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Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Room With a View

A room with a view
of Beaver Lake from
 Turtle Point Cottage
 at Tamworth, Ontario, Canada.

Friday, July 29, 2016

My Friend Max

In Fond Memory
of my best friend of 45 years

Max Braganza

Grieving the loss of our best friend Max Braganza (ex Dubai) who passed away peacefully today, 29th July 2016, in Gretna, New Orleans, USA.  He was a wonderful, generous, kind and loving friend.  He will be missed dearly.


It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them. ~ Author unknown

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Flying into the Sunset

Flying into the Sunset
at Caledon, Ontario.

Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.
— Socrates

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Water Fountain Rainbow - Barrie, Ontario

“There is no envy, jealousy, or hatred between the different colors of the rainbow. And no fear either. Because each one exists to make the others’ love more beautiful.” 
 ~ Aberjhani ~

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dahlia to sing at Markham Jazz Festival, Markham, Ontario.

So excited to hear that my daughter Dahlia will be performing at the TD Markham Jazz Festival Sat, Aug 20th from 1-4pm !!!

 Hot Spot location right near
Old Firehall Confectionery in Unionville!!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tony & Edna on Radio Mango Toronto



Should ever I go back to Guirim-ville,...
It would be in the spring when marigolds bloom,
Oh, the hibiscus I know would still be there,
And the garden rose would brighten up the gloom.

Should ever I go back to Guirim-ville,
One thing is sure I'd not be seventeen,
As a young lad when I played there in the field,
But memories stay with me I can’t conceal.

How fresh the memory keeps for still I feel,
The falling monsoon rain and lush green fields,
And see again the fireflies in the night,
As I did so long ago when I was there.

Dreams of youth in that now distant day,
I did not heed, my heart did not reveal,
And now I know that I’m far away from home,
Far away from that old cottage at Guirim-ville.

In search of work to a far and distant shore,
Left my folks there so long ago,
Though I've sailed far from that sun-drenched land,
I've never found what I have left behind.

Oh the memories of my carefree and playful youth,
Is now but ashes and only fond memories dwell,
Time heals all wounds they say, but leaves the scar,
But I think I'll still go back to Guirim-ville.

Time heals all wounds they say, but leaves the scar,
Yet I think I'll still go back to Guirim-ville,
Yes I think I'll still go back to Guirim-ville

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

~ SUN'S TRIPLETS ~ 'On the Wings of the Wind'

 'On the Wings of the Wind'
 of our flight to Toronto from Medford
via San Francisco after a brief vacation.

Triple Rays from the Heavens

Rays of the sun from serene heavens peek through a narrow crevice in the dense clouds bringing to a close a long and wonderful day, while we fly high above on our way to Toronto from Medford via San Francisco after a brief vacation - a visit to Brookings, Klamath, Crater Lake, Ashland, Jacksonville and most of all, the highlight of it all - attending Dave and Lori's wedding in Medford.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fisher Lake, Kearney, Ontario

Country tranquility with total relaxation: Calm lake-side, bright skies, blue waters, peaceful vistas, serene sunsets, glorious wilderness.

Located in the heart of Ontario’s magical cottage country,crystal clear Fisher Lake is located near Algonquin Park. The freshwater lake is fed by five separate springs. Some properties there feature safe sandy beaches with a shallow incline. Ideal for canoeing. Graceful shoreline. Private natural forests with hiking trails and beaver ponds. Just three hours north of Toronto, the town of Kearney is ten minutes away from Fisher Lake and features shopping, grocery store, liquor and beer store.

Sorry for the Delay - The wait will be worth it!

Sorry for the Delay - The wait will be worth it!

Lake Erie
South Ontario

Fleeting Sunset

“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder
not just because they are beautiful,
but because they are fleeting.”

― Richard Paul Evans, The Gift

Monday, July 18, 2016

Rogue River Valley, Oregon

Rogue River, Oregon, USA

Drive along the winding Rogue River under blue skies, gorgeous sun and green forest on HW199 from Brookings to Medford in Oregon, at Rogue Valley.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mount McLoughlin from Highway 15

View of Mount McLoughlin from Highway 15

Photo taken on Highway 15 near Gold Hill along the Rogue River from Brookings as we get closer to the outskirts of the city of Medford on our long drive from Brookings with Shawn at the wheel and Denise as coordinator/navigator.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mount McLoughlin from Crater Lake

Mount McLoughlin from Crater Lake

Mount McLoughlin is a steep-sided lava cone built on top of a composite volcano in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon and within the Sky Lakes Wilderness. It is one of the volcanic peaks in the Cascade Volcanic Arc. The mountain is north of Mount Shasta, south of Crater Lake, and west of Upper Klamath Lake.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Flowers Everywhere


The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.

~Joseph B. Wirthlin ~

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

By the Riverside Wharf, Pomburpa, Goa, India - Memories older than the drawing

Riverside Wharf - Pomburpa, Bardez, Goa - India
Water colours on woven pearchment paper 
by  Tony Fernandes
9th August 1979

Memories older than the drawing

When I was a young lad, during my summer school holidays, my father would take me everywhere - to old and new places to see and explore, to the beach, to the market place every day to buy fresh fish and groceries, to my favourite restaurant in town for ice-cream and 'falooda' (is a cold dessert popular in the Indian subcontinent), to the hills for walks, picking 'canttam' (a berry-like black-coloured local fruit found wild on Goa's hills) and cashews, to the lakes and springs for picnics, church and chapel feasts and to nearby streams for a swim. My father had made for me my very own first mini 'robond' (a locally-made catapult, which children would play with in Goa, made from a v-shaped tree branch and waste automobile or cycle tubes, also known locally as 'catty'). He would take me along fishing to the salt-water river, for football games in the nearby town, and to distant places visiting friends and relatives, by bus, taxi, canoe and ferry, all of which I had enjoyed immensely.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lord Jesus Heal Me with Your Precious Blood

Wood-burning (Pyrography) by Tony Fernandes (Tonferns Creations)
(Behold the Man)
To know more about Ecce Homo, pleae click on the following link:

Lord Jesus heal me by your wounds
and precious blood.
Thank you Jesus
Praise you Jesus.

Heavenly Father, 
I call on you right now in a special way.
It is through your power that I was created.
Every breath I take,
every morning I wake,
and every moment of every hour,
I live under your power.
Father, I ask you now to touch me
 with that same power.
For if you created me from nothing,
you can certainly recreate me.
Fill me with the healing power of your spirit.
Cast out anything that should not be in me.
Mend what is broken.
Root out any unproductive cells.
Open any blocked arteries or veins and
rebuild any damaged areas.
Remove all inflammation
 and cleanse any infection.
Let the warmth of your healing
love pass through my body
to make new any unhealthy areas
so that my body will function
the way you created it to function.
And Father, restore me to full health
in mind and body so that I may serve you
the rest of my life.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fr. Godwin Lobo - My classmate and friend of long ago

~ Friar of our times ~

Great scholar and orator,
clear and precise preacher,
adventurous, dedicated,
humble social worker,
active with Indian Red Cross Society - Goa,
one of the finest human beings,
a good friend and helpful classmate.

His passing away has definitely left a void in the hearts of the people
not only of Yecora in Sonora, Mexico - a Mission he held dear and close to his own heart - but also deeply in the hearts of his classmates, students, teachers, Fathers, Brothers, friends from all walks of life and all those who have heard him deliver beautiful, meaningful and simple Sunday homilies at Mass which were a joy to listen to. 

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Memories and nostalgia, views and thoughts

  Memories and nostalgia, views and thoughts           

             This blog serves as a time capsule of some of my life-long memories. It speaks of friendship, memories, nostalgia, views and thoughts of our past, and of the blissful or sad days gone by.

             I hope that visitors to this blog will enjoy viewing my photos, my art and the collection of articles, and appreciate at least some of them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Sincere thanks for your genuine comments, appreciation and support over the years.

Friday, July 08, 2016



Criticism - do not mind
For there cannot always be those who admire
As much as they are some folks kind 
There are also those who ignite the fire.

Take no offence
Rather be thankful to those who took
the time to admire the memories captured
as vividly as one could in any humble book.

Criticism breeds perspective
It is one's own opinion, however perceptive
It should not destroy one's ego or action
as in fact it gives rise to perfection.
Sadistic criticism gives the roving self-proclaimed,
self-acclaimed journo a probable high to this gratification.

Some view well in advance to show no mercy
and then make it their motto to criticise,
and as they find no fault in the writing after reading,
they take the time in complaining about the book's binding.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Marching Orders

Marching Orders! Left,..left... left/right/left!

My grand-daughter Anya gives marching orders to the roosters over the Canada Day Weekend at the 'Double H' Farm, Erinsville, Ontario.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Clouds may have silver lining, but they can store data too!

Once upon a time the saying went 'Every cloud has a silver lining',
but in modern times "the 'cloud' can store a lot of data"!
(Pic and caption by TonFerns - Beaver Lake, Tamworth, Ontario.)