Upon awakening this morning and looking out of our large east-facing living room window I could see there was only one leaf left on our Redbud tree. And the predominant color outside was grey. Yes, the month of November is finally showing her true color.
GRAND BEND ONTARIO CANADA
Well, what can I write about now that isn't humorously self-deprecating and goofily gloomy. It is the dark season upon us for mental slippage but I am up for the challenge and shall try to keep my brightest thoughts and positive attitude foremost in mind and at the top of my 'happy face' list when composing my posts.........With morning temperatures at 39F, and for the first time in over seven months, I slipped into a pair of my lined winter pants this morning as well as a long-sleeved warm T-shirt. Pheebs, with her 'all-season' fur coat, luckily didn't have to make any changes for the colder weather. So, with Pheebs window down and the Jeep's heater on we took a drive into Bayfield to see if we could find the 'Sticks Library'. A hot tip from a Bayfield resident said we could find it at 11 Louisa Street and by golly that is right where we found it.
I DON'T THINK THIS CHAP WAS TOO HAPPY ABOUT THIS MORNING'S COLD AND GREY A GREAT IDEA FOR DOG WALKERS PASSING THIS WAY YES IT WAS LOOKING QUITE NOVEMBERISH IN BAYFIELD THIS MORNING
Feeling the need for some different scenery we decided to head on down to Grand Bend for a look around. It's probably been nearly a year since we were last down around that way. Choosing some back roads to reach our destination we quite unexpectedly came across a big corn dump in the ditch. I think my heart even skipped a beat when I saw it. Kind of like an old prospector coming across the 'Mother Lode'. I immediately stopped and filled up my buckets. I'm trying to decide now whether to rent a U-Haul trailer and go back for the rest:))
DESPITE THE MORNING'S COLD TEMPERATURES, THESE THREE HARDY WALKERS WERE TAKING A BREAK IN FRONT OF THE COFFEE SHOP....I FELT LIKE WINDING MY WINDOW DOWN AND SHOUTING 'HEY, DO YOU GUYS WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE STICKS LIBRARY IS'
Oh my, how the small lakeside hamlet of Grand Bend is rapidly changing. Number 21 highway from the main intersections heading north for about 4 blocks is all torn up.
HOLY WALLAPALOOZA, IT LOOKS LIKE THE MOTHER LODE OF CORN DUMPS A SATURDAY MORNING FARMER DISKS AND SCUFFLES UP HIS FIELD I THOUGHT THIS WAS AN INTERESTING TREE ROOT SYSTEM ALONGSIDE A CREEK IT'S BEEN A YEAR OR TWO SINCE I LAST TOOK A PHOTO OF A 'BARN BLOCK QUILT' THIS IS HIGHWAY 21 LOOKING SOUTH TOWARD THE BEND'S MAIN INTERSECTION
|I HOPE THEY DON'T TEAR DOWN THE OLD COLONIAL HOTEL|
I really liked all the Christmas decorations and lighting I saw being set into place along Grand Bend's main street too. With a snowy winterscape soon to be upon us, a night drive along Grand Bend's main drag will soon be a winter wonderland to see.
TURNING RIGHT AND HEADING WEST DOWN GRAND BEND'S MAIN DRAG THIS IS THE NEW BEND COMING IN AND THIS IS THE OLD BEND GOING OUT A ONCE SWINGING DANCE HALL ONCE STOOD HERE WITH GUY LOMBARDO AND HIS ROYAL CANADIANS BEING ONE OF THE BANDS..... FOR THE DANCE HALL'S INTERESTING HISTORY CLICK HERE AT COMMUNITY STORIES 'THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN' THIS MAIN STREET IS GOING TO LOOK MARVELOUS WHEN THE SNOW COMES AND TURNS EVERYTHING INTO A WINTER WONDERLAND
|ALL THIS WILL LOOK SO PRETTY WHEN IT'S ALL LIT UP AT NIGHT|
|HERE'S A ONE-LEGGED HEADLESS GRAND BENDER WORKING ON THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS| AT THE WEST END OF MAIN STREET MAKING A TURN TO THE SOUTH AT THE BEACH AREA
|THREE OF GRAND BEND'S BEACH CAMS ARE LOCATED ON THAT TOWER TO THE RIGHT|
|A SOUTHERN LAKE HURON BARRACUDA|
|THEY HAVE A REALLY NICE CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND HERE AT THE BEACH|
|A SHORT DECADE AGO NONE OF THIS GRASS WAS HERE|
|GRAND BEND HAS DONE A GREAT JOB AT CREATING ALL THIS|
|AND THIS IS NEW SINCE THE LAST TIME PHEEBS AND I WERE HERE|
|AND THIS OF COURSE IS GRAND BEND'S ICONIC NORTH PIER|
|THE SOUTH PIER|
|A HARDY SATURDAY MORNING SURFER IN THE COLD WATERS OF LAKE HURON|
|MAKES ME APPRECIATE SITTING IN THE WARM COZY JEEP WITH THE HEATER GOING|
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Little Johnny's father took him on a fishing trip to Canada. On returning home after catching only three fish his father says, "The way I figure it each fish cost us $400!" Little Johnny replied, "Well, at that price it’s a good thing we didn’t catch any more of them than we did."
If you get nostalgic about childhood camping trips you are just living in the past tents.
A Sunday school teacher asked her second graders if anyone knew another name for God. She was picturing answers like 'Lord' or 'Almighty'.After a long moment of silence, a little boy raised his hand and said, "Howard." "Howard?" replied the confused teacher. "You know," continued the boy, "Howard be thy name."
Great photos. The sea grass is such an amazing colour.ReplyDelete
You can always take more buckets tomorrow for gathering the spillage.
I try to remember how fortunate I truly am, things could be much worse.
That is one cold looking body of water. Even without the ice. Just back from a few days on the gulf; left yesterday at 73 degrees at 9AM, back home to 42 degrees at 4Pm. And the days are suddenly so much shorter. We should all live in a "temperate" climate....but those places are hard to find these days. Extremes everywhere...of one thing or another, heat or cold. Still, the cold times are perfect for reading, and you've had lots of suggestions. I know. I made one or two. Glad you made such a good score on the corn!!ReplyDelete
I can't remember seeing this much infrastructure construction Ever. I wonder where all the money suddenly came from? Did you folks get snow this evening?ReplyDelete
It's midnight right now, I took a peek outside and there is a light dusting of cold wet snow. Probably more by morning.Delete
I'm so glad you found the corn! Isn't that the way it usually goes? We look and look and look, and dont't find. Then, when we aren't looking, there it is! I guess whether you go back for more depends on distance and amount of snow. Feel appreciated, Al. You are. For the photos and the talk.ReplyDelete
Sad to say I've never been to Grand Bend.ReplyDelete