Before getting myself too far behind and not being able to remember things I figured I had better put together a quick update post. Although I didn't write anything the past few days I was still busy clicking away with my camera amassing another 235 usable photos. Not to worry they won’t all be in this post but you might want to put an extra pillow under yourself for this long post…………………….
ALRIGHTY THEN LET’S HEAD OURSELVES OFF INTO THE MYSTERIOUS SWAMP
Thursday June 14th……..Walking in the Hullett Marsh Thursday both Richard and I agreed it was a perfect weather morning. Sunny blue skies, cooler temps with no humidity and because of that cooler air, no bugs. It was our semi-monthly coffee tour of course and rather than drive around all over the place we headed for the Marsh and took ourselves for a walk in an area that even I hadn't ventured into before. Oh and I should mention that we were able to do a good deed for the day when we stopped to move a small painted turtle off the road. Two old Geezers in the right place at the right time with the right knowledge of what to do:))
THAT GREEN STUFF IS NOT SLIME IT’S DUCKWEED WHICH IS A TINY PLANT AND YOU CAN SEE IT BETTER IN THE PHOTO BELOW FLOATING AROUND A MAPLE LEAF CLUSTER
WE TAKE OURSELVES FOR A WALK OVER THE WATER ON A LONG BOARDWALK AS RICHARD STOPS TO CHECK FOR CROCAMOGATORS OF WHICH WE DON’T GOTS NONE HERE IN ONTARIO:))
THE FLOATING BOARDWALK ENDS AT AN OLD VIEWING STAND
Had thought of leaving my camera at home to see how I felt about that. Well that thought didn't get very far and I felt going anywhere without my camera would be akin to going somewhere without my pants on. Well of course that's not going to happen and besides the first time I would ever venture out anywhere without camera in hand would for sure be the time when a big huge round flying saucer would land on the road right in front of me with little green men making crazy faces through the windows.
OVERLOOKING ONE OF THE MANY PONDS IN THE HULLETT MARSH
A GREAT BLUE HERON IN THE MARSH WATERS
I EVEN MANAGED A SELFIE IN THIS PHOTO AND NO I AM NOT THE FROG…..LOOK CLOSELY INTO THE FROGS EYE
YEP THERE I AM…….SO I REALLY GOT INSIDE THAT FROG’S HEAD EH
AND AN UNDERWATER LOOK INTO OUR FRONT YARD POND WITHOUT GETTING MY CAMERA WET
Friday June 15th………With humidity free cooler air Friday morning I was able to spend time in the front yard continuing with my grass seeding project. Our 15 year old oscillating lawn sprinkler finally gave up the ghost awhile back so Pheebs and I were off to the Canadian Tire Store first thing this morning for a new one and with that back home and in place I was able to get the grass seed down and watered.
I LIKE IT WHEN WE ARE HIDDEN AWAY IN OUR JUNGLE SETTING
THE DIRT PART HAS JUST BEEN SEEDED
HAPPY TO SEE THE GRASS SEED I PLANTED A COUPLE WEEKS AGO IS ACTUALLY TAKING HOLD
HERE COMES PHHEBS TO SEE WHERE I AM
‘DAD….YOU SAID WE WERE GOING FOR A JEEP RIDE OVER AN HOUR AGO’
OKAY PHEEBS I JUST GOTTA GET OUR NEW SPRINKLER GOING
WE EVEN MANAGED AN AFTERNOON WALK AROUND THE PINE TREE TRAIL IN OUR PARK
AND THIS NICELY MOWED PATH IS ONLY A MINUTES WALK FROM OUR HOUSE
‘COME ON DAD STOP TAKING SO MANY PICTURES AND LET’S GET GOING’
Saturday June 16th……..Our plans to take the Motorhome out for a spin this morning were thwarted after I checked our live weather radar forecast and saw rain headed our way coming across Michigan and Lake Huron. Although the rains turned out to be light I didn't want to get the rig all dirtied up with road grime and have to expend a lot of time and energy later cleaning it all up again. Needing to get a bit of house dust off ourselves we did crank up the Jeep and take us for a little drive around Bayfield then a few miles out into the country beyond. Stopped for a leg stretch and spotted a Mother Deer with her little one.
WHEN I TOOK THIS CORN FIELD PHOTO I DIDN’T NOTICE ANYTHING UNUSUAL
ABOUT A MINUTE LATER A MOVEMENT CAUGHT MY EYE
AND I DIDN’T KNOW UNTIL I EDITED THE PHOTO LATER THAT SHE HAD A LITTLE ONE WITH HER
We were back home within an hour and by noon rains had stopped and skies began to clear. The lite rain we had was really not enough to do any good for plant life and it certainly was not enough to wash all the dust like pine pollen off the Motorhome. I would much prefer to have rain wash the rig off rather than the garden house which leaves everything spotty. Did manage to get the windshield and two front windows plus side mirrors cleaned though. At least I can see out to drive it now.
THAT IS PINE POLLEN ON THE RIG
AND THIS BE A FEW OF SATURDAY MORNING’S RAINDROPS ON OUR LEAVES
GROANER’S CORNER:(( There was this little guy sitting in a bar, drinking his beer, minding his own business when all of a sudden this great big dude comes in and -- WHACK!! -- knocks him off the bar stool and onto the floor. The big dude says, "That was a karate chop from Korea." The little guy thinks "GEEZ," but he gets back up on the stool and starts drinking again when all of a sudden -- WHACK!! -- the big dude knocks him down AGAIN and says, "That was a judo chop from Japan." So the little guy has had enough of this... He gets up, brushes himself off and quietly leaves. The little guy is gone for an hour or so when he returned. Without saying a word, he walks up behind the big dude and -- WHAM!!!" -- knocks the big dude off his stool, knocking him out cold!!! The little guy looks at the bartender and says, "When he gets up, tell him that's a crowbar from Sears.
A great big huge thank you to everyone for your heartfelt response to my Wednesday post. To say I was un-expectantly overwhelmed would be putting it mildly. With my daily blog numbers trending down and my comment section all but dried up I had successfully convinced myself that interest in my blog had finally run it's course and I could see no point in me continuing it. Readers inspiration and support is the motivation behind my writing and photography and is a stronger force than I can muster on my own. As I once more struggled with confidence it was you readers who again threw me a lifeline. And for that I am truly thankful because I do honestly enjoy putting this long time blog of mine together most every day. Thank you all for your suggestions, ideas, concerns, heartfelt thoughts, and kind words. Give me a day or two to let all this sink into this aging thick old head of mine.
A welcome cool front rolled in over night leaving us with a low cloud bank and light fog along Lake Huron's shoreline. Not exactly an inspiring morning but I loaded Pheebs up and we headed out anyway. Southeast of Bayfield I noticed the cloud cover was down to about a hundred feet off the ground and with the overcast thinning the day began to slowly brighten up. As did I.
THIS MORNINGS CLOUD COVER WAS SITTING ATOP THE AREAS WIND TURBINES 2 MILES INLAND
We did get us a walk in over near Kerr's Campground south of Varna before the clouds dispersed allowing sunlight through to crank up the humidity. It was time to head for home and immerse myself in the cooler comfortable air of our A/C house.
OLD DEAD END ROADS ARE ALWAYS GREAT TO WALK ON
NOT A GOOD IDEA TO BE DOWNWIND FROM DUSTY FARM MACHINERY
OH SO THAT’S WHERE WE LEFT THE JEEP
KEEP IT GOING PHEEBS ONLY A FEW MORE STEPS
A BIG WATER DRINK AS THE DAY’S HEAT AND HUMIDITY SETTLE IN
KERR’S CAMPGROUND POND
This may be my last post for awhile folks. I've been struggling with this since we returned home early last March and even before that. I'm talking about my blog momentum. I sense interest in the Bayfield Bunch has been dropping for awhile now and I have all but run out of ideas on how to hold reader's interest. I either need a break or after 12 great blogging years it is time to call it a day and find myself a new hobby. Not easy letting go of something I have enjoyed so much over the years and I have the blog's readers to thank for that enjoyment. Don't know what exactly I am going to do but do know I have to make some decisions about all this.
When I first started blogging on Microsoft's 'My Space' back in 2004 my focus was on a form of record keeping mixed with a diary format. I had periodically written diaries and kept track of things in my life through the written word for years before that. My earliest record keeping writings go back to the early 60'and my creative writing efforts as far back as the mid 50's and public school. When I discovered the computer world's 'Blogger' format in 2006 my efforts took a big leap forward as I grabbed onto the coattails of a fascinating new hobby. Combined with the advent of digital photography and photo editing in the late 90's I was able to combine my writing and photography with my third great hobby of RV traveling which began in earnest by the Fall of 2006. With my blog slowly gaining in popularity back then it began to evolve and after a number of years my focus began to shift. I was no longer writing it just for me. Through countless kind emails, comments, and personal contact with a number of readers I began to realize my blog was reaching out through the ethers of cyberspace to touch folks in a helpful, positive, and entertaining way. Hard for me to understand how my blog could do that but there it was in the many comments, emails, and readers visits.
I believe it was about this time where my blog's focus changed and I began writing and taking photos more for the readers than myself. It was no longer just me and if it had remained just me I would have lost interest in it years ago. No, it was the readers I mainly wrote for and each day it was a challenge to creatively come up with something of interest and something a wee bit different from the day before all the time worrying about being too repetitive. A huge challenge to say the least but it was that challenge I enjoyed the most. By focusing my priority on the readers and not myself it kept my mind sharp every day trying to think of new things, new photos, and new topics to blog about. Gave me a reason to get up every morning and see what I could do by the end of that day to bring some kind of entertaining enjoyment, knowledge, or enlightenment to the readers of my blog. A way of paying back all the folks who through there encouragement had given me a purpose to get up in the first place. I have been so fortunate these past dozen years to not only be an unexpected help to others but through my inner writings to be a help to myself as well. However nothing remains the same forever so I stand at a crossroads now trying to decide which way to go, what to change, and where do I want to be.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A big game hunter goes on safari with his wife and his mother-in-law. One morning, the wife wakes up to find her mother gone. Immediately, she awakens up her husband and they both set off to find the old woman.Suddenly, they break into a clearing and there's the mother-in-law, standing face-to-face with a ferocious lion! "Quick, darling," the wife shouts frantically, "Do something!" "Oh, no," the husband says, "That lion got himself into this mess. Let him get himself out!"
A RELAXING MORNING FOR THIS COUPLE ALONG THE SHORES OF LAKE HURON IN GODERICH THIS MORNING
A clear blue sky this morning so Pheebs and I took advantage of that and landed ourselves in another cool forest nearby. With temperatures still on the rise we ran into a Mosquito problem right off so didn’t go far. Nevertheless I did manage a few photos…….
HIKER’S WALKING STICKS LEANING AGAINST A TREE NEAR THE TRAILHEAD
SOMETIMES THE GOING CAN GET A BIT THICK
OLD CLAW MARKS ON A TREE?? NO I THINK NOT
TRAIL GOES IN TO THE RIGHT OF THIS SIGN
<<< AN IRIS FLOWER GROWING IN THE WILD
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A man joins a big corporate empire as a trainee. On his very first day of work, he dials the pantry and shouts into the phone, "Get me a coffee, quickly!" The voice from the other side responded, "You fool you've dialed the wrong extension! Do you know who you're talking to, dumbo?" "No," replied the trainee. "It's the CEO of the company, you fool!" The trainee shouts back, "And do you know who YOU are talking to, you fool?!" "No," replied the CEO indignantly. "Good!" replied the trainee, and hangs up the phone.
A Sunday school teacher asked little Susie, "Who's your favorite person in the Bible?" Susie said, "King Solomon." "Can you tell us why?" "Because he was so nice to ladies and to animals." "What do you mean?" "He had six hundred wives and three hundred porcupines."
I awoke to a ray of sunlight sitting passively on my left shoulder and that right away told me one thing. I had slept in. It was 7:10 and the day was well underway without me. Not often this happens but happen this morning it did. With a fine June day winding itself up Pheebs and I later had our paws and feet on a tall green canopied forest trail east of Zurich Ontario.
I TOOK THESE WHITE SQUIRREL PHOTOS THIS MORNING NEAR CLAN GREGOR SQUARE IN BAYFIELD
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A Few Clever Words by a Few Clever People::
- "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." -- Winston Churchill"
- I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure" -- Clarence Darrow"
- He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." -- William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)"
- I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." -- Groucho Marx"
- I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." -- Mark Twain
- "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." -- Oscar Wilde"
- I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play, bring a friend. If you have one." -- George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill followed by Churchill's response: "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second, if there is one.
- ""I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." -- Stephen Bishop
- "He is a self-made man and worships his creator." -- John Bright
- "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." -- Irvin S Cobb
- "He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." -- Samuel Johnson
- "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." -- Paul Keating
- "He had delusions of adequacy." -- Walter Kerr
- "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" -- Mark Twain
- "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." -- Mae West
- "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." -- Oscar Wilde
ALONG THE SHORES OF LAKE HURON IN GODERICH THIS MORNING
Not much going on today so I’ll just leave you with a few photos from earlier today.
CALM LAKE WATERS
Kelly heads off to Spencerport New York in the morning to spend a week or two with her Mother.
WE LIKE IT HERE AT GODERICH’S ROTARY COVE BECAUSE THERE ARE NO FENCES OR LEASH LAWS AT THE DOGGIE WALKING AREA
STANDING AT THE WATER’S EDGE LOOKING BACK TO WHERE WE ALWAYS PARK THE JEEP
Q: What do you give a sick bird? A: Tweetment! Q: What's another name for a clever duck? A: A wise quacker! Q: Which bird is always out of breath? A: A puffin! Q: What's got six legs and can fly long distances? A: Three swallows! Q: What is a duck's favorite TV show? A: The feather forecast! Q: What do you get if you cross a parrot with a shark? A: A bird that will talk your ear off! Q: What do you call a crate of ducks? A: A box of quackers!
IN LONDON ONTARIO THIS MORNING I WATCHED THIS MOTHER STARLING TEACHING AND FEEDING ONE OF HER YOUNG
Cloudy skies Friday morning found all three of us in the Jeep rolling out the driveway about 9:30 heading for London's University Hospital. Kelly had a Cat Scan appointment for 11 o'clock. This is always an Okay drive with 90% of it being in the countryside. We live north of London and the hospital is at the northern end of the city making it an easy drive for us to get there.
‘C’MON MOM MORE FOOD AND MAKE IT SNAPPY!!’
‘OKAY OKAY QUIT YOUR SQUAWKING’
‘NOW JUNIOR YOU REALLY MUST LEARN TO FEND FOR YOURSELF’
‘AWWWW MOM DO I REALLY HAVE TO’
‘YES YOU DO AND THIS IS THE LAST TIME I’M GOING TO FEED YOU’
‘HEEEEEEYYYYYY MORE FOOD MORE FOOD ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME!!!!’
‘ ALRIGHT JUNIOR BUT THIS IS THE LAST TIME FOR SURE’
‘OKAY MOM SORRY FOR YELLING AT YOU, I THINK I CAN DO IT ON MY OWN NOW’……’THAT’S MY BOY’
Dropping Kelly off at the hospital's main door about 10:35 Pheebs and I beetled ourselves back to Masonville Mall to await her phone call to pick her up. There's a partially fenced and treed grassy area at the mall's southeasterly parking area where Pheebs and I can get out for a walk. When my phone hadn't rung by noon we cruised back to the hospital just in case something had gone amiss with the phones. I don’t trust those new darned fangled things. Spotting a rare parking spot near the main entrance I was no more parked when my phone rang. Seconds later Kelly spotted the Jeep from the hospital lobby and we three were soon on our way again. First stop of course was McDonalds since Kelly hadn't had anything to eat since 6 p.m. Thursday night. With burgs and coffee in hand I kicked on the Jeep's A/C and we were on the road headed home under warm sunny skies.
PHEEBS INTENTLY WATCHES THAT OPEN DOOR WAITING FOR KELLY TO EXIT THE WINNERS STORE WHILE A FEW MINUTES LATER I INTENTLY WATCH MACDONALDS FOR KELLY TO EXIT WITH THE GRUB:))
Other than power washing all the pine pollen off the Jeep and Kelly's car before we left home earlier this morning that was about it for the day. Except after we arrived home I noticed Kelly's car was full of pine pollen again. I thought the pollen peril had ended. I was wrong. Guess I'll be washing the vehicles all over again. Don’t even ask me what a mess that pollen has made of my waxing job on the Motorhome!!
PINE POLLEN IS LIKE A FINE YELLOW TALCUM POWDER
GOOD LUCK SEEING OUT THAT WINDSHIELD
I POWER WASHED OUR CARPORT’S CEMENT FLOOR TO RID IT OF THE YELLOW MENACE BEFORE WE LEFT FOR LONDON
It’s amazing to think here it is June already and we are less than two weeks from the longest day of the year. I’m beginning to think it’s true about time going much faster as one ages. It seems that slippery slope of life is now tilting even further even faster.
‘DO YOU LOVE ME WALTER?’
‘I DO MY SWEETS AND WITH ALL MY HEART’
‘TO PROVE MY LOVE I OFFER YOU THIS SEED’
‘THANK YOU WALTER’………’YOUR WELCOME MY DEAR’
After Thursday's long post with way too many photos I thought I would try to come up with a shorter version of a post tonight. Even I get tired of my own long posts sometimes...…………………
LITTLE ELLA’S GNOME WHOM WE HAVE NAMED ‘ELLARD’
GROANER’S CORNER:(( During one of his many trips to London, George Burns became friends with a very wealthy, yet very modest, Jewish chap named Hyman Goldfarb. On one visit, Hy told George that because of his large donations to charities through the years, the queen wanted to knight him, but he was going to turn it down."That's a great honor," George said. "Why would you turn it down?""Because during the ceremony you have to say something in Latin," he said. "And I don't wish to bother studying Latin just for that.""So say something in Hebrew. The queen wouldn't know the difference.""Brilliant," Hy complimented me, "but what should I say?""Remember that question the son asks the father on the first night of Passover? ... 'Why is this night different from all other nights?' Can you say that in Hebrew?""Of course," he said. "Ma nishtana ha leila hazeh. Thank you, old sport, I shall become a knight."At the ceremony Hy waited his turn while several of the other honorees went before the queen. Finally they called his name. He knelt before Her Majesty, she placed her sword on one shoulder and then on the other, and motioned for Hy to speak.Out came "Ma nishtana ha leila hazeh."The queen turned to her husband and said, "Why is this knight different from all other knights?"
One day an Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman walked into a pub together. They each bought a pint of Guinness. Just as they were about to enjoy their creamy beverage, three flies landed in each of their pints, and were stuck in the thick head. The Englishman pushed his beer away in disgust. The Scotsman fished the fly out of his beer, and continued drinking it, as if nothing had happened. The Irishman, too, picked the fly out of his drink, held it out over the beer, and started yelling, "SPIT IT OUT, SPIT IT OUT, SPIT IT OUT!!!"
We didn’t let the mornings dull cloud cover deter us as Pheebs and I slipped through Bayfield picking up a coffee to go along the way. With our two destinations being the Bannockburn Conservation Area and a Casino in Clinton we took our time ambling through the countryside putting in some time.
HOW NICE THE SMELL OF NEW MOWN HAY
WE TOOK THE LONGER SCENIC ROUTE TO BANNOCKBURN AND SPOTTED THESE IRIS FLOWERS ALONG THE WAY
PHLOX GROWS WILD JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE
PHEEBS RESTS IN A PATCH OF CLOVER
IN 5 SHORT MONTHS THESE TREES WILL BE RIPE WITH APPLES
STOPPED BY THIS POND ON BANNOCKBURN LINE
Luckily there were no cars in the parking lot at the Bannockburn Conservation Area so after spraying on a bit of Mosquito spray Pheebs and I enthusiastically hit the trail. We did encounter a bicyclist and his dog along the way but that was it.
PHEEBS IS ABOUT TO MEET ANOTHER NEW PAL
THE BICYCLISTS DOG TAKES A DIP IN THE CREEK
Over the past 30 years I have probably walked the Bannockburn trails maybe half a dozen times and I'd have to say in my opinion it is one of the best walking and hiking spots in our area. And it's only about 10 minutes from our house. Bannockburn has boardwalks over swampy areas, several small rivers converging, cedar and hardwood forests, meadows, forested hills and dales. It is definitely not a flat land walk and is a good work out for anyone's legs.
THIS BRIDGE CROSSES THE STEEP RAVINE BELOW
WE HAD A HALF HOUR BLAST OF SUNSHINE WHICH MADE TAKING PHOTOS IN A FOREST VERY DIFFICULT
I LOVE WALKING THROUGH THESE CEDAR FORESTS
WELL NOW WHAT’S THAT UP AHEAD IN THE TREES
FOREST DWELLERS HAVE BEEN HERE
SOME OF THESE BOARDWALKS LOOK BRAND SPANKING NEW
It had been awhile since I last hiked the entire trail and much of it I didn't remember simply because of the change in plant growth. Seemed like things had really grown since my last walk. At one point we came across a map sign with a trail I had never seen or been on before. On the map was marked an old stone foundation from a log cabin. Well that perked my interest of course and off we went to find the foundation. Should mention here that trails are not well marked and one has to really pay attention to where the trail is. It's easy to get turned around in here.
HAD NEVER BEEN ON THIS PART OF THE TRAIL BEFORE
Had I not been watching for the old foundation I could have easily walked right past it despite it being only about 6 feet off the trail. Jungle like vegetation had all but covered the stones but there it was alright. Made a note to myself to come back here next Spring before all the green vegetation has once again overgrown the foundation for the summer.
VERY NEARLY WALKED RIGHT BY THIS
I’M IN THE SHALLOW BASEMENT AS PHEEBS STANDS ATOP THE WEST FOUNDATION WALL WITH THE TRAIL RIGHT BEHIND HER
THIS IS THE WEST FOUNDATION….THE SOUTH, EAST, AND NORTH WALLS WERE COMPLETELY GROWN OVER WITH VEGITATION AND NOT VISIBLE
STANDING ON THE WEST WALL LOOKING DOWN INSIDE WHERE I HAD BEEN STANDING
THIS MAY HAVE BEEN A SLAB OUTSIDE THE FRONT DOOR
LEAVING THE FOUNDATION RUINS BEHIND US WE STRIKE OFF DOWN THE TRAIL AGAIN
Less than a minute after leaving the old foundation we lost the trail in a darker area of towering cedar trees. I could see sunlight through the trees showing me a field to the west but it was not in the direction I knew we had to go. Poked around a bit but no trail to be found so we had no choice but to backtrack towards the foundation and pick up the trail again which we did. We had missed a left turn amongst the trees.
WE WERE SOON INTO ANOTHER OLD GROWTH CEDAR FOREST
AND THEN WE LOST THE TRAIL
WHEN WE REACHED THIS POINT I DECIDED WE HAD BETTER BACKTRACK
A FEW MINUTES LATER WE WERE BACK ON THE TRAIL AND SOON CAME UPON ANOTHER NEW BOARDWALK
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