Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Point Farms, June 10-12

 We had another wonderful weekend away. Upon our early arrival we set up camp on our usual site and went to town to place our donut order for Saturday pick-up. The water on the lake was quite calm but is still pretty chilly for my liking. There were people in swimming but most were just enjoying time by the water. We were finally able to locate the memorial that was done for the man who lost his life at the salt mine when the hurricane went through Goderich in 2011. Hard to believe that 5 years has past. You would never know that it was so devastating as the town has done an amazing job of rebuilding. On our trip back to camp we stopped at the pond to see if there was anything of interest. The blue heron flew of immediately but I was able to watch two green herons doing some fishing. There was a red-winged black bird that was not happy with my presence but he eventually realized I was not of any harm and settled down. He was just doing his job as his mate was busy feeding the young ones in the reeds. There was a sandpiper busy collecting bugs and flying from side to side at the pond. It clouded over so no sunset picture this evening. We went for a bike ride since we couldn't watch the sunset. We did enjoy a wonderful campfire and listened to our neighbour playing his guitar and singing. He did quite a good job.
 We were suppose to get storms and strong winds through the night Friday but we lucked out and it missed us. All we had was some thunder and lightning just before we retired for the night.
 Saturday morning I went for a hike before heading into town to go to the market and pick-up our treats at the bakery. We then headed to Blythe Farm Cheese to check out the cheese that they make from goats milk. We were able to sample all the flavours and then chose four to bring home. They were all quite nice. One that we liked was made with nettle and had quite a unique flavour. They have over 500 sheep on the farm but get there goats milk from a neighbouring farmer. We spent the rest of the day at the park. We walked the beach which has shrunk drastically because of the lake level and hung out at camp before enjoying the sunset. The winds really started to pick up late that evening while we sat by the fire so we put the awning in for the night.
 Sunday was much cooler but sunny and enjoyable. We had strong winds most of the day and we could hear that the lake was quite rough. We drove into Goderich and spent some time by the beach watching and listening to the waves. I had a hard time holding my camera still when I was getting pictures of the sea gulls fishing in the waves. There weret lots of fish for them to catch in the rough waters. We headed home just before dinner time and it was a windy drive home. Duncan had both hands firmly on the steering wheel for most of the drive. I enjoyed a donut on the way home as I was getting hungry and they were calling out to me to have one while they were still

Lion carved out of tree in Lions Park

Green Heron at the pond

They can really extend their necks for fishing

First time we have seen the tulip tree in bloom at the park

Dragonfly in the morning sun

Looking into the tulip tree flower

Song Sparrow singing his song

Flowers by the beach

Summer Azure Butterfly on the beach sand

This Grackle has white feet and legs that are rather large

It was brave and came to get a sunflower seed

They even use duct tape on the rope lines to 
secure the huge ships at the salt mine
The OPP boat at the Goderich harbour
The seagulls were panting at the beach
I guess it was warm for them

Daisies in the evening sun

Saturday sunset
Very large bracket fungus

The waters were a little rough on Sunday

                                                            Seagulls fishing in the waves

 The one on the right caught a fish

My first photo of a House Wren down by the beach

Female American Redstart enjoying some rays

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