Little Touches of Humour

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You just never know what you’ll see at a truck stop/gas station/restaurant/bakery that’s decorated in a friendly manner….

Directions are ALWAYS so helpful! ¬†ūüėÄ

 

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Six Word Story #3

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The park beckons with promised tranquility.

 

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I’m loving these six word stories!

They share the idea of brevity as with haiku poetry, and it’s been a great exercise to contain thoughts within either those required haiku syllables or, as here, within six words.

It takes a little adjusting, and then the fun just keeps on growing!

Oh yes, this photo was taken in Stewart Park, located in the picturesque town of Perth, Ontario, Canada, in June of this year.

 

 

We have beer!

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Not such a big deal, you say?

Well, you are right. ¬†In one way, it isn’t. ¬†Here in Canada we have had beer for a long time. ¬†It was introduced with European settlers and declined during the Prohibition era but has experienced a resurgence once that era ended. ¬†Been going strong ever since.

And yes, we have always been able to buy our beer at the beer stores or liquor stores all across the nation.

HOWEVER…..the big deal comes in more specifically as it relates to the province of Ontario, when compared to, for example, the neighbouring province of Quebec. ¬†In Quebec beer has also been sold for a long time in grocery stores and convenience stores. ¬†That service just wasn’t available to consumers in Ontario.

Up until just recently.

Provincial government regulations have finally changed…..to now allow the selling of beer in grocery stores.

YAY!

So….just the other day, my two oldest boys and I went to do some grocery shopping and happened to go in a store that we sometimes go to, if we happen to be in the area. ¬†As we walked around with our cart – piling up things we needed from our list, we came upon – to our surprise! – the beer corner in the store. ¬†And yes, we immediately explored.

In the above photo is the display of the craft beer cooler.

Next….the imported beer section….and on the left are a few already assembled boxes in which customers can place their bottles for carrying, just as you would ordinarily get at the beer or liquor store.

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Regulations require that a notice be mounted and visible to consumers as to the hours of service and the staff able to assist (those with proper certification).

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Yes….we browsed. ¬†And yes, we picked up something. ¬†See the four-pack of strawberry-flavoured beer in our cart? ¬†Just in front of the toilet paper.

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I also looked through this cider section and decided to give an alcoholic pear cider can a try.  I have had apple ciders in some pubs and those were always tasty.

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So yes, in the grand scheme of things…..of having access to beer, it’s not such a big deal, as we always have been able to buy beer, but this added option has been LONG awaited and LONG time in coming to Ontario residents. ¬†It offers the choice of buying beer in the same place as the groceries and saving an extra stop. ¬†It’s a nice convenience.

 

 

Giant at Pickerel Bay

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Standing tall and strong,

Higher than all the others;

A leader of trees?

 

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On Monday I was doing some pre-season cleaning prep work at a cottage and trailer campground area on White Lake, known as Pickerel Bay Lodge.  After I was done working, I went on a little walkabout, as it had been in early October of last year when I was up there last, just as the resort season ended.

In one particular spot there had previously been three small cottages  Рthe cottages were in need of some kind of upgrade Рand that had been cleared and replaced with three new trailers.  Some of the surrounding vegetation had also been cleared out, which made  this spot with the trees more visible.

And there was just something about those trees that caught my eye.

Sunset Walk

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Looking at the sky,

In serenity’s embrace

I breathe in deeply.

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Went for a late afternoon walk on Wednesday…..figured it would do my wheezy lungs some good. It did. It has become my walk of peacefulness and appreciation. ¬†A quiet time to think or just to look around and enjoy the scenery. Sometimes it isn’t all THAT quiet…..hahaha!…..when there are oodles of cars and trucks coming through! But there were quiet spells for sure. ¬†A friend commented to me yesterday that she also enjoys her walks where she lives – she lives out in B.C. ¬†(British Columbia) and therefore…..heaven. ¬† ¬†There are beautiful mountains in B.C. so the scenery is quite spectacular. ¬†And where I am the landscape is dotted with family farms and fields and small woods. ¬†Different for sure. ¬†I wrote back to her with “I live in heaven, too. Heaven is where one is…..in one’s heart.”

I noticed that the sun was on the descent towards the horizon ¬†as I left the house, so I anticipated seeing a progression of views with the sun saying “good night.”

Here are some of those views…..

You’ll notice……there’s no snow! ¬†Although it does happen in some years, for December, around here, that’s quite unusual.

The tiny hamlet of Chaffey’s Lock

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My husband and I went for a wonderful scenic drive to Chaffey’s Lock on Sunday, where we were going to be visiting with some friends. ¬†It was about a one and a half hour drive one way. ¬†This was our first time there, and so it wasn’t long before I was snapping away some photos to remember this pretty spot and the beautiful weather that day (even though it DID cloud over later on and rain a bit).

We also went for a walk to go see the lock, as it’s part of a sequence of locks that make up the whole Rideau Waterway, from Kingston to Ottawa (in Ontario). ¬†By the time we did that, it was too dark to get shots of the lock, so I think I will need to go drop by again some time…..for more pics and just to walk and sit and take in the view. ¬†Maybe even go for a swim, as others were busy doing in certain spots.

Then, as I thought of posting this picture, I thought that perhaps it’d be fun to add scenery photos more often¬†for you, my readers¬†– as I often¬†enjoy seeing places different from my home¬†and travel spots.