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2022-06-07 18:25
Here, just south of the 45th Parallel (halfway to the North Pole) in the upper Great Lakes area of Ontario, Canada, the appearance of rows of little green sprouts of sweet corn in the first… Read More
2022-04-27 19:10
The garden, May 2018 On a scale of one to ten this perplexing spring so far in Hope Ness and the rest of southern Ontario isn’t much to complain about when Putin’s bombs and m… Read More
The Lies That Brought Us To The Brink
2022-03-01 01:48
Donald Trump (DT), the well-known pathological liar and former President of the U.S.A. who tried but failed to overthrow its democracy has blamed President Joe Biden for Russian dictator Vla… Read More
A Lament For The Proud, Canadian Dream
2022-02-13 16:00
Readers of this blog may recall that I have often written proudly about Canada as a wonderful example to a troubled world of a country where a great diversity of people of many cultural back… Read More
2022-01-20 20:10
Sir Alan ‘Tommy’ Lascelles Finding a good book, or books, to read is one way to survive these frigid January days of a Canadian winter. The one I recently purchased on-line ha… Read More
2021-12-14 20:39
Hope is the most precious … I was going to say ‘commodity.’ But that primarily refers to a raw material or agricultural product that is ‘bought and sold.’ I… Read More
2021-11-23 19:05
So, it has happened: that inevitable Canadian morning that says in no uncertain terms, winter has arrived and for the next five months or more, and the season of necessity is in control our… Read More
Morning Thoughts (1)
2021-11-21 15:44
Morning walks down Cathedral Drive had become routine; something I had to give myself a little push to keep doing, because the dogs needed a walk, and so did I. And because the touchstone, t… Read More
Paid Parking Backfires In Lion’s Head
2021-11-04 18:53
A view of Lion’s Head Harbour. To see the lion’s head, look to the left and slightly above the lighthouse(A note first to my thousands, if not millions of global readers of this… Read More
2021-10-05 17:18
What a perfectly glorious autumn morning it was as we, the dogs and I, left the house for our after-breakfast walk down Cathedral Drive to the Touchstone: The air was still, barely a… Read More
2021-09-14 18:11
Just when things were starting to look dark and dreary, I was called to go over to the raspberry batch and receive a rare treat and a blessing: late season raspberries in Hope Ness, Onta… Read More
When Tchaikovsky Sang The Blues
2021-07-15 21:07
Ah, there’s nothing like listening to the last movement of Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, the Pathetique, to remind me that the tragic sense of life has always been with me. That… Read More
2021-05-05 22:10
Aussie contemplates his next move.It’s taken me a long time, way too long, considering how little time we have to live on this precious little jewel of a planet, to fully appreciate th… Read More
Morning Thoughts
2021-04-29 13:44
Distant thunder rumbling, Approaching, ominous and foreboding, Rain falling, wave after wave. On such a morning Some would call this Not a good day. But others, myself incl… Read More
2021-04-18 16:06
Rows of garlic, their protective, winter blanket of straw removed, will easily survive cool spring days With the growing popularity of home gardening there must be a lot of people on a st… Read More
“Can You Take Me Home?”
2021-03-25 15:26
(Author’s note: This is a chapter from a work in progress, about an very old man who undertakes an extraordinary journey home to the pioneer farm where he was born, and lived, until a… Read More
Speaking Of This Brilliant Morning
2021-03-20 20:15
Speaking plainly of this brilliant morning, The sun rising in a clear sky, The lingering snow yearning, I fancy, for its melting touch, We walk Cathedral Drive to the rock Whe… Read More
2021-03-09 15:01
There was a profound stillness in the air this sunrise, mid-March morning as we walked to my prayerful touchstone beside Cathedral Drive, the dogs and I, doing what we do every morning of ev… Read More
2021-02-24 20:30
As the headline suggests, I soon had a welcoming, friendly, attitude toward the mating pair of ravens who found a home in my 125-year-old bank barn a couple of years ago. The barn was… Read More
2021-02-07 22:56
Though it’s late in coming, there’s nothing like the onset of something that resembles a good, old-fashioned Canada winter to test the myths and realities of growing old. Let&rs&helli…Read More
2020-11-17 21:47
Twenty years ago, when I was still a staff reporter at the local, daily newspaper, I interviewed a professor of agriculture at the University of Guelph. At the end of the interview about… Read More
2020-10-15 23:27
(Not much has changed since I first published this two years ago in a lot of ways. Old age continues to creep up on me, but I give myself a push and go outside to plant some garlic, or othe… Read More
The Hawk Is Watching
2020-09-10 15:12
I saw it again this morning as the dogs and I came back from our after-breakfast walk. Had it been watching us from above, I wonder only now? We had just turned down into our long driveway a… Read More
2020-08-13 01:09
Speak to me of Love, And I will tell you a story that never ends. Speak to me of Love, And I will tell you how it doesn’t matter, How much you say she has aged, And her beauty faded… Read More
And Now For Some Good News
2020-03-28 17:06
Far be it from me to traffic in dangerously unrealistic comments and other false hopes about the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. But for what it’s worth, regarding the lifting… Read More
2019-12-24 16:25
At the end of Cathedral Drive about the same time the Earth moved The “blast’ that took place in the Hope Bay area north of Wiarton on Friday, December 13 is now solely in the ha… Read More
Quarry “blast” Investigation Underway
2019-12-18 16:44
The tremor from a blast north of Wiarton was felt as far as Lion’s Head Officials of two Ontario ministries that oversee operations of pits and quarries in Ontario are investigating an… Read More
The Earth Quakes In Hope Ness
2019-12-14 21:45
In the 40 years since I first came to live in Hope Ness I’ve seen, heard, and felt a lot of memorable natural occurrences: a few specially intense, zero-visibility blizzards; the sky t… Read More
Two Smallish-type Poems
2019-09-09 23:24
“The man who invented time was a fool.” Dan, circa 1961, the village cafe, Toronto Waiting A few dark grapes, some cheese, a bit of bread; An ear, or more, of just-picked sweet c… Read More
“May You Live In Interesting Times”
2019-08-21 14:19
The origins of that now very relevant and ironic old saying are not clear,  though it’s known in English as “the Chinese curse.” However, no actual Chinese source has… Read More
2019-06-10 15:11
This old apple tree has seen better days, but none better than this, if one takes into consideration its defiant struggle to stay alive, and much, much more. I call it heroic, glorious, the… Read More
A View Of Notre-Dame From Cathedral Drive
2019-04-17 01:26
Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral before the fire The burning of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, Monday night in Paris, is indeed much more than the nearly complete destruction of an important bu… Read More
April 15, 2019: This Is Not Normal
2019-04-15 14:47
For a lot of years I’ve been growing vegetables at several locations on the peninsula between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in southern Ontario, Canada. I’ve grown accustomed to b… Read More
I Do (gardening); Therefore, I Am
2019-02-12 20:53
I look out my window and watch the winter storm blow in and get steadily worse. I don’t have to go on-line to check if the roads are closed: that’s obvious enough. The line of th… Read More
2019-01-10 18:22
A stoat, or ermine, caught in my live trap, soon to be released back into nature I got quite a surprise when I checked the live-trap this morning in the basement cold room where I store prod… Read More
2018-12-16 00:49
After Sunset, 5:00 pm, in Hope Ness, Canada, December 15, 2018 Sunset comes early in Hope Ness, Canada a week away from the winter solstice. If I don’t feed and walk the dogs before su… Read More
Tracks In The Snow
2018-12-03 17:42
Buddy woke me up early this morning with barking that tells me he’s picked up on something around or near the farm. My thoughts were of critters from the woods come to feast on the co… Read More
2018-10-27 23:27
Another cloudy day in late October with the front field to cultivate before it starts to rain, as forecast. I’m out beside Mr. Massey Too, checking his fluid levels before connecting… Read More
2018-10-11 00:17
With the sun now fallen below the equator, the mornings have come later with seeming haste over the past several weeks, as if anxious to move the season along toward winter. It will come so… Read More
2018-09-15 19:24
How well I remember my first sweet corn experience. I was a young boy of the inner city, invited out on a picnic by a country friend and his family. Two fresh-picked, unhusked cobs of sweet… Read More
2018-08-28 00:46
Thanks to my son-in-law Scott for catching this classic, picking-corn-for-dinner moment at Cathedral Drive Farm, Hope Ness this past Sunday. Rembrandt would have known too what to do. That&r&hell…Read More
2018-08-26 02:09
Jorden and great grandpa in the beans The second-floor window of my office in this old farm house at the end of a no-exit road overlooks a vegetable garden that’s proved to be way too… Read More
A Toronto Tragedy Put To Rest
2018-07-11 02:08
Canadian soldiers destined for war march past Casa Loma in 1914 We took Mom’s ashes back to Toronto a few days ago, to Westminster Cemetery, to be buried with her birth mother Clara, h… Read More
Canada’s Future Is Threatened
2018-06-30 13:47
“This too shall pass,” says the old adage, reflecting since ancient times on the changing nature of human existence. I offer it up here as an expression of hope in the deeply tr… Read More
Dark Clouds At Morning In The West
2018-06-16 13:47
A dark-cloud overcast was building up on the western horizon. It held promise of rain after a month-long drought in our little corner of the world on the Bruce Peninsula, Canada where I&rsq&helli…Read More
A Prayer
2018-05-20 03:13
Something there is in me still that reaches for the sun, That still stirs my heart to joy, when after a drought, A gentle west wind brings nourishing rain, just in time. Something there is… Read More
Canada’s Public Transportation Necessity
2018-05-12 14:17
The Last Spike for the Canadian Pacific Railway, 1885 There is no better example in the world of the importance of a well-functioning public transportation infrastructure than Canada. It is… Read More
2018-05-05 14:09
A couple of old guys staying young at heart A news item caught my eye earlier this week. It should have been big news more than a month ago wherever an aging population and the onset of deme… Read More
On The Joys Of Celibacy
2018-04-30 03:25
Something called the incel movement has been in he news lately, in connection with the horrific murder of 10 people in Toronto, and the serious injury of 14 others, when a man deliberately… Read More
Ah, The Joys Of A Late Spring
2018-04-14 19:59
April 14, 2018, Hope Ness, Ontario, Canada The local store where I buy my Big Beautiful Boy’s dog food was fairly busy one morning earlier this week. Housed in an older building, the d… Read More
2018-04-08 02:16
Trees have a lot to tell us about the state of their world, and ours. They’re in trouble too. That tough, old sugar maple clinging for dear life to a primordial rock up there by my ba… Read More

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