Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist by Peter Martel

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Part 203:

In my early days at Chalk River, Roger was my inspiration and mentor, even though at a tender age of 20 he was some 10 years my junior. He was also indirectly responsible for my learning downhill skiing. This happened since he was considered an indispensable staff member, because he produced up to fifteen papers a year in a field where two papers was considered quite adequate. The hierarchy was so scared of losing him that he was granted the privilege of taking every Wednesday off in winter to go to a ski hill some 90 kilometres away. He also had the privilege of inviting staff to accompany him.

The Quarter Man by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Unfinished Business in iTunes

A couple of years ago, a very enterprising fellow discovered a way to make a few extra bucks. It didn’t last long because the store manager asked him to stop. He did. From this situation we came up with this song and Huncle C and the Big Dio put it together. If you have head phones you’ll hear the song much better.

More potential artistic subjects:

Since I wasn’t able to post all the photos at once, I’m dragging this out. However, by not posting everything at once you have the opportunity to examine the photos more closely. The first photo is of a prize lily. I transplanted them and their corm is the size of a small pumpkin. It looks like a pumpkin too. The flowers are large and very fragrant.

The second photo is of a pink rose from a bush our younger daughter gave me one year for Mother’s Day. It has grown into a mighty size and is very prolific. The pink is delicate and fragrant.

The third photo is of snap dragons that have self seeded and grow all over. They too are very fragrant and multicoloured. Perhaps I should just paint all of them?

More potential subjects

This new editor is complicating things, so I’m rising to the challenge and let’s see if I can post more of my potential subjects for painting….ah HA it worked. So here is a rose that starts out yellow with orange edges. It has an intense scent. Next are the Lupins. At one point my neighbours called me Lady of the Lupins. The last photo is of sage that seems to winter well and is very prolific.

Potential subjects

You would think I would have had time to do some painting but that wasn’t so. Caught up in the everyday matters leaves little time for that. However, I do have so photos that I think would make a lovely subject matter for a painting. Please have a look and let me know what you think. Looks like they will only let me post one picture at a time.

Da Pino Piano Man by swo8 Blues Jazz form the album Sahara Rose in iTunes

It was in September that we arrived in Moscow. It was cold and it rained a lot. Our apartment was near Pushkin’s Square and we within walking distance of the Kremlin and Red Square. In our explorations of the area we found this lovely Italian restaurant the Da Pino Restaurant. The food was excellent and the prices most reasonable. On top of that there was live entertainment – the piano man. He really could play…..