Archive for February, 2013


In 1987 I worked on a computer contract for SUNCOR at Fort Mac. Not very long into my contract we had an explosion in one of the buildings on site, right next to the administration building which housed the computer systems department. Environment Alberta arrived and decided that all contracts were to be cancelled and the contractors sent home.  Because of PCB contamination danger. [PCB = polychlorinated biphenyls, a cancer-causing substance]. These were leaking out of old transformers. My images show Ft. MacMurray in 1987. It was a small community then. Images also show oil pollution in the rivers around it.1987_FtMcMurray1

In 1790, the explorer Alexander MacKenzie made the first recorded description of the oil sands. By that time, trading between the explorers and the Cree was already occurring at the confluence of the Clearwater and Athabasca Rivers. The Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company were in fierce competition in this region. Fort McMurray was established there as a Hudson’s Bay Company post by 1870, and continued to operate as a transportation stopover in the decades afterwards. [WIKIPEDIA]  [post created with Firefox v.19]



1973 juillet/July, mon voyage à Tunisie – cinq semaines dans le Club Mediterranée. Korba. My 5 weeks vacation in Tunisia. Where I met Hedi Ben Sassi, l’Arabe. C’était la plus grand amour de ma vie. While in Korba Club Med, I metan Arab and fell in love, and he with me. Comme j’avais habitee en Hollande, Hedi m’a suivi, et fait le long voyage de Tunis via Tanger, Europe aux Pais Bas. J’avais quitté les Pays Bas en 1974 et suis allée au Genève, La Suisse. Mes derniers lettres de Hedi etaient en 1975, comme j’ étais déjà dans les Etats Unis. These are images of THEN 1973: –

Many, many years later – in fact it has been March 2012 – I went back to Tunisia. For one month. Went to Tunis by bus, trying to look for the last address of Hedi. Malheureusement, c’etait seulement l’annee 2012 que je suis rentree en Tunisie, mais je ne l’ai pas re-trouvé. Triste histoire d’amour.

These are images of NOW 2012: –

2012, one month Les Orangers Beach Resort, Golfe of Hammamet, situated along the strip by the ocean between Hammamet North and Yasmin South.

Hammamet (Arabic: الحمامات‎ El-Ḥammāmāt) is a town in Tunisia. Due to its beaches it is a popular destination for swimming and water sports. It was the first tourist destination in Tunisia. It is located in the south east of the northern peninsula of Cap Bon in the Governorate of Nabeul, on the northern edge of the Gulf of Hammamet. {Wikipedia]. Les Orangers has at least four restaurants, bar, cafe to choose from. Two large swimming pools, one indoor heated. Including return flight from/to Frankfurt DEU, and emergency medical insurance, total I paid for one month for a double room/single occupancy (no extra), sea view and all inclusive food, drinks, bottled water, wine, cocktails, champagne, and entertainment was €1.046 (about $1,300). The month of March weather had been quite cool.

This next slide show shows images of the Resort: – 



 image0002 image0003 image0004 image0006 image0009 image0010 image0012image0005This is only October. But usually in October around Thanksgiving we get the first snow in the mountains. On this trail ride the Rockies show a typical weather pattern. We started sunny, then overnight the first snow, quite cold, then the same day the sun breaks through and the mountains show themselves at their best. This ride was quite high in the mountains. I have done others towards Great Jack Lake/Banff, where overnight we needed high electric fences to keep Grizzly bears out. We then stayed overnight in army tents.