Saturday, October 13, 2007
Market Day Again
Five days ago we were experiencing record heat with humidity and temperatures that were in the normal range for mid-July. Canadians do spend a lot of time discussing weather. While there are places a lot hotter and other places a lot colder, we experience remarkable fluctuations and varieties of weather conditions, often within a short period of time. Today was a day for winter coats as a strong north west wind blew off Lake Huron creating big grey, rainless clouds and plenty of chill. Sand Land brother in Dubai says he misses seeing clouds so the first picture is for him.
We went to the farmer's market in the afternoon and it really felt like a fall market today. Sam and his younger brother Jesse came along with their little dog, Max. The market is plenty big enough to get lost in and in the first five minutes we lost their dad. So we waited while others searched for him. (I always had a rule for our children that if they got separated from us, they were to stay in one spot.)
This was the Old Order Mennonite section of the market. A little girl was helping her family sell apple cider. I bought two pie pumpkins here and a young boy needed a little help counting my change. He thanked me shyly for my assistance.
This young man had decided that using his head was the best way to get the big planter of fall flowers to the parking lot. You have to walk a long way to your car here, and it is especially noticeable if you are carrying a large bag of apples and a couple of bags of other purchases.
This rooster had flown the coop and was hiding behind a shed while pecking in the dirt. I am glad I didn't have to catch him. I haven't seen a rooster since I was last in Mexico. We keep our poultry well hidden away in factory farms here. He was quite magnificent.
The air conditioner is now off and the furnace is on. And the wind whispers that snow is coming soon.