Tuesday, May 10, 2011


The Ice Maiden by Edmund Dulac, 1915,
illustration for The Ice Maiden by Hans Christian Andersen, 1861.

In the story of The Ice Maiden, a young boy falls into a crevasse in a glacier and into the the realm of the Ice Maiden who bestows a kiss on him, but he is rescued before she can make him completely her own.

She sails on a light pine twig over the foaming river below, and leaps lightly from one rock to another, with her long, snow-white hair fluttering about her, and her blue-green robe glistening like the water in the deep Swiss lakes.

She is not a kindly maiden, but a cruel and beautiful one, just like winter.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

A Day at the Beach

This is a photo of some of my relatives that I "enhanced" with Picasa editing software called Picnik. The family headed down to Kettle Point, Ipperwash Beach, Ont., Canada for an outing. The picture is from around 1918. I guess my great great great grandma was wearing her casual hat.
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