The Purposeful Turkey

 

I always enjoy animal encounters.

Sometimes they are just a fun rendez-vous; at other times, a gentle lesson for me to ponder.

This past Monday in the late afternoon, I was driving along a country road that I use fairly often.  Coming up to the intersection with another country road, I noticed a wild turkey purposefully walking from the left side shoulder (ie. oncoming lane) straight across the road, heading to my lane.

Nope. Not interested in that potential kind of turkey encounter.

I honked my horn….also purposefully.

Had to chuckle when I saw the turkey take immediate note of said sound. Turned right around to head back to safety of the other shoulder. Watched me as I passed by. And when I glanced back via my rearview mirror, the turkey once again and with confidence purposefully started crossing the road again.

There were no other cars.

Yep. One smart turkey.

 

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Our Town Has Two!

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It’s always encouraging to see positive changes happening….especially in small towns, where the struggle sometimes occurs between keeping the “olden days” charm and embracing newer ideas and technologies.

For example,  several years ago, town council agreed to having a roundabout built to replace an intersection at the busier end of town – commuting traffic to and from the city – which often created traffic blockages.

I was thrilled to hear that news, because I had experienced for myself in trips to the U.K. and New Zealand just how handy roundabouts can be.  And they have oodles of them there!  One adapts easily to this method, and it keeps traffic flowing better.  Plus, there isn’t any need for traffic lights, the electricity and wiring usage normally required by those.

So, a few days ago, while driving through town from an errand, my sons and I caught sight of something new.  A promising new technology!

We have been keenly following improvements being made to solar energy for homeowners, as well as such innovations as electrically powered cars.

You should have heard the cheers in our car, when we spied – not one but TWO such stations – at one of the industrial businesses in our town.

Electric charging stations for those increasingly appearing new electric cars!

So good to see!

And in the meantime, we keep dreaming of our next car being an electric one.  🙂

 

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Some day we’ll get to see firsthand how these work!

 

 

The Apparition

I had a spook visit me along Wolf Grove Road just after midnight, when I was driving back home.

It was white and had four long legs. Going at a slow trot in the same direction as I was headed – westerly – but happily, it was on the left side ie. the oncoming lane….and no other cars around.

I only noticed it when I was almost upon it. In my head….”Shit! There’s a deer on the road!” Hoping it wouldn’t get startled and then run in front of me.

Nope. It maintained its cool. A beautiful buck with a good sized antler crown. As soon as I realized what it was – only looked white in my headlights – I stopped and waited to see where it was. I opened my car window. Hard to see behind me. I finally noticed its form turn onto my side of the road and go a bit further.

All silent.

I carried on….and hoped that the buck would have disappeared by the time the car behind me reached that spot. Kept looking in my rear view mirror, and that car eventually reached the spot and kept right on going without incident, so the deer probably took off into the woods there.

Wow. What an interesting encounter.

 

 

Six Word Story #5

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School bus signals so cars stop.

 

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Today in the afternoon, when I was returning home from a couple of hours of volunteer work for some community Christmas preparations, I ended up behind this school bus that was dropping off children living in a neighbouring rural community.

 

 

Autumn Wildflowers

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Sprays of blue asters,

Clustered along the roadside,

And pink clovers, too.

 

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There’s a back roads route I have been taking all summer up to the White Lake area – it’s a good 35-minute drive to my destination.  Winding here and there….with wildflowers and fields and forests and occasional wildlife to be seen.

Now that autumn has been setting in, not only do the tree leaves start changing their colours, but the later blooming wildflowers have their showy time.

For the past few days, those tiny bluish flowers have been smiling at me, as I drove by – looking like a sea of pale blue – and I didn’t want to miss out on looking at them up close, so on my drive back home two days ago, I stopped to take some pictures and to admire and enjoy their beauty.

 

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They are such cheerful pretty flowers!

 

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And then finally the wide view  of them along the roadside….

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Country Road Race!

So….rewind back to Saturday – Sept. 24th – and picture, if you will, a pleasant day, and I’d been busy working at Pickerel Bay, cleaning the one big cottage, plus another side cleaning job. I started later than usual and didn’t realize it would take as long as it did, so when I was done and checked my watch – eek! – I realized I would have to hustle my butt to get back home as quickly as possible……refresh myself in 5 minutes flat (fastest hair wash EVER!! )….change into my black outfit for serving work and JUST make it in time at Temple’s!

Now, imagine my thoughts as I found myself behind a car, going the exact speed limit all along Peneshula Road…….patience, girl……he’ll probably turn left at the Bellamy Road intersection, and then you’re home free. So, I bide my time, trundling behind him……checking my clock…..cringing…..

As we get close to the Peneshula and Bellamy Road intersection, and I’m HOPING the left indicator light comes on……NOPE! The right one comes on! NOOOOO!! Oh well, I say to myself, I will find a way to pass, like I had to before – it CAN be done!

NOW…..though, visualize my surprise-turned-to-glee, when just after both of us turned right onto Bellamy Road, heading for Clayton, and the car in front of me kicks up into high speed! BOOYAH!! Had he read my thoughts? Probably not. He’d just stayed within speed limit, until such time as when he could let ‘er rip. So, he revved it up to 80, and I followed right behind!

Ooooohhh! What a thrilling ride that was! We both knew to slow down in the curves – and most of this being gravel road – and speed up again in the straightaways. It felt like we were both on a race track. I had the wind blowing through my windows…..and away we went. When we came to the 50 zone, we slowed right down again…..and then resumed, when it was safe to do so.

I don’t know what the driver in front of me was thinking, but I was LOVIN’ it!!

Oh yeah….as I had calculated, I DID get home and did all those things AND got to work with a minute to spare! That’s probably the closest I have ever come thus far.

And here a photo of the blue car in front of me…..something about little blue cars and…..speed, eh? Maybe it was a standard, too?

 

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