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I’ve been slow getting the pictures off the camera, so for this week’s Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real I’ll share Ella’s Guide enrollment.

My Pretty Happy girl being enrolled.

Proud Momma!

And my Funny Tim.  Sometimes he actually stops being a nut and behaves.  He’s such a sweetie!

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A few pictures to share for Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real this week.

Daddy brought in one of his reasonable sized pumpkins.  Wow did it have a lot of seeds.

Must have been about 4 inches thick.  It would have been a great pumpkin for making pie.


Lunch in the field with Daddy while they were combining Grandpa’s corn.  The moisture was perfect and the bushel weight heavy -so much better than last year.

50 Sandhill cranes just down the road from the Poff farm at the swamp.  We didn’t see many of them this summer.

These birds are big!  I wouldn’t want to corner one.

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 I meant to do this post for last week’s Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real but time got away from me.  So here it goes.

Colin and I had a road trip to the very Pretty town of Perth.

Wow, it’s such a pretty town.

Town hall.

The Anglican church.  We would have checked out the inside, but mass was still on.


Wow!  I’m ready to move in.   It backs onto the prettiest little park with a creek running through it.

I don’t understand why you would build right ON the creek?  I would think that would be rather difficult in 1820?  And no, this wasn’t a mill and it’s not the only building like this.

Codes Mill -back when even a factory could be beautiful.

Yeah, that’s a lot of cheese.

Shaw’s of Perth has been in this location since 1840!  That’s amazing.

How cool is this car wash?  Sign says a wash is only 75 cents!

Look who was hanging out watching the world go by.

Another creek running through town.  And another building right ON the water.

How do you know this is small town Ontario?  Feed mill right in the middle of town!

And now, why did this trip to Perth make me so very Happy?  Besides a lovely Sunday spent with my sweetie of course.

Colin found an almost new corn furnace on Kijiji.  The guy only used it for back-up in January/February so it hasn’t seen much use.  Hurray!  I’ll be able to breathe this winter!  The guy is supposed to be coming on Friday to install it -which is good because Colin isn’t going to want to use too much more oil and I don’t want him to put on the corn stove at all.

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Happy, happy Momma on this first Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real of October.  The house is cool enough to need a bit of oil and there was a light frost on the truck windshield this morning.  THE GOOD WEATHER HAS FINALLY RETURNED!!!!!!!!!!!  It has been so hot and humid this summer I’m very glad to see Fall finally arrive.  I’m usually tired of sneezing by this time of year and counting the days to the first good frost.

We got to see the very Pretty start of the super moon/eclipse that went on the other day.

But then the clouds rolled in and a very UnHappy girl had to go to bed.

10 pm they rolled back out again and we woke up a very Happy girl to check out the eclipse.  It wasn’t very red but it was very cool to see.  We don’t get to see them very often around here.

And since it’s ‘Throw Back Thursday’ on Facebook, I couldn’t help sharing this old one of my Funny pair:

Remember on the post about the Renfrew County Plowing Match and the picture of the old haybinder?  Well I found the family picture I mentioned:

One more Funny:

“Oh, you said ‘don’t‘ play on the clean towels?  Sorry Momma”

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Yes, I know, I’m late with this one too.  One of these days I’ll have a few minutes to put together a post to show what I’ve been up to lately.

Pretty, Funny:  My pretty and funny girl was using the camera and so (of course) I found some Ella selfies.

My camera is bigger and a little more awkward, I think that’s why it’s not the usual funny face.

to make my girl Happy I said I’d share some pictures of her flower gnomes.

Here they are playing by the river with the peg people her pen pal Sophia made.  We really need to work on Ella’s printing/writing this year.  She just doesn’t enjoy doing it.  She’d be much happier if pen pals were on the phone  :)

Happy:  I was very happy to have a chance to chat with one of my blogging friends in person (well on the phone) for the first time.  We’ve tried to meet in person, but her trips up this way are so full it’s not been possible -yet!

Very Happy to have the bushel of peaches dealt with!  Fruit relish on Thursday and canned today.  Also made a peach crisp and a handful left for eating fresh.  One of Colin’s Mennonite friends brings them up fresh from the St. Jacob’s farmers’ market -SO much better than those hard rocks the grocery stores up here sell.  These are seconds (cheaper) so you lose a few to bruising.  But then again I always find a bad one in the expensive baskets from the store too.

Funny:  this week’s funny is for all of us who love books and Elizabeth in particular since she was a librarian.

Real:  I forgot to take a picture of this week’s real.  But I will share it with you anyway since I know some of my friends think everything I cook turns out perfectly.  As you recall I had a slow roasted pork roast on the menu this week?  Well, according to the recipe I put it on the BBQ at 1:30 for supper at 5.  I went out to check on it at 4:30 and it was raw and cold!  Apparently the gas went out 5 minutes after I closed the lid.  Colin was in the yard so I had him change the tank (always have a back-up) and started the roast over (and changed supper plans).  I was supposed to take the roast off at 8 when it would be done.  You will notice I said ‘supposed’?  Well 8 am THE NEXT MORNING I remembered there was a roast on the BBQ!!!!  Out I went expecting to find a lump of charcoal.  Can you imaging that the roast was actually still edible!?  Just a very little bit of the outside needed trimmed.  I guess that’s the beauty of really low heat (>300F) and a pork shoulder roast (lots of marble).  Used a bit more gas than necessary but still was delicious.  Maybe next time I’ll set the timer  :)

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I didn’t get to share the pictures from the trip in Toronto (well, more the ride home) so I’ll share them today for Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real.

It turns out that Great Grandma was at the cottage the weekend we went to Grandpa Jim’s.  So we took the ‘other way’ home that runs right by and stopped for a visit.  The highway takes us right through the cute little town of Fenelon Falls (boy has that changed since we went to the cottage as kids).  Just as we were crossing the bridge we could see there were boats going through the lift lock.  We needed to stop for lunch any way, so we pulled over.

We literally crossed the bridge over the lock and parked, and this is how far down the water had gone.

Yeah, I don’t want to know how much this one coming in costs…

It was very cool to watch the lock in action.  And it was great that they have a walkway built under the busy highway so we could walk along and see everything from start to finish.

Next stop my uncle’s cottage!

This lake is actually back behind the farm where my Grandpa Johnson was born in Tory Hill.  Poor Tory Hill doesn’t exist any more.  When I was a kid, there was a gas station and a general store still there.  But they burnt down when I was a teen.  The old dance hall was still standing then too, but it’s also long gone.  My Grandpa’s house is still there, but no longer being farmed.

The lake is very cold and deep, but was such fun growing up.

It was the wrong time of day for fishing off the dock, but Ella gave it a try.

Ella’s first motor boat ride.  When we are at Joe and Carol’s in July Daddy always has to row.

My uncle has done a lot of work on the cottage the last few years (hurray flush toilet!!).  I really love what he did with the deck and stairs.

You have to watch your head when you sit on the deck.  Lots of hummingbirds.

Yeah, I know the ‘grandmas’ are wearing sweaters!  The rest of us were sweating and Ella was considering a dip in the lake even though she forgot to pack her bathing suit.

The cottage makes a good stop.  It’s about halfway and so there’s only 2 hours to go till we get home.

We had this guy in the tree out front the other day.  It’s a juvenile red tail hawk.  We’ve got lots of hawks around, but don’t usually have a juvenile hanging around.

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What would be nicer to share for Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real this week than my beautiful garden.  It’s usually full and beautiful this time of year -sort of wild English country look.

The day lilies look great this year.

They are spreading nicely too.

There is always lots of talk, especially on Facebook, as to how terrible farmers are for using herbicides.  How they use Round Up and other herbicides just because they can and how they use too much and soak the earth.  This doesn’t take into consideration the cost of these herbicides.  They cost far too much for most farmers to use in a haphazard manner.  Also, Canadian must be licensed to use herbicides and have a very thick book which tells them how much to use.  Often it works out to just a few drops per leaf on a plant.  (see here if you want to see the math)  They are meant to work at the correct dosage, more doesn’t mean better.

But they never seem to consider the WHY of herbicides.

This is the Real happened to my beautiful garden this year because it got smothered out by weeds.

We finally got all that darn vetch ripped out.  Only a few violets and other flowers have survived.  Luckily this is just a flower garden.  You can imagine the damage out of control weeds can do to a field full of soybeans or wheat or corn??  Weeds can reduce a field’s output by tons per acre, which translates into thousands of dollars that the farm won’t make.

Another Real that makes me very UnHappy is the wretched wild parsnip is getting dangerously close to our house.  It’s up at the railroad tracks which are about 300 ft from the house.  It is NOT something you want to get on your skin.

Ella is a very Happy girl.  I found someone selling a beautiful American Girl doll for a very reasonable price.  Ella has been wishing for a sister for Olivia.  Caroline had been previously loved but was in great shape.  A quick trip to the AG salon at Chapters in Yorkdale had her hair all fixed up.

The Happy family.

One last Happy.  Ella was given a make your own marker set by Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan.

She’s loving coming up with colours.  And I’m happy that there is no mess involved  :)

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