Saturday, March 9, 2019

Valley Drive Part II

We continue our drive down the valley with a few extra pictures thrown in for good. 

Across the road is the first orchard in this are planted in this style.  More on this orchard in a day or two.

We stopped briefly here to pick up those butter tarts.

Continuing down the valley we came o the village of Kimberley, close to our former home, a spot I used to visit frequently.  This villages has had trouble with traffic driving too fast, so they got permission to put up these speed limit camera/signs.  Notice how I hit the village exactly at the speed limit!

Heading north again we passed by the Wodehouse Karst, a fascinating feature where Wodehouse Creek drops into several holes in the limestone, and comes out as a spring nearly a mile away.  I was involved with others in creating an official Bruce Trail Side Trail here (notice the blue blaze below the white sign?)

Moreover we rescued this plaque which had grown rusty, had it refurbished and placed here where it will be noticed by anyone who stops for a hike.  I was glad to see that the refurbished plaque had been installed!

Northward we headed on the 7th Line, getting this ten mile view up the road.

At the end of the road is the army's Ontario training ground, marked by a group of tanks at the entrance.  But we didn't go that far today; we headed home for another butter tart instead.  This photo was taken last fall.


  1. The apple seedlings are so close, I wonder if they thin them out, or leave close so they grow very straight. Still heaps of snow, Mrs F G, you are a whizz at driving in those conditions. Have you managed to do any sewing at all since the move? Down here, alterations have started. the tall cupboards were taken off the laundry wall, Hugh has semi- painted the outside door, no more till the new bathroom and storage room is all done. After all, they will bring in all the materials there, and easier not to have new paint scratched!!! Imagine sitting in that tank, looking out through peepholes!! I would get the jitters at being so confined. Brave people who served and still do.

  2. Terrific shots. It has been ages since I was out that way.

  3. It looks like the trees will be trained on wires, which is what is done down here. But our orchards aren't planted anywhere near the density of the one in your photo. It's sad to see the demise of the old orchards with widely spaced trees of somewhat natural shape. However, its understandable that the techniques have changed -- one apple grower I knew years ago said he lost 10% of his crop for every ladder step the picker had to descend after picking apples -- that was due to bruising of apples that were picked for eating rather than cooking.

  4. I think they call this espalier planting. It's big in the UK too.

  5. Home for another butter tart?? You mean to say you went for a drive and didn't take any butter tarts with you. Hmmmmm. It would probably save on a lot of manpower hours if a person could simply walk around the tree and pick off all the apples without having to use a ladder.

  6. I remember your posts about working on the trail. You stated you hit at the right speed. Is your van equipped for you to drive?

  7. It's amazing how effective those speed signs can be; the latest ones round here give you a smiley face too if you're under the speed limit.

  8. Hi Furry!
    You had me at “Butter Tart”.....😂
    Rainy and windy here today...
    Enjoy your Sunday!
    Linda :o)

  9. Nice to see orchards still being planted. I'd love a smiley face on one of those signs, John!
    Glad to see you are getting out on the nicer days.

  10. Neat that you have a ten mile view road.

  11. I kept thinking about the butter tart as I read the comments. Seems I am not alone. Nice view down the road and across the fields. :-)