Monday, 17 October 2016

Singable Limericks #3: A Visit to Chemainus, BC

POST #132
SINGABLE LIMERICKS inspired by a recent visit to Vancouver Island's appealing east coast. 
ORIGINAL SONG: These verses can be sung to  "The Limerick Song", as in "The Flea and the Fly". See sactoGranny's recording on YouTube here.
ORIGINAL LIMERICK VERSE:  Giorgio Coniglio, October 2016.

Lenora Mines at Mt. Sicker
Mural, Peter Bresnen
Chemainus Festival of Murals Society

Blog author inspecting the Historical Mural Series
Chemainus, B.C.

Local Resident Viewing the Mural
"Arrival of the Reindeer in Horseshoe Bay"
Chemainus, B.C.


(to the tune of "The Limerick Song")

The industrial base of Chemainus,
Its illustrative murals explain us;
A few ancestors thrived
(Logging barely survived)
Their respect for the land was disdain-ous.

On Mt. Sicker o'erlooking the brine.
Lived a miner with child Clementine.
She ran off with a logger,
(As retold by this blogger)
Took his liquor, and shoes number nine.

"Second Chemainus Sawmill" muralist Bruce Rickett
Chemainus, B.C. (web-photo)

Gord, an eco-wise man, near Chemainus
Panned for gold, an old tale to entrain us;
But it's not as you think -
He adored tin and zinc,
But the ore he deplored was uranous.

An old royalist chap from Chemainus
Felt that monarchists' views should constrain us;
When inviting the Queen
He expressed why he's keen,
"Visit! Come over soon, for you reign us."

A Nanaimo bar's something you eat, 
Not where beer-buffs or barristers meet.
It's not gold mined for blind,
Or four beats that you sing,
But for tea or dessert it's a treat.
OEDILF #95633

An astronomy-buff from Chemainus
Suffered craving for choc'late most heinous;
He snarfed heavenly Stars,
Milky-Ways and Mars bars,
But his fave night-time sight was Uranus.

Rainbow over Ladysmith Harbour at Saltair
(village just north of Chemainus)

New to British Columbia? Rain
Won't abolish the anguish and strain.
Frequent downpours and drizzle
Can extinguish life's sizzle.
Cherish sunny climes? Get on a plane.

OEDILF #T46033

In a bar, not too far from Chemainus
Sang a man with guitar to refrain us,
"From your face, wipe that grin!
Townfolks' patience grows thin:
Your poor verses do not entertain us."

Ladysmith Harbour during a sunny interlude
 October, 2016. 

For ecological reasons, the mining of uranium has been banned in British Columbia for several decades. Uranium has been extensively extracted from pitchblende ore at sites elsewhere in Canada, and is present in the ore in the reduced or 'uranous' chemical state.
In the late 1890s, copper, gold and silver were discovered at Mt. Sicker on Vancouver Island. A mini gold-rush ensued, and mines were operated profitably in the area until 1909.
Today, the town of Chemainus (sheh-MAYN-uhs) is best known for its extensive exterior wall-murals which depict the history of its once-thriving resource extraction industries. The Dominion Astrophysical Laboratory is located 70 km south, in Saanich B.C.

Performing Notes

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