Before getting myself too far behind and not being able to remember things I figured I had better put together a quick update post. Although I didn't write anything the past few days I was still busy clicking away with my camera amassing another 235 usable photos. Not to worry they won’t all be in this post but you might want to put an extra pillow under yourself for this long post…………………….
ALRIGHTY THEN LET’S HEAD OURSELVES OFF INTO THE MYSTERIOUS SWAMP
Thursday June 14th……..Walking in the Hullett Marsh Thursday both Richard and I agreed it was a perfect weather morning. Sunny blue skies, cooler temps with no humidity and because of that cooler air, no bugs. It was our semi-monthly coffee tour of course and rather than drive around all over the place we headed for the Marsh and took ourselves for a walk in an area that even I hadn't ventured into before. Oh and I should mention that we were able to do a good deed for the day when we stopped to move a small painted turtle off the road. Two old Geezers in the right place at the right time with the right knowledge of what to do:))
THAT GREEN STUFF IS NOT SLIME IT’S DUCKWEED WHICH IS A TINY PLANT AND YOU CAN SEE IT BETTER IN THE PHOTO BELOW FLOATING AROUND A MAPLE LEAF CLUSTER
WE TAKE OURSELVES FOR A WALK OVER THE WATER ON A LONG BOARDWALK AS RICHARD STOPS TO CHECK FOR CROCAMOGATORS OF WHICH WE DON’T GOTS NONE HERE IN ONTARIO:))
THE FLOATING BOARDWALK ENDS AT AN OLD VIEWING STAND
Had thought of leaving my camera at home to see how I felt about that. Well that thought didn't get very far and I felt going anywhere without my camera would be akin to going somewhere without my pants on. Well of course that's not going to happen and besides the first time I would ever venture out anywhere without camera in hand would for sure be the time when a big huge round flying saucer would land on the road right in front of me with little green men making crazy faces through the windows.
OVERLOOKING ONE OF THE MANY PONDS IN THE HULLETT MARSH
A GREAT BLUE HERON IN THE MARSH WATERS
I EVEN MANAGED A SELFIE IN THIS PHOTO AND NO I AM NOT THE FROG…..LOOK CLOSELY INTO THE FROGS EYE
YEP THERE I AM…….SO I REALLY GOT INSIDE THAT FROG’S HEAD EH
AND AN UNDERWATER LOOK INTO OUR FRONT YARD POND WITHOUT GETTING MY CAMERA WET
Friday June 15th………With humidity free cooler air Friday morning I was able to spend time in the front yard continuing with my grass seeding project. Our 15 year old oscillating lawn sprinkler finally gave up the ghost awhile back so Pheebs and I were off to the Canadian Tire Store first thing this morning for a new one and with that back home and in place I was able to get the grass seed down and watered.
I LIKE IT WHEN WE ARE HIDDEN AWAY IN OUR JUNGLE SETTING
THE DIRT PART HAS JUST BEEN SEEDED
HAPPY TO SEE THE GRASS SEED I PLANTED A COUPLE WEEKS AGO IS ACTUALLY TAKING HOLD
HERE COMES PHHEBS TO SEE WHERE I AM
‘DAD….YOU SAID WE WERE GOING FOR A JEEP RIDE OVER AN HOUR AGO’
OKAY PHEEBS I JUST GOTTA GET OUR NEW SPRINKLER GOING
WE EVEN MANAGED AN AFTERNOON WALK AROUND THE PINE TREE TRAIL IN OUR PARK
AND THIS NICELY MOWED PATH IS ONLY A MINUTES WALK FROM OUR HOUSE
‘COME ON DAD STOP TAKING SO MANY PICTURES AND LET’S GET GOING’
Saturday June 16th……..Our plans to take the Motorhome out for a spin this morning were thwarted after I checked our live weather radar forecast and saw rain headed our way coming across Michigan and Lake Huron. Although the rains turned out to be light I didn't want to get the rig all dirtied up with road grime and have to expend a lot of time and energy later cleaning it all up again. Needing to get a bit of house dust off ourselves we did crank up the Jeep and take us for a little drive around Bayfield then a few miles out into the country beyond. Stopped for a leg stretch and spotted a Mother Deer with her little one.
WHEN I TOOK THIS CORN FIELD PHOTO I DIDN’T NOTICE ANYTHING UNUSUAL
ABOUT A MINUTE LATER A MOVEMENT CAUGHT MY EYE
AND I DIDN’T KNOW UNTIL I EDITED THE PHOTO LATER THAT SHE HAD A LITTLE ONE WITH HER
We were back home within an hour and by noon rains had stopped and skies began to clear. The lite rain we had was really not enough to do any good for plant life and it certainly was not enough to wash all the dust like pine pollen off the Motorhome. I would much prefer to have rain wash the rig off rather than the garden house which leaves everything spotty. Did manage to get the windshield and two front windows plus side mirrors cleaned though. At least I can see out to drive it now.
THAT IS PINE POLLEN ON THE RIG
AND THIS BE A FEW OF SATURDAY MORNING’S RAINDROPS ON OUR LEAVES
OUR ASTILBI IS BLOOMING AS WELL AS OUR STELLA DORA LILIES BELOW
It was a warm Saturday night, I put on my best shirt, loaded up the Pheebs, cranked up the tunes and away we went with the windows down. It was channel 073 on our Sirius Satellite Radio with Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller, Tex Beneke, Vaughn Monroe, the Mills Brothers, and more riding along with us. I love how the Big Band music takes me back to my childhood to a time of wide eyed magic and wonderment. With a reasonably priced Double Buddy Burger on my mind our destination was A&W in Goderich.
AT A&W WAITING FOR OUR DOUBLE BUDDY BURGER
NOW DON’T CRY PHEEBS, MOM FORGOT TO GIVE ME MY ALLOWANCE THIS WEEK SO i COULD ONLY GET ONE DOUBLE BUDDY, BUT YOU HAD YOUR SHARE RIGHT
With burger in hand dripping fried onions on my clean Saturday night shirt we headed downtown and cruised the main drag which in Goderich is a circular route around the center of town. Just a beautiful Saturday night as we made our way down around the harbor and beach. I am always in this area during morning hours and what a treat it was to be here in the evening with a setting sun. From various locations I took so many photos my camera almost melted down. I will have to spread those photos out over a number of future posts. People enjoying themselves, placid lake waters, cloud patterns, and the sunset itself as old Sol slowly sank into the cool waters of Lake Huron.
IN A BIG CIRCLE WE CRUISED GODERICH’S MAIN DRAG A COUPLE TIMES
DOWN AROUND THE HARBOR WE GO
HEADING FOR THE ROTARY COVE BEACH AREA
LOTS OF FOLKS OUT WALKING THE BOARDWALK
THIS COUPLE IS WATCHING THE COUPLE OUT AT THE POINT OF THOSE ROCKS
I ONCE HAD A VW CAMPER THAT LOOKED JUST LIKE THIS ONE AND IN THE MID 80’S I TRAVELED TO CANADAS EAST COAST WITH IT AND HAD MYSELF A LOOK AT NEW BRUNSWICK, NOVA SCOTIA, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND AS WELL AS CAPE BRETON AND THE CABOT TRAIL
YEP LOTS OF MEMORIES
LOOKS LIKE THIS MOM IS HAVING PHOTOS WITH HER TWO KIDS DONE
HEY ONE OF YOU TWO GUYS HAS TO GO FETCH THAT STICK
‘I GOT IT DAD’
NOW YOU SAW THAT LITTLE FELLA GET THAT STICK SO HOW COME YOU DON’T LIKE WATER AND FETCHING STICKS??
With windows still down and darkness slowly descending around us we set course for home. Benny Goodman, Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Billy Ekstein, Louie Armstrong, Vic Damone, Billie Holiday, Les Paul and Mary Ford serenaded us all the way. What a great Saturday night we had and how nice it was to be outside going somewhere and seeing things both in a different light and perspective. It was so nice to break with my usual evening routine. A true treat indeed.
SUN IS SLOWLY GOING DOWN AS THIS FELLA MAKES A FEW LAST CASTS WITH HIS FISHING POLE
‘HEY DAD IT’S GETTING DARK SO CAN I DRIVE HOME’
Sunday June 18th……..Our morning dawned clear and warm and for a nice change I was in as good a mood as when I went to bed. Now why can’t that always happen. We were off to a good start at least for a couple hours before the heat and humidity built up. Snagging a coffee to go in Clinton we headed for the Hullett Marsh hoping to get a walk in. Too late as the heat had already brought the dreaded and horrid biting Deer Flies out already. We only made it about 30 feet from the Jeep when we had to beat a hasty retreat and get out of there. Continued ambling around a few more country roads.
HERE’S ONE OF THOSE MISERABLE DEER FLIES ADMIRING ITSELF ON MY DRIVERS SIDE REAR VIEW MIRROW
CROSSING THE MAITLAND RIVER
AT OUR FAVORITE ROADSIDE POND SPOT
Stopping at a second favorite spot about 40 minutes after our first stop we were again beset by those damn Deer Flies but not before getting a few lily pad photos as well as that of a big old Bullfrog chug-a rumming himself in the water. By the time we got ourselves back to the Jeep with a whole swarm of Deer Flies after us it was already too hot for any more outside activities so with Libby’s A/C on we made a bee line for home. Out of the Jeep we bolted into the house where we again fired up the A/C unit. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh:)))))
A BIG OLD BULLFROG CHURNS UP THE WATER WHEN HE LETS OUT A BIG ‘CHUG-UR-RUM’ THAT CAN BE HEARD A COULD ACRES AWAY
IT WAS SO RIDICULOUSLY HOT AND HUMID TODAY EVEN OUR FRONT YARD BLUE JAYS WERE STRESSED
NOT TO WORRY, THE BLUE JAYS LATER FLUFFLED THEIR FEATHERS AND FLEW OFF UP INTO THE COOLER TREES
Tomorrow night I will have the remainder of Saturday night’s sunset photos. See, I told you to get yourself a an extra pillow before starting this blog post. Thanks again everybody:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( You might be a Redneck if...
Your momma has ever stomped into the house and announced, "The feud is back on!"
There is a gun rack on your bicycle.
Your wedding was held in the delivery room.
Your soap on a rope doubles as an air freshener.
Your wife's hairdo attracts bees.
Your baby's first words are "Attention K-Mart shoppers."
The antenna on your truck is a danger to low flying airplanes.
Your primary source of income is the pawn shop.
You picked your teeth from a catalog.
You've ever financed a tattoo.