Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A walk after sunset

. I went for a walk with Geordie after sunset this evening. I had lots of thinking to do and decisions to make so decided to go where Jack is buried and get on some of the paths and Geordie and I would walk and walk. The sunset was lovely. But it was so cold that we soon went back to the car and headed on home. .

Monday, February 26, 2007

No pic today...

...because I've been having tests, (Lab & Ultrasound) and then I drove my friend's husband down to Hamilton to see his wife, Judy, who had further hip surgery today. Not in the picture-taking mood... .

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Some fruit scones for Breakfast.


Eat up your breakfast!

I made some lovely Irish type scones today and enjoyed them so much that I thought maybe one of the visitors to this blog might like to have one for breakfast? ;) Enjoy! .

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Skating on the Speed River


Did you ever skate on the river?

Oh, how I remember when I was wee, skating on many frozen creeks and ponds. We didn't have indoor arenas to skate in and we nearly froze our fingers off trying to tighten the laces in our skates while sitting on the benches beside the ice. But what fun it was and how we enjoyed it when we finally got our laces done up.

It was so nice to see these folks skating on the Speed River late this afternoon. There were youngsters and some "oldsters" too and my memory went way back to when I used to do this. It was lovely reminiscing.

It was also interesting to see the huge cracks in the ice from where the thawed part of the river joins the frozen rink part.

Do you have memories like this from when you were little? Share them with us if you'd like. I love to hear memories of others.

Map on Google for this area


Friday, February 23, 2007

Sweet Lauren!

Lauren on Friday!
She wasn't too happy to be bothered while having a nap today!

Got a tissue?

Never mind, I'll use this...!!

I had quite a trying day in one way or another and took only one photo that was worth anything (according to moi!)

So, since I needed a giggle, I decided to post an oldie today. CG, make sure you tell P that it's here. I thought of him when I posted tonight.

I did post my photo that seemed "ok" to me on my Guelph Daily Photo blog here if you care to see it.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Sign that spring is coming...


Oh, don't you just love the time of year when it's evident that spring or summer is coming if it's been a long winter? I sure do. We've had some pretty terrible storms the last few weeks with lots and lots of snow and today for the first time, we had a bit of a thaw and there under the huge depth of snow on my round glass patio table appeared a wooden watering can that I use for growing my thyme in.

I forgot to put it away for the winter but there it stands "peeking out" through the melting snow as if it say, "Pat, I'm here! It won't be long till you start to enjoy the thyme within me!"

I long for May 24th weekend to arrive so that I can start to plant once again in my garden. We daren't put any tender plants into the ground until then due to our harsh winter weather and the danger of frost still lingers.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Frozen H2O

Amazing the patterns that are formed when you combine snow melting, wind and freezing temperatures. This was hanging from my back eavestrough and each time I opened my patio door, as the heat escaped from my kitchen, more icicles formed.

This has been such a different winter. During December and most of January, we, here in this city at the south side of our "snow belt" thought that we weren't going to have any winter at all but it's certainly arrived now and arrived with a vengeance!

Another of the Creator's wonderful artwork!

Monday, February 19, 2007

"This Ole House"

Old Pioneer Log Cabin

On the way to Ottawa on one trip to visit friends, I was on the road from Smith's Falls up to the Osgoode and North Gower area (Roger-Steven's Drive). There are many old, old farms in the area long ago left deserted.

I thought I'd share with you all these two photos which sort of goe along with the old barn of yesterday.

I can't make up my mind whether I like the coloured or the B&W one.

Both the photos (of the same old cabin) make me think of this song that was made popular by Rosemary Clooney...

This Ole House

Artist: Rosemary Clooney

This ole house once knew his children
This ole house once knew his wife
This ole house was home and comfort
As they fought the storms of life
This old house once rang with laughter
This old house heard many shouts
Now he trembles in the darkness
When the lightnin' walks about


Ain't a-gonna need this house no longer
Ain't a-gonna need this house no more
Ain't got time to fix the shingles
Ain't got time to fix the floor
Ain't got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend the windowpane
Ain't a-gonna need this house no longer
He's a-gettin' ready to meet the saints

This ole house is a-gettin' shaky
This ole house is a-gettin' old
This ole house lets in the rain
This ole house lets in the cold
On his knees I'm gettin' chilly
But he feel no fear nor pain
'Cause he see an angel peekin'
Through a broken windowpane


This ole house is afraid of thunder
This ole house is afraid of storms
This ole house just groans and trembles
When the night wind flings its arms
This ole house is gettin' feeble
This old house is needin' paint
Just like him it's tuckered out
But he's a-gettin' ready to meet the saints


This ole house dog lies a-sleepin'
He don't know I'm gonna leave
Else he'd wake up by the fireplace
And he'd sit there and howl and grieve
But my huntin' days are over
Ain't gonna hunt the coon no more
Gabriel done brought in my chariot
When the wind blew down the door


Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Old Barn

If these walls could talk!

I so love and appreciate old barns and old ancient buildings. Our country of Canada is so young compared to the age of the UK and other parts of this huge globe that we find it difficult to find really old buildings.

But old barns really speak to me.

This old barn I watch fall slowly apart over the years and finally took this winter photo of it. How very saddened I was to go back and take a spring photo and I found that it had been completely torn down and the ground on which it stood all levelled.

How I'd love to know a bit of the history of this barn.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Another at sunset at Elora Gorge

Geordie at Sunset in Elora Gorge

Just after I took the photo that I showed yesterday, I turned to my left and there was Geordie running toward me full rip. I think he thought I was leaving and he didn't want to be left behind.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Winter Sunset at Elora Gorge

Not far from here is a little village named Elora. There's a fantastic gorge there in which flows the Grand River. The Grand River is probably the longest river in this part of Ontario and it flows into Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes.

When this photo was taken, it was about 5:30 pm and the setting sun was shining so brightly on the higher ground where I was standing but the gorge itself was almost dark. The oak tree's leaves had not fallen off and the sun shining on them made the scene so bright and golden.

I must go up there again and take more photos as I really like this area and it's not far away!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Deep snow...

I was letting Geordie out to "do his business" a little while ago and this is what the bird feeders look like today!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Love Story on Valentine's Day

A Love Story on Valentine's Day

Many years ago, there was a tall, handsome Irishman who was courting his lady friend. They loved to walk. Walking over the hills and in the dales was most pleasant to both of them. Oftentimes he would tell her of his home town across the sea in Ulster and he would talk often all about the wee loughs where he loved to just sit and day dream (and do some fishing!).

She would tell him of her favorite places in Ontario as well and in time, they both realized that they were interested in the similar things. They both loved to discuss scripture together and share their love for their Lord Jesus Christ.

On one walk, as her skirt and crinolines swished back and forth, he tenderly took her hand in his and gently squeezed it. They had been walking all evening. On and on they walked, he holding her hand in his.

At one lovely place, he decided that they should stop and rest awhile. She drank in the beautiful view of the blue-green hills in the distance. He didn't want to let go of her hand and then their gazes met and as she looked into his blue eyes, she knew she loved him.

He asked her if she would "come to his wedding." What a different way this Irishman had of proposing to her, she thought. She, being in a playful mood, asked if he would like her to be the organist at his wedding.

"No," he replied.

"Bridesmaid?", she asked.


"Maid of Honour?"



"Well,. . . maybe". . .

He then told her that it was the Bride at his wedding that he wanted her to be!

Thinking she wasn't at all as pretty as she should be in his eyes, she expressed these feelings to him that lovely autumn evening whereupon he started to sing to her an Irish song of the early 1800's with the most beautiful words she had ever heard.

Believe me if all those
Endearing young charms
Which I gaze on so fondly today
Were to change by tomorrow
And fleet in my arms,
Like fairy gifts fading away
Thou would'st still be adored
As this moment thou art
Let thy loveliness fade as it will
And around the dear ruin
Each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself
Verdantly still.

He only sang the first verse to his young maiden 46 years ago and when he finished singing, I said, "Yes, Jack, I will be your bride." And he also held me to my promise that I would sing at his wedding!

Here is the second verse:

It is not while beauty
and youth are thine own And thy cheeks profaned by a tear That the ferver and faith
of a soul can be known To which time will but
make thee more dear No the heart that has truly loved Never forgets But as truly loves on to the close As the sunflower turns
on her god when he sets The same look which she'd turned
when he rose.

All this took place in September 1960 and we had been courting since shortly after he stepped off the ship (Cunard Liner Sylvania) arriving in Canada from Northern Ireland in early July.

He saved his money carefully and it was on an elevator somewhere between the 5th and 15th floor in a huge office building in Toronto that he gave me a beautiful engagement ring on February 14th, 1961 after a courtship from July 1960 and we married on May 20th, the same year. And we were still in love....as much as we were back then in 1961, when Jack was promoted to Glory on January 10, 2001!



Hamilton, Ontario through the trees

This photo was taken on not quite so blustery a day as yesterday but it was almost impossible to take a photo of this view without all the trees. Actually, in summer, the harbour can hardly be seen from this viewpoint due to the leaves and bushes, etc.

So, I will name it...

Hamilton, Ontario Through the Trees

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Been a "down" time...

Had an innocent-sounding cough and finally went to the doctor and am now on puffers and a strong antibiotic for pneumonia! So no piccies taken for me lately. Blizzard conditions and white-outs south of our city today so guess this might be bad weather ahead for our area.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Winter Grasses

I find that the winter grasses are beautiful in the snow. This rather large clump can be seen outside a doctor's office here in Guelph beside the parking lot. I waited for the parking lot to pretty well clear out to make this photo.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

On a sunny window today

Just a little quick photo today as it's been a very busy day closing the competition on the Photography Cafe, etc. We posted all the winners in the Cafe blog here. For me the winning photo was so touching.

Anyway, while I was busy with that, Lauren was busily lapping up the afternoon sunshine on the window sill so this is the photo of her today!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

"I'm sure she said we were going in the car..."

I had told Geordie that we were going in the car to the store and this is how he stayed at the door just waiting for me to keep my word.

And in between times, he was busy chasing the black squirrels out of the back yard!

He just loves to be out there in the snow and the more blustery it is the better he loves it.


I was just looking at my buddy's eyes and he speaks so much with his eyes.

I know I haven't captured what I really wanted to but he has a way of showing such love and concern with those eyes of his.

Border Collies are special--as far as I'm concerned and I'm wondering now if I should have a young one that Geordie can help train now that he's going to be 12 years old in June. Not sure if I really want that burden of training another. I don't think that there could be another like Geordie.