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Grooming Day

Today was grooming day for Georgie. Memphis was excused this time around since she is still recovering from her surgery and we didn’t want to risk any re-injury in the tub or standing on the grooming table.



Lorraine, Georgie’s groomer, worked on him for close to 4 hours today….fortunately grooming comes with big hugs. Lorraine always does a fantastic job with our Newfs!


Look at all the fur Georgie left behind today!


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Songs about Mining

The other day I posted a version of Sixteen Tons performed by Manitoba Hal. Here’s another song about coal mining by Merle Travis, beautifully performed by The Country Gentlemen.

The Mountain by Steve Earle is another tune related to coal mining. Here it is performed here by Steve Earle along with the late Levon Helm and his band.

And one more….here’s Johnny Cash performing Loading Coal

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Positive steps in Long Branch

We received the following notice from Councillor Grimes yesterday, outlining some very positive steps in managing development in our community. For those who have not seen it, I’ve pasted it below. Kudos to Councillor Grimes – this will help even the playing field.

After discussions with the Planning Dept., we feel that the most appropriate way to deal with any future severance applications made before the design guidelines are complete is to request deferral until the applicant holds a meeting with my office, City Planning, and the neighbours to discuss what the most appropriate development for the site is. This will have the dual effect of delaying any of the inevitable appeals to the OMB following a COA refusal, and will help form the basis for the elements we want to see in the Long Branch Design Guidelines.

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Grain Scoop Planters



These planters used to be grain scoops from a mill. The metal units are bolted to a thick belt material. They come in 3s and 5s at Nice Old Stuff in Jarvis. I installed these beside the sliding doors on the deck.

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New Plant Stand

It used to be a light fixture. Now it’s a plant stand.


I installed it this morning, successfully beating the rain. We found the plant stand yesterday, hiding in the back garage at Nice Old Stuff (near the pillars we also brought home, and past the amazing old barn doors we resisted).

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Live – Dream


Some of you will recall the word ‘dream’ floating about in our garden. We found a new word on a stick yesterday when we visited Nice Old Stuff in Jarvis. Can you find the two words in the garden?

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A little Friday adventure

Both Tuffy P and I had the day off work to day, so we decided to take a drive out to Jarvis Ontario (past Hagersville and before Port Dover) to visit our favourite place to find nice old stuff for the house and garden, a place called Nice Old Stuff. Nice Old Stuff is like the Tardis in Dr. Who. It doesn’t look so big from outside but once you’re in there, it seems to open up almost infinitely. You never know what you’re going to find there. It was our source for the materials for the Twenty Seventh Street Book Box, the giant fiberglass crown in the back yard, the cement choo-choo train planter out front, the word dream on a stick, and more.


Today we found an assortment of excellent items to re-purpose for the garden, including the pair of pillars you see being lashed to the Subaru.

With the car loaded up, we drove up the street to D and D’s Family Dining for an excellent fish n chip lunch before the drive back.

As the various items we came home with today find their way into the garden, I’ll post pictures. Will the oxen yoke be the base for a bird house or part of a new garden bench? We haven’t quite got all the details worked out yet.