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Flickr [Dec. 20th, 2013|05:25 pm]
One year exactly since my last entry. As I stated on my first entry, my original intent was to pimp my photography. I never imagined the result.
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Winter [Dec. 20th, 2012|12:55 pm]
Here on the last day of the Earth's existance, some memories of the Christmas season out my way.

2012 Fraser Park, Trenton. Ontario_8098

2012 Stirling Christmas Lights_8063

2012 Stirling Santa Claus Parade_8018
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Hallowe'en 2012 [Nov. 1st, 2012|02:50 pm]
Once again I was overwhelmed by cuteness. The pre-made costume fad has not yet reached Stirling. Almost everything, with the exception of some masks were scratch made. None of the girls wore anything inappropriate. As usual, I set up on the front porch with Bucky and my treats so I would not have to keep constantly opening the door and risk Molly dashing out. One boy came to the front porch wearing a huge corrugated cardboard box. I asked him if he was a UPS shipment and he replied, "No. My name is Jack and I'm in a box." Then there were the tiny ones, some almost asleep in their parents' arms. Included were two adorable twin girls just two years old and a nine-month-old boy in a brilliantly made skunk costume. Two of the fathers got into the act. One was dressed in a very good scratch-built Darth Vader costume and another was dressed as Gandalf the Grey. Kids started to call at about 5:45 p.m. and it petered out by about 7:45 p.m. By the amount of treats I started with and the amount I finished with, I estimate just under 300 children called. Depend on which source you read, Stirling has a population of between 1800 and 2000 people. I think a lot of parents bring their kids to the village from the surrounding farms for trick-or-treating.
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(no subject) [Oct. 31st, 2012|12:11 pm]
Bucky_7912

"Bucky" tonight's Jack-O'Lantern. There is a steady drizzle in Stirling that is supposed to stop by mid-afternoon. Usually, I get about 200 children at my house. That number may be down this year.

The village of Stirling came through Hurricane Sandy with only two minor power interruptions, However, the surrounding farms experience extended outages. My trees survived and, as far as I can tell, so did the trees in Stirling village. Most of the deciduous trees had already dropped their leaves so there was less for the winds to push against.
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(no subject) [Sep. 25th, 2012|08:32 pm]
I came close to killing a raccoon last night. Driving home from Campbellford to Stirling I had one dash in front of my car. No time to brake but was able to slow down enough that the raccoon reached safety.
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Identification help [Aug. 19th, 2012|04:22 pm]
This bird flies with a group of grackles but us about 2/3 of their size and does not have the colouration of an immature grackle.

Need Help with Identification_7655
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Rain [Jul. 28th, 2012|05:17 pm]
We got a full day's rain on July 26 but the rain forecast for July 27 and 28 did not materialise. let's hope we get some serious soaking rain next week. The previous significant rain was almost two months ago on June 1. This drought is serious bad news for local farmers.
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93rd Birthday [Jul. 9th, 2012|01:00 pm]
Today, July 9, 2012 is my father's 93rd birthday.

Crowe Lake Cottage, Birthday Lunch_7104

This photo was taken yesterday at my sister and brother-in-law's cottage on Crowe Lake near Marmora, Ontario. It is hard to believe that on his 91st birthday, my father was almost dead from cancer. But he survived the surgery and is living well. he has good genes. His mother died just short of her 101st birthday, his eldest sister lived to be 99 and his remaining sibling is 97. Incredible, really.

I am taking him to lunch at the Savoury House, his favourite Chinese restaurant in Stirling tomorrow.
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Weekend [Jun. 12th, 2012|01:30 pm]
I had a great weekend with my son and daughter-in-law.

They came to Belleville by train on Thursday evening. We spent Friday antiquing and visiting the local Alpaca farm where I had purchased Wanda a pair of alpaca wool socks and, later, an alpaca wool scarf. Alpaca is well known for its light weight and warmth. Friday evening we watched the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride at the Stirling Fairgrounds.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Musical Ride, Stirling, Ontario, June 8, 2012_6513

On Saturday we started with breakfast with my dad at the Riverside Restaurant in Campbellford on the balcony overlooking the Trent River where we saw yachts sail by.

The afternoon was a visit to the wineries of Prince Edward County, south of Belleville. "The County" as it is known now produces excellent wines due to the sun and soil. It is also south enough to have market vegetables prior to the area around Stirling.

Casa Dea Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario_6629

We also visited the Small Pond Artists' retreat on a farm south of Picton in The County. This is owned by Wanda's friend and former c0-worker Krista. It has excellent facilities at reasonable cost.

Small Pond Artist's Retreat, Prince Edward County. Ontario_6642

On Sunday, we lazed around over a big brunch until it was time to drive them to Belleville station to catch the mid-afternoon train to Toronto.

Via Rail Train 55_6674
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Unidentified. [May. 29th, 2012|02:01 pm]
I can't identify this fellow. First time I have seen one. This was photographed in southeastern Ontariom Canada

Can't identify this one_6473
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