Saturday, December 09, 2017

I SAT ON MY MUFFIN AND THE ‘JOHN C HINDMARSH’ MAITLAND WOODS TRAIL PART 1

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AT THE TIME OF POSTING THIS TONIGHT IT WAS STILL SNOWING AT OUR HOUSE

Yes it’s true, I sat on my muffin this morning.  Kelly bought a package of 6 morning glory muffins at the Mennonite bakery south of Bayfield last week.  I took one of those muffins out of the fridge this morning and popped it into a paper bag.  Walked out to the Jeep, opened the passenger door and tossed the muffin bag onto the driver’s seat.  Intention was to walk around and when getting in pick up the bag and place it where I wanted it.  Opened the back door and Pheebs jumped in.  Took me probably all of 3 seconds to walk around to the drivers side of the car and in that time all muffin thoughts, memories, and locations were totally erased from my mind.  As per usual I didn’t even notice the paper bag on the drivers seat.  And even if I had I would have wondered, ‘what the heck is a paper bag doing lying on the driver’s seat.’ and then probably have sat on it anyway.   Jumped into the Jeep and off we went.  Wasn’t until I picked up a coffee in downtown Bayfield minutes later that I re-noticed the bag on the front seat.  ‘What the heck’ I thought as I returned with a coffee.  ‘Somebody must have put that bag on my seat while I was in the coffee shop’.  Then I clued in.  I had sat on my muffin.  But the little giggling Gremlins hadn’t quite finished with me yet………………….

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MY FLATTENED MORNING GLORY MUFFIN

On our Friday drive to Goderich and back the slightly snow covered paved roads were way over loaded with corrosive road salt and by the time we arrived home the Jeep was totally encrusted in the miserable stuff.  So, the next stop after the coffee shop was the Bayfield car wash.  With the correct coinage into the little box I was soon hosing down the Jeep with high pressure water.  Moving around to the passenger side I noticed a blast of water going through the half open window.  I had the window open for Pheebs who incidentally was by now in the back seat trying to cover herself up with a blanket.   With sprayer in hand I dashed around to the drivers side, opened the door, turned the key to accessory and punched the button to close the window, which it did.  Remember now the sprayer was going in my left hand which was supposed to be pointed outside of the Jeep.  Well it wasn’t and I ended up power washing the interior drivers side door.  Not my best morning but luckily that was the end of my forgetfulness for the day.

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I KEEP COFFEE MONEY CHANGE IN THIS HAND WELL IN THE DRIVER’S DOOR AND YOU CAN SEE A FEW COINS SUBMERGED IN THE POWER WASH WATER

Under cold cloudy skies it was a drab looking landscape we drove through but at least we got out and about.  These kind of starts to the day are very instrumental in getting me started off on the right foot everyday.  Barring of course flat muffins and interior pressure washer jobs!!

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WE CRUISED THROUGH TURBINE TERRITORY

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AND YES I GUESS THAT WOULD BE ‘THE BARN’ ALRIGHT

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A LIGHT DUSTING OF SNOW ON AREA ROADS AND ONE OF OUR LEG STRETCH STOPS ALONG THE WAY

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Didn’t take many photos this morning but I do have a series of photos taken last Sunday morning when Pheebs and I returned to and walked the entire length of the John C. Hindmarsh trail in the Maitland Woods located in Goderich’s south end.  Took too many photos to include them all in one post so I will spread them out over 3 posts.  Below is Part 1 of our Sunday morning walk in the Maitland Woods.  Photos are in sequence from start to finish.  An earlier walk on a different part of the Marsh trail can be seen here…..Maitland Woods.

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WE STARTED AT THE BOTTOM WHERE IT SAYS ‘YOU ARE HERE’ AND DID THE RED TRAIL ALL WAY ROUND FROM RIGHT TO LEFT

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DESPITE IT BEING A WINDY SUNDAY MORNING WE WERE WELL PROTECTED IN THE FOREST

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I LIKE HOW TREE IDENTIFICATION IS DONE WITH THESE WOODEN SIGNS

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BEING A BIT SWAMPY THERE ARE FERNS AND FUNGI

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IT’S AN EASY WALK TRAIL WITH NO HILLS OR TOUGH SPOTS

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THOUGHT THIS AND ODD TREE CUT

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A DOWNED BIRCH TREE WITH ONE OF SEVERAL BLACK FUNGAS KNOBS GROWING ON IT

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ONE SECTION OF TRAIL HAD A LOT OF BENT AND BROKEN TREES AND I CAN ONLY SURMISE A STRONG WIND DOWN DRAFT OR TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THIS AREA AT ONE TIME

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THE TRAIL IS ALMOST FAIRY LIKE IN PLACES AND ONE EXPECTS TO SEE GNOMES AND PIXIES PLAYING UNDER THE TREES

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SUNLIGHT BEAMS INTO THE FOREST ALONG THE EDGE OF A FIELD

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WE FOLLOWED THE ‘WHITE SLASH’ TRAIL MARKERS

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NICE TO SEE SUNCAST SHADOWS ALONG THE TRAIL

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THERE ARE A LOT OF BOARDWALKS CROSSING OVER SWAMPY AREAS ALONG THIS TRAIL

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It was early afternoon when the gentle picture post card snowfall began.  Large snowflakes lazily making their way down through our tall pine trees.  No winds to whip them into a frenzy so they just took their time floating earthward.  It’s the best kind of snow fall one can hope for……if one is hoping for a snowfall that is.

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SNOW IS SLOWLY BEGINNING TO ACCUMULATE

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A SNOWY LITTLE SQUIRREL WATCHES ME AT THE COMPUTER FROM A TREE OUTSIDE ONE OF OUR SUNROOM WINDOWS

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  Good King Wenceslas phoned Domino's for a pizza.  The salesgirl asked him:-  'Do you want your usual?  Deep pan, crisp and even?

- Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present! '

- How many ears has Captain Kirk got?
Three: the left ear, the right ear, and the final front ear.

- When is a boat like a pile of snow?
When it's adrift.

- Did you hear about the optometrist who fell into a lens grinder and made a spectacle of himself?

- Doctors tell us there are over seven million people who are overweight.  These, of course, are only round figures.

- There were two ships. One was painted red.  One was painted blue.  They collided.  At last report, the survivors were marooned.

- Christmas: The time of year when everyone gets Santamental.

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Tissue.
Tissue Who?
All I Want For Christmas Tissue...

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9 comments:

  1. Where the coffee change money in the door handle
    where can you get a cuppa coffee and a squished muffin for $.75

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  2. LOL Graham and I had a good laugh over your morning tribulations! Doesn't it just suck getting old?? :)

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  3. So glad I'm not the only one! Though that was a better stumblebump than most. That looks like a very nice trail too; look forward to more pictures. Off to one of those hospitals in London tomorrow for a short holiday.

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  4. That first tree name "Burr Oak" must have been an oak that took a chill. . . (grin). Burrrrr.

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  5. Hey these things happen and you don't need to be that old for them, But glad you did have a wonderful day and got you jeep washed inside and out lol...

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  6. Funny how when we were younger and we did things like that, that the actions would be labelled as stupidity. Now we can just pass them off as an age thing. Now, Why did I go upstairs?

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  7. That is one worried looking squirrel!

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  8. Had to laugh about the beginning to your day. And good for you for telling on yourself.

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  9. Yikes! My college will be having less schedule and more parties than my high school. Looking forward to these changes from high school to college

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