Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Barn

My parents barn - at one time it had chickens, turkeys and even rabbits. Our pet bunny was named Buck Rogers, large and docile. I remember bringing him to Brownies for show and tell. Now the barn acts as a shed and a wonderful back drop to the property.

Clay Hills

We took a little side trip to the Clay hills or Bad Lands as some people know them. The kids can run like crazy here and get dirty.

Badlands is a geologic term for an area of soft rock devoid of vegetation and soil cover that has become molded into a rolling landscape of rounded hills and gullies. Such areas are rare in Ontario. They exhibit the reddish hue of the Queenston Shale that forms them. It is the presence of iron oxide in the shale that accounts for the red colour. The narrow greenish bands that can be seen throughout the shale are due to the change of red iron oxide (iron III) to green iron oxide (iron II) brought on by the circulating groundwater. The relatively soft shale is essentially clay and easily eroded by water

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My brother's visit.

My youngest brother Steve and his family - wife, Lena and boys Lucas 8 and Joel 5 arrived June 25th from Malmo Sweden, for a 2 week visit. It has been 8 years since Steve has been home, so the whole family was crazy excited to have them come and to meet the boys. Of course 2 weeks fly by and even faster when you have to share with 4 other siblings and your parents. We have been fortunate enough to have a photographer take family photos (thanks to my parents) host Lucas's 8th birthday on Canada Day, shop, talk visit together, laugh and get to know the boys. Of course their departure is fast approaching and it breaks our hearts to see them go. Thank you for taking the time to come to Canada and for spending your vacation time on us,
Love your family.

Saturday, July 4, 2009