Strathroy-Caradoc Horticultural Society’s 24th Annual Garden Tour

Always an amazing tour to attend.  Starting with the purchase of tickets at the Middlesex County Library:

There were a total of 8 gardens to visit this year.

GARDEN 1:

Jerry & Kathy Pawitch
525 Dewan St, Strathroy ON

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GARDEN 2:

Jim & Cheryl Losch
49 King St., Strathroy ON

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GARDEN 3:

Joe Eagleson and John Van Geel
7 McKay Street, Poplar Hill

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GARDEN 4:

Jim and Mary Copeland
62 Hickory Blvd. West, Strathroy ON

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GARDEN 5:

Joyce Callcott
377 Beattie St, Strathroy

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GARDEN 6:

Bruce and Barb Fonger
249 Park Street, Strathroy ON

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GARDEN 7:

Larry & Marlene Dejonckheere
23693 McEvoy Rd., Mt. Brydges ON

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GARDEN 8:

Charlie Eliot
2248 Gore Street, Mt. Brydges ON

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Chasing Sunbeams

The hot hazing days of summer are just starting and made for a perfect early morning walk through the Strathroy Conservation Area.

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My dog Rickie enjoyed the walk and our adventure chasing the sunbeams.

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We were even lucky enough to see a deer in the field.

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Then back home to enjoy the garden.

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Welcoming Summer in Tobermory ON

 

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A quick trip to visit Big Tub Lighthouse and the Bruce Trail.  Shopping at the local stores.  Then sitting on the back porch where a Red Squirrel demanded more peanuts.  The Canadian Geese were looking for bread, Mallard Ducks posed and an early morning Blue Heron was fishing.

Lady slippers were among the flowers that adorned the roadside for a couple of perfect days to welcome the beginning of Summer in Tobermory Ontario.

 

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We tried to go to Singing Sands beach, but construction of the new boardwalk meant we weren’t able to access the area.  Across the road we found Purple Pitcher Plants in bloom.  I’ve never seen these amazing plants and flowers before so plant identification came after we were home.  I’m looking forward to my next visit to walk on the new boardwalk.

 

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We ended our visit by going to probably the only sandy beach in Tobermory.

 

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Spring flowers 2018

My favourite season, spring is finally here in Strathroy, Ontario.

Walking along the trails at Strathroy Conservation Area, Trilliums are finally starting to bloom and everything is turning green.

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At home the signs of spring are just as beautiful.

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Weeki Wachee State Park

Be certain to add this State Park to your “Places to See”.

What a deal.  Only $13.50 for adults for the day at Weeki Wachee State Park.  Included in your entrance fee are 4 amazing attractions:

  1. The mermaids.  Entertaining guests since 1947 this is an amazing show.  There were 3 shows daily, but we missed the first one because it was full with bus tour groups.

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  2. 1/2 hour boat cruise.  A great opportunity to see the pure, clear, spring fed Week Wachee River.  99.9% pure and 5 miles per hour.

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  3. Wildlife show.  Learn about local snakes, toirtis, turtles and alligators.

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  4. Water park.  The temperature is always 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

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RHYTHM IN THE NIGHT

The 8th and final in the Real Music, Real Masters Series, RHYTHM IN THE NIGHT was definitely worth seeing twice.

 

 

 

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Season Pass holders were allowed to take a visitor for free in the month of February so I saw all of the shows this week:

TURN IT UP:  the coolest show at Busch Gardens

 

 

 

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OPENING NIGHT CRITTERS:

 

 

 

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ROCK A DOO WOP:

 

 

 

Walking through Busch Gardens:

 

 

 

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LEONARD, COLEMAN & BLUNT

Week 7 of the Real Music Real Masters Series at Busch Gardens was one of my favorites.  Leonard, Coleman and Blunt: former lead vocalists of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters really know how to entertain.  Timeless songs performed by amazing singers.  Growing up in the same neighborhood and working together for so many years, their performance is like fine wine, getting better with time.

 

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Today was 87F in Tampa so the animals were mostly laying around.

 

Pam Tillis

Week 5 of the 2018 Real Music Real Masters Series at Busch Gardens features Pam Tillis at the Stanleyville Theatre.  A relaxed performance with old country music.  Monday afternoon was a small attendance, so we had the very best seats in the house.

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This week’s walk with the animals features the Gorillas.  Wonderful warmer weather so the young gorillas were very playful today:

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We stayed for the 4PM Ice show:  Turn It UP.  A very energetic skate performance.

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Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

Week four of the Real Music Real Masters Series at Busch Gardens was Herman’s Hermts starring Peter Noone.  I attended their 155th performance on Monday at Busch Gardens.  The “Noonies” were out in full force with their T shirts and lights.  Peter Noone’s amazing voice and audience interaction, even when performing “I’m Henry the 8th” for more than the 1 Millionth time, continues to thrill and takes us back to our days of youth.

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This week’s animal walk after the show:

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On the way to see Herman’s Hermits we met this bird:

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The Diamonds

Week Number 3 of the 2018, Busch Gardens: Real Music Real Masters Series was The Diamonds.

The Diamonds are an amazing live performance to attend.  Be certain to take advantage of anytime you have an opportunity to see The Diamonds live.

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This week’s walk with the animals at Busch Gardens included the Bird Cage and Kangaroos.

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