Happy Thanksgiving Canada! Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm (PHOTOS) #goebbertsfarm #gourds #pumpkins

Ξ October 14th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Autumn, Canada, fall colours, family, health/happiness, holiday(s), home, home and garden, nature, Ontario, Photography, United States |

 

Roger and me Goebbert's Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois - October 14, 2013

Roger and me Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013

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Our younger son – Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013 –Off the charts tall!

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Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013

Goebbert's Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois - October 14, 2013

Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013

 Celebrating Thanksgiving with Family, Finding the Perfect Gourd

Not much goes on in the way of celebration of Canada’s Thanksgiving here but since it does often co-inside with the American Columbus Day school-and-government holiday, we use that as a reason to go to Goebbert’s Farm in South Barrington. We usually start our visit by finding the perfect gourds to decorate the house with. Each year, there seems to be a new colour or bizarrely-shaped gourd. This year, there were red pumpkins–as in a full-on Christmas-like red. I passed on them. As far out as I like to go is white mixed with greens, oranges and yellow. Roger always picks the Indian corn for hanging on the door. Since we have no little kids anymore I don’t go all-out with the spooky decor, though I do have some porcelain favorites, with a farm-scene scarecrow, and a little witch and ghost. We have a pretty life-like/life size looking raven, too, but my days of spreading fake webs around are over– so horns-o-plenty with colourful gourds it is.  Oh, we put large pumpkins outside to gives thing some colour. And if I found a cool zombie I would get it to hang up.

To celebrate Thanksgiving without the work we stopped by the always-delish Goebbert’s bakery which is conveniently on site with the gourds, the kid stuff  like animal rides, hay rides, the haunted house and the ones we don’t pass up–the animal farm and the corn maze.  Hot cider and fresh apple pie is my standard and the boys do pumpkin pie. We brought home apple cider donuts, apple butter and pumpkin butter, too. It was a beautiful, temperate day–totally different than how it will be in six weeks for American Thanksgiving.

Hope everyone had as nice a day as we did!

 

 

2010 10 06 011458 425x305 Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! #haliburtonhighlands #canadianthanksgiving

 

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a great week!

History of  Thanksgiving  in Canada

 

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been futilely attempting to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did, however, establish a settlement in Canada. In the year 1578, Frobisher held a formal ceremony in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This event is widely considered to be the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and the first official Thanksgiving to occur in North America. More settlers arrived and continued the ceremonial tradition initiated by Frobisher, who was eventually knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay now known as Iqualuit.

It should be noted that the 1578 ceremony was not the first Thanksgiving as defined by First Nations tradition. Long before the time of Martin Frobisher, it was traditional in many First Nations cultures to offer an official giving of thanks during autumnal gatherings. In Haudenasonee culture, Thanksgiving is a prayer recited to honor “the three sisters” (i.e., beans, corn and squash) during the fall harvest.

Source: Wikipedia.org

 

Maple Lake Ontario Nostalgia (PHOTOS) Beautiful Maple Lake Weekend Weather! #maplelake #ontario

Ξ September 27th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Autumn, cottage country, family, Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation, weather |

Days Gone Bye and Starting Anew on Maple Lake

The dock my grandfather built. (Photo:1985)

The dock my grandfather built. (Photo: 1985)

 

Me and my bro on Maple Lake

Me and my bro on Maple Lake

Checked the forecast today and saw it was a pretty day at Maple Lake. The weather for the rest of September looks gorgeous, too. September seems like a “best shot month” in all the places I’ve lived when it comes to weather.

Here’s how nice it will be for the rest of September at Maple Lake:

Maple Lake Weather Forecast - September 27 through Sept 30 (Cr: Accuweather.com)

Maple Lake Weather Forecast – September 27 through Sept 30 (Cr: Accuweather.com)

 

When Roger and I retire we can easily do end of May through end of  September at Maple Lake each year with day or weekend trips to Toronto every now and then. That’s a third of the year, now to find someplace nice for the other 2/3’s. Both of us like to be outside, to putz around in the gardens or with the dogs. Nice, brisk walks are…nice.  That becomes an impossibility in Toronto or here, in the Chicago area in the dead of winter.  At one time, I would have said I wouldn’t leave my kids but kids themselves leave, that’s a fact, and I can’t go chasing after them. Letting go is part of life–as much as embracing  it–which is what I think of when I’m missing Maple Lake.

The photo at top is my dad and my oldest son. My son is jumping off the dock that my grandfather put in. I loved that dock. I remember lying on my stomach at the deep end, watching the minnows swimming under it. The way the shafts of sun seeped through –it was just super-cool. When I saw my Dad last month, I asked him how would Roger and I go about recreating that dock. He replied with a sigh, “You don’t want to do that.” Now I was under the impression that the dock was removed at the end of the summer season and put back come early summer, but I was way wrong. It stayed there throughout each winter and come spring it would be a jumbled mess after the winter ice had it’s way with it. What kept it in place was rocks beneath the top of the “T” section. The ice shifted them out and  it was quite a chore to get it all back in place each year. My dad suggested buying an aluminum dock which of course, I know about as they are everywhere, but I wanted to recreate some of what has disappeared  at the lake. It goes to prove though, sometimes when something is gone it stays gone and one must start anew.

 

 

Maple Lake Ontario – Boating – Cottages – Sunset (PHOTOS) 9.04.13 #maplelake #ontario #canada

Ξ September 5th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Autumn, boating, Canada, cottage country, family, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, Raven, summertime, sunsets |

Maple Lake Ontario Sunset - Sept 4 2013

Maple Lake Ontario Sunset – Sept 4 2013

The weather here on Maple Lake has been iffy for the past three days but late today, the sun came out and we all rejoiced, including our dogs, who otherwise were content pretty much with just sleeping.  The cherry on top was the most beautiful sunset I’ve seen in the 7 weeks total that I’ve spent here this summer.

Now that Labour Day has officially passed, Maple Lake is super-quiet.  I like it that way though I admit that I get overly- carried away   because I have so much fun and I can be pretty noisy at times.

Obi near the western cove on Maple Lake 99.4.13)

Obi, near the western cove on Maple Lake (9.4.13).

 

One thing in particular that I enjoyed about trolling about on Maple Lake is the diversity in lakefronts and the buildings on them. There are examples of structures less than 5-10 years old right through those that look at least 75 years old. I end up getting all kinds of inspiration for what I’d like to do with our lakefront in the future, ideas both big and small.

Love this little set-up here. Very cottage-y looking

Love this little set-up here. Very cottage-y looking.

Wildflowers that bloomed in August

Wildflowers that bloomed in August.

 

 

Haliburton Highlands – What’s Happening Nov 23 – 29 2012 – 14-Day Weather Outlook #haliburtonhighlands Ontario PHOTOS

Ξ November 23rd, 2012 | → Comments Off on Haliburton Highlands – What’s Happening Nov 23 – 29 2012 – 14-Day Weather Outlook #haliburtonhighlands Ontario PHOTOS | ∇ Algonquin Township, Autumn, community, community services, cottage country, entertainment, events, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Minden Hills Township, Ontario, Photography, weather, webcam |

Muskoka Ontario November 23 2012
(Credit: Weather Network)

Vote for Us

 

Prettiest border crossing in Ontario–Niagara Falls (Eye of the Falls) Ontario Canada –November 23 2012

 

There are many types of festivities and, holiday-time activities going on in the Highlands in the upcoming week-or-so.

Check them out in this post or by scrolling down to the thumbnail which you can click on and enlarged to view.

What’s Happening This Week in the Haliburton Highlands (Nov 23- 29)!

 

Visit Santa Claus in Minden!

 

Gowganda Lake Ontario PHOTO

 

Christmas Lunch and Bake Sale – $5 Lunch

 

Peter Pan

 

The Art Hive Brings You…

 

Chapleau River Ontario Canada PHOTO – November 23 2012

 

Frost Bite Ride

 

Minden Hills Cultural Center

 

 

Reach Harbour Lakefield Ontario (Photo) Nov 23 2012

 

Share the Road Survey

 

Kincardine Harbour Ontario November 23 2012

 

Sir Sam’s Ski Hike Bike

 

Lagoon City Ontario PHOTO Nov 23 2012

 

Glimour Ontario (PHOTO) Nov 23 2012

 

St Andrew’s Day Fundraiser

Credit: Weather Network

 

 

Haliburton Highlands –  14-Day Weather Outlook:

14-Day Weather Outlook Forecast – Haliburton Highlands November 24 –  December 7

 


 

Haliburton Highlands – What’s Happening Nov 9-14 2012 – 14-Day Weather Outlook #haliburtonhighlands Ontario Fall PHOTOS

Ξ November 10th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ art/crafts, Autumn, Canada, community, community services, cottage country, Education, entertainment, events, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), Minden Hills Township, nature, Ontario, Photography, sunsets, weather, winter |

(Ontario Autumn – 2011) photo via The Weather Network

Remembrance Day (Canada) Things to Do – Nov. 11

Last week in the Highlands

Last Remembrance Day:

What’s Happening This Week in the Haliburton Highlands!

Nov. 9-14, 2012

 

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Part 2 of 2.

Nathan Rogers – Northern Lights Pavillion

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Part 2 of 2.

Treasures 2012

House Concert Series

 

Festival of Trees – 11/25 Bobcaygeon Rd – Minden

Credit:

 

Based on the 14-day extended weather outlook. I’d say though winter is coming , it is not quite here yet.

I’m glad to see more normal rainfall. The temperatures, both high and low are above average–or average most of the time. The forecast lows are all above the norm. I would hope since the rain is on and off week-to-week that the water tables are getting some action.

Yay, no fall drought!

 

 

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