How to Catch a Pigeon in Ashton




At the time a long time ago-gunpowder was very scarce, and money even more so. Some of our Lanark County residents had a unique way of bagging the wild pigeons that were plentiful then. Knowing the favourite feeding and roosting places of the birds, the residents of Ashton soaked pail after pail of peas in high wines, scattered the grain on the ground, then sat and watched.

The pigeons would descend in hundreds to the feast, and in a very short matter of time  the village would have a glorious choice of birds. All you had to do was pick them up, put them in a bag, and the community was assured of pigeon pie for some time.




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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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