With a yummy homemade morning glory muffin and coffee in hand Pheebs and I slipped up north of Goderich this morning and got ourselves onto the Maitland Trail near the Tiger Dunlop tomb. The trail is an old CPR (Canadian Pacific Railroad) line which has been made into a rails to trails project. Walking is easy and it's great for joggers and bicyclists. The trail along the section of old rail line we were on is wide, hard packed, and flat enough for battery powered wheelchairs Stew.
|WE'VE ARRIVED AT THE TRAIL|
|'COME ON DAD LET'S GET ROLLING'|
|I TRIED TO IMAGINE A TRAIN STATION HERE|
|CAN YOU SEE THE OLD BLACK STEAM LOCOMOTIVE COMING DOWN THE LINE TO THE LEFT APPROACHING THE STATION ON THE RIGHT|
|THIS SECTION OF TRAIL HAS A NUMBR OF RESTING BENCHES|
|HERE HIGHWAY 21 CROSSES THE MAITLAND RIVER NORTH OF GODERICH|
|A COUPLE 300mm TELEPHOTO SHOTS OF GODERICH|
|THIS IS THE ONLY PERSON WE SAW ON THE TRAIL|
|IT'S ALMOST LOOKING MORE LIKE AUTUMN THAN SPRING HERE|
|PHEEBS CHECKS OUT A BICYCLIST LEAVING THE TRAIL|
|RUN-OFF WATER TUMBLES OUT OF THE EMBANKMENT AND FLOWS DOWN INTO THE OLD CONCRETE DRAINAGE TROUGH FROM YEARS AGO|
|THE WATER FLOWS THROUGH A PIPE UNDER THE TRAIL AND EXITS ON THE SOUTH BANK CONTINUING IT'S TUMBLE DOWNWARDS|
|WATER DROPLETS SPLASHING OVER ROCKS|
|I USED A SLOW SHUTTER SPEED FOR THIS AS WELL FOR THE PHOTO BELOW TO GIVE THE WATER A FLOWING SILK LOOK|
|SHUTTER SPEED OF ABOVE PHOTO IS 1/30TH OF A SECOND AND PHOTO BELOW OF THE SAME SPOT IS 1/1000TH OF A SECOND|
|SAW A FEW FARMERS OUT AND ABOUT THIS MORNING|
With crazy area Real Estate prices through the roof these past few years making a move unaffordable for us now we still haven't totally given up on moving some day as evidenced by the touch of excitement an area 4 acre property with house and barn generated a couple days ago. Way out of our price range of course but how nice it was to feel that dormant pilot light of excitement catch fire for a few minutes while we looked at pictures and read the ad. We have a nice little place here in the Park but I still long for a small manageable country property with big starry night skies, visible sunrises and sunsets, a forest, a creek, a sweeping view, and most important of all for me, 'no noisy neighbors'. I'm finding the older I get the less tolerance I have with people. Both Kelly and I are loners and we fit well together. She isn't to the level of Hermitude I am yet but of course I have a few years on her. Don't know how much time I have left but it's still way too early to stop dreaming.....................
THE ORIGINAL VERSION
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.
MODERN CANADIAN VERSION The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come the winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
The CBC shows up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. Canadians are stunned by the sharp contrast. How can it be that, in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Then a representative of the NAGB (The national association of green bugs) shows up on The National and charges the ant with green bias, and makes the case that the grasshopper is the victim of 30 million years of greenism. Kermit the Frog appears on the Nature of Things with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when he sings "It's not easy being green.
"Jean Chretien makes a special guest appearance on the CBC Evening News to tell a concerned public that they will do everything they can for the grasshopper who has been denied the prosperity he deserves by those who benefited unfairly during the Reagan/Thatcher summers. Sheila Copps exclaims in an interview with Peter Mansbridge that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his "fair share."
Finally, the Liberals draft the "Economic Equity and Anti-Greenism Act," retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government. John Turner gets his law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal hearing officers that Chretien appointed from a list of single-parent welfare moms who can only hear cases on Thursday's between 1:30 and 3 PM.
The ant loses the case.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he's in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him since he doesn't know how to maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow.
And on the TV, which the grasshopper bought by selling most of the ant's food, they are showing Jean Chretien standing before a wildly applauding group of liberals announcing that a new era of "fairness" has dawned in Canada.