DAFFODILS ALONG A MORNING TRAIL
With most early mornings still hovering just above the freezing mark I am still wearing my lined winter pants on our morning walks. It's usually closer to noon before I am able to climb back into my blue jeans for the remainder of the day. It's the disadvantage of living beside a large cold ice infested lake in Spring time.
NO IDEA WHAT VINTAGE THIS OLD RUSTED AWAY VEHICLE IS
TRAIL LEADS THROUGH STANDS OF CEDARS & SUGAR BUSH MAPLES TO THE MAITLAND RIVER
Pheebs & I found us a new trail to hike this morning. Had heard of this trail about 20 minutes from our house & have been by it a dozen or more times but just never stopped to check it out until today. Because I didn’t take a photo of the trail head sign I cannot remember the trails name so am going to guess at the ‘Maitland Trail’.
Even for no leaves on our trees yet this was still a picturesque hike for us. Stands of Cedar trees, open meadows, hills, & a sizeable river being fed by small Spring run-off streams. We didn’t cover the whole trail complex but in the distance we walked there were a few surprises. Came across the site of an old early homesteaders cabin. Only an indentation in the ground where the cabin once stood but at the site was a plaque telling in detail of the pioneering family who once lived there in the wilds of the forest back in an era of early civilization in this area. We have often come across this type of thing in the southwest during our travels but not so much right here in our own area of Southwestern Ontario. I think the reason for that is simply the land has changed so much here with the advent of farming over the past century. Also old buildings & wood structures last much longer in the moderate dry deserts of the Southwest as opposed to the harsh winters & wetter conditions here in our area. Nevertheless it was a nice find this morning & we will definitely be back to this trail as soon as all the trees are leafed out & the weather is warmer.
SETTLERS CABIN STOOD JUST BEHIND & TO THE RIGHT OF THAT PLAQUE WHERE THERE IS AN INDENTATION IN THE GROUND
In the last few years I must admit I have not been doing well in keeping up with all my fellow Blogger’s posts as well as I once did & I realized tonight as I browsed down my ‘Fellow Bloggers’ sidebar I’m forgetting who some of the folks are on my long list. It seems if I don’t keep up with people’s travels on an almost daily basis I lose the advantage of repetition & people drop off my radar. I read a blog title & at times my mind struggles to remember who these people are. I don’t know if other folks have this problem or it’s just my age related deteriorating memory. I might get an email from someone & think to myself, I’ll answer that as soon as I finish what I’m doing here & poof that email never enters my mind again unless I accidentally see it or Kelly reminds me of it. I frustratingly stood by our frog pond this afternoon with the water pump in hand not knowing where to plug it in. My mind would not tell me where the electrical receptacle was on the side of the house & it was only several hours later when hooking up a garden hose that I accidentally spotted the receptacle nearby. I’ve been hooking up this pond pump for about 10 years now every Spring & yet today I couldn’t remember where the electrical outlet was. In the past few weeks on 3 separate occasions while out driving on very familiar stretches of road I had memory lapses of about 10 seconds each not knowing where I was. Do these things happen to anyone else out here?? I am sure not impressed with this aging process thingy & it scares me at times…………………………….
GROANER’S CORNER:(( "What do you love most about me," a husband asked his wife, "my great athletic ability or my quick intellect?" "What I love most about you," responded the wife, "is your enormous sense of humor."
A mid-west farmer was describing his lifestyle to a touring group of city folks. "One of the benefits of this profession," he explained, "is that we have built-in weather predictions."
"What do you mean by that?" asked one inquisitive visitor. "When the cows are standing," the farmer explained, "it means no rain is likely for the next twenty-four hours. When they're lying down, it means it's going to rain." "On our bus trip," another visitor piped in, "I saw half the herd standing and the other half lying down. What does this mean?" The farmer flashed a smile and answered, "That means half of them are wrong."