Bookmark and Share   Jan. 19, 2011    Vol. 2 Week 4 Issue 81

take time breaks for historical society dinner resumes jan. 31

Several people came out to the Bayfield Lions' Community Building (home of the Church on the Way) on the morning of Jan. 10 to register for the four sessions planned as part of Take Time 2011. A highlight of registration was a social time over coffee and treats. (Submitted photo)


January and February days often seem longer than they are short so once again the congregations of the village’s four local churches have joined together to offer an interesting series of programs designed to combat the winter blahs.

The third year of the “Take Time in 2011” programs will run from now until Feb. 14. They are a perfect opportunity for friends and neighbors to learn and share with one another.

The programs will be held on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. Each participating church will host one event.

Even if people didn’t preregister they can still attend any or all of the remaining sessions that they would like. They can register at the door or call the church coordinator of the session they wish to be a part of. The cost will be $2 per session.

Want to attend but don’t have the transportation needed to get to the location of the presentation? Rides can be provided, just call the coordinator of that session.

On Jan. 24, the Take Time in 2011 programs will take a break to encourage everyone to go to the Bayfield Historical Society Dinner meeting to be held at St. Andrew’s United Church at noon. For more details and also for tickets people are invited to call Pat or Bud Langley at 519 565-2894.

Knox Presbyterian Church will host the Jan. 31 session but participants should note that the talk is being held at the Bayfield Town Hall. Bob Merrimen will present the topic, “Working Dogs for London Police”. Those wishing to learn more about this session should contact coordinator Deb Amos at 519 565-5238.

Merrimen can boast of more than a 40 year career in policing but when prompted he will probably say that the six years he spent with the London Police Canine section was one of the areas he most enjoyed.

He was one of the original dog handlers for this section. It was the first Canine Section for a municipal police force in Ontario. It started as a trial experiment in 1970 and still exists today.

Participants at the Feb. 7 session can learn more about “Hospice and Palliative Care in Huron” with guest speaker Gail Trewhitt. St. Andrew’s United Church will play host to this session and Flo Keillor is the person to get a hold of for more information. She can be reached at 519 565-2640.

The final session in the series will be held at The Bayfield Lions’ Community Building and hosted by The Church on the Way. Participants will learn about “Adventures in Nature” with Tom Dunbar. Anne Laviolette is the coordinator of this session and she can be reached by calling 519 565-2454.

journalist to share stories from 50 year career

Bayfield resident, Ken Larone, an integral part of Canada's journalistic scene during the past 50 years, will be the guest speaker at the Bayfield Historical Society Annual Meeting and Luncheon to be held on Jan. 24.

Luncheon tickets are $15 each and 2011 Bayfield Historical Society memberships are $20 each. The luncheon begins at noon at St. Andrews United Church and tickets may be obtained by calling Bud or Pat Langley at 519 565-2894.

Larone began his career in Seaforth helping Dr. James Scott research his book, entitld, “The Settlement of Huron County”. He then went on to have a distinguished journalism career where he worked with many of this country’s greatest writers and covered most of the important events and people of the past 50 years. During his career, he was Managing Editor of the Toronto Star and one of the founders of the Metroland newspaper chain, which is Ontario's largest and most successful community newspaper publisher. Amongst many other accomplishments, Larone was also founder of Canadian Living Magazine and editor of the TV Guide.

Now that Larone is retired, he can tell those in attendance the background stories about many of the significant events of our times that weren't or couldn't be published. This is one Historical Society 'Speakers Series' presentation not to be missed.

strap on the snowshoes and head outdoors with the BRVTA

The members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to encourage everyone in the community to get outside and enjoy what winter has to offer. With this in mind they are hosting a Snowshoeing Party and Potluck Lunch at the Varna Nature Trails on Jan. 30.

A pleasant walk to the scenic lookout at the Bayfield River will kick off the event at 10:45 a.m. Snowshoes can be rented at Outside Projects, 6 Main Street, Bayfield.

Those who attend are invited to bring some food and, following the walk, share in a potluck lunch at the pavilion. The site has hydro if any food items need warming.

For more information please call Dave Gillians at 519 565-5884.

People are invited to support the trails financially by joining the BRVTA. Yearly memberships are $20 per individual and $25 per family. These memberships will be available at the event. Or cheques for memberships can be made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and mailed to P.O. Box 531 Bayfield, ON. N0M 1G0. Memberships are also available from Outdoor Projects.



The 3Ms group at St. Andrew’s United Church is giving everyone a fun excuse to get out and play in the snow. They have organized a Winter Event for the afternoon of Jan. 22 that will feature the opportunity to go on a horse drawn sleigh ride.

Don and Joan Brodie will host this event at their farm, 75131 Airport Line, beginning at 2 p.m. All ages are invited to participate. Along with the sleigh ride, there will be a campfire and refreshments will be served. Thos who attend are also encouraged to bring their cross-country skies or snowshoes to take full advantage of the snow.

If the weather proves blustery on Jan. 22 please call 519 263-2404 for an update on the status of the event.


Looking out the window at all the snow on the ground doesn’t exactly conjure up images of the Bayfield Antique Show and Sale hosted each August by the congregation of Trinity Anglican Church. However, the event coordinators are hoping to get people thinking about it and maybe even considering volunteering at the event to be held Aug. 5-7 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The Antique Show and Sale now in its 26th season is a wonderful boon to the village and help from both residents and summer folk is needed to make it a continued success. There are a variety of tasks to choose from when volunteering, helping with set up, serving in the tearoom, security and front door admission sales are but a few examples.

To learn more about this great community event please call Joan Cluff at 519 565-2974 or email her at

Vendors that specialize in antiques are also currently being sought for the August show and sale. Anyone with an interest can use the above contact information to find out more.

archives room

The Bayfield Historical Society is planning to keep the Bayfield Archives Room open at least five afternoons per week this coming summer by enlisting volunteers and hiring a summer student.

In previous summers, the Archives Room has only been open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The expanded hours will accommodate the increasing interest by both residents and visitors in the displays, programs and publications at the Archives. The historic building itself has become a central tourist attraction during the summer months.

To carry out this expanded summer service, the Historical Society will create a roster of volunteers to staff the Archives from early June to Labour Day. Volunteers would be expected to do the following: respond to questions from drop-ins, sell publications, plus complete some modest archival activities.

Interested individuals, who can commit to one afternoon per week for the summer, are asked to contact Bill Rowat at 519 565-5838 or

The Society has also applied for assistance from Young Canada Works to hire a summer student to work five days per week, 6 hours per day. Senior high school and university students who have an interest in local history are encouraged to register on the Young Canada Works website by Feb. 1 to be eligible to apply for the position. A job description can be obtained from Bill Rowat at the contact information listed above.

town hall

“Soups On, Bayfield” is guaranteed to provide participants with some comfort food on a cold winter’s day. Set for Feb. 20, this fundraising event for The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will allow participants to sample favorite soups prepared by local restaurants, church and community groups.

The event, to coincide with the Family Day long weekend, will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. As the event draws nearer more details will follow.

fitness fun

Folks can keep the winter doldrums at bay by staying active, opportunities abound to do just that here in the village.

Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes have now started in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.

The classes will be held on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. The class will run until Jan. 31, at $10 per class. There will then be a two-week break and the second session of Zumba classes will move to Thursday evenings starting Feb. 24.

Licensed Zumba instructors, Alison De Groot and Lorraine Dietz, will teach the class. For more information email De Groot at

The following activities are scheduled to run from now until Apr. 21.

Indoor Walking sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays.

For the more adventurous among us, Pole Walking will also begin again. Walks for women will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided for those who require them.



There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at

This week, we feature a photo of a gentleman and his team of horses taken in 1955. Does anyone remember him?

Remember Me 81

Make your on any image and it will take you to Flickr.



Remember Me 79

In Issue 79, we featured a picture taken at an auction at the Lindsay property in 1962. The ladies pictured were Mrs. George Lindsay and Mrs. G. Bell.


Remember Me 80

In Issue 80, our photo took us down to the Bayfield River as it looked in 1920. Billie Sturgeon was the gentleman pictured displaying his catch.


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Take Time in 2011

close to 70 people travel vicariously to
antarctica and patagonia with gary lloyd-rees

A zodiac bearing ten passengers sets course for Antarctica from the vessel on which Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees sailed. It was a 200 passenger ship and only 100 people were allowed on the island from the boat at one time.

Gary Lloyd-Rees was the guest presenter at the first instalment of the Take Time in 2011 Series held at Trinity Anglican Church on the afternoon of Jan. 17. He shared through photographic images his experiences on a recent adventure to Antarctica and Patagonia. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

One of the reasons people return to Antarctica is there is always another, better photo to get.

Avid photographers, Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees shot over 2,000 images on their trip and the presentation was interlaced with a small selection of these photographs.

The most prized image for a photographer visiting Antarctica: penguins on an iceberg.

Penguins weren't the only wildlife the couples saw. In this photo a group of Blue-eyed Shags are shown. In the background, however, some Gentoos head to their rookeries.

But there was nothing in the treaty to address tourism.

Out of 17 species of penguin only four are considered to be true Antarctic species that reside on or near the continent. They are Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor and Gentoo. Three other varieties, King, Macaroni and Rockhopper can be found in the sub-Antarctic Islands. This lone King was spotted in the Gentoo colony during the couple's trip.

The majestic splendor of Torres del Paine National Park.

A “must-do” for most tourists visiting Patagonia is time spent on horseback whether it is roaming around a ranch or in the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. Kate Lloyd-Rees was so inclined while her husband opted for photographing from a distance.

Wide open-spaces, mountains, water and wind are the words I would use to describe Patagonia.

Gary Lloyd-Rees found Patagonia to be very windy and wild. Trees grow with the wind in this image taken on a ranch.

Guanaco and Chulengo appear similar to Llamas but their coats are a more solid color.


My intent by the time you leave this presentation today is to have you itching to go to Antarctica and Patagonia and if you’re not, well, then at least you’ll know where it is.


Close to 70 people attended the first installment of the Take Time in 2011 series hosted by Trinity Anglican Church on Jan. 17. The presentation was entitled, “Antarctica & Patagonia” and was delivered by Gary Lloyd-Rees.

“My intent by the time you leave this presentation today is to have you itching to go to Antarctica and Patagonia and if you’re not, well, then at least you’ll know where it is,” said Lloyd-Rees.

Gary, and his wife, Kate Lloyd-Rees, settled just South of Bayfield in late 2008 after having lived and worked on three continents. With children living in three different countries and grandchildren in four, they are part of a truly international family.

In Dec. 2009 and Jan. 2010 they added the seventh, and final, continent to their global travel résumé when they took an "expedition cruise" to Antarctica followed by a self-guided driving trip around Chilean Patagonia.

“We took a four week vacation. I had always wanted to go to Antarctica and Kate had never wanted to go to Antarctica but she had always wanted to go to Patagonia,” said Lloyd-Rees. “So the deal was yes I will go to Patagonia but you have to go to Antarctica first.”

Lloyd-Rees noted that he loves exploring from his armchair and stories of the explorers who worked to discover the continent were in part behind his desire to visit. The race to the South Pole between Robert Scott (Terra Nova expedition 1910-13) and Roald Amundsen (Fram expedition 1910-12) holds a special fascination. Amundsen, a Norwegian, got there first and Scott died on the journey but became a hero to his fellow British countrymen in the process.

Seven nations made claims to Antarctica between 1908 and 1943 but interestingly enough Russia and the United States were not among them. The countries are Chile, United Kingdom, Argentina, Norway, Australia, France and New Zealand.

The Antarctic Treaty of 1959 (in force 1961) covers all area south of 60 degrees South. It states that the land is to be used for peaceful purposes only, that all scientific information must be shared and all vessels/research stations open for inspection.

In 1992 the treaty parties adopted “Protocol on Environmental Protection” which included details on waste management and mineral exploration.

“But there was nothing in the treaty to address tourism,” said Lloyd-Rees.

So in 1991 the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) was created to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. As a result, forty expedition vessels are allowed to bring no more than 30,000 visitors per year. Two hundred sites can be visited, including 20 research stations but only 35 of the sites are visited regularly.

Antarctica comprises 5.4 million sq. miles or 10 per cent of the earth’s land surface. In the winter this doubles to 20 per cent.

On average, it is the coldest, driest, highest and windiest continent. It is considered a desert, with annual precipitation of only eight inches along the coast and far less inland.

There are no permanent human residents, but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people can be found at the research stations.

In the winter in the interior, temperatures can reach a minimum of −90C and near the coast in summer they have been known to reach a maximum of 15C.

“I checked the weather on the coast today and it is sunny with a high of 5C,” said Lloyd-Rees, this drew a buzz from the audience due to the -20C temperatures that Bayfield is currently experiencing.

According to Lloyd Rees, “Antarctica is the polar opposite of the Arctic. Antarctica is a continent surrounded by water and the Arctic is a basin surrounded by land.”

Antarctic visits are mainly concentrated at ice-free coastal zones over the Antarctic summer, the five-month period from November to March.

“Our ship carried 200 people but only 100 people were allowed to visit at one time from the ship, so we were taken across on a Zodiac with 10 tourists aboard plus one guide,” said Lloyd-Rees.

On their adventure, the couple learned how to identify both penguins and icebergs, equally prevalent in Antarctica and ready and waiting to be photographed.

Avid photographers, the couple shot over 2,000 images on their trip and the presentation was interlaced with a small selection of these beautiful photographs.

“One of the reasons people return to Antarctica is there is always another, better photo to get. We met a man who was on his seventh trip and he was trying to improve on his pictures of penguins on icebergs,” said Lloyd-Rees.

The icebergs have been given such scientific names as Growlers, Bergy Bits, small, medium, large and very large. The Growlers being less than 3 ft. high and 15 ft. long while the very large over 240 ft. high and over 670 ft long.

“In pictures people will notice the blue color of the icebergs with the shapes being made from the wind and the wave action,” said Lloyd-Rees. “The days weren’t all blue skies either we had a few gray days and what is interesting is just how quickly the weather can change.”

Out of 17 species of penguin only four are considered to be true Antarctic species that reside on or near the continent. They are Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor and Gentoo. Three other varieties, King, Macaroni and Rockhopper can be found in the sub-Antarctic Islands.

“We weren’t supposed to see a King as they are found in the Southern Islands but we did see one residing in the Gentoo colony,” he said.

In addition to the penguins, the couple were able to see a variety of other creatures including, Crabeater Seals, Weddell Seals, Southern Elephant Seals, Humpback Whales and Orcas. Birds were also plentiful such as the Cape (pintado) Petrels and Blue-eyed Shags.

To reach Antarctica, the sailing vessel must cross through the Drake Passage at a right angle to the current. This can make for very rough water.

“Both Kate and I are fairly good sailors with regards to motion sickness and we had a very calm crossing but despite that I was completely down and out. I spent two days in bed, once on the way there and once on the way back. It is just the price you have to pay to get there,” he recalled.

And then it was Kate’s turn to enjoy Patagonia…

“Wide open-spaces, mountains, water and wind are the words I would use to describe Patagonia,” said Lloyd-Rees.

Patagonia is the region in southern South America between the Andes and the South Atlantic.

“There are 150,000 people, about half a million penguins and three million sheep,” said Lloyd-Rees.

In 1860 the first sheep were introduced from the Falkland Islands and now they are an integral part of the agricultural landscape of the region as well as cattle.

“It is a very rugged area and therefore only one crop is produced per year with one sheep or cow requiring about an acre of land. So if you have 10,000 sheep on a ranch you would have about 10,000 acres of land,” he said.

A “must-do” for most tourists visiting Patagonia is time spent on horseback whether it is roaming around a ranch or in the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park.

On the trek around the region the pair saw and photographed an abundance of wildlife including, Darwin’s Rheas, Condors, Guanaco and Chulengo.

The couple learned on their trip that Patagonia has an unfortunate connection to Canada. Some 60 years ago, 50 pairs of beavers were introduced into the region in a doomed effort to install a fur trade and since then the beaver population has exploded. Today, according to Lloyd-Rees there are 120,000 beavers gnawing their way through virgin forests.

“There is a stark beauty about Patagonia. It is very windy and wild and you bring that back with you in terms of the memories of the place but it isn’t somewhere I would go back to. I would go back to Antarctica,” he said.

Kate, however, would most definitely return to Patagonia.

Good thing the couple likes to negotiate their adventures.


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Sunset at Bayfield


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Melody Falconer-Pounder


It is that time of year when people head out on their winter vacations. Several of our subscribers have headed to their favorite haunts in Florida while still others are taking a break in Las Vegas, NV or even more exotic locales like Puerto Rico or Cuba.

I’m not a big sun worshipper so at any destination I go to the warm weather is but a bonus. I just like to travel and I like to learn while I’m traveling. Museums, ruins, plantations, air craft carriers, zoos, caves, forests, wineries – visiting one and all are a big part of what I like to explore on vacations.

Up until my senior years in high school the furthest I had been away from home was an overnight in Sudbury in Kindergarten but in the years since high school I have covered some territory. I have been lucky enough to soak up the culture on many Caribbean islands, parts of Mexico and Central America as well as a number of American States. But it’s a great big world and there are so many sights left to see. Antarctica is a destination that both my husband and I have on our to do list and our recent attendance at the first installment of the Take Time 2011 only added fuel to the fire. I’m still weighing the idea of battling motion sickness with the desire to photograph penguins in their natural habitat. Perhaps visiting with some penguins that don't reside so far south first would be a good icebreaker?

No matter where you journey this winter don’t forget to check in with the happenings in the village care of the Bayfield Breeze! - Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

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