On this beautiful sunny Fall morning, it was just me and Subie heading east out of the Park at 8:05 a.m. Medical appointment?-nope. Vehicle appointment?-nope. Good Buddy appointment? Ya darn right. I was heading for St. Mary's Ontario to pick up my good buddy Richard at 9:30 for one of our good old country road coffee jaunts. It had been a long time since our last dusty road crop run and we picked right up where we last left off. Neither one of us missed a beat despite the amount of time and happenings since our last get-together. Two Tim Horton coffees and two carrot muffins to go and we were eastbound out of St. Marys heading for the Wildwood Conservation Area and Harrington, Ontario.
HARRINGTON ONTARIO'S ONCE BUSTLING OLD GRIST MILL
|HEADING PAST THE WILDWOOD CONSERVATION AREA HEADING FOR HARRINGTON ONTARIO|
|THIS IS MY KINDA PLACE|
|WILDWOOD LAKE IS MAN MADE AND THEY DROP THE WATER LEVEL DURING THE WINTER|
|SPOTTED THIS FELLOW IN AN OLD DEAD TREE ALONGSIDE THE ROAD NEAR THE LAKE|
|THAT LITTLE DOG WAS SURE BARKING AT US|
|NO, THERE WEREN'T MANY PLACES THAT RICHARD DIDN'T KNOW WHO LIVED THERE ONCE UPON A TIME|
|WE WERE BOTH FAMILIAR WITH THIS RURAL PROPERTY WHICH HAS BEEN WELL-UPDATED SINCE EITHER ONE OF US LAST SAW IT.....IT'S THE OLD BOSSENCE HOMESTEAD NEAR HARRINGTON AND RICHARD NEW SOME OF MY ANCESTORS WHO ONCE LIVED HERE MANY MOONS AGO|
It was about noon when I dropped Richard off and headed northwest out of St. Marys through the very scenic Autumn countryside. Wended my way around half a dozen country roads following the meandering Avon River. Swung by the old farmhouse (Weenie Roast Ranch) we once rented to see how much further it had deteriorated. Kelly and I have a lot of great memories there and it's sad to see the condition of it now even though the house owner himself now lives there.
Knowing it was a 45-minute drive from the old farmhouse to home I headed happily west and rolled into our driveway at about 1:25. Sure was a happy little doggy waiting for me. She missed her morning walk and Jeep ride. Luckily, the beautiful morning weather lasted for the rest of the day. Bonus:))
THAT'S THE OLD WEENIE ROAST RANCH LOTS OF MEMORIES AND IT LOOKED MUCH BETTER WHEN WE LIVED HERE FOR 7 YEARS AND THAT IS ALL THAT IS LEFT OF THE ONCE BIG BARN WHERE I STOWED MY MOTORCYCLE EACH WINTER I OFTEN WALKED ACROSS THE ROAD TO THIS POND
|I THINK THAT MIGHT BE A FIELD OF CANOLA|
Ellen's Groove:)) Here's an earlier Ellen practicing a bass line for Leah Harris's Go It Alone.
WHEN WE LIVED AT THE WEENIE ROAST RANCH THIS PROPERTY AND SMALL HOUSE JUST UP THE ROAD CAME UP FOR SALE BUT WE WEREN'T IN A FINANCIAL POSITION AT THE TIME TO BUY IT THERE ARE STILL A FEW SUNFLOWERS OUT AND ABOUT
GROANER'S CORNER:(( While enjoying an early morning breakfast in a northern Arizona cafe, four elderly ranchers were discussing everything from cattle, horses, and weather to how things used to be in the "good old days." Eventually, the conversation moved on to their spouses. One gentleman turned to the fellow on his right and asked, "Roy, aren't you and your bride celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary soon?" "Yup, we sure are," Roy replied. "Well, are you gonna do anything special to celebrate?" another man asked. The old gentleman pondered this for a moment, then replied, "For our 25th anniversary, I took the misses to Tucson. For our 50th, I'm thinking about going back there again to pick her up."
THIS OLD BUILDING STANDS IN FULLARTON ONTARIO
What happens to a witch when she loses her temper when riding her broom?
She flies off the handle!
What do you call a nervous witch?
How do witches on broomsticks drink their tea? Out of flying saucers!
What did the Yogi say when he walked into the Zen Pizza Parlor?
"Make me one with everything."
When the Yogi got the pizza, he gave the proprietor a $20 bill. The proprietor pocketed the bill. The Yogi said, "Don't I get change?"
The proprietor said, "Change must come from within."