Photo by Bill and Carole Flint- our local sky pilots
My Carleton Place friend Sarah Cavanagh is also a writer for Hometown News like I am- and does tons of other local community things you have no idea about. I am hoping when I pass on to the Little House on the Prairie in the sky she carries on for me– as there is no one else I’d rather have write about our area.
Our Sky Pilot Bill Flint took this picture this week and it made me wonder..
So, Sarah Cavanagh–what is going on there?
The Beckwith Trail?
It’s the paved straight part at the top of the picture with the road that veers to the right. (the end of that side road is the pond) It runs straight past Home Depot to the 10th line and then from the 10th line to the 9th line of Beckwith.
The first part of the trail is mostly farmer’s fields, but there’s a pond off to the side the kids like to throw rocks in and there’s frogs and minnows. Although it’s used often as a dumping ground 😞 the 10th line to the 9th line portion is really nice. It is well treed and maintained and has a lovely section through the wetlands with cat tails taller than we are. It comes out just down the road from Beckwith Park.
The best thing to happen to that whole area will be the development of it actually.
I was researching the development plans for the area, and it actually sounds very nice – a community centre, 2 new elementary schools, parks, 15 hectres of natural space/park…sounds a lot nicer then the dump for sure!
Thanks Sarah…for all you do!
My dream job for the last few months was to work in the flower department of Home Depot. This week they called me to apply, but I turned it down. Seems writing for Carleton Place has taken over my life and I had to decline. But would I have been a perfect fit for Home Depot?
I was born with veins flowing with what is called– “non fixit” blood. If there was a race to fix something with a huge prize I would fail miserably. Bob Vila from This Old House would have fired my butt in less than a nano minute. No matter what information I study on the web: starting a lawn mower, how to hook up your basic garden hose, there is no hope for me. After a week of many attempts to fix a leaky garden hose I had given up. Today son number 2 marched in the yard and within 5 minutes it was fixed. Now what is up with that?
Next on my list was a lock for the front gate. This should be easy right? First of all I could not even find locks after gazing up every aisle at the Carleton Place Home Depot. Finally a friend who works there found what I needed- but after I got out of there I felt like I should have had him open up the package. Who designed these new packages? I realized the lock was industry strength but so was the package. I managed to cut around the lock with big scissors but no amount of strength could get that lock off the special plastic middle. I used lock cutters, garden shears and nothing. The only thing that was budging was my mental state. In anger I threw it on the ground and then a light bulb went off in my head. All I had to do was take one of the keys, open the lock, and slip it through. Duh!
So why couldn’t they put that information on the package? Because they expect us to know that –just like I am expected to know how to fix a garden hose and turn on a lawn mower. Maybe this is the real reason I just got a cell phone.
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein
Son number 2 also put the pump in the pond and began to fill it up. He didn’t get these smarts from his mother!
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