A longtime rural resident, I use my 60 plus years of life learning to opinionate here and elsewhere on the “interweb” on everything from politics to environmental issues. A believer in reasonable discourse rather than unhelpful attacks I try to give positive input to the blogesphere, so feel free to comment upon rural issues or anything else posted here. But don’t be surprised if you comments get zapped if you are not polite in your replys.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


The following is presented as a service to my local Greens

The Annual General Meeting of the Bruce-Grey Owen Sound Green Party of Canada Electoral District Association will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Williamsford Mill Book Store & Cafe, 316070 Highway 6, Williamsford, ON.

A new executive is elected at the AGM. Nominations will be taken from the floor for the positions of President (CEO), Chief Financial Officer and other executive positions. The meeting is open to all Green supporters and to the general public. Green Party of Canada memberships will be available and volunteers with Green thoughts are urgently needed to support the party through the coming election and beyond.

For more information: http://www.bgosgreens.ca/

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Birds of Spring

Besides our usual visitors the Downy & Hairy woodpeckers, the Chipping sparrow and an almost unlimited supply of Chickadees the last few days have seen the spring influx of both our summer residents and those passing through to parts north. The Robins of course have been here for some weeks and the Blue Jays and Cardinals are brighter and more vocal this time of year but its good to see the White Throated Sparrow, the White Crowned Sparrow and the Fox Sparrow passing through along with a Yellow Rumped Warbler getting a drink at our pond feature.

White Throated Sparroe

Also seen was our Red Bellied Woodpecker and a brief glimpse of the Pilated Woodpecker although there is lots of evidence of his activity in various decomposing logs around out property. I haven’t yet spotted them but both out House Wren and Song Sparrows are definitely here singing their little hearts out and looking for nesting spots along with the Rose Breasted Grosbeak and the Baltimore Oriole.

We have not been back on our bush trails for a couple of weeks but I know that the Trout Lilly are out and the Trillium’s are showing colour, I am hoping that the much needed rain forecast (after a week of mid summer temperatures) will both give all the flowers the little drink they need and give us a couple of breaks so that we can get back there and enjoy the show.As a bonus I have just seen our Ruby Throated Hummingbird at the feeder just put out yesterday in anticipation of his arrival, what a great week for outdoor enthusiasts.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Harpers Mind

This little contribution from a good friend and fellow curmudgeon was recently found in my inbox and lightened my day so I thought I would share it with my readers. Enjoy!

Harpers Mind

Now I know why my people quit
Not because of my fancy beautiful hair
Seems they were talking, advising I
Only to find, minds just not there.

Where oh where has my mind gone
Had it on stage, singing wonderful songs
They had to applaud, payroll I pay
If wishing to work Con...for another day.

All is quiet not, big trial began
No I shant go to court, I the top man..!!
I have people I bought, with your dime
Best hide some cash, for harder times.

Won't be sad, to see this guy go
Like Mulroney his buddy, minds a bit slow
New leader we need, enough screwing around
Lard thunder jases laddy..narry one yet found.

WallyGuy, May 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shorter Federal Budget

We intend to spend more than we bring in during the next year, much of it buying votes from higher earning taxpayers, but because we sold off our GM shares and took $2 billion out of reserves we HOPE the books will show a little left over by this time next year. Our current year end figures are a guess as the true figures will not be available for a number of months yet, maybe after the election, we don’t know if we will be able pay off any of the national debt that has been increasing for the past 8 years but will continue to pay massive amounts of interest on it. Most of our promises wont effect our books this year as they don’t take effect for several years up the road and will be the new governments problem and if we get voted in we can always use creative accounting again.

Also see Budget Balanced with EI Surplus

And Making a Mockery of Working Canadians

And Worst 5 things about the Budget

Monday, April 13, 2015

First Flowers of Spring

With the snow all but gone we were able to get our first hike around our bush trails yesterday and whilst there is little new growth showing yet these Hepitica were flowering in this crevice in our favourite rock. Each year a series of forest flowers and plants show their face from this little spot before showing up elsewhere, the rock giving a moderating effect I presume.

The wild Leeks are just showing their tips through the leaf cover and here and there a few violet leaves can be seen just starting to emerge. We thought with this never ending winter the spring flowers would be late this year but with a week of warm and mostly sunny weather forecast they could be early. All I can say is its good to be able to get the old bones moving and see signs of life once again springing up from the forest floor even as the 'to do' list rises faster than the temperature!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Tribute to Grandma & Grandpa

This one came in by email this morning and is worth sharing.

The computer swallowed Grandma,
Yes, honestly it’s true!
She pressed 'control and 'enter'
And disappeared from view.
It devoured her completely,
The thought just makes me squirm.
She must have caught a virus
Or been eaten by a worm.
I've searched through the recycle bin
And files of every kind;
I've even used the Internet,
But nothing did I find.
In desperation, I asked Mr. Google
My searches to refine.
The reply from him was negative,
Not a thing was found 'online.'
So, if inside your 'Inbox,'
My Grandma you should see,
Please 'Copy, Scan' and 'Paste' her,
And send her back to me
This is a tribute to all the Grandpas & Grandmas, Nannas & Pops, who have been fearless and learned to use the Computer.........
They are the greatest!!!

We do not stop playing because we grow old;
We grow old because we stop playing
NEVER Be The First To Get Old!

As one of those 'Old Grandpa's' who looses stuff all too often into the depths of my computer and is still learning I just hope all those of you of similar age enjoy many years of 'Playing' yet.
Happy Easter to all my readers.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Getting Limber for Lumber

Well finally got outside and actually accomplished something, with the snow packed down a little but temps dropping back down to -10 overnight its now possible to get back in the bush without needing snowshoes or being up to your knees in the white crap.
So with my lumber supply dwindled down to scraps I figure I need to get some more pine sawn this year for all those 'Honey Do” and “Dad can you....” projects and to rebuild the back porch that did no survive the avalanche of snow and ice from the house roof when things finally warmed up.

With the sun out and it warming to -5 it was a good day to go and cut some pines, there is little time before the sap rises and once that happens the wood will be stained with a blue/grey left over from the excessive sap once dried. Does not hurt the wood so far as I can see and still usable if being painted but not good for fancy projects or natural staining. The next thing is to get the logs sawn by early June before the Pine Sawyer lays its eggs under the bark and their larva starts to chew the hell out of the wood. These grub are voracious, you can hear then chewing from 15 feet away and after a few day can see the pile of sawdust under the log or tree they have attached. Its a good job they will only lay their eggs on 'dead pines', those that the bark has started to peel so far as I can see, but with any cut log laying past June for any time its taking a chance on it being scrap if not sawn or bark removed.

So we got a few cut, some even fell over (always a problem when selectively cutting in a closely planted pine plantation), none trimmed or cut to length but once cut there is no rush for that. We may even cut a few more Tuesday when its forecast to be a mite warmer, I don’t really need a whole bunch more wood but so long as we are bringing in the sawmill may as well make it worthwhile. Now just got to figure out what size lumber I meed, will be mostly 1” boards but should cut a few 1 1/2” planks and possibly 3/4 for smaller jobs, whatever I cut will not be what I need next year when its ready so its all a guessing game eh.

But it was good to get out and DO something even if the old bones are now telling me that its going to be a while before I am back into summer “working” mode!

Here's to an early spring and a super summer..... Cheers!