SILENT COMBAT ON A BOEING 777
July 24, 2018
“Our seats are in there?”
“Fine, let me get up.”
Two matronly looking British ladies would be my seat mates from London, England to Toronto, Ontario…a 7 hour flight. Marjorie and I had aisle seats. The plane was packed, every seat taken…up to 400 people can be crammed into the Air Canada Boeing 777. Certainly more than 300 on board today, Hence the term ‘flying sardine can’ has been a popular moniker for the
Air Canada Boeing 777. Would our trip be crowded but pleasant…or crowded and living hell?
EUREKA! ONE LONE LEOPARD FROG FOUND JULY 8, 2018
EUJREKA! ONE LONE LEOPARD FROG! JLY 8, 2018,
(farm pond, fifth line, erin twp. wellington county)
VERY hot today. Should be a good day for frogs to get out of the farm pond
and limber up there tongues for fly catching. That would assume there are
any frogs left in our 9 acres of ponds. There were none visible last week
although there was thing of pollywog movement beneath the floating corpses
of last years bull rushes.
Not much sign of life as I circled the pond, and then there it was … a quite
mature leopard front. Not moving. Watching me with a single bulbous
eyes. But alive and healthy.
I hope he or she is not spotted by the eagle eyes of blue heron whose stiletto beak spears frogs and fish and anything that moves.
HUGE WALNUT TREE: PLANTED BY ALAN SKEOCH (supposedly)
OUR GRAND WALNUT TREE
LOCATION. location, location. the driving force in real estate valuation. Location was also the driving force in the success of this walnut tree on fifth line of Erin Two.
My grandmother, Louisa Freeman, always said that this walnut tree was planted by me (alan skeoch). In terms of achievements
in life, the walnut tree stands out. It was located right beside the old farm back house and about 30 feet from the hand dug well. You can see the well pump handle just to the left of our truck. The back house was located in the shadowy area and was quite a pleasant reading room because grandma decorated it with old calendars and news clippings.
Granddad, Edward Freeman, had a huge rhubarb patch exactly where the truck sits. From that patch he made gallons and gallons of rhubarb wine much to the chagrin of his Temperance neighbours. After he died, Eric and I tried to replicate the wine but ended up with a soupy mess of wormy barm which when bottled took a few weeks to gather enough pressure to detonate.
BAM! BAM! BAM! Shards of glass and foam and worms and goop all over our cellar.
What an unholy mess that was.
The walnut tree now massively overshadows the rhubarb patch.
MOCK WEDDING OF ALAN AND MARJORIE SKEOCH IN SUMMER OF 1963
OUR MOCK WEDDING SUMMER 1963
(Fifth Line, Erin Township, Wellington County)
This may seem like a strange picture but it was one of the touching events of our marriage. Uncle Frank Freeman dressed up as the bride (i.e. Marjorie) and it looks like young Christopher Peers was the groom. (i.e. alan) Not sure about that as the groom might have been Aunt Lucinda Freeman.
All our kith and kin on the Freeman side were gathered at Uncle Frank and
Aunt Lucinda’s farm on the Fifth Line of Erin Township and the Mock Wedding proceeded.
ALONG CAME A SPIDER AND SAT DOWN BESIDE HER (thoughts from Fifth Line july 2 2018)
LITTLE MISS MUFFET
SAT ON A TUFFET
EATING HER CURDS AND WHEY
ALONG CAME A SPIDER
AND SAT DOWN BESIDE HER
AND SCARED MISS MUFFET AWAY!
(Thoughts on meeting this John Deere pesticide spraying machine on
the Fifth line Road)