Meeting up in Westport

Well I’m back from the farm and ready to blog.   The most important thing in the area these days is the lack of rain!   Apparently folks in Prince Edward County have been told that it is a Level 3 drought and they have to cut their water usage 50%.   It was very dry in the summer of 2012, but this seems to be a lot worse.   There is not a lot of rain forecasted in the next week–possibly by the end of the week, but not much.   It’s bad out there.

However, there was a bit of nuisance rain when I went to Westport last Wednesday.   I met my Ottawa cousin there for lunch at the Cove Inn, that has a lovely patio and grounds, overlooking the lake.  Last time we did that was in 2012, and it poured with rain.   We couldn’t sit outside.  This time we checked the weather and it said “big fat sunshine”, or something to that effect, but the closer we got to Westport, the cloudier it became and it started to rain!   It was a fitful downpour though, sometimes spitting, sometimes heavier for a short time.  We did sit out on the patio and the clouds came and went.  There wasn’t enough rain to do much of anything.

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The Joe Pye weed is out.   It’s not a commonly seen plant, but the farm where I was has a whole field of it across the road–an impressive sight.

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These fish in Devil Lake were about three inches long.

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The wildflowers don’t seem to be bothered by the drought.  In fact the invasive purple loosestrife (not pictured here) seem to be thriving on it.    This is Queen Anne’s Lace, chicory (blue) and birdsfoot trefoil (yellow).

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Isn’t this clever?   A loon.  Just add eyes and shape the beak a bit.

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At the same house, across from the loon.   I’ve seen these around.   They’re very appealing.

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Tucked away.

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Looking from 9th Concession road towards my goal–Westport.

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The view at the restaurant.   Good food too!  Westport was absolutely heaving with people.   This restaurant was packed.   My cousin had come through Perth and said that was extremely busy as well–and this was a Wednesday!

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A farm next to the Mac’s at the top of the hill.

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