Pioneer Memorial Tower, Kitchener

At his newly installed bench turntable, Lloyd is sculpting an item for the homey cotton batting scenes that decorate homes at Christmastime – the Pioneer Memorial Tower.  When the sculpture has been completed, battery-powered lights will twinkle from its windows and balustrade.


This morning we set out to take a few more photographs of the tower in order to check the height of the roof as compared to the rest of the structure.  As I opened the car door, I heard my first robin of 2016!!!

In the snow at the side of the path, we spotted a few fresh deer tracks.

Further along on the right stand the remnants of the Doon Mill erected on the banks of Schneider’s Creek which flows into the nearby Grand.  It was built in 1839 by Scottish settlers. (You can see the trail we continued on – not more than 6 min. from our home.

2016-02-27-Doon Mill of 1839

No doubt this tree flourished at the same time as the water-powered wheel served the community of Doon, grinding oatmeal, flour and barley.  Now a handsome condo for coons, its penthouse comes with a sunroof!


Our approach hustled off a small gaggle of Canadian geese.  I managed to photo-graph the last three before they scuttled down the bank.  See the tower behind them?P1260859

Geese tracks


The tower, built of smooth field stone with a “Swiss” copper roof, was erected in 1925 to commemorate the arrival of the Pennsylvania-German pioneers between 1800-1803.



Forty Winks – 2014-11-15

Do you sometimes wish you could step off the modern-day treadmill of busyness, info overload, news of war and violence . . . into a quiet woods somewhere? a sheltered, comfy spot where you could just sit and read . . . or catch forty winks?

This hunter has found such a spot!  His faithful black and tan coon hound makes sure he is undisturbed.

Lloyd’s latest sculpture will be available on our website in time for Christmas gifting, and also at Studio 1291, Cambridge (Preston) 602 King Street East at Argyle.

Gazing at Forty Winks will slow you down, give you that good-old-days feeling . . . while lowering your blood pressure  .