Friday, June 22, 2018

Weekend Roundup

Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveler
Skywatch Friday

1. Starts with "Y."
2. Week's Favorite
3. Yellow

Letter Y

AS you drive the 401 - Trans Canada Highway, from Toronto to Montreal you will pass this sign with three towns on it.
I am using Yarker for this week's letter.

A patent dated January 13th, 1796, Lots 39, 4, 41, 42 and 43 in the first Concession of Camden were conveyed to Governor Simcoe , comprising of 1000 acres was know as the Simcoe tract. At that time this land was covered by primeval forest. The present village of Yarker stands on Lots 41 and 42.

One of the principle industries was Potash with one of the principle makers being Sidney Warner. Wood ashes were turned into Potash and since wood was the only heat source, settlers would save their ashes and trade them at Mr. Warner’s general store for other goods.

Sometime after 1840, the saw mill, a blacksmith shop, a grist mill, a carding mill, a store, a post office, a school, and a hotel was opened.

Yarker was also the home of one of the largest carriage wheel factories know as The Benjamin Manufacturing Company, Limited incorporated in 1895.

A more interesting fact, to me, is book related.

Marian Engel, OC, née Marian Ruth Passmore (May 24, 1933 – February 16, 1985) was a Canadian novelist and a founding member of the Writers' Union of Canada.
 She wrote a children's book My Name is not Odessa Yarker.

The title for Engel's second children's book was inspired by a road sign she saw when driving along the 401 Highway, which pointed to two towns: Odessa, and Yarker. The name elicited the image of "a fat lady in brown satin with some of the buttons off and egg on her front" (Engel).

Week's Favourite

Another serendipity! Spotted as we were having lunch at the Museum Tavern on Bloor St. West.

I have never even heard of this vermouth.

YZAGUIRRE VERMOUTH Spanish - Founded in 1884.

I think this should count as my Z too! Joking!!


King St. West - One of the public spaces along the street.
More yellow in the theatre sign in background for Come From Away.


  1. The yellow crates as benches is a neat one!

  2. ...we have Odessa in New York. 'Y'ZAGUIRRE almost looks like a made up word, say it fast five times. I will never look at 'Y'ellow milk crates the same way again. Thanks Jackie for stopping by, enjoy your weekend.

  3. You sure found some good Ys. Love the yellow public space. That should draw in people. I would count the vermouth next week, too.

  4. A great series for the roundup and letter Y. Interesting about the book inspirations.

  5. You did well with all your YELLOW finds, Jackie. For some reason, perhaps because it was a strange find, I like all those yellow egg crates. We drove from Niagara around Yellowstone over to Detroit. Also another time from Vermont to Montreal, probably that is how we missed Yarker. When you went, or go, was there still a glass bottle building alongside the road? That one I liked. I have a lot of wine bottles for a bottle tree but I have decided against making it. But not enough there for a building.

  6. Fabulous selection of images with yelow in them Very interesting about the names of the 2 towns and the children's book Jackie. Have a great weekend.


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