I don’t really use all the features, plus Drupal on GoDaddy’s shared hosting seems very slow, so wondering how WordPress would work instead.  We’ll see anyway.

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  • Father’s Day – Uncle Hay June 16, 2019
    I visited home this past summer, and while our old house has changed with new occupants over the years, many things remained the same. One being Uncle Hay’s property. It was like stepping back in time for me, and on this Father’s day, I am maudlin thinking about those old times and how close him […]
  • The Sawmill March 8, 2019
    If you’re familiar with Apsey Brook, you know that Roy Smith operated a sawmill business for many years. What you may not know is that Uncle Luther, Dad and Uncle Hay used to operate one too. It was mostly for personal use, but I do remember trucks coming occasionally and buying some lumber. You’d be […]
  • Incoming Duck Missile! February 9, 2019
    In our ever lasting search for a water supply that would last the summer, dad tried many things. In the summer of 1983, the year Keith had his accident, he and I dug a pipeline 660 feet through the woods, in the heat of summer, to a small brook that we somehow managed to get […]
  • Face of Many Colours January 6, 2019
    When we were young, we could make a ball field, or hockey arena, pretty much anywhere. Across the road from Eric’s house there was a field, with some large rocks arranged in a rough diamond. Though pretty small, we’d often play ball there, especially when we only had a few people as the small size […]
  • Reflections October 9, 2018
    This post is probably for me more than anyone, but feel free to read, or skip….   I don’t remember the exact date anymore, but sometime around the 26th of this month, it will be 22 years since I got in the old Corsica with Keith and came to Halifax for a 9 month course.  […]
  • Snook’s Harbour Pond December 6, 2017
    I’ve written a little about Aunt Ethel and Uncle Will before, but something I did know, but had forgotten was that Uncle Will wrote quite a bit of poetry.  I know I’ve seen this before, but had completely forgotten it, or where.  Thanks to Eric Cooper for the picture.  Enjoy and reminisce a bit.
  • Troutin’ and Smokin’ (“We’d have to kill him!”) May 14, 2017
    By Eric Cooper For many years I’ve had an interest in smoking (foods that is,lol). My first smoker was a Luhr Jensen Little Chief. Peter Smith and I bought it between us. That little smoker got lots of use, as we experimented with different kinds of meat and fish. Smoked herring was, and still is […]
  • School Memories May 12, 2017
    By Barbara Smith Barbara wrote the following for a heritage site I was trying to get going.  Unfortunately wasn’t getting interest, so I shuttered it. The post is still useful and insightful though! Back in the “really” old days, when dad (Hay Smith) was school age, the school in Aspen Brook had a full time teacher, but […]
  • The Boys (and Girls) of Summer April 2, 2017
    By Eric Cooper Today marks the beginning of a new baseball season as the Chicago Cubs get set to defend their World Series title. It brings back many fond memories of playing baseball here in Snooks Harbour, “over on the garden” by Mack Baileys. Most all the young people would play, boys and girls together […]
  • The Cremation April 1, 2017
    Back in the early 90’s I think it was, one of our regular clan, and one of the hosts of our semi-regular poker games, Ivan Patey, went away to the mainland for work.  He’d been gone a while, and none of us (the gang of people, I can’t speak for his family) had heard from […]

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