EASTERN ONTARIO DROUGHT

Eastern Ontario endures the worst drought in over 50 years. My back lawn is  burnt to a crisp and have lost three plants in the new front garden due to my  lack of awareness of the severity of the situation. Time to head out and see how the farmers are coping with the extreme weather in the hinterlands of Eastern Ontario.

HAY BINDER sits at rest in freshly cropped field. Its duties done for another year as photographically beautiful “puffies” float overhead. Farmers may be forgiven for their lack of aesthetic appreciation as they curse them like they did in the “Dirty Thirties” as just “empties” going by.

FIELD SCENE

SQUARE TIMBER FARM STRUCTURES

Eastern Ontario is famous for its square timber architecture dating back to early pioneer days.

CALABOGIE TOURIST OFFICE

Proximity to a nearby lake brings a refreshing tinge of green.

GENERAL STORE, CLAYTON, ONTARIO

Picked up some interesting free paperbacks from the bookstand on the porch.

CLAYTON POST OFFICE inside the General Store.

SS #15, MCNAB, ONTARIO

Serendipity strikes like lightning in Waba, Ontario with these relics of a bygone era. “SS” stands for “School Section”, the basic geographic unit for  academic administration in the province. I went to School Section #6 in Humberstone, Ontario long before we fell into the postmodern trap of naming schools after failed politicians and other assorted scoundrels if not outright traitors.

RENOVATED FARM HOUSE

With the rising prosperity produced by the export wheat boom of the 1860’s, handsome stone structures like the one above started to replace the original log cabins and populate the landscape. With loving care and attention there’s no reason not to expect their survival centuries into the future.

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