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Slow food

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I know, I do understand. You're zooming down the 148 on your way to work or the cottage or the depanneur or something and then...

WHAT!>?!

There's some massive agricultural --- THING ---- in front of you... Doing something like 2 km/hr... And...

CAN'T HE MOVE IT?

Or GET OFF THE ROAD?

Too big

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You are, no doubt, starting to get the idea that I have a 'thing' about fire.

Crazy thing, you see, is this:

During summer - although the grass is sometimes thick and green and the sky is sometimes cool and cloudy - things can seriously burn down anyway. These bonfire flames [seen last week at a lovely local home] were stretching at least 25 feet into the air, all within a spark's access of many tremendously flammable ditches and fields.

Pulling over to see if someone was in danger, I could actually hear the relaxed and appreciative chatter of people sitting happily while they watched. I could also feel the awful heat of the blaze though my car window... from the road, which was at least 20 feet away.

PLEASE please please be careful about what you set fire to until we have an inch of cold, deadening frost. Big thanks.

A true Eagle

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Romeo Belisle has been hassling me about getting the Golden Eagles Hunting and Fishing Club into the news ever since I started working for one of our local publications, probably 2003. This year is the 40th and last year of the Golden Eagles. My hat is off to this remarkable man for his endless hard work, insight, foresight and truly extraordinary determination.

More to come . . .

A sad little tiny golden gift

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Alas, alas.

Our windows are festooned with hanging decorations on the inside (and smeared with eight months of filth outside) but neither of these visual cues stopped this little lovely from ending her life against the glass. I am so sad. She's a Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) as far as I can tell. Larger birds have bumped into our windows, shaken their heads for a bit and flown away but I guess this golden tiny was too tiny. All I can do is share her perfection.

Danger, stranger

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As an Australian, the fire danger safety sign is a holy and unquestionable symbol of authority that stands between the community and unspeakable devastation.

Did you know that, as a result of a number of particularly deadly fires, the state of Victoria now has a 'black' rating?

Red denotes 'extreme'. So, the level of danger the colour black designates?

The State of Kate: Appawatiskat's broken heart

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Sometimes you just wish so hard for a magic wand --- and a magic carpet --- to rush to a place to do a thing. If I had those two objects, I would rush to Appawatiskat with hundreds of canvasses, a million brushes and enough paint to fill a swimming-pool. I would magic up a tent and hold 24-hour painting workshops for ever. Art is not the answer to everything but it's a huge step towards understanding and coping with almost anything. Art can soothe your broken heart. Good luck and much love, Appawatiskat. Don't give up. I am praying hard for you.

The State of Kate: To the EC, with love...

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I don't know what you do when you listen to radio reports on the situation in Syria and the resulting refugee flood assaulting southern Europe.

Personally, I cry... which probably means I should stop listening to CBC in the car.

Just over the mountain in Wakefield, incredible things are happening: money is flowing into bank accounts and houses are being rented. Volunteers are forming committees and signing their names to forms to sponsor refugee families into the community.

Business profile: Dollar General

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Dollar General is owned by Marco Larcher and was opened in November 2015.

The store sells a huge array of housewares, toys and craft materials as well as a helium balloon bar with everything you need for a party. There is also a large grocery section with dry and canned goods as well as fresh bread and milk. Dollar General also has a hardware and petfood section.

Quyon ferry is open — let the river crossing begin!

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[From the Quyon Ferry website:]

March hours (21st to 24th) are as follows:

  • Mon- Thurs 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

We will update Easter Weekend hours next Thursday.

March Hours

  • Monday to Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Schedule from open to close.
  • Friday 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Schedule from open to close.
  • Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Schedule from open to close.
  • Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Schedule from open to close.
  • Good Friday 7:00 a.m. to On Schedule from open to close.

Scheduled Crossings

A ferry leaves a dock every 10 minutes!
Quebec (even)
8:00, 8:20, 8:40, 9:00
Ontario (odd)
8:10, 8:30, 8:50, 9:10

Welcome to nowhere, you are here

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Someone once described the Pontiac region to me as being 'in the middle of nowhere but close to everything', and that is surprisingly true. I can be driving past the RCMP cars and construction vehicles parked on Parliament Hill in almost 30 minutes from my front gate. 

Having both distance from and proximity to not only a major urban centre but the nation's capital is a unique and potentially useful circumstance. Let's take a bit of time to think about how we can get this to work for us.

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