Saturday, November 1, 2014

Collage...for November 2014

From Planet Earth Calendar

Upside Down Tree:  To many encountering the Baobob Tree for the first time, it looks as though it were planted upside down...with its roots sticking up in the air.  The legends of Africa where the tree grows, further the myth that the gods planted it that way because...they were tired of hearing the tree moan for lack of water.  Actually, the Baobob's branches are on the top and its roots firmly in the ground.  It does have a unique ability, though, to survive...even flourish in its harsh environment. 

The Baobob is is protected by a thick trunk, nearly 100 feet in circumference.  The tissues of the trunk are like sponges, capable of retaining as much as 32,000 gallons of water.  This storage capacity allows the tree to survive the dry season of several months.  The longevity of the Baobob is also legendary.  Some trees are believed to be 6000 years old.

Did You Know?
(from the Canadian Wildlife Federation 2014 Calendar)
The Porcupine is one of Canada's best-known animals ~ famous for its spiky quills, obscured by long guard hairs. Less well-known ~  Porcupines are the second largest rodent in Canada, next to the Beaver.

Message from the Canadian Red Cross
(This month's sunset photo:  East Quoddy Lighthouse, Campbello Island, New Brunswick)

November is CPR month.  Effective CPR provided immediately after any cardiac arrest, can double a victim's chance of survival.  Knowing what to do in these critical minutes can save a life.  Take first aid training from the Canadian Red Cross so you know what to do.  Visit

Nationally, the number of drunk driving deaths
has been cut almost in half since MADD was founded in 1980.

Niagara Falls and Great Gorge
(from Niagara Falls Canada Calendar 2014)

Hop the helicopter to be right on the brink
of the Niagara River's deep greens and blue... as it rushes and gushes
the rim of the Horseshoe Falls ~ truly mighty and magnificent!
Amazing sights are part of the Authentic Falls Experience that has been presented to the world by Niagara Parks since 1885.  Royalty...state leaders...celebrities...and honeymooners  ~ all make  up the millions of visitors that explore Niagara Falls and Great Gorge every year.

A small picture insert...The Bridge of also shown, a walkway adorned with baskets of yellow flowers along its sides (which I've not yet discovered).

Special Event Days
November 2 (Sunday) ~ Daylight Saving Time ends.
November 11 (Tuesday) ~ Remembrance Day
November 16 (Saturday) ~ International Day of Tolerance
November 19 (Wednesday) ~ World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse
November 20 (Thursday) ~ Sir Wilfred Laurier Day
November 21 (Friday) ~ World Fisheries Day
November 27 (Thursday) ~ Thanksgiving Day (United States)
...wrongly stated in October

Flower and Garden Philosophy
Friendship is a sheltering tree.
(Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Trivia Tidbits

Right or Left?  Researchers at the University of Adelaide in South Australia have found evidence that left-pawed dogs may be more aggressive than right-pawed dogs.  Just as the left-and right-handedness in humans, dogs showed a preference for using one paw over the other when doing a tricky task.  In its study, 75 dogs of different breeds  were observed as they attempted to get food out of a cylindrical toy.  The researchers identified which paw each dog favoured.  Owners of the left-pawed dogs reported their dogs were aggressive, especially when approached by strangers.
In a personal ad, the abbreviation ANI means what?
Finish the popular saying, “Birds of a father......”.
Septuplets consist of how many babies?
What travels around the world, yet stays in one spot?
What did the zero say to the number 8?
Answers to the above are in random order:  
seven...age not important...postage stamp...nice belt...flock together.

November Musings

How silently they tumble down and come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare
beneath the trees without a care...
Content to sleep...their work well done.

At other times they wildly fly until they nearly reach the sky...
twisting, turning through the air
'til all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below to children for the snow.
(Elsie N. Brody ~ “Leaves”)

November comes and November goes
with the last red berries and the first white snows.
With night coming early and dawn coming late,
there's ice in the bucket and frost by the gate.
The fire burns and the kettles sing
and the earth sinks to rest until next spring.
(Elizabeth Coatsworth)

Merle Baird-Kerr...written October 12, 2014
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  1. SHERRIE COMMENTS: " I love these words by Elizabeth Coatsworth in the above 6 lines beginning...'November comes
    and November goes, with the last red berries and the first white snows'......

  2. Sherrie, I fully agree...selected this verse because of its description of this late fall month...pleased it appealed to you.