By Angela Hawn - Age is just a number. Perhaps no one suited that expression better than renowned anti-poverty activist and writer, Harry Leslie Smith, who passed away last November in Belleville General Hospital. And no one probably gave his advanced age less thought.
Country Roads is pleased to announce our 2019 Photo Contest Winners. We received so many beautiful photographs, that narrowing them down to the top three in each category was a challenging task. But one our panel of judges truly enjoyed.
By Lorraine Gibson-Alcock- I’m writing this story during the depths of winter, and as I look out the window my eyes see ice formations butting up against flowing water and our local Trumpeter swans not so silently gliding along the Crowe River north of Marmora.
By Barry Penhale -It has frequently been noted that we the living all too often pay insufficient attention to those who have departed this world. The late W.C. “Bill” Hunt is a case in point. This exceptional individual though no longer with us,greatly deserves to be much more than a mere footnote in recorded history.
BY SHELLEY WILDGEN - “No phone, no tel-e-phone!” she over-enunciated. “Maybe a bit of phone?” I pleaded. “Absolutely none.” Twenty years ago, I remember a conversation where my friend at the other end of the phone had become exhausted from listening to me talk about my exhaustion, so she interrupted my monotonous diatribe and ordered me a verbal phone-free prescription.
By John Hopkins- When you live in a rural area there’s no doubt that you develop a special connection with the animals around you. You become familiar with their routines and patterns, and grow to feel as if you know them on an individual and personal basis.
Margaret Grotek, Manager at Farmtown Park says that once the park closes on September 30th, it’s an all hands-on focus as they immediately turn their attention toward their annual Christmas event, “the Festival of Trees.” While they get ready for this event, they have also rented their facilities, especially for weddings that she says are “extremely popular in September.”
As summer slips away I still crave the taste of a citrusy dessert...and this one is the best! It’s so easy and so delicious. At a dinner party that I hosted I looked down my table to see one of the guests licking out the dish...I mouthed, “Would you like more?” His response was to close his eyes and nod yes. Perfection.
Mark your calendar for August 17-19 and attend the 160th anniversary of the Stirling Agricultural Fair! Among this year’s roster is the return of the Blacksmith Show, and a new Mini-horse Chuck-wagon event. There is a strong-man competition that will run over two days. While the midway is provided by Homeniuk Rides Inc., these other exhibits are self-run, with an emphasis on family fun. The line-up features many traditional standards such as the Beef, Goat and 4-H Shows, the Big Daddy Derby (an old-fashioned derby, where guys and gals, smash their car wrecks for prize money)…
One of my favourite summer salads is a slaw made from three of the cabbage family members: cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts. It is great to take to a potluck and it stays fresh for days in the fridge. If you have a food processor or mandolin it takes very little time to make.