I am loving this fall. Mild. Dry. Green. In fact, I’ve started walking the jennies over to the fairgrounds again. We need to go one at a time. If the road passing us and the grounds was not so ‘fast’ now … I could imagine taking one on a lead and the other two would follow. But … not now. Our road used to be pressed gravel. And it used to stop at Wagarville. Then it stopped at the Depot Lakes. Now it goes through to Tamworth … and is paved … smooth … and people drive it much too quickly. I can easily see a curious Bella or a joyfully running Darby darting out right in front of one of those speeding cars.

This morning Ede installed a screen on the top part of the coop dutch doors. Now the Guineas can get an even better sense of the smells, sounds and temperatures just a few steps away. They really are so curious about what is ‘out there’. Tonight they almost beat me to the nesting boxes as I put down the millet. It really does seem to be so that if you do something over and over and over …Ā and over they get it.

I had a wonderful afternoon. I was visiting with 96 year old Melville Good. He owned a business in our village for sixty some years. He also worked on the fair for many of those. For some of that time he would MC the entire weekend. Tirelessly chatting away on the microphone to keep people in the stands entertained. He talked about growing up on his family farm. The same place he lives now. He worked at the shipyards in Kingston during the war. Came home when that was over and began farming and running his business. Many good memories. I’m glad I had the privilege of hearing some of his tales.


4 comments on “Walkabouts”

  1. Hi Wendy,

    I love reading your blog every day! It gives me a glimpse of a peaceful way of life, far away from the hustle of school and chasing my kids around!! Today I thought I could be a jennie walker too!! Haha. In any case, I was particularly interested in your friend Melville. My grandfather Thomas (Tom) Tinney, also worked in the shipyards in Kingston during the war. He was a few years older, born in 1912, but he wasn’t able to go to war because he was blind in his right eye from a childhood injury. Here is a picture of a pin he received from working the shipyards. Your friend likely has the same one. It has an interesting inscription! This one has the number 292 engraved on the back. I also have many old pictures in an album my mom had, of the men working the shipyards, and of a ship launch which was pretty cool!

    Take care, Jenny

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Hi Jenny. How interesting! The picture did not come through with the message. Would you be willing to scan and share a few pictures from the shipyards? I’d love to be able to share those with Melville’s stories. You can reach me at wenparl@yahoo.ca . Glad to know you enjoy our daily missives!

  2. The keets seem to be doubling in size overnight – every night šŸ™‚ Have you let them out the coop yet to roam the meadows? Laura

    1. Hi Laura. They ARE growing quickly. It is just one month since they joined us here. They will be staying in the coop until the snow arrives – or the last week in December. We need to make sure their coop is the preferred safe zone for them so they’ll return each evening.

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