A FOREST TRAIL ALONG THE MAITLAND RIVER
Looking out our big window first thing this morning I began humming a favorite tune of mine. It's the first four lines in the songBLUE SKIES that I particularly like and this morning I quietly hummed the tune with a knowingly contented smile on my face. No wind no rain I knew we would be off again:))
A PARENT DOWNIE WOODPECKER FEEDS AND TEACHES IT’S SIBLING HOW TO EAT ON IT’S OWN
WHEN THE PARENT FLEW AWAY FOR ABOUT HALF A MINUTE THE YOUNGSTER BEGAN PECKING AWAY AT THE SUET AND EATING ON IT’S OWN
Pheebs and I had a mission this morning. We had to take our old 10 ton 42” Plasma TV to the Habitat For Humanity store in Goderich. Luckily a fellow at The Brick store told us Tuesday the Habitat store accepts old televisions. If not I would have had to haul it off to the Holmesville landfill site where I’m sure I would have been charged to dispose of it there. I think the Habitat store has some kind of contract with the Government Environmental department for the collection of old TV’s. There were 2 other old blisters sitting there and the Gal who helped me get the TV out of the Jeep said it would go into a big white dumpster nearby. Never occurred to me until later that with the television lying quietly in the back of the Jeep on the way to Goderich it was akin to driving a hearse with it’s occupant to it’s final destination. Maybe Pheebs and I should have struck a more somber note and not been yukking it up and goofing around so much in the front seat. Oh Dear…………………R.I.P. TV.
BYE-BYE GOOD OLD TV FRIEND AND THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT MEMORIES YOU BROUGHT US THESE PAST DOZEN YEARS
A quick check of the harbor didn’t net us any photos so we headed down highway 21 south of Goderich to the Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area with intentions of taking ourselves for a wee hike. Well that plan was quickly thwarted when I saw 4 cars already there in the parking lot. Back towards Goderich we headed and swung around to the town’s east end where I knew there to be a hiking trail at the extreme north end of Orchard Line Road. Pheebs and I had briefly scouted it out about a week ago and with nobody else there it was a go.
PARTS OF THE NARROW TRAIL WERE WET AND UNEVEN
THE MAITLAND RIVER FLOWING FROM RIGHT TO LEFT HAS ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF TO GO BEFORE FLOWING INTO LAKE HURON
‘HEY THERE’S A FROG OVER HERE DAD’
FOR A LITTLE DOGGY WHO DOESN’T LIKE GETTING WET SHE WAS HAVING A SPLASHING GOOD TIME
WITH WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL ALONG THE TRAIL FOOTING WAS A LITTLE IFFY IN SOME PLACES
SAW A SPLASH OF COLOR IN THE TALL GRASS….MONARCH BUTTERFLY ON A MILKWEED PLANT
From the parking area the trail headed straight in through a grassy area and then began descending gradually down through forest scrub to the Maitland River maybe 200 feet below. Last time here Pheebs and I only walked a little ways in but this time I was determined to reach the river itself. And we did reach the river after veering down a steeper side trail off the main trail.
WITH HUMIDITY ON THE RISE HOW NICE IT WAS TO WALK INTO THIS COOL FOREST
LOOKING THROUGH THE TREES TO THE MAITLAND RIVER BELOW
Climbing back up the side trail we connected with the main trail and continued on into a forest. Humidity was coming up a bit and I had worked up a sweat climbing up from the river. How nice to enter the dark coolness of a large forest which bordered the Maitland River below. Followed the trail for maybe half a mile before deciding to turn back. Next time we’ll follow the shaded forest trail further.
AN OLD LOG ROTTING ON THE FOREST FLOOR
A few things to pick up at Wally-World about a 3 minute drive from the trail head and we were soon headed for home. Turned out to be a nice cool sunny day. Couple days of rain on the way again though…………..
Okay so here’s the dilemma with our Shout Box and a pop-up ad now appearing sometimes on my blog site. The current Shout Box is the best one we’ve had out of the last 4 we’ve tried. Easy to use and not complicated. Unbeknownst to us it sneakily came with a pop-up ad. I have kept my blog site free of advertising all these years and I do not like the idea of an ad popping up. Now, do we delete the Shout Box altogether or put up with the pop-up ad. What do you think”??
KELLY TOOK THIS PICTURE OF PHEEBS THIS AFTERNOON WITH HER BLACKBERRY
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Stock Market Report::
Helium was up, feathers were down.
Paper was stationary.
Fluorescent tubing was dimmed in light trading.
Knives were up sharply.
Cows steered into a bull market.
Pencils lost a few points.
Hiking equipment was trailing.
Elevators rose, while escalators continued their slow decline.
Weights were up in heavy trading.
Light switches were off.
Mining equipment hit rock bottom.
Diapers remained unchanged.
Shipping lines stayed at an even keel.
The market for raisins dried up.
Coca Cola fizzled.
Caterpillar stock inched up a bit.
Sun peaked at midday.
Balloon prices were inflated.
Scott Tissue touched a new bottom.
And batteries exploded in an attempt to recharge the market.
A policeman pulled a confused Senior over after he'd been driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Cop: Do you know where you were going?
Senior: No, but wherever it is, it must be bad because all the cars were leaving.
"So you think you could end all unemployment, do you?" asked the interviewer. "And how, if I may be so bold to inquire?" "Why, I'd put all the men on one island and all the women on another," replied Paddy. "And what would they be doing then?" "Building boats!"
Germany people knocking on your door?