Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tick Tock

Okay I thought to myself, do I need another hobby? Well, it appears that I do. Ever since picking up our Ridgeway, Hamilton Country Grandfather clock  in the fall of 2012 I have been awestruck with clocks.  About ten years ago we bought a Seth Thomas Adamantine and while very attractive to look at it has not been run much largely due to the fact that it really does not keep very good time and yes, maybe it needs a good cleaning.

So, we are driving up to Malgash Saturday last and just for a lark we stop by a thrift shop in Wallace. We walk in and there is everything imaginable complete with that certain thrift shop odor. Lots of clocks, mostly electric but what I want is a mechanical wall clock.

What I found in a corner ticking away was a Daniel Dakota from I think would be around the 60s. Whereas the Ridgeway would be considered the Buick of clocks, the Daniel Dakota is more like a Kia. It works but I really do not expect it to last long and if it breaks I think I'll dismantle it so that I can learn more about the mechanicals. It looks pretty good on the wall and the case is in reasonably good shape. It actually keeps good time and it gongs on the hour and half hour.

While researching the net I found that originally they came with a bottom trim piece. I can only imagine that the previous owner took it off so that it could be placed on a shelf or mantle. I think it looks okay without it. At just over $50 the price was right.

Anyway, I am now on the hunt for other clocks. My goal, a Seth Thomas #2 Regulator in Mahogany.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Saturday Afternoon Drive

What to do on a Saturday afternoon in the dead of winter. Well, if you are like us living in the northern climes you tend to get a little housebound or shack-happy as we call it. Because of winter storms we were basically shut in for the past two weekends so it was time to get out, go for a little drive and enjoy the scenery. Our first stop was Malagash where we picked up a supply of wine. Not that we are avid collectors but it is always good to have a choice on hand for Sunday meals and guests to the house.

The first shot, in sepia, is the storage barn at Jost Winery and to the left of it and in the distance is the wine store. We usually get out there at least once or twice through the winter. The roads were in great shape and the traffic was light.
The second shot is of the old railway station in Pugwash, Nova Scotia. Although the rail is long gone the station is preserved as a library. Now, it looks as though it is buried in the snow but fear not I used a snow bank to give that illusion. After a quick lunch break of Donairs we traveled to Amherst Nova Scotia to pay a small visit to family and then back to Truro through the beautiful Wentworth Valley.