Daily Quote: June 12

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Do noble things, not dream them all day long.
~ Charles Kingsley (June 12, 1819  January 23, 1875)


The statue of the “Man with 2 hats” celebrates the close connection of Canada and Holland.  It embodies the “Just do it” attitude of Canadians who were instrumental in the liberation of the Netherlands.

A kind word,
a timely gesture,
a small gift,
may not mean the world to you, 
but may be the world to someone else.

Daily Quote: June 7

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Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second.
Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!
~ Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – May 9, 1903)


Like a turtle sitting on a log in the Old Ausable Channel.
Sitting in the sun,
feeling the breeze,
drifting in thought,
being deafened by the silence….
Being alone in the quiet forest rejuvenates the soul.

Pinery Provincial Park in June

Kayaking at Pinery Provincial Park is always an adventure.  June is an ideal time to go before schools are out for the summer and the campgrounds are full.  I’m always amazed to see so many turtles sunning themselves on logs in the Old Ausable Channel.

I had lunch on Beach 1.  Lake Huron is still very cold.  The water is high, but there is still a lot of beach to enjoy.

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Daily Quote: June 5

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What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health,
out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
~ Adam Smith (June 5, 1723 – July 17, 1790)


 

Pictured above are the flowers of a Pawpaw tree.

Found in Southwestern Ontario there is active discussion as to whether the Pawpaw tree is a true native species or not.

On tour of the Cuddy Gardens our guide said:

Although probably not a native tree in this area it is common in Southwestern Ontario at various Underground Railroad terminals.  Possibly from discarded  seeds of people seeking freedom, who took fruit that was readily available in the Southern United States and left behind to grow as people continued their journey to freedom.

According to Why an Ontario naturalist wants to Make Pawpaws Great Again

Once cultivated by First Nations, the pawpaw remained popular in the years after colonization but faded into obscurity in the 20th century. The fruits are easily bruised, have a short shelf life, and refuse to ripen simultaneously at harvest time — not ideal for large-scale agriculture.

A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Gardens Tour

Annual Garden Tour of the 5 acres donated by the Cuddy Family to Fanshawe College is a bargain.  Only $5 for a tour of the gardens and to walk at your own pace after the tour.

The only downfall is that this is the only weekend that the gardens are open to the public to view.  Many of the flowers are either past their bloom (tulips, narcissus) or not yet blooming (Rose Garden).

At the end of the tour there were 2 greenhouses filled with plants for sale at excellent prices.

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