Saturday, August 07, 2010




I have run into a huge problem tonight with the desktop computer & Picasa.  Tonight's blog is coming to you from our older laptop so may look a little different than usual.  Am only putting in two photo because I have all 3 computer's scattered about here in various states of frustration.  Will work on this problem in the morning................:(((((((

It was a working Saturday with my travels taking me on a 120 mile round trip through the small towns of Wingham, Belgrave, Blyth, Walton, Dublin, Fullarton & St. Marys Ontario.  You can see the international flavor of the area in the names of the towns where settlers, coming to this area from Europe a couple hundred years ago, built their towns.

A perfect weather day with no humidity, big white fluffy clouds in a clear blue sky.  I saw Puppy dogs, Rhinosaucerusus, big goofy faces, Dinosaurs, Castles, Elephants & just about every other shape & form a free imagination can find in those kinds of clouds.

I was driving the companies white mini-van today because the elderly fellow I picked up did not require a wheelchair.  We had a great drive through towering fields of waving corn stretching as far as the eye could see.  Smaller fields of golden wheat bordered by endless fields of soy beans.  Seems to be a lot of potatoes planted this year as well.  This is a big agriculture area with scenery second to none.  We don't have the mountains & canyons of the southwest but we have acres & acres of green, green , green.  At no place can a person stand in one spot & look around without seeing forests of green trees somewhere.  I think we sometimes take our beautiful trees for granted.  If it wasn't for the miserable summer humidity we would have one of the nicest areas of anywhere right here in rural southwestern Ontario.

I dropped the gentleman off at an address in St. Marys where he was met by a Niece & family members.  It was noon & I wasn't due to pick him up again until 3 P.M.  That gave me 3 hours in one of the prettiest towns in this entire area.  St. Mary's is an old stomping ground for Kelly & I.  We lived in an old farm house just a few miles north of St. Marys for about 7 years prior to moving to Bayfield so we spent a fair bit of time in & and around the town.  It was in these first early farm house years that we became seriously interested in RVing & bought our first rig.  A 17' 1979 Class C Dodge Centurion.

My 3 hours were spent visiting old familiar spots & reliving many great memories.  Took a lot of photos which I will spread out over the next several blogs.  Canada's Baseball Hall of Fame is here.  One of Canada's Prime Minister's is buried here & another colorful Prime Minister had one of his famous photos taken here.  And, I took pictures today regarding all that.  The old stone architecture in St. Marys sure reminds me of many old English movies I have seen.  Have always said that if I had to live in a small town in that area then St. Mary's would be my first choice.

Picked up my passenger at 3 & we were off back out into the countryside on our scenic journey north to Wingham, Ontario.  Just one of those great days.  It was nice to be a part of this elderly fellows day as he thoroughly enjoyed his outing in the countryside & I was able to get him laughing many times with my 'Cursmudgeony' sense of humor.  I like when that happens...........reminds me of my old zany self:))


FAMILY FISHING DAY (more pics of this family later once I get the problems sorted out)

GROANER'S CORNER:((  You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:
1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2.. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.
Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your small car? Think before you continue reading.
This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once
actually used as part of a job application.
You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first.  Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life and
this would be the perfect chance to pay him back.  However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.
The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble
coming up with his answer. He simply answered, "I would give the car keys
to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and
wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams."  Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. Never forget to "Think Outside the Box."


Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.


It's not the concept of God I have a problem's his fan club!!



AL'S SMUG MUG PHOTO GALLERY (a work in progress)

The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...... AL.


  1. Your Ontario sure is wonderful. We have only seen a small snippet of it as we drove from Saulte Ste. Marie east to Montreal and Quebec. It was a lovely drive. Your posts always make me yearn to see more of your homeland.

  2. I love the car storyand can only hope I would be so smart! Your eyes have gazed upon some marvelous sights! LIFE IS GRANT, ISN'T IT! Blessings, Kathy

  3. If you think Southern Ontario is nice then you should see all of Ontario as the Northern part is a great variety of green bush, rocks and many, many lakes and rivers.
    Wilf Blakey
    Kirkland Lake,Ontario

  4. St. Mary's certainly does remind me of Old Europe. I think I would really like it, if it isn't too big or too touristy. What I really prefer though, is the agricultural part of your area.

  5. I look forward to seeing your other photos of St. Marys. It looks like a town I would like to visit. I looked at the map you posted the other day, and I was surprised by how "foreign" all the names of the towns sounded. I didn't know there was a "London, Ontario"!

  6. Indeed, your first picture reminds me of the Tower of London.

    Computers-you just have to take them with a huge sense of humor :(

  7. It is nice to know someone else finds fields of corn, soybeans etc. a beautiful site. Being from Iowa I love watching the changing seasons in the fields around me, some think because it isn't a mountain,lake or ocean that it doesn't stand out as beautiful and yet there is something I just find incredible about it all. I think your photos show how you see the beauty in all of it. Pretty great for someone who portrays themselves as a grumpy old guy. :)

  8. That's a great photo of the family by the lake enjoying their fishing day. The old castle pic is neat too. I have to say that I'd never heard of the town of St. Mary's before. I'll be looking forward to seeing more pics when you get your danged computer working again!

  9. Loved the post, loved the new header picture! It is grand. Your Groaner had a perfect ending -- the guy was quite thoughtful and original -- just like you!

  10. That new header pic is a winner. I love the lighting. :)

  11. I remember how much you enjoyed the Kofa Mountains in Arizona and what great pictures you took of them...I almost felt like we were back there at Hickiwan reading your blog again..Can't wait for more pictures of St. Mary's..'s a non-stop love/hate relationship!