Sunday, April 13, 2008

The first blackfly of spring!


A late snow has covered everything in white, but the bright sun is bringing out early blackflies ANYWAY!

Image: a T-shirt design from a nearby town.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Canals on Mars?

No, runoff in the back field, following paths made by the horses.

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Spring treat

It feels like spring here at last, but it was still possible to skate on a runoff pond this morning. I'll bet the sap is running fast today.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Back in the field, April 2, 2008

I'm pining for some warm weather and some real Spring green, but there is something fascinating about the process of snow melting, forming pools, and then freezing over again. The hollow we use for our Labour Day get-together filled with rain and run-off yesterday and soldified into what looks like a perfect natural rink. (I doubt that it's strong enough to skate on, though.)

The pictures below show the Viking forge, the barrier (at the moment disassembled) for foot combats, and one of our dogs -- or is it a bear? -- in front of same barrier.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

This could be Canada

This could be my township! But it's ice fishers in Russia rescuing cars and snowmobiles that went just a little too far.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

"I'm new in town; I've been here 17 years."

I got to say that today at a township zoning committee meeting tonight, where I spoke against a proposed drag strip all too close to my house.

It was a bit of a laugh line but I thought it was necessary to say it since my neighbors were getting increasingly irritated by outsiders from the Big Bad City down the highway telling them what a great idea this was. And no one would mistake me for a born-and-bred inhabitant of the township.

But it seems that the vast majority of my neighbors and I are on the same wavelength on this issue.