Busy Days in Southern Ontario

Woodstork in Flight

The time is certainly flying by since our return from England.  Last week I was busy accompanying an old high school friend on a few legs of his cross Canada bicycling trip.  Waterloo to Kingston in four days, averaging about 100 km daily.  We had a great time and Gary is presently in Fredericton, New Brunswick…..still on schedule to be in Halifax for July 28, 2012.  While in Kingston we also attended Matt’s graduation ceremony from his military electronics course at CFB Kingston.

This past weekend we headed up to Kincardine, Ontario for the annual Arnold family reunion at my brother in law’s farm in Ripley.  The four of us (Chris, Matt, Sarah and myself) drove up Saturday morning with my son Casey and his girlfriend, Shannon, also joining us for the festivities.  There were 50-60 people at the reunion and we had deep fried turkey for the first time, done up in one of those huge propane fired deep fryers we often see at Walmart and made popular at tail gate parties.  The birds were done to perfection, so hats off to Merv and my nephew Shane for coming up with that great idea.  As usual there was way too much food.  Years ago when I first joined the Arnold clan, my late wife and I were on the bottom of the Arnold tree…..newly married and no children.  Now we couldn’t attend all the reunions over the years of course but with the birth of our two children and coming back to Ontario for summer holidays on occasion over the years, we slowly moved up the age ladder at subsequent reunions.  This reunion actually found Chris and I seated at the ‘senior’ table for supper.  How on earth did that ever happen???  Guess we are getting older after all.

Cattle Egrets Courting

The weather in southern Ontario has been brutally hot and humid these past ten days or so with day time temperatures in the mid 30sC and the humidex pushing that amount well into the 40sC.  Fields are extremely dry and it won’t be long before crops and livestock are compromised.  Eastern Ontario is in even worse condition with many farmers already dipping into their winter feed because there just isn’t much else available.  The Toronto area has had only 30% of the usual rainfall for July thus far but we are hoping for a little moisture in the coming days.

Sarah & Matt are off for a few days of fun at Darien Lake.  Chris and I are enjoying some time to ourselves while they are away and organizing our wedding on August 18th.  Things are coming together nicely.  We popped into City Hall for our marriage license this afternoon and have an officiant lined up for a brief ceremony in St Jacobs on the big day.  Small ceremony with just us, our children and their significant others, followed by a few photographs and a nice dinner in Waterloo.

Today’s photographs are from our stop at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida in early April.