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Stuck!

May 25th, 2020 | 6 Comments »

You know you are having a bad day when the tractor that is meant to pull you out of the brook runs into trouble en route to the scene. Something on the tractor’s winch pulled loose but Jacques Gosselin, a man who can do almost everything, indoors and out, fixed it in a minute using a rock he found nearby.

 

gator (7 of 7)

 

We were on our way to pull a four wheeler called a Gator out of a stream that, mistakenly, I thought I could cross.

 

A beautifully clean gator, washed, brushed and ready to go.
An ‘After’ photo of our beautifully clean gator, washed, brushed and ready to go.

 

I use the Gator regularly to get quickly from one place to the next, something that is essential  on a property as large as ours. This particular morning I was out early, taking photographs of the splendid display of cherry trees and other miracles brought about by the suddenly hot weather.

 

One of the many cherry trees now blooming everywhere. There seem to be more blooms this year than usual.
One of the many cherry trees now blooming everywhere. There seem to be more blooms this year than usual.

 

After taking many, many photographs, I decided to return home via a trail through the woods that I hadn’t been on this season. I wasn’t nervous. Even though I knew there would be wet spots, I figured the path would be reasonably dry since it hasn’t rained for a few weeks.

The woods were lovely, full of wild flowers and more wild garlic than I’ve ever seen in this area before.

Wild garlic carpets the forest floor.
Wild garlic carpets the forest floor.

 

I was loving the ride until I came to a tricky bit where the trail crosses the stream. Normally, the bank descends gradually, making the crossing quite easy, but over the winter, a section of the bank had washed out.

I had a choice. I could return on the trail I’d already seen or I could find an alternate route across the stream and trust my luck to get across.

My luck ran out.

 

A John Deere Gator can do many things but not when it is stuck in the mud.
A John Deere Gator can do many things but not when it is stuck in the mud.

 

So there I was, well and truly stuck in the mud, unable to go forward or back. Why? Because something was in my way. A very large and immovable something.

 

Didn't she see that tree before she drove into it? Well might you ask.
Didn’t she see that tree before she drove into it? Well might you ask.

 

My only choice was to walk home. It was a pleasant walk, even if it did involve crossing the brook two more times, clambering over some rough ground where a neighbour had recently cut trees and cursing myself for thinking I could make a sharp turn when wheel-deep in mud.

Jacques was available and he and I returned to the stream, me sitting sidesaddle on the tractor fender. Once there, he made quick work of hauling the Gator out of the stream.

 

gator (3 of 7)

 

It took him a little longer to drag the tree out of the way but he did it expertly.

 

gator (6 of 7)

 

I was very glad that he and the tractor were there when, once again, I set out to drive across the stream. Getting through the mud and onto the pebbles wasn’t a breeze and for a second, I thought I was going to get stuck once again.

But no, I got through, drove past more beautiful woodland scenes and lived to tell the tale.

 

The woods were lovely, full of scenes like this one that seems deliberately composed.
The woods were lovely, full of scenes like this one that seems deliberately composed.

 

I don’t think I’ll be driving that way again anytime soon, though.

 

Mushrooms

September 2nd, 2018 | 9 Comments »
This is a bumper year for mushrooms. On a short stretch of path in the woods, I spotted six different types. I didn't pick any or examine them carefully, and without noting the specifics of their gills and stalks, I can't identify them with certainty. Mushroom identification is tricky in the best of cases, and without being sure what each is, I definitely won't eat them. But the differences in colour and shape are interesting.   [caption id="attachment_6660" align="aligncenter" width="1543"] Is this one of the edible puffballs?  Maybe, maybe not.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_6661" align="aligncenter" width="1444"]

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Giving Thanks

October 9th, 2017 | 15 Comments »
  Today is Thanksgiving day in Canada, and there is much to be thankful for. In the garden, colours are bright.   [caption id="attachment_5729" align="aligncenter" width="2820"] Sedum 'Autumn Joy' lives up to its name.[/caption]   Even when the flowers have faded, I'm thankful for work that's been done.  At the Aqueduct the catmint ( Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low') has been cut back, making the bed look more like a monk's shaved head than the overgrown mop of foliage it was only days ago.   [caption id="attachment_5743" align="aligncenter" width="5184"] Those stubs of nepeta between

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Colour in the Woods

November 30th, 2015 | 10 Comments »
At this time of year, when the startling reds and golds of a Quebec autumn are long gone, the woods around Glen Villa are grey and colourless.   [caption id="attachment_3095" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] The low stone wall marks the foundation of a sugar camp that once stood on this site.[/caption]     At least they appear that way at first glance. But a closer look reveals all sorts of surprises.   [caption id="attachment_3116" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] The patch of orange-red fungi stopped me in my tracks. I can't identify them. Can you?[/caption]   This

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Hallowe’en in the woods

October 30th, 2014 | 3 Comments »
A technical note: It is no longer necessary to register in order to comment on a post. So please do! In the meantime, don't be scared, join me for a walk in the woods...  If you go down in the woods today,you're sure of a big surprise. I went down in the woods -- and was I surprised! There were no teddy bears and no signs of a picnic, but I did see some strange creatures. I saw a head, a dark face with twisted features. [caption id="attachment_1341" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] His ferny hair

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A Path to The Egg

February 3rd, 2013 | No Comments »
Glen Villa is about the land and the people who have lived on it, me and my family and the generations that preceded us. It’s about the emotions that plants and objects arranged artfully can evoke in those who take the time to really look at what is around them. It’s about the land beyond the garden itself: the woods and the paths we’ve created that have become as familiar as my face in the mirror. A path in the woods, near the big mossy rock I love sharing these

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