Friday, August 29, 2008
The life preserver is a nice touch... but I wouldn't venture in, too much water weed. However I've seen people drift around in a rowing boat, and sometimes there are people fishing on the bank.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
They usually bring sudden heavy downpours accompanied by thunder and lightning, soaking the back yard. There's so much water running off the roof that the eavestrough on my back porch just can't handle the flow. But at least the grass is still green, and not brown and crunchy like last summer.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
How many of these beauties can you name?
It's been a wet summer and the fungi are thriving in the forest.
The only one I can name with certainty is number 8, Giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea).... see my previous post.
Number 5 looks like Field mushroom (Agaricus campestris) but I'm not sure.
I don't intend to eat any of them!
2. Grey Oyster Mushroom.... possibly.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
It measured 18" across... no kidding! It was huge.
The only thing I had with me to give some idea of scale was Tessa's leash.
I left it where it was. Giant puffballs are edible, but this one was a bit too big for my frying pan!
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Rose family grow their own potatoes , slice 'em up, deep fry'em, and serve them from a chip wagon in the farmyard. Ketchup, vinegar, mayo, salt, pepper, assorted spices... your choice!
Here's the potato sorter machine in the barn....
.... and the result. Bushel baskets of Russets and Yukon Gold.
Have you ever tasted tiny new potatoes boiled with a couple of mint leaves and then lots of butter... mmm.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
A giant portable stage was erected in the parking lot and volunteers cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone. On Natural Gas BBQs, of course. The celebrations were kicked off by a proclamation delivered by Markham's Town Crier.... and believe me, he wasn't in need of a microphone to get his message across.
John Webster has been the Town Crier of Markham since 1987, and has attended Town Crier competitions all over the world, winning three World Championships.
I've been a retiree for a while now, so it was good to go back and reconnect with some of my fellow workers. Some commemmorative words were spoken by the CEO and various other dignitaries and then the Enbridge choir sang a few songs.
A troupe of jesters, jugglers and street entertainers were on hand to keep the hungry crowds
Yes, that's his arm you see here...
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
From June 1 to August 10, it has rained on 41 of 71 days. A veritable washout.
Lots of isolated thundershowers. And more to come.
This was one of them. Someone over there is getting very wet!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Bird seed, bird feeders, bird books, this store can supply anything you require to do with wildlife.
A big black crow keeps a vigil on the sign every day. I'll let you into a little secret.... he's not real! How do I know? A little bird told me!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Odd looking drawings are appearing overnight where you don't expect a drawing to appear, all over town. That chap (above) doesn't look like he's a quilter.
Monday, August 4, 2008
My neighbour wanted his hedge trimmers sharpened. The cost? A bargain at $7.00.
Friday, August 1, 2008
When the house was built in the 1890s, this was originally an open verandah and was enclosed sometime during the 1940s or 50s, so that's how long the windows have been there.
Plenty of time to go rotten without anyone noticing.
He got started but.... Uhoh.... he found a huge area of dry rot.
The Space Cadet would never allow his DIY talents to be outdone by a mere beam of crumbling rotten wood, so the battle began.
He pried out all the bad wood, and replaced it with 2'x6' cedar, but the whole window had to come out eventually.
"Shall I move all the stuff that's inside?" I asked.