Distance, Speed, Time, & Flight

The memorabilia rich decor of the Wild Blue Yonder Pub is testament to the enduring passion of FLIGHT past & present, of various members of the Elmhirst family. Classic vintage timepieces adorn the walls & ceiling, many of which have been donated by guests over the years.

From a Canadian Airforce CF-101 Voodoo aircraft jump seat, canopy, and helmet, artwork depicting WWII combat, an immense Anson aircraft propeller clock, to random airplane parts moored to the bar…curiosities, encouraging conversation while you dine.
It is indeed a ‘plane’ place frequented by pilots, a favourite destination on a cross country or just to fly-in for breakfast.

A closer look will reveal a less flashy find; one item that could be overlooked at first glance in the glow of larger eye-catchers.
A smallish plaque with a handwritten scrawl located on the east wall. It is signed simply, ‘A.F Elmhirst’. Beside the plaque is a large sepia tone photograph of Arthur Elmhirst in full test pilot gear beside an Anson Mark V circa 1943, St Jean Quebec.

Penned in his hand at 90 years old, Arthur recalled the words from his boyhood to a poem titled ‘Myself’. A boy with only a grade 8 education, these words of self-discipline would go on to fashion his life. The words meant so much to him he had them engraved on plaques and gave a copy to each of his grandchildren that Christmas.

poem myselfarthur elmhirst

We hope you have enjoyed this #ThrowbackThursday moment for May 18, 2017.

Post written by Caroline Elmhirst.

Original poem written by English-American Poet, Edgar Allen Guest b1881 – d1959.