Imagine doing this to make a living?
Anyway, it’s so hot this summer, just looking at this cools me off.
Painted in 2014 on a very rough, flaky wall by the lakeshore, It has survived with dignity.
Pics taken by Resa – January 5, 2019
35 thoughts on “Morning Ice Harvest on the Humber”
That’s really cool. Or should I say cold? It’s really well done. Ice harvesting is completely foreign to me.
Ice harvesting was common before refrigeration. I remember 1 ice house up north at the lake one summer. The cottages still had ice boxes to keep food. The Honeymooners(the old tv comedy w/ Jackie Gleason) had an ice box, while everyone else had fridges.
This is an interesting informative article. http://historicsoduspoint.com/commerce/ice-harvesting/
Sounds like “Flintstones”. 😉 But i know it only from tellings from the past. Here the used ice harvesting for cooling beer. Michael
Such a beautiful mural and the rough, flaky wall add to it! Great find, my friend!!!! 🙂 xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Thank you, and it really does help me feel cooler just by looking at it! 😀
Fabulous mural – with an equally fabulous background story. This was dangerous work! But that ice was essential for icebox refrigeration. A fridge in every home was unthinkable until quite recently. When our refrigerator gave up a few years back, it was an eye-opening experience to organize food preparation. While we waited for the delivery of our new fridge, we had to shop on a daily basis for perishables such as milk. There were no leftovers. My admiration for my great- grandmothers increased exponentially.
This is a fab comment, especially as it is Gorgeous Grandma Day! Cheers to the women before us!
It is lovely Resa. Nice tribute to these hard workers.
Hard to believe how hard many of our great grandparents worked.
Seriously? And they didn’t have the coats, boots, or gloves we have available to us today.
We are wimps compared to them.
Yes, we are wimps, compared. I have much respect for the ancestors I never knew.
I did know my grandmothers. One was educated, wrote, was a school board treasurer, and held her own in a world of men. She dressed mannish.
The other worked in the fields, had all her 5 kids at home. Never a days rest until it was over.
I feel so spoiled.
We are so spoiled.
Perhaps, you’re not a wimp. You brave the cold Canada winters to show us all these treasures you discover.
I on the other write poems and sip margaritas by the pool. Not very wimpy. Well, I almost got sunburned. Don’t know if that counts as hardcore.
Hahahaha! Let’s say…. hotcore!😉
Great mural. So interesting. Hugs to J & J from Em.
Yeah, I like these historical murals. Hugs back to Em from J & J!
A lot of guys try to date a lot of women, but the ice man has his pick. (sorry)
Lol! No apologies. Humour a creative expression.
No. it’s a terrible, old joke. Nothing sublime about it. Still, a smile is a smile.
Lol! I never heard it before. I thought you made it up.
No, the joke is one of the legacies of my childhood and upbringing.
They still do that here in New England.
Very interesting, Eunice. What do they use the ice for? xx
Provisions I am sure
Interesting for sure. Love the ice saws. Doesn’t the ice they’re standing on look kind of thin…for standing on, that is? 🙂
Well, thin ice is a problem. Also, standing on ice chunks was a problem. Apparently many fell in. They fished the person out, and rushed them to the heat shack, where there was a coal stove, blankets, dry clothes and hot drinks. http://historicsoduspoint.com/commerce/ice-harvesting/ Check it out!
What a great find! What a crazy job to have had…
There were many crazy jobs in the old days. My maternal grandfather & great uncle worked in a coal mine, where they would crawl through tight tunnels. My great uncle died of black lung.
While they were crawling around in the coal mine, my grandmother worked the fields.
Seems life was a crazy job. ⚡️💥
Thank you so much for this pictures! Over here in Munich we have more than 30° Celsius today, to look at that streetart paintings refreshes a little…
That would certainly be work!
I love the art…and it does make me feel cool. Especially, here in L.A. its 93 hot!
It was 110 – 115 here with humidex. It’s cooled off to 85. Still, I like it cooler, about 70.
Oh my goodness…110? That is crazy hot. I would not survive the heat.
Right now, here in L.A. all this week is going to be in 88. Glad I have an AC. It’s cooler when one has an AC.
Resa, I have actually seen people harvesting ice when I was young 🙂 Thank you for sharing some – it is quite warm here tonight.