Water Divining…SNAKE IN THE WELL

WATER DIVINING:  WHY?

(FOUND SNAKE IN THE OLD  WELL)

alan skeoch
March  2018
To find  underground water is about as easy as water sluicing off a Duck’s back.  So  here are a few tips for anyone interested.  My wife says very few people  are interested  in these stories but I will persist anyway.
Here is  a picture  of our son Andrew, doing water divining.  Not sure  if he is a believer.  That silly grin seems  to indicate scepticism.

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SKEOCH KIDS AT SCHOOL CIRCA 1914 SS NO. 3, NICHOL TWP. WELLINGTON COUNTY ONTARIO

THE NICHOL TWP SKEOCH FARM REMAINED A BASE FOR THE FAMILY UNTIL 1979 WHEN NORMAN SKEOCH (TOO YOUNG TO BE IN PICTURE) DIED AND THE FARM HAD TO BE SOLD. SEE AUCTION SALE NOTICE IN FORTHCOMING EMAIL.

SCHOOL   SS NO.3
DATE   1914
SKEOCH CHILDREN PRESENT:   JOHN  SKEOCH, ELIZABETH SKEOCH, ARNOLD SKEOCH, ARTHUR SKEOCH

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APPLE PIE FROM DUSTY APPLES featuring ROCK HARD PASTRY

APPLE PIE FROM DUSTY APPLES featuring ROCK HARD PASTRY

alan skeoch
Feb. 2018

For a few  years we constructed rural displays for Ivan Goring that were assembled at the Canadian National Exhibition and the

Royal winter Fair.   Here is Kevin hoping that someone will come along to admire our work.

At the end of this show we had to clear out our fanning mills, corn shellers,  … and one huge cast iron cook stove. Dad came along to help.  His help was always risky.  In this case he filled the cook stove oven  with as many apples as he could steal from the apple booth…about two bushels.  When we picked up the stove the oven door popped open and apples rolled like marbles all over the place…some of them even rolled to the apple booth.  Dad grinned. A bit embarrassed  I suppose.    He gathered up as many as he could.  He took no responsibility.   As I remember he used them to make his first apple pie at home.  His pastry was bullet hard…break your teeth hard…rock hard.  Mom and Marjorie said “You bought this pie!”  Dad got really miffed…hurt. “Made the goddamn thing from those apples.”  Do you mean the apples that rolled across the CNE floor?  Did you wash them, floor was dirty?” “Made it myself damnit all” “A little dust won’t hurt you.”  Mom went to check the garbage for dusty apple dealings.  Empty.  No evidence one way or the other.  One thing is for sure…this was the only apple pie Red Skeoch ever made…if he  really made it.
Dad  left … horses were running at Woodbine  racetrack … said nothing … was a bit angry.   We were never sure he made that pie.  Ungrateful, I suppose.

alan

Fwd: ALAN SKEOCH…CURLING PHOTO, GRENADIER POND

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: ALAN SKEOCH…CURLING PHOTO, GRENADIER POND
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:34:29 -0500
From: Alan Skeoch <alan.skeoch@rogers.com&gt;
To: Kevin Skeoch <kevinskeoch@hotmail.com&gt;, askeoch@bellnet.ca, Cathie Stoesz <cstoesz@gmail.com&gt;

JUST THOUGHT YOU MIGHT ENJOY THIS PICTURE…TAKEN ON GRENADIER POND, HIGH PARK YEARS AGO…KEVIN HAD SENT ME 

THST RUSSIAN FIELD CAP FROM THE AFGHAN WAR…THE BUFFALO COAT (MAYBE BEAR) CAME FROM A FARM SALE PURCHASE….
RIGHT NOW THIS PIC MAKES ME FEEL SAD…CANNOT CURL DUE TO TORN ACHILLES TENDON 

MARJORIE: CORN HUSK DOLL MAKER PAR EXCELLENCE

Every fall we collect some  nice clean field corn cobs.  Get them  before the fall rain turns the husks black  and brown.  Marjorie  carefully pulls off the clean inner husks for the body and  then gathers the stiff  outer husks for the dress and the brown corn tassels make  for flowing hair.  The  cobs?   Feed the birds or give them back to the farmer.

About 25 years ago, when the Royal Winter Fair encouraged creativity, Marjorie did displays.