Yes, it's true. Leamington is the proud and official Tomato Capital of Canada. The town's round water tower resevoir is painted a deep beefsteak red, and isn't that the cutest tourist info booth in the shape of our famous fruit?! In the interest of full disclosure, I should add that Leamington is also the unofficial Spider Capital, but they don't put that on the website, understandably. People who have grown up in this area and have not traveled abroad (like, say, Detroit) probably don't realize this last fact. They probably think the whole world drives around with webs draped across their license plates, and shining in the sun around their side mirrors. The upside is, as I have pointed out before, Leamington is always ready for Halloween. But I digress. Leamington grows tomatoes, and now a whole lot more people in the Dave-watching world know it. How cool is that!!
Addendum, as per Kevin's request: the tomato water tower.
P.S. does anybody know why this embedded vid is so BIG? I've never had one do this before! Video from YT member pasquale30
The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.