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The Circle B Ranch

The Circle B Ranch

The way I see it, we live in the land of glory. We trip over new opportunities daily. Take late last year as a fer instance. I had come down with a yearning to hear the trickle of a brook in my daily meditations. Sure, nearby Slab Creek runs with the freshets of spring and […]

My (borrowed) Ukulele

Saturday morning and I’m headed to Milford. Along the way, I take in the small things that make our place special. Like the sheep farmer turned limousine owner and chauffeur who, wearing his Hawaiian shirt, dressed for his wine tour schedule and all, is in his laneway wearing sensible footwear—rubber boots—while giving the stretch-limo a […]

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Elevating

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Elevating

Did you get the census thing stuck in your door the other day? The envelope from Stats Canada, I mean. Gotta fill it out and send it in cuz it’s the law, right? Count yourself in. Last count, back in 2011, we were 25,258 souls. Hard to believe, but with a few of us coming […]

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Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb

Ok, ok, already! I’ll not rush into spring planting! I’ll hang on ‘til the conventional 2-4 weekend. Keep a watch on the rhubarb as long as the weather doesn’t throttle it. Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb: In Shakespeare’s time and beyond, the muttering of the word was given to the extras on stage to represent a grumble. […]

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The robin’s nest

Turns out that a robin has signed up to use a decrepit birdhouse as a starter home. This is all fine except the house is missing its front wall and I am supposed to be the birdhouse and feeder reno-guy around here. Wouldn’t you know it, but robin jumped the gun moving in before I […]

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Please send flowers

Maybe it has to do with waiting for the sunrise; this morning from my shack out back; the copper sky over tarnished headlands; the expanse of horizon unfolding to the day. A sky that reaches beyond the arc of earth, and with open arms it greets the sun. I’ll bet that if I could beam […]

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Sprung forward

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Sprung forward

Do you ever wake up feeling out of sync? Out of sync with the world, I mean? Happens to me more often than I care to admit: in fact, the feeling can carry beyond waking up. This time, it looks like I missed the message of daylight saving time. I found myself wondering why, on […]

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A difference of night and day

Diary note: King Street, seven a.m.: Cobourg’s Coffee Place. A double espressolong, to go please, as I’m heading home. Teri just opened for the day and I’m her first customer. I got unwired barely forty minutes ago: unwired as in the Sleep Clinic around the corner beside the old jail where I just checked out […]

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Heart of winter

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Heart of winter

There is a muted cover over the land. Colour, delineation and sound in the world we generally know are dampened when the snow falls heavily. Removed is a part of emotional stimulation. On snow days in February, it’s like the difference between banjo picking—the rhythm of the everyday—versus the chording of a classical guitar. Standing […]

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The thing about ice

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The thing about ice

Seems like all it takes is the sound of a shovel or skates scraping an ice surface out-of-doors and I time-travel: winters of youth when you dared to hitch a ride behind the bumper of a car; took bets from friends while in your head, you heard your mother’s voice telling you not to put […]

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