Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Walk The Way The Wind Blows"

Last Friday being a holiday Chuck and I decided to go for a long walk. As we set out we weren't sure where we would end up but it was such a gorgeous day, who cares!
We headed for the west end of town as that is a direction we don't go too often.
We strolled along Highway 2 as it has very wide edges so we didn't feel like we were going to be mowed down any second.
We passed this beautiful house right on the edge of town.
In the Summer they have a great antique store in the barn. Recognize it Kim?
Behind a derelict house. So wanted to have a snoop around the yard but SOMEONE didn't think that would be a good idea.
Further along we came across the remains of a house and barn. The things you miss as you are whizzing by in a car.
I only had my walking shoes on or I would have gone down into the old barn.
We turned down a side road to get away from the traffic and it was lovely. So peaceful with the birds singing.
The water in the creek was so clear. I loved the patterns in the soil at the bottom of the creek.
The tracks just go on and on and on..........
Little abandoned shed in the middle of a field. The door was locked!
We passed a few cattle farms but it was mostly fields.
Someone was watching us!
The sky was gorgeous!
I found a few coltsfoots blooming. We ended up walking for two hours. Going back later with the car we found out it was another 10km walk. Someone (me!)was pooping out so we didn't go to the end of the road. That would have taken us right to Lake Ontario and added another few kms. We plan to do it on our bicycles shortly.
I came across this photo a few days ago. I must have been 7 or 8. That is Simon on my lap. He would have been 2 or 3. He lived to be 20 in pretty good health. He saw me from kindergarten to being married. I still miss him.

It is pouring rain as I type this but it is great for the lawns and gardens.

Have a good day!
Robin

54 comments:

  1. What a precious photo of you and Simon. He lived a long life and I know you miss him. Kaboodle has been with us 14 years - thru so much of life!
    You sure had a gorgeous day for a walk. That first house is huge! AND beautiful.
    So nice to see the sights around your town.

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    1. Hi Mildred, I was happy when I came across the photo of Simon and I. We both look so young!
      Glad you enjoyed the photos. I loved the walk!
      Have a good day!

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  2. Hello, looks like a nice day for a walk. What a beautiful big house. Lovely sights. Cute photo of you and Simon! Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Hi Eileen, it was a gorgeous day. The White House is beautiful. At one time it was open for tours.
      Have a good Wednesday too!

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  3. First, that b&w photo of the creek bed is fantastic. Art.

    Second, what a great walk! Oh, poop, never mind what "someone" thought about exploring the derelict property. I'd have gone with you! LOL.

    Third, I recognized the magnificent old house before I saw the antique barn -- I just couldn't remember where (with you) I'd seen it, until the barn pic.

    Watch out for ticks on your rambles now! You are *so* lucky to have all these places to walk, away from city concrete, Robin.

    Have a lovely day!

    P.S. What a sweet old photo of you and Simon. Definitely a treasure to have! :-)

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    1. Hi Kim, I was so surprised how clear the water was in the creek. The patterns in the soil are lovely.
      I know you would have gone with me! Chuck says he has to stay home so he can bail us out!
      I do think about ticks when we walk. I have to find a comfortable pair of walking rubber boots. ;)
      Take care!

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  4. I love the watcher and I love the old pic of you.. my favorite pics is the 2nd one of the gnarled old tree and the ripples in the sand under the water. you really have a fantastic place to walk, if we walk from our house it is mile after mile of house after house

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    1. Hi Sandra, the watcher kept an eye on us the whole time we walked by the farm.
      I do know how blessed we are to live in this area. I really would be miserable in a big city.
      Have a good day!

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  5. Oh be so happy, that you can walk and walk and walk! Without knee pain. And without "pooping-out" for a long time. :-) Needless to say, I can't do that any more.

    Thank you for taking me along, on your walk.

    Oh that beautiful old home, at the edge of town.... With the tower and all the gingerbread trim. So happy that it is being taken care of.

    and the barn, where they sell antiques in the summer... That is the original carriage house, for the big house. See how it was built, with some of the features of the big house? With the peaks?

    The "door" over the main floor door... Up there, was where they kept the hay, for the carriage horses. There would have been a sort of a winch, by which they hauled up the bales of hay, to put in the "attic." And then, they would have trap doors, from which they would let down hay, for the horses to eat.

    Like the green carriage house, in this post of mine.

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    1. Hi Luna, we can walk for now but Chuck's right knee isn't terribly good. I know we won't be able to do this forever.
      I saw your post with the wonderful homes. Lots of farms in our family so I am well acquainted with hay lofts.
      Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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  6. I love when a walk turns into an adventure of discovery! And 2 hours...wow!

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    1. You are right, it was a walk of discovery. I don't believe we have ever been down this road. This weekend we want to walk down another side road. One hundred years ago it was the road stagecoaches used between towns.
      Have a good day!

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  7. such lovely photos, i love the ones of the river

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    1. I was really surprised how clear the water is. I expected it to be quite muddy.
      Have a lovely day!

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  8. Friday was lovely! Looks like you made the most of it!

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    1. Hi Valerie, it was a gorgeous day wasn't it? I imagine you were a few degrees warmer than us. These are the days I live for. Not too hot, not too cold.
      Take care.

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    1. Hi Pom Pom, Simon was adorable. He actually was a cat bred for shows but that was something my parent's weren't interested in. Once or twice a year my Mum would take him to a groomer and he would come back so clean and handsome, then he would promptly roll in something disgusting and be his usual self again!
      Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  10. Beautiful photos. Every the "ordinary" is made special by your photos.

    I love going along on this walk with you.

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    1. Hi Dee, I love to notice all the little things and that is what I love to photograph. Anything in nature always catches my eye.
      Glad you enjoyed going on the walk with me.
      Be well!

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  11. Hi dear friend! It is pouring rain here in Montreal today and I so love my long nature walks but am not taking one today due to the rain, so I really appreciate your sharing your photos, which are all lovely! I actually feel as if I took this walk with you. And Simon is delightful, I especially love this photo with you and this sweet cat. :)

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    1. Hi Linda, lovely to hear from you again. The rain has stopped here for the moment. I hope it lasts as we usually walk when Chuck arrives home from work around 4:00. I am glad you enjoyed the photos. Chuck and I have taken some lovely walks around Montreal the various times we have visited. I remember a particularly energetic one up Mount Royale (did I spell it incorrectly?) back in the mid-eighties!
      Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  12. You managed a number of awesome photos again! I can never decide which I like better.....nature( as in those 2 first pics) or lovely old houses. You so often manage to get both kinds.
    Too bad you couldn't sneak in to some of the old buildings. Who knows what you'd find!!

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    1. Hi Granny Marigold, Kim is my partner in crime! Chuck was so many years(31) in the military that to do something not quite legal would be appealing to him. As I said in another comment he stated he stays home so he can post bail for us!
      Have a wonderful day!

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  13. Sure was nice taking the walk with you. : ) So many things don't get seen driving by in a car.
    Wonderful photos along your walk.

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    1. Hi Karen, glad you enjoyed my walk. I always enjoy yours! We never in 30 years living in this area noticed the remains of the house and barn. In a few weeks it will be covered over once the leaves come out.
      Take care.

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  14. What a grand walk that was. Love seeing that blue sky there and all those cool old buildings. Really nice to see your young self and that beautiful kitty cat. We sure do love our furry companions forever.

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    1. Hi Robin,it was a beautiful walk. I thought many of you would enjoy it too.
      When I was born my parents had a cat and dog but I was so allergic to them they had to rehome them. Then as I got older and visited with friends and family who had pets I was alright around them. My parents got Simon first, then when I had no allergic reaction my Dad went back and got Simon's sister Sonya.
      Have a good day.

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  15. Hi! I am envious of your lovely walk. The streams are so peaceful. Do you have a cat now? We did at one time but just have Coco now! Nancy

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    1. Good morning Nancy, it was a very peaceful walk. The only noise was the birds singing!
      We don't own a cat now but many of the neighbourhood cats come to visit and we spoil them.
      Enjoy your day with Coco!

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  16. That's so neat that Simon lived to be 20 and was with you your entire childhood through marriage! Great picture! :)

    Wow, that blue sky is amazing! You can really see it in the train tracks picture too. So many wonderful things you saw on your walk. I love the title of this post.

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    1. Hi Vicki, I loved the fact that Simon and I grew up together. His sister Sonya lived almost as long too. When Chuck and I started dating both the cats just loved him so I knew he was a good man!
      Thanks for mentioning the title of the blog. Sometimes I struggle to find a song title to match what I am featuring in my blog but surprisingly there are quite a few titles with the word"walk" in it.
      Have a wonderful day.

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  17. Sweet photo of you and Simon. He was very handsome!

    What beautiful sights you saw on your walk! Glad there were some signs of spring springing too because the trees still look pretty bare. Spring is slow this year it seems. Maybe that means summer will last longer! :)

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    1. Good morning! Simon was very handsome. The vet would always comment that he was so perfect we should show him. Hat was't something we would have enjoyed and Simon would have hated it. He loved to be dusty and dirty and very much had a very strong will!
      The trees are slowly coming out. We have had a few warm days since I took those photos and they are popping out now.
      I hope you and your kitties enjoy the day!

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  18. That was a great walk to take in all those nice sights! Rain, we had it bad last evening with high and straight line winds and hail. Tonight its calm that goodness. Thanks for taking me along on your walk.

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    1. Hi Pam, we have been hearing about storms across the States. By mid afternoon the rain had stopped here so we had a nice walk before supper. Glad it calmed down for you.
      Take care.
      Robin

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  19. Robin:
    As always, exceptional photos that tell so many stories. I love that shot of you with your cat, too! You live in a beautiful area.

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    1. Hi Mitchell, glad you enjoyed the photos. I imagine all the beautiful sights you have seen over the years in all the places you have lived.
      The photo isn't very clear but viewing it closer you can see I must have just woken up, my eyes are so puffy. Dad and I were the early risers in the family and of course the cats would be right there too.
      Enjoy your day, eat some more Fartons!

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  20. What a great walk that was. I really liked the creek. All the pictures were just terrific. What fun to see all that. I did feel kind of sorry for the little cow standing in all the mud but it probably couldn't be helped. You all have a great day.

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    1. Hi Mary,glad you enjoyed the photos. I was worried about the cow too but on the way back we noticed it was standing in another part of the field with some others. We have had so much rain there is standing water in many fields.
      Have a good day!

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  21. I loved going along with you on your walk. I would have wanted to snoop around in those old buildings too. If you ever get the chance, I hope you take pictures. Loved the last two photos. It's so fun to see what our blogging friends looked like as kids, isn't it? :)

    xo,
    rue

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    1. Hi Rue, glad you enjoyed the walk! I am terribly nosy when it comes to old or abandoned houses. If I do get in I will definitely share the photos!
      I enjoy seeing photos of bloggers through their lives so I hope others do too.
      Take care!

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  22. wavez two ewe simon frum de land oh trout !!! we bet ewe noe a lot oh de tt crew huh !! mom cap sured a LOT a awesum fotoz thiz week; they R all grate....we like de wooded areaz N de waterz ....even if fish waz mizzin ;) ♥♥

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    1. Hi Trout Towne, I am sure Simon is enjoying playing with some of your crew especially Boomer.
      I didn't see any fish but we saw some frogs. Glad you enjoyed the photos!
      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. Robin, that is so sweet about Simon! I love your photos. What a nice walk. I felt like I had gotten away from the grind of work. I need to get out and walk more, that's for sure! I hope you are having a wonderful day! xo Lynn

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    1. Hi Lynn, it was wonderful to have a pet for so long, but of course very strange when he was gone. Chuck and I had a cat too when we first were married and Simon loved him too.
      I hope you can find some time to get outside and enjoy nature. I can't go more than two days without getting stir crazy!
      Take care

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  24. It's a beautiful walk. =) Love the clear light on the water.
    What a sweet story about you and cat. He looked like quite a character!

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    1. Hi Maggie, it was such a beautiful walk, I should have taken something to drink though. We didn't think we would walk that far!
      Simon was quite the character. He loved everyone, and he was known all over our neighbourhood.
      Have a great weekend with Winston and Emily!

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  25. "Walk the Way the Wind Blows"...I like that a lot! You got some fantastic pics on this LONG walk. I especially like the one of the old manure spreader. And, of the pretty little girl and her beloved kitty!

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    1. Hi Chip Butter, thank you for letting me know what that piece of equipment is. I had no idea!
      It just seemed like there was so much to take photos of. I took many more. That's why the walk takes so long! :)
      I was so blessed to have Simon and his sister Sonya from the age of 5 to almost 25. But so hard to let them go.
      Have a wonderful weekend.

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  26. I love the walk you took...we seem to like a lot of the same kind of things. Love that picture of you and Simon!

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    1. Hi Rose, glad you enjoyed the photos. I guess many us just like the simpler things in life!
      Have a lovely weekend.

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  27. It's such fun to take a walk with no destination in mind, like a Magical Mystery Tour, on foot.๐Ÿ˜Š Thanks for sharing all these lovely scenes.

    Hope you have a pleasant weekend.๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ

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    1. Hi Geraldine, it was fun to walk with no real destination in mind. I should have brought something to drink and snack on though. I will next time!
      Take care.

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