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Another year another turkey……

“Which one do you think would be better?”

My question was directed at an experienced looking housewife. She had tossed the birds around, examined their weight and made her decision. I marveled at her expertise and the swiftness of her decision making process. After all she had been doing this for years and I had 3 years under my belt!

“ Should I go with the 7 kilogram one or should I go a bit bigger?” The humble pasty- grey bird peered safely up at me from the supermarket fridge. Much deliberation went on.  A few women had gathered around me now and eagerly offered this newbie advice. More questions were asked and preference for white or brown meat was discussed. This was a serious matter. Eventually the decision was made and it was unanimous.

“So this is the one then.” I heaved the 10 kilogram bird into my shopping cart. My back muscles twinged under the strain. It was one hell-of-a fine bird!  Of course I won’t mention this to the family. There is no need for them to know that I was ably assisted by my experienced new helpers. After all, us girls stick together!

My shopping cart trundled off to the check out. The humble bird’s destiny had been sealed.  It was bound for the  Morkel’s Thanksgiving table.

 

 

Cheers!

Cheers!

It is our third Thanksgiving here in Canada and it is probably one of the best times of the year. People scurry around and prepare for winter. Gardens are cleaned up and anything that could be ravaged by the extreme temperatures is packed away. The leaves have begun to add colour to our walks around Oakville. Roads and paths are covered with ‘the drop’ and we notice and appreciate the hues of orange, yellow and the red. We savour the swansong of summer in the form of Fall and recognize that the burst of colour will have to tide us through till Spring next year!

Josh is sue that a skunk lurks nearby....

Josh is sure that a skunk lurks nearby….

But for now we celebrate the bounty of the harvest and all that it brings with it. One such event is Thanksgiving where a feast is held. Each family prepares a sumptuous meal to enjoy with family and friends. Around our table this year will be our adopted Canadian family.( I must add that they have not had much say in the matter….they are family whether they like it or not! ) I am thankful to them for all the support that they have offered us in this our new country. Distance dictates that a few people will be missing from our table. Our family from the US and our beautiful brand new grand children will be with us in spirit.

God only knows what I would be without you……

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Josh on the clean front porch!

 

The tell tale sign of a ladder at the side of the house informed me that something was up! Legs dangled over the side as rears pointed skywards. My men were perched precariously on the edge of the roof. Ok, so now what? The task in hand was to remove all leaves from the gutters otherwise the snow would push moisture into the house. A cold house at minus 20 degrees is one thing, but a wet one ….. I don’t even want to contemplate it!

 

The masterminds had grabbed a metal plant stake and were scraping out bunches of wet leaves from the gutters. You need to remember that these Canadian houses are 3 stories high and have a steep pitched roof. Each stroke caused them to wobble tenuously and I wondered if these two engineering brains could not come up with a safer plan. They were not about to be coaxed down either so I had to devise my own plan B in case one of them were to topple off the edge. The thought of it sent a shudder down my spine. They enjoyed my concern and proceeded to do various attics to tease me. Unrelenting they carried on and sodden wet leaves came flying over the edge. My recently swept front porch was a sea of brown sludge and Josh whimpered as another leaf bomb flew past his face. He had been tied up against the railings to watch the passing parade as he is finding all the indoor activities far too tiresome. As an action man himself, he would have far preferred to be part of the roof team. But I was not about to have the dog bounding around up there too!

 

Little did we know but our roof attics were being watched by our neighbours. They were obviously taking great delight in the activities on the roof and one of them, a South African, decided to come to the rescue. He came racing across the street with a large piece of apparatus which I was to learn was a gas leaf blower. One strong tug and the engine kicked in, this workhorse was bound to make a difference. The house vibrated and the sound permeated every room as this little gem went to work Leaves flew everywhere including over our neighbour’s car but the mission was accomplished. We now have clean gutters and I still have all the men in my house in tact. We have also learnt a bit more about the way things are done here in Canada.

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Fall is upon us and the cold winds have begun to whistle across the deck. The back garden is a carpet of bronze and yellow with maple leaves and the gnarled boughs that stand out against the icy blue sky. We know that it is time to brace ourselves, these sunshine children from Africa, for the Big Freeze.

 

Josh braces himself for the Big Freeze.

A large group of migratory birds have been circling overhead for the last few days and regularly gather in our trees at the bottom of the garden and make a huge din as they squawk at each other. I presume this is to discuss the best route for the trip down south and have finally gathered up all their clan and the strength and set off on their long journey this weekend.

 

We rely on local knowledge to do all the necessary things around the house like draining the irrigation pipes, covering up outdoor furniture and carrying garden pots into the garage. We have acquired snow shovels, snow boots, thick coats and snow tyres for the car and have brought in books, puzzles and movies for those long, cold nights. The preparations are done and now we look forward to enjoying the last of the colours of Fall. There seems to be a definite time for everything here and nature gives us the clues. So if I cannot venture south then I need to just gather up my nuts and bed down!

 

 

 

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