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ON A WINTER AFTERNOON

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Benches at the Big Flag at the foot of High Street, Southampton

2011 is two days old. The day is gray, cold and full of wind-blown flurries. Winter is back.

It left briefly after 17 continuous December days of snow squalls that laid the foundation for a White Christmas. But by New Year’s Eve temperatures rose and snow melted leaving us looking at mud crusted snow banks, patches of green grass and moist, marshy farm fields full of swales and ponding water. Not pretty.

But, today there is the feeling of a storm in the air. Off the County two-lanes, close to the lake you can hear it building.

Rushing water-filled ditches alongside the gravel concession road send their torrents towards Huron. We drive slowly because the sudden drop in temperature creates patches of ice ahead of us. Sliding off the frozen gravel here would truly be a minor disaster.

The shoreline is ice-bound quite a ways out. We watch the white-capped waves send breakers crashing in over hillocks of frozen pack ice, their spray rising high in the building wind. It is a harsh but beautiful landscape.

It is a contradiction. Everything is still except for the wind. The wind shuts out all other sounds. You can see the water break on the ice crusted shore but you can’t hear it. You can see the swirling ditch water pounding through culverts under the road and disappearing beneath ice-covered rocks on the shore but you can’t hear it. You know Huron is out there but the horizon has vanished.

It is both a wild place and a perfect place…a tranquil place in spite of the weather around us. It is the ideal place to stand and watch a New Year whip its way into our lives.

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January 2, 2011 at 2:58 PM

2010 in review

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,000 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 25 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 89 posts. There were 139 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 251mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 19th with 63 views. The most popular post that day was SAUGEEN SHORES AND THE OLYMPIC FLAME.

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The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.yahoo.com, en.search.wordpress.com, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for canadian geese, canada goose, canadian goose, goose, and watering concrete.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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SAUGEEN SHORES AND THE OLYMPIC FLAME December 2009

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WATERING YOUR CONCRETE June 2009

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Owen Sound to Toronto – Terminal to Terminal! March 2008
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THE ‘SIGN GUY’ AGAINST THE ESTABLISHMENT September 2010

5

Keady’s Gelateria August 2009
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January 2, 2011 at 8:13 AM