Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dog day afternoon

Another muggy day in Hawkesbury. At noon, lunch -- including a batch of French fries -- is on the stove. The family pet, a large dog, happens to brush past the stove. The pot of hot oil spills onto the floor. Within seconds, the house is an inferno. Police have to force a neighbour to leave. The fire fighters battle the blaze for the rest of the day. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, the dog got out safely, and the house across the street, perhaps with some intervention from the Blessed Virgin Mary, sustained only minor damage to the vinyl siding.

And then the rain came, again.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tour de East Hawkesbury

Neither wind nor rain nor stiff breezes can prevent hardy clutches of cyclists from pedalling along country roads on summer Sunday mornings. Locals, including cattle, are used to seeing large groups merrily making their way along East Hawkesbury roads. In fact, cycling is a major element of our region's efforts to attract more visitors.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Riverfront property

This summer residence has been gradually becoming immersed in the Ottawa River in Hawkesbury over the last few months.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Dew lines

We have had another damp summer, so far. But the greenery does not seem to mind.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Horse parade

The annual Vankleek Hill horse and buggy parade is always a colourful event.

Behind evey horse parade, there is someone cleaning up.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Noon shooting

Hawkesbury is a small, quiet town, most of the time. But like most communities, it has, like a 35-year veteran police officer said recently, that ten per cent of the population that gets into trouble. Police cordoned off this street where an hour earlier, a 63-year-old woman had wounded a 69-year-old man in the neck and abdomen with a rifle. "The cops told her to put the gun down, and she did," said a witness. The victim, who knew his assailant, was in hospital recovering from serious, non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation continues.

That is the cold way we tend to report such "incidents." But obviously, the whole story did not start and does not end here. We can never accurately report what events preceded this incident, nor can we attempt to report the aftermath, and the long-term effects these few horrible moments have had and will have on those directly involved and those who witnessed this incident.

"Things like this do not happen in Hawkesbury," said one young woman.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Fine, famished friend

Ronna's chipmunks have had to be even more alert lately as this blue jay has taken to swooping down on their free food.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Refreshing rain

The persistent rain has been good for the crops and gardens. Pea plants have their own special way of retaining moisture.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Canada Day movements

St-Eugène, a village in eastern Ontario near the Québec border, hosts a Canada Day parade that features all sorts of entries, such as a tiny team, and a camouflaged tractor with a military theme.