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Sunday, June 17, 2018

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY






First picture is of my Father and I on our 250 Harley Davidson we had years and years ago.  I have my motorcycle licence because of that bike.
The next picture is an old one and I think that is me on the right and Joanne in front of my Father.  Don't know where Susan or my Mom were but I think this picture was taken out west somewhere probably near Claresholm Alberta.
And the last picture I came across searching for the other two pictures.  I have no idea where this was taken but it is of my Father when he was obviously very young.  Maybe early twenties or so.      A very handsome man.
As I have said before he had his demons but he was my Father and I do have good memories mixed in with the not so good ones.
He is at peace now I am sure.  Gone for 37 years.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

RAINBOW STOCKING






North Shore Fisheries were involved in a fish stocking event last week.  I didn't get to go up in the helicopter this time - maybe next time.
We waited around while the chopper went on a few runs to remote lakes where fish were dropped into the water.  Then it was out turn.  The truck followed us while we stopped at four sites and stocked thousands of rainbows into streams.  I carried a few pails down one hill to release them into a calm area of the stream.  A lot remained around the shore but soon joined their friends into the main stream to find their first dinner.  Hopefully they will grow big and strong and I will catch them a few years down the road.  That is the plan...

SURPRISE!!!


I took this picture last week when I saw these two geese swimming up the lake.  I just downloaded it on my computer tonite and when I zoomed in, lo and behold, there are 5 little baby Canada Geese swimming along with their parents.  Kind of hard to see unless you do zoom in.  I haven't seen them since so they must be down at the far end of the lake.
It is rare to see the geese on the lake and I have never seen baby geese.  We usually have baby mergansers but haven't seen them yet.
I'll have to get the kayak out and go visiting...but will keep my distance.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

TESTICLE PLANTS - AKA LADY'S SLIPPER








They are everywhere!!  I just love this time of year when these beauties are in bloom - I call them my Testicle plants but they are really Pink Lady's Slipper - a member of the orchid family.  They typically grow in acidic soils which we seem to have in abundance here.  It is the provincial flower of Prince Edward Island so they are a long way from home.  These plants can live  twenty years  or more.
If you want one and want to go out in the forest and dig one up, don't waste your time.  The root system is very complicated and the chance of you successfully harvesting and transplanting one to your garden is very very slim.  Please don't do it.  Leave them be and just take pictures of them as I have.
They are only here for a short time, so get out and enjoy them if you are lucky enough to live close to where they bloom.  If not, please enjoy my pictures.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

FIRST TIME ON THE BOAT FISHING








Up at the crack of dawn for our first time fishing on the boat.  Beautiful morning and the lake was very calm - the mosquitos were bad at the launch but out on the water they were not an issue.
I got the first fish in the boat - a nice walleye near Grand Falls camp.  We got 4 all together there and the other two at other spots.  We cruised around after we finished fishing to try out the boat.  It was perfect!!  Looking forward to many more mornings and afternoons fishing in our new boat.

HIRED HELP







Went over to Joanne's and cut the grass and checked out the place.  the grass wasn't too bad and between the two of us, we had it done in no time.  She even has some Lady's slippers coming up.  And there is an infestation of tent caterpillars around here right now.  They are everywhere.  We were driving on 129 and saw stuff on the road and wondered what it was.  We thought it was the buds from the trees but when we stopped to have a closer look, they were thousands and thousands of caterpillars crossing the road - and not just in one spot - in a lot of spots down the highway.  They certainly can eat a lot of leaves on trees.  Some are completely bear.  They come in 10 year cycles and we just happen to be in the 10th year I guess.  they will be spinning their cocoons soon and then the moths will laying their eggs for the cycle to start all over again.  UGHHH

Sunday, May 27, 2018

A WORK DAY






We worked all day long.  I started planting my pots but Rejean needed me to help install the guards on the quads - never knew my head could fit between the tires and the fender.  I bailed the boat out and I swear there was about 4-5 inches of water in there.
We then helped put fill in front of the new out house we have been building for the past week or so.  Everyone has been helping.  Looks great!!  Rick is painting the inside white to brighten it up.  And it has a trailer door with a screen door.  It will look great when it is done.
And then just a shot of the skulls on the old out house - talk about unique decoration.
Relaxing tonite.