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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

ABC Wednesday - T is for Tractors, Totems, Trees, and Tugboats

To start off today, I'm bringing you T is for tractors, both old and new. On the left, is an antique tractor I found at the side of the road along an old farm road and on the right is a newer version that was on display during Rivermania last summer. (click to enlarge) Ladner was created as a fishing village but then developed as a center for farming as well.

You'll also see totem poles in Ladner. There are a few outside of the village's museum in honour of the First Nations people of the area. For thousands of years First Nations people lived along the Fraser River, turning to the sea and the river for salmon and shellfish, the mainstay of their diet.

Finally, T is for trees and tugboats because fishing and forestry are two major industries in this area on the western coast of Canada.


photowannabe said...

Tis terrific.
A beautiful part of the country you live in.
Love your choices for T.

Miss_Yves said...

Your "twin set" of photos is a terrific choice,too !!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The early history of the North West coast would absorb me utterly if I lived there. I think it is special.

RuneE said...

We have tractors, trees and tugboats(!), but totems are scarce. However - we have got one. We received it from Seattle (which is our sister-city in the US) around 1960.

antigoni said...

Excellent choises!

kbguy said...

Nice photos. Is the the place where you are staying ? They looks lovely.

mrsnesbitt said...

A wonderful part of the world Leslie, which now you will be seeing in a great way!


Reader Wil said...

Good choice for T !

Kim said...

I love the old tractor, very nice.

Maggie May said...

I remember those antique tractors in the Lake District when I went on holiday. Thats the kind that were used.
Lovely totem poles.
Really pleasing post.

Russell said...

How could I NOT comment on this post!! Heh!!

I love, love, love the tractors!! Heh!! That restored tractor is a John D and was made in Waterloo, Iowa! (John Deere is Iowa's largest private employer and has several manufacturing plants here in the state - but it is headquartered in Moline, Illinois - just across the Mississippi River.)

The D tractor was made from about 1923 until about 1951. That machine in your picture was probably made during the 1940s.

So when you see one of those green and yellow tractors, remember you are looking at a bit of Iowa!

Take care -- oh, I really like the totem poles, too! When I get to Vancouver I have them at the top of my list of things to see!!

Russell said...

Oops....! I made a typo, but I make many!

I meant to say it was a John Deere D tractor, but you could probably figure that out.

A very high percentage of those tractors were produced with steel spoke wheels since rubber tires did not come along until after the war for the most part. Also, many of those D tractors did not have a finished look - there was no tin around the engine, etc. They were referred to as unstyled tractors.

Okay .... waaaay too much more than you wanted to know!! Heh!!

Take care.

peppylady (Dora) said...

When I see a fair I like to see the old farm equipment.

Coffee is on.

Bear Naked said...

TERRIFIC T photos for ABC Wednesday.

Bear((( )))

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Ladner sounds fascinating. There's something so nostalgic about that old tractor!

Powell River Books said...

Sorry, a little late getting around this week. We are now down in LA so I can do a week's worth of work for my old school district. I wish I was home watching a tug while sitting under a tree along the sea walk next to the totem poles right now. - Margy

VP said...

What a great selection of T's Lesley! I'm so glad you didn't let me down when I predicted trees would feature today ;)

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