Tuesday, June 28, 2016

REFRESINGLY COOL

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Refreshingly cool and very welcome mid 50’s temperatures enabled Kelly and I to get a bunch of things done outside today.
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GROANER’S CORNER:(( An elderly couple was attending church services.  About halfway through she leans over and says to her husband, "I just silently passed gas - what do you think I should do?"  He replied, "Put a new battery in your hearing aid."

Monday, June 27, 2016

AND THEN WE ALL GOT INTO A GREAT BIG GIGGLING FIT

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A FEW RAINDROPS LEFT ON SOME LEAVES AFTER SUNDAY NIGHT’S STORM ROLLED THROUGH….PHOTO TAKEN EARLY THIS MORNING
Old home town buddies and brothers Jim and John Eifert picked me up this morning about 9:30 and we headed straight away for a downtown Bayfield coffee shop called the Charles Street Cafe (on mains street)  Think this was only the 2nd time in nearly 14 years that I actually sat down for coffee in a Bayfield coffee shop believe it or not.  We got 1 muffin between us and proceeded to fight over it like 3 cackling sea gulls fighting over a French fry in a parking lot.  I think I won:))
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JOHN AND JIM EIFERT
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A STOP AT BAYFIELD’S PIONEER PARK THIS MORNING
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“HEY JOHNNY LET’S RUN DOWN TO THE BEACH AND BACK”
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“ARE YA NUTS”!!!!
DSC_0030Long time readers will remember Jim and John from a tour we took down around Port Franks, Ipperwash beach and Kettle Point on July 27th 2015 last summer and longer time readers may remember the previous summer's visit to say good-bye to a dying friend (Saturday's Day Of Sadness And Laughter) who the summer before was responsible for getting us all back together again. (Some Of The Old 1960's Gang)
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THINGS ARE GROWING SO FAST WE CAN HARDLY FIND OUR SHED ANYMORE
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As usual we had a lot of laughs coupled with even more old memories of days and antics gone by.  At one point we all ended up giggling like a bunch of young school girls and I cannot remember the last time that has happened to me except for once when smoking some wacky tobacky back in the late 70's.  And what kicked off our little giggle fest??  Well, not much really we were just trying to figure out why we didn't remember each other from public school despite being the same age and only living a block apart.  I said it was probably because I had failed grade one and I don’t know what it was about that but that's all it took to somehow trigger our laughing gaggle of giggles.  And that's the way it was back in the old high school and small town days as well when we and others all hung out together.  I later wondered what anyone would have thought had they walked into that coffee shop this morning & saw these 3 old white haired guys clustered in a near corner having giggle fits with 3 cups of coffee and 1 muffin.  Bet they would have thought it was a wacky tobacky muffin eh…….:))
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A FEW PHOTOS FROM RECENT DAYS WHICH DIDN’T MAKE IT INTO MY OTHER POSTS
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AND HERE’S THE MACHINE THAT MAKES THOSE BIG ROUND HAY BALES
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CAN YOU GUESS WHICH PART OF THE SOUTH-WEST THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN IN??
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A COUPLE SHED BARNS ALONG THE WAY
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WELL, THAT PHOTO ABOVE WAS TAKEN RIGHT HERE IN OUR VERY OWN ‘SOUTH-WESTERN’ ONTARIO IN A GRAVEL PIT NORTH OF CLINTON SUNDAY MORNING
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WE HAVE LOTS OF GRAVEL PITS IN OUR AREA
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SPOTTED THIS BUS CONVERSION WALLY-DOCKING IN GODERICH SATURDAY MORNING
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ALSO SPOTTED SATURDAY MORNING WAS THIS NICE 1956 FORD CROWN VICTORIA
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LOVE THE SOUND OF THOSE THROATY BIG V8 ENGINES AND DUAL MUFFLERS WAY BACK WHEN
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NICELY LANDSCAPED GARDEN CORNER ON A LOCAL FARM
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THIS FELLA WAS OUT SPRAYING HIS BEANS
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ALWAYS LIKE DRIVING DOWN THESE FORESTED BACK ROADS
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CORNS UP ALMOST A COUPLE FEET ALREADY
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THIS FARMER IS OBVIOUSLY A TRUE BLUE ‘TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS’ FAN
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SPOTTED THESE 2 FELLERS SUNDAY MORNING DOING A LITTLE FISHING IN THE MAITLAND RIVER JUST SOUTH OF BALLS BRIDGE WEST OF LONDESBOROUGH
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PEONIES IN PORT ALBERT SATURDAY MORNING
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POPPIES TOO Think it was about 12 years ago that Kelly and I bought my current recliner from a Sears Outlet store in London Ontario.  Got a good deal on it because it had some kind of a flaw which we never did figure out.  I've put a lot of miles on my old faithful recliner and now that it doubles for my bed those miles have begun taking their toll.  Kelly spotted a used Lazy-boy leather recliner for sale in Londesborough Ontario so Sunday we drove over and had a look at it.  This afternoon we went back to Londesborough and bought the chair.  It fits me perfect and is not as big and heavy as my old recliner.  We're thinking this leather recliner will also work well in our Motorhome for winter travels too.  It rocks and also swivels.  Now here's the funny thing.  Years ago in several of my posts I talked about how much I disliked leather furniture and why.  Now including the 2 leather captains chairs in our Motorhome we have a total of 6 leather chairs.  Guess it just goes to show you can still teach an old dog a few new tricks.  A willing old dog that is.............................  DSC_0002
NO PROBLEM FITTING THE RECLINER INTO THE BACK OF THE JEEP
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RECLINER FITS FINE RIGHT HERE IN MY LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD
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I did finally make a start on our 2nd shed clean-up and with much cooler weather in the forecast I’m hoping to finish that project and finally get myself started on the big Motorhome clean-up shortly. DSC_0054 GROANER'S CORNER:((  An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman were trying to get in to see the Olympics without tickets. So they got to the stadium during one of the main events and discussed how they would be able to attend without paying.  The Englishman walked around the stadium and saw a pole lying on the ground and picked it up. He walked to the entrance and said to the guard, "Peter. England. Pole Throwing." The guards let him in without hesitation.  While walking, the Scotsman sees a manhole. He picks up the cover, carries it under his arm to the entrance and says, "McGregor. Scotland. Discus Throwing." The guards let him in also. The Irishman is very frantic, since both his friends are now inside. He walks around the stadium and finds a roll of barbed wire. He picks it up, walks to the entrance and says, "Murphy. Ireland. Fencing." -------- Women are like telephones ... They love to be held. They love to be talked to. But, if you press the wrong button, you're DISCONNECTED. ------- Q: What's the difference between a guitar and a fish?
A: You can tune a guitar, but you can't tuna fish.










Sunday, June 26, 2016

BECAUSE CHICKENS DIDN’T EXIST YET

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Pheebs and I did get out again this morning and tonight’s post is a composite collection of both Saturday and Sunday morning photos.  First Saturday morning then Sunday.

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PORT ALBERT NORTH OF GODEREICH HAS A SMALL BEACH WITH PHOTO ABOVE LOOKING SOUTH TOWARDS GODERICH AND PHOTO BELOW LOOKING NORTH TOWARDS KINKARDINE

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I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH DRIFTWOOD ON PORT ALBERT’S BEACH BEFORE

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THE NINE MILE RIVER FLOWS INTO LAKE HURON HERE & IS A POPULAR FISHING SPOT AND ESPECIALLY IN THE SPRING WHEN THE SMELT FISH ARE RUNNING

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STEELHEAD TROUT AND SALMON SWIM UP THE 9 MILE RIVER TRYING TO JUMP THAT DAM UPSTREAM BUT IT IS THE FISH LADDER BELOW WHICH HELPS THEM BY-PASS THE DAM ON THEIR JOURNEY…. PORT ALBERT FISHWAY

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FISH ENTER LADDER FROM THE RIVER AT BOTTOM RIGHT AND MAKE THEIR WAY UPWARDS THROUGH A SERIES OF WATER CHANNELS AND JUMPS

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HERE’S THE BOYS DOING SOME SATURDAY MORNING FISHING IN THE NINE MILE RIVER JUST ABOVE THE DAM

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THIS GENERAL STORE ‘IS’ DOWNTOWN PORT ALBERT AND THAT’S IT

Monday morning Kelly drives our good friend and neighbor Monica to Grand Bend for some physiotherapy on a recent knee replacement and 2 old buddies of mine from my old home town of Tavistock pick me up for a tour of Bayfield and surrounding area. 

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DID YOU SPOT IT??

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LOOK CLOSER

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A-HAAAAAA:))

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THESE SHEEP HAVE A FAITHFUL GUARDIAN WITH THEM

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THIS FELLOW BARKED NON-STOP AT PHEEBS AND I WHILE STOPPED FOR A MINUTE ALONGSIDE THE ROAD FOR THESE FEW PHOTOS

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A SECOND SHEEP DOG IS OFTEN HERE AS WELL BUT WE DIDN’T SEE IT TODAY

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WHEN PHEEBS AND I MOVED FORWARD ABOUT 30 FEET TO GET A PHOTO OF THESE TWO THIS SHEEP DOG QUICKLY RAN RIGHT OVER TO GET BETWEEN US AND THAT MOTHER WITH HER BABY

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I’M SURE HAD I TRIED TO GET ANY CLOSER THAT LOYAL PROTECTIVE SHEEP DOG WOULD HAVE SMASHED ME UP PRETTY GOOD….ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE A LONG TELEPHOTO LENS HANDY

Lake effect storm cells upon us tonight with our power being knocked out just long enough for me to re-set all the clocks and timers yet again!!

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GROANER’S CORNER:(( A serious drunk walked into a bar and, after staring for some time at the only woman seated at the bar, walked over to her and kissed her. She jumped up and slapped him silly. He immediately apologized and explained, "I'm sorry. I thought you were my wife. You look exactly like her."  "Why you worthless, insufferable, wretched, no good drunk!" she screamed.  "Funny," he muttered, "you even sound exactly like her too!!."

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Q: Why did the dinosaur cross the road?
A: Chickens didn't exist yet.