|the defunct causeway to the old swing-bridge|
To Quinte area folks, the name Whitney rolls off the tongue often as they go about their business: Sir James Whitney School, Norris Whitney Bridge. This fine span replacing the swing bridge which used to delay progress between Rossmore and Belleville is not 'the Bay Bridge' so much as 'The Norris Whitney Bridge', dedicated in 1982 to honour the MLA of the same name.
|this is not Norris Whitney's barnyard, but it's close|
|turn left off Whitney onto Gibson Rd.|
In the poem 'Place of Fire', Al discloses the source of the building materials for the massive stone fireplace at the A-frame. On the list, "anonymous stone from Norris Whitney's barnyard."
In the Prelude Poem in 'North of Summer' , written after his return from the enormously influential trip to Baffin Island, Purdy creates this wonderful image:
On the country road these spring days
odd things happen
brown men in mukluks climb the snake fences
with Norris Whitney's sheep near Ameliasburg"