It’s Half Over Already! - theHumm August 2019
It’s Half Over Already! - theHumm August 2019
By Glenda Jones
What happened when I wasn’t looking? Summer’s half over; we’re past the longest day, which didn’t seem long enough; we’re into the dog days, when the dogs don’t know they’re supposed to lie around motionless. I haven’t read half the books I intended, and my art supplies are still in the drawer.
This will never do. I intended to languish in summer activities, like a day at the park or a walk through the market. Here’s how that works out. We cram three crates of dogs into the car, and set out with water, treats, leashes, and the ubiquitous “poop bags”. We arrive at the park and unload all this paraphernalia, being careful to hold on to the three leashes. Walking three dogs is an exercise in dexterity: one is ahead, one is beside, and one is back and forth exploring every inch of the place. One stops to sniff, one yanks on the leash, and one stops completely. One loves little kids, one wants their ball, and one wants to be as far as possible away from them. The leashes get passed behind me, in front of me, left to right hand. The big moment comes when the band starts to play. Yikers! Major bark fest ensues, and we scurry away before we’re formally asked to leave. There’s no languishing involved at all!
While June promised gardens of greenery blocking out the undergrowth, July has delivered flower heads that need clipping and weeds that are prolific. Everything that was a riot of colour is succumbing to ennui that matches my own when I see the work that needs doing. However, I’ve taken a new perspective on certain weeds. I used to be vigilant about digging out bladderwort, and now I see that the flowers are actually quite dainty, and besides, there’s no way I’d ever conquer their nasty long roots. I’m letting them thrive where they are. Same goes for St. John’s wort, wild asters, and even the yellow clover. There’s no garden tour happening here, so it’s taking on a natural appearance that some English gardeners would find appealing. Bonus: the monarch butterflies are here in droves!
I never did get around to doing the window cleaning and of course it’s too late for that now. My excuse was that the birds fly into clean windows and avoid the dirty ones. No bird carnage proves that theory… or that’s my story anyway.
We managed to build two garden walls in early July and while June was on the wane. There’s a lot of satisfaction in wall construction. The edge is now neat and clean, the old rocks returned to the woods after holding back the soil for twenty-six years. That was enough heavy lifting to last us the whole summer.
Here we are at the end of July, and it’s time I got organized. August should be for contemplation of summer: feet up, cool drinks, good books and a new hobby. However, there’s planning to be done for September activities: Learning in Almonte, exercise classes, agility trials. I know, we shouldn’t be concerned with all that just yet, but if we don’t do it now there’ll be nothing in September. Besides, it makes me think I’m being productive, and takes up the time that housework or weeding would have to fill. I can even ignore meals when I get busy on other things.
It would be good to slide into August with no commitments, to be able to play with the dogs at our leisure, to have lunch at the local pub, to visit friends and drink lemonade under a big umbrella. We’re going to schedule those things, so that they really will happen. Darn it, I’ve said it now: “Schedule”! But that’s how it goes when we enjoy our activities. I know full well I couldn’t sit around for a few hours doing luxurious nothing. Anyone who owns dogs knows they too can’t sit around for long with the certain knowledge that a chipmunk is living in the drainpipe. They need my assistance to find it, or at least make the trek outside worthwhile by throwing the ball until tongues are hanging out. So much for leisure time!
August will disappear the same way June and July have, and before we know it, the weather will cooperate again, we’ll be facing September with renewed energy. Summer won’t fade quite yet though. We’ll still be able to enjoy those beautiful sunset evenings when the aroma of milkweed and the glitter of fireflies remind us of July. We’re going to celebrate August with a glorious day at our favourite dog park enjoying good friends and letting the second half of summer unfold at its own pace. There’ll be ice cream and blueberries somewhere in there too. And corn on the cob pretty soon. All good!! There’ll be no trouble getting the dogs to buy into this plan. So if the books don’t get read, if the house doesn’t get cleaned, if the garden is still a mess in September, I’ll deal with it then. For now, bring on August. We’re ready!
When your own garden needs some inspiration, treat yourself to a walk through Whitehouse Perennials & Display Gardens on Rae Road (pictured below) — a stupendous display of lilies unparalleled. The welcoming garden is only a prelude to the dazzling display of acres of lilies, all in bloom. The buds this year are a little later than usual, and promise a show beyond any of the last few years: every shape, size, colour and fancy name beyond your imagination. The whole garden and fields of lilies are easily accessible. This is a home-grown phenomenon not to be missed. Bring your wallet! The gardens are free, but you won’t be able to resist a purchase.
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
In June, 2005, the title of our featured artist article was “Adrian Baker — Putting the Extra in the Ordinary.” At that time her Artist’s Statement was “My intention is to enable the observer to see beyond the familiar and witness the extraordinary in the ordinary.” She has succeeded admirably.
Since then she has upped the ante. Today she paints because “Art is my protest sign.” Maturity suits her. Her current work is an exploration of humanity’s interdependent relatio......
“You can’t imagine how beautiful it was,” sings Tumnus to Lucy about Narnia before the White Witch turned it into a cold winter wasteland. The musical Narnia was written by Jules Tasca, with music composed by Thomas Tierney and lyrics by Ted Drachman. It is based on C.S. Lewis’s classic story of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Together they have all created a unique, enchanted show filled with magical creatures and spirits.
The story is set during World War II and begins with......
By — Jane Stott
It’d be some sin if you missed the Studio Theatre’s production of Salt-Water Moon. There’s gonna be a jolly time when people start talking ’bout this play — like they got a record in them as big as a 45-gallon drum, no mistake! So, if you don’t want to feel like a Friday fish at a Saturday market you’d best come in out of the wet and get on down to the Studio T’eatre, where you’ll be greeted with “Best kind, b’y, and hows’ yerself?”
David French’s touching love story, set in......
Mayors’ Monarch Pledge - theHumm August 2019
Lanark County is taking strides to support and promote restoration of pollinator habitat through several initiatives, including its recent proclamation of the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge Day on June 26.
“Lanark County’s goal is to create diverse roadsides with an abundance of pollinator habitat through practices of planting flowers, seeding disturbed soil, improving maintenance practices and by participating in new projects aimed at improving pollinator habita......
By — Bob Sneyd
At 7pm on Friday, August 16, the internationally-renowned organist Lance Luce will play the inaugural concert of Eastern Ontario’s newest theatre organ. This 40 rank, 3 manual digital instrument is located in Perth’s Creative Community Hub at St. Paul’s United Church (25 Gore St. W.), which is now air-conditioned and fully accessible.
The repertoire will include music to “tap the toes” of all generations, with sounds and effects along musical roads less travelled, including ......
Calling All Wild Children! Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust’s Annual Festival of the Wild Child - theHumm August 2019
The third annual Festival of the Wild Child, a two-day event at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills, takes place on August 24 and 25. Open to the public from 10am to 4pm, this festival is offered by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) and provides a variety of stations along wooded trails and by ponds to learn, explore and engage with the natural world.
Knowledgeable volunteers will be at each station to help open windows into the many wonders of nature. A......
This Labour Day Weekend, get ready for forty artists to converge in Maberly and create the annual Sundance Artisan Show!
Celebrating their 13th year on the Fall River Restaurant festival grounds (21980 Hwy 7 in Maberly), Sundance artists are preparing to show off their latest creations. The outdoor setting is a picturesque backdrop of open field lined by a forest and a lush riverbank with the stone ruins of an old mill. Under a string of white-canopied tents, artists display their wares f......
Taking the Show on the Road Or, What Starts with “f”, Ends with “uck”, and Makes Delicious Food? - theHumm August 2019
By Sebastian Weetabix
There are many unanswered questions, and even more that are unasked, but there are seldom unanswerable questions. A diligent quest by Weetabix was triggered by the question: “What starts with the letter ‘f’ and ends with ‘uck’?” Herewith some words on a local seasonal phenomenon, the out-door restaurant or Food Truck.
In the beginning was the Chip Wagon — and it was good. Evolution drives the basic phenotype (a deep-fryer on wheels) towards more specialized and sophisti......
On Saturday, August 10, Paddle for Almonte General Hospital will again bring the community together for a fun, family-friendly affair featuring raft races at the Almonte Beach in support of quali......
Singers of all stripes and abilities are invited to SING! For SchoolBOX on Wednesday, August 14 from 7–9pm at Equator Coffee (451 Ottawa St. in Almonte). No experience is necessary. Singers will ......
The Regimental Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards will be returning for their fifth concert at St. Paul’s United Church (aka the “Creative Community Hub”) in Perth, on Labour Day Sunday, ......
Once upon a time a young reader entered the book industry. She learned to sell, serve, market, write, design and do data entry until the cows came home. She loved it all. She moved to Almonte and......
For those who remember the 1960s and 1970s, there were certain spine-tingling bedside table titles that were always kept away from the kids. Among the most popular of them was Ira Levin’s Rose......
By — Maureen Korp is a writer, historian and lecturer who reads theHumm faithfully.
More than a hundred years ago, German artist Käthe Kollwitz’s lithographs, etchings and sculpture had people talking on both sides of the Atlantic. Her subject? Working people, their life-long cr......
By — Angie Arendt is the Director of Big Stone House: a Center for Courageous Living in Almonte <bigstonehouse.ca>
The middle drawer of my office desk is only a couple of inches deep and a bit over a foot wide. In it belong some simple necessities: a couple of pens and some scratch paper, extra staples, a pai......
By — Lucie Perrier is a Councillor in Greater Madawaska
The Calabogie Summer Market has become a great Saturday draw this year! It attracts vendors from Renfrew, Dunrobin, Almonte and Carleton Place (to name a few), and is free to vendors who wish to ......
A new two-day festival brimming with live music, dance, cirque, drumming, art, nature, inspiration, conversation and storytelling will help us focus on enjoying life. JoyFest will be bringing a h......
Sep 1 - Oct 30 Transition: Ginny Fobert, Judi Miller, Dayle VanAlstine
Sep 24 - Oct 24 Private Art Collection
Oct 19 Doug van der Horden
Oct 21 Jazz Night w/Spencer Evans
Oct 23 Jeff Callery
Oct 23 - 24 Red Trillium Studio Tour
Oct 26 Bon Evans & Dave Bull
Oct 28 Al Lerman
Oct 29 Matt Dickson
- Keith Busher — Art Advocate & Provocateur, Gallery Owner and Curator
- Romp, Stomp & Chomp! Thanksgiving Art Tour in Mississippi Mills
- One Day Only Open Studio Art by Catherine Orfald and Rita Redner
- More Music at MERA!
- From Quiet to Concerts Almonte in Concert Returns to Old Town Hall This Fall
- Leave the Leaves (and other counter-intuitive suggestions)
- Rural Root Goes Fishing! The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby
- Fall Colours Walk at Blueberry Mountain
- Red Trillium Fall Tour
- Pumpkins-Plus in Perth Ghost Walks, Pumpkin Carving and More!