Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"The Long And Winding Road"


The song title for this post was a very easy one. Sunday morning Chuck and I headed out for our "Where are we going to walk today" adventure. I had been reading about a road on the edge of town with a very long history. It's called Percy Street /Road or The Old Percy Road.
When it was in full use it was 23 miles long running from Brighton north to Percy Township. It was a vital link during the first half of the 1800's between the timber cutting and farming communities in the north and the shipping port of Brighton in the south.
On a map from 1853 it already was referred to as "The Old Percy Road".
I must investigate more thoroughly but it seems to be just residential now with homes of various ages. We did see one old farmhouse but most of the homes looked to be built within the last 50 years.
Creeks run everywhere and as you walk you can here rushing water.
We met a very nice lady and her Labrador puppy Ellen. I was so taken with Ellen I didn't think to ask if she knew any of the history of the road.
This is the end of the road. This narrow track goes up the hill (called Dutchman's Hill) and disappears into the forest. Someone told us there is bits and pieces left throughout the township. I guess similar to Route 66 in the U.S.
No. I didn't go up into the forest. I wasn't sure if it is private property or not. I did think about it though!
Birds, birds everywhere now that the weather seems to have finally warmed up.
I purchased this Easter Lily two weeks ago and it still is going strong. I had it on the kitchen table but the perfume from the flowers was so strong I moved it to the dining room.

My friend Janice and her husband Keith take possession of the house two down from us on Friday. It has been six months since they purchased it so they are very anxious to start their new life in Brighton.

Looks like a rainy week here after a couple days of sunshine.
Hope you have a good one!
Robin

61 comments:

  1. What a great walk, Robin! And how neat to know even that much history of the road. Oh, yes, go into the woods! But not alone. Are there bears? Thinking momma bears and cubs. :-O

    The lily is so lovely, just mind that Miss Kitty doesn't go near it! Dad wanted to buy me one for Easter but of course I wouldn't let him, being deadly to cats.

    Have a great day! I'm staying home today, am under-the-weather, thanks to one person at work who keeps coming in when he's sick and thus spreading the germs. Catch up later; I'm going back to bed!

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    1. Hi Kim, I want to see if we can find some more sections of this interesting old road. When you come for your visit next month we go could up the road!!! I don't know if we have bears here.
      Miss Kitty is never left alone as I don't 100% trust her yet. So far she hasn't gone beyond the kitchen/eating area but I would never leave her alone with the lily.
      So sorry you aren't feeling well, Why do people come to work when they are sick?? At Chuck's work last week they sent a guy packing as he came in sick. Lars, the boss, is adamant that people use their sick days and will send people home.
      Feel better soon!

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  2. You mean Brighton in Scotland? At first I thought you meant the road went from Scotland to Brighton here on the south coast, I'm confused. lol
    Briony
    x

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    1. Hi Briony, no Brighton, Ontario, Canada! No wonder you were confused. Sorry, I should have stated here in Canada!
      Have a good day.

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  3. Oh, I would have liked to be on that walk...and the history of the road is so interesting. Love all the birds...our robin in the wisteria has babies. I told my hubby we will have a time when they get older with our two cats. Both are hunters...

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    1. Hi Rose, it was a beautiful walk. Birds singing and water rushing by in the creeks, very peaceful.
      Yes, you will have to be careful with your two kitties!
      Hope you and Roger have a good day!

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  4. Pouring with rain here, chilly too. I love places full of history and old stories. Beautiful Lily xx

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    1. Hi Cheryl, I heard you were experiencing some cold weather. Someone on another blog mentioned snow! Usually you are warmer than we are this time of year.
      Glad you enjoy history too.
      Have a good day!

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  5. I would love to wander down that road, number 2 pic is my favorite, I love all those trees in it. a very good choice for a walk and I would have been caught up in Ellen also...

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    1. Hi Sandra, I will happily do that walk again but maybe peek into the forest more!
      Ellen was very sweet, just a few months old. She was just dying to come over and see us so we visited for a few minutes. She pidddled on our feet though!
      Have a wonderful day!

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  6. Good Morning Robin, That road is fascinating and I would have been tempted to continue! lol I always stop what I am doing to pet/greet dogs/cats...love them so. The lily is gorgeous. I remember one time bringing a magnolia blossom into the house and how overpowering the scent was! I hope you have a lovely day. xo

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    1. Hi Mildred, I was tempted to continue but the voice of reason (Chuck) stated we could get into trouble if it is private land. I did not see any "No Trespassing" signs so maybe when Kim (my partner in crime) comes for a visit in a few weeks we will head up there!
      I just popped over to the grocery store and met an ancient pug. He was very sweet. I always stop for animals too.
      Have a wonderful d,

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    2. I am at the vet's office often, mainly due to my 14 yr old cat. I fall in love with every animal that comes thru the door. When the receptionist recently rescued the cat who lost a leg, she called me immediately knowing that I would never say NO! lol
      Our neighbors have two Eng. Bulldog pups that they will breed soon. I can't wait to see the puppies!

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    3. Oh puppies! I hope you are able to post a photo of them Mildred!

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  7. Hello, I would like to take a walk down that road too. Meeting friendly dogs on my walks is a bonus, Ellen sounds nice. Your lily is gorgeous. Wonderful series of photos. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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    1. Hi Eileen, everyone should come up, we could have a whole bunch of us walking down the road! It is a bonus to meet friendly animals while we walk. The lily just opened another bud this morning. As soon as you walk into the dining room you a smell it.
      Take care.

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  8. Beautiful photos! And your lily is stunning! This is one of my favourite flowers...poppies, too. Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have a fantastic day!

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    1. Hi Linda, glad you enjoyed the photos! I love lilies too but having cats for most of the last 33 years I wasn't able to. Miss Kitty is only an occasional visitor now with the warmer weather so I finally bought one. I love poppies too, my parents had a big patch in one of their gardens.
      Have a great day too!

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  9. Wish I could walk out in the countryside, like you! Although there is still a lot of nature to see in the neighborhood. You know that lilies are poisonous to cats (and dogs too, I think!), not to be a downer.

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    1. As long as there is grass and trees, there is nature. Lovely photos on your blog today. I should start a tour group, lots of us could walk together! ; )
      Yes, I do know lilies are poisonous, no permanent cat is living here now, only visitors who are watched very closely!
      Have a good day!

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  10. You found a lovely place to walk. Isn't walking along water just the BEST!!!

    Good luck to your friends in their new home.

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    1. Hi Dee, I do love walking by water, actually nI love walking anywhere but cities!
      Thanks for your good luck wishes for my friend Janice. Can't wait until she is here!
      Be well!

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  11. What a delightful place, for a walk!!! Thank you for taking me along, as I couldn't walk it myself, even if I was there.

    Ohhhhh that path up into the woods!! Like an entrance to Faerie Land!!! Or to a Time Portal, taking one back to the old times! Perhaps next time, you will venture, just a little bit up there...???? -smile-

    Luna Crone

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    1. Hi Luna, I remember, you have a bad knee don't you? Chuck suffers from osteoarthritis in his right knee. The doctor stated he should enjoy life now as when he is older he won't be able to walk as much.
      The path did look like it leaded into a time portal. It was rather dark and spooky. When Kim comes to visit in a few weeks we will go up the path!
      Have a good day!

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  12. Robin; it will be really nice to have your friends as neighbors again !!!! the cardinal close up is awesome !! happy week ahead ! ☺☺♥♥

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    1. It will be wonderful to have Janice and Keith living a couple doors down again. We clicked right from the start and have been friends for about three years now.
      Glad you enjoyed the cardinal photo. He was being very cooperative that day and staying put so I could get a decent photo with my cranky old camera!
      Have a great evening.

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  13. Interesting old road and a nice place to walk.
    How nice that your friends will soon be living near you again.

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    1. Hi Karen, we really are looking forward to Janice and Keith moving in!
      It is a beautiful place to walk but nothing compared to where you live!
      Have a good day!

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  14. Hi Robin! What a neat and historical road. I'm surprised, though, that you've never walked it before (?). I really like the pictures, especially the end-of-the-road picture.

    Janice and Keith must be very excited to finally move in. Your Easter lily is so pretty. Interesting that it has that much fragrance!

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    1. Hi Vicki, we just moved to our little town six months ago and are just discovering some new places to walk. I so wanted to go up into the forest but I will wait until Kim comes for a visit in a few weeks.
      The Lily is very strong smelling. As soon as you come into the house you can smell it.
      Take care.

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  15. Lovely walk. Hope the move goes smoothly for your friend.

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    1. Hi Linda, it was a lovely walk. Janice and Keith have a month to move in as they have a few things to get done at their new house. Smartly they don't give up their original house until the end of May.
      Enjoy your day!

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  16. And all I get is more snow. I'll have to live vicariously through you.

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    1. Oh Jono, that's too bad! Yikes, more snow. I do remember one year, 1997 I believe,we received snow flurries into May.
      It will be over soon!
      Be well!

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  17. What a lovely place to walk! We don't have cardinals here but they are so strikingly beautiful! Pretty lily too! We can't have lilies since they're toxic to cats so I admire them from afar. How fun to have a friend as a neighbor soon!

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    1. Interesting you don't have Cardinals. They are so beautiful and their song is lovely.
      This is the first lily I have had in the 33 years we have been married. They were on sale for $4.97 a week before Easter so I thought for once I would have one!
      Wishing everyone at your home a wonderful day!

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  18. Thank you for taking me along on your winding road. Great pics...

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    1. Hi Pam, glad you enjoyed the walk. It was so peaceful and serene.
      Take care!

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  19. A fascinating walk. I like Easter lilies but that fragrance can be cloyingly sweet.

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    1. Hi Mitchell, it was an interesting walk. I was imagining travelling along the road in the 1800's and how different life was then.
      The lilies perfume is very strong. I was wondering why I had a headache which is rare for me. Chuck said he could smell the lily in my hair so I deduced that was what was giving me a headache.
      Enjoy your day!

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  20. That sure looks like a great place to walk. What a fun walk. And the pictures of the birds are just great. You all have a great day.

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    1. Hi Marg, it is a lovely place to walk. Sometimes I do worry there will be a dog or two roaming around but so far we have just met friendly ones!
      Take care.

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  21. Oh, it is a beautiful winding road! My kind of place!! That Easter Lily is so pretty. It has been years since I've bought one. I do remember that sweet smell though.

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    1. Hi Henny, we are so blessed to live where we do and have access to these quiet out of the way roads.
      I think we will be enjoying the lily for a couple more weeks yet. Great deal for $4.97!
      Have a good day!

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  22. What a great old road for a nice long walk. We stop to talk to doggies all the time too! Lovely photos.

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    1. Hi Robin, glad you enjoyed the photos! I constantly stop and chat to dogs and cats. I have been known to wave to them in windows too.
      Hope you are having a good day!

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  23. I would have gone down that road in a heartbeat. Better to ask forgiveness than permission ;) I love that you go on such interesting walks. I always enjoy it.

    You make me want to buy an Easter Lily. Yours is beautiful!

    xo,
    rue

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    1. Rue, I have to remember that!
      I hope others find the walks interesting too. I am a nosy person by nature and I always want to see whats around the next bend.
      Take care!

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  24. Ha!! Rue's comment about it being better to ask forgiveness than permission was one of my dear nephew's slogans. He gave my sister some sleepless nights but now he's settled into being a husband and dad.
    It's always nice to have new places to discover. Nice pictures too.
    I meant to look for an Easter Lily after Easter but totally forgot!

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    1. Hi Granny Marigold, I think that's going to be my slogan too!
      Sometimes I think we need to break out of our comfort zones and try new things. Shake ourselves up a bit!
      Another bud opened on the lily this morning so that's five open now. Smells nice!
      Have a good day!

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  25. How fun to walk along this old road with so much history. I love country living although our area is almost a bedroom community now. I enjoyed looking at a few posts on your blog and your bird pics. Have a good day.
    Pam

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    1. Hi Pam, thanks for stopping by!
      Anything historical or vintage and I am there.
      We live in a small rural community in a suburban neighbourhood now but have lived out in the country in the past. I love the fact that I can walk everywhere in our little town and it has everything I need, including great antique and thrift stores.
      Have a good day in New Brunswick!

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  26. Oh, I love the "where are we walking today idea!!" I would love to start doing that with Jason! We walk some through his neighborhood, although we have been quite lazy lately due to rain. The birds are pretty. I love the photo of the path going into the woods. It is delightfully eerie! xo Lynn

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    1. Hi Lynn, Chuck and I never have a set route for our daily walks. During the week we walk an hour or so after Chuck comes home from work. On the weekends we usually walk a couple hours a day depending on the weather.
      The road going into the woods is rather eerie. I imagine as the leaves come out more on the trees it will be even more darker looking.
      Take care!

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  27. What a lovely walk you had and so many neat things you saw. I enjoyed it all. - Love your blog, just signed up for e-mail updates. Thanks for stopping by my blog (Wishes Dreams and Other Things)

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    1. Hi Ida, thanks for stopping by! So glad you enjoy my blog, I do like yours too!
      Thanks for signing up for the email updates. I usually blog a couple times a week.
      Have a good day!

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  28. Hi! That is such a beautiful walk and beautiful pictures! Can I join you! LOL Easter lilies do have a strong scent. The one that really gets to me is hyacinths but they are both pretty! That is not Brighton, Michigan, is it? Our son use to live in Howell which is near there and we use to live in Pt. Huron, Michigan. Pretty blue water area! Nancy

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  29. Hi Nancy, no, we are in Brighton, Ontario.
    I think I should start a walking tour! So many of you ladies want to join me. I know, I will call it "Robin's Rambles"
    Have a great evening!

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  30. "The Long and Winding Road"...I love it! I am wondering if your friends will be joining you on these Sunday walks. I certainly am enjoying the photos you take along the way. I have seen more cowbirds this week. One day they were lined up on the power line. But, later were with the cattle. Imagine that!!! :~)

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    1. Hi Chip Butter, My friend Janice is a great walker too so I imagine she and I will walk during the weekdays. Her husband plays a lot of golf and has a home gym so he gets his exercise that way.
      Glad you are noticing more birds. We went for our walk at 5:30 this morning and it sounded wonderful outside. We heard Robins, Chickadees, Finches, Cardinals......
      Have a wonderful day!

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