Thursday, August 31, 2006

What's this flower?? (Answered)

This should be another tough one....

The Dendrobium orchid is known as the Sydney Rock Orchid. It grows up trees and on rocky outcrops.

Thanks Bob Godefroy for these difficult Flowers to get. It's amazing that different Continents can provide so much diversity
Again Thanks for the challenge...


Hi Marty,

A funny but true story; As you know our son Jason converted to Islam and married a Packistani Muslim girl named Muneeba.

Well Brad, our oldest, has 2 children Jack 5 and Abby 3. At first Abby had trouble with Muneeba's name but has now mastered it.

The last couple of weeks Jack has been attending Summer Bible camp at the Baptist Church next door to their place. The kids are agnostics but the church is convenient and they wanted him to learn about religion.

Every day the school would give the kids a key phrase containing the name Jesus and, when the phrase was shouted out, the kids would jump up, throw their arms in the air and yell "VIVA". Every day Abby would go with her mom (Tracy) to pick up Jack.

The other day Tracy was trying to get Jacks attention but to no avail, so she thought I'll try a key phrase, so she yelled "Jack... Jesus Loves You". Jack didn't budge. However Abby jumped up, threw her arms in the air and yelled... "Muneeba"

Bob H

Thanks Bob H.

It's fun to hear what kids say

What's this bird?? (Answered)

I am attaching a photo I took along our county road showing a bird which is now making a dramatic come back in Ontario. Luckily we have some high bush cranberry nearby to compliment its presentation. What might this be?
Regards, Ed B.

Ed's making it easy

I think that poor old wild turkey knows what is coming...... from the sign in the back ground of the picture.

Bev V.

Thanks folks


Still looking for Bruce Rattray......

Marston, I have been away for a week, so I'm a bit behind on the

Re: Bruce Rattray

Thanks for the info Sherri, but the one I knew lived in GPk and did not
go to CCHS. Although I moved to GPK as a young teen, I attended and
graduated from CCHS. I know who your uncle is from my yearbooks. So I
am still looking for a contact for the GPk Bruce Rattray. We chummed
around in the late 60's. Anyone know where he is? Flo H.

Hi Flo H.
Let's see what Sherri has to say

Yesterday while driving

Yesterday while driving in the countryside I stopped to pick a bouquet
of goldenrod, also later to pick up a Monarch butterfly that had been
hit by another passing car.

This is the time of year monarchs start migrating.
I'm interested in monarch butterflies as one year I participated in
tagging them. While I was picking it up look what ran pass the back of
my car.

The monarch was still alive but not for long. I brought it home to put
it in my (Little Alley Garden) so it could rest in peace. But before I
did I let my Pooh have a look, then Miss Daisy. Ha-ha
Daisy was not impressed as she could not eat it, she looked at me
like..... get that thing off me.

Tagging and learning about the monarchs was interesting, if you would
like to know more check out
When I participated in the tagging, it was the new improved tagging
method it was at Presqu'ile Park in Ont.


Thanks Bev

Hey Marty

Hey Marty,
I don't know if you have read my one on flowers to Win yet but Win and I discussed the blog along with the other peple who were there.... Dave Rye, Carolyn Cobb , Bob Allain, Denise Houle etc and we all remarked that this was our third mini reunion and none of these would have happened without " The Blog".

I hope you realize how many people keep in touch or got in touch only because of the Blog. Now when ever you meet someone from the Park in "Our Age Group" the first that is usually said is" Did you see whatever on Marty's blog last week? " And that starts the conversation.

So if you ever get discouraged and/or pissed off remember there are a lot of people out there who really appreciate your efforts and U know Win and I are certainly 2 of them.
I hope you are still planning on The reunion. I'm looking forward to seeing you once again. I think the last time was at the 88 reunion in the Park Legion.
See U soon,
Thanks Ralph B.

Thanks Ralph for the kind words, that's all it takes from time to time to know that the effort is worth while. I have a lot of fun with the blog and I do have a sense of responsibilty to keep it going. I still consider it to be OUR blog.

Thanks so much,


Barbies for Real Life

Barbies for Real Life by Marion Abbot
Finally a Barbie I can relate to! At long last, here are some NEW Barbie dolls to coincide with her and OUR aging gracefully.
These are a bit more realistic...
1. Bifocals Barbie. Comes with her own set of blended-lens fashion frames in six wild colors (half-frames too!), neck chain and large-print editions of Vogue and Martha Stewart Living.
2. Hot Flash Barbie. Press Barbie's bellybutton and watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of perspiration appear on her forehead. Comes with hand-held fan and tiny tissues.
3. Facial Hair Barbie. As Barbie's hormone levels shift, see her whiskers grow. Available with teensy tweezers and magnifying mirror.
4. Flabby Arms Barbie. Hide Barbie's droopy triceps with these new, roomier-sleeved gowns. Good news on the tummy front, too - muumuus with tummy-support panels are included.
5. Bunion Barbie. Years of disco dancing in stiletto heels have definitely taken their toll on Barbie's dainty arched feet. Soothe her sores with the pumice stone and plasters, then slip on soft terry mules.
6. No-More-Wrinkles Barbie. Erase those pesky crow's-feet and lip lines with a tube of Skin Sparkle-Spackle, from Barbie's own line of exclusive age-blasting cosmetics.
7. Soccer Mom Barbie. All that experience as a cheer-leader is really paying off as Barbie dusts off her old high school megaphone to root for Babs and Ken, Jr. Comes with minivan in robin-egg blue or white, and cooler filled with doughnut holes and fruit punch.
8. Mid-life Crisis Barbie. It's time to ditch Ken. Barbie needs a change, and Alonzo (her personal trainer) is just what the doctor ordered, along with Prozac. They're hopping in her new red Miata and heading for the Napa Valley to open a B&B. Includes a real tape of "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do."
9. Divorced Barbie. Sells for $199.99. Comes with Ken's house, Ken's car, and Ken's boat.
10. Recovery Barbie. Too many parties have finally caught up with the ultimate party girl. Now she does Twelve Steps instead of dance steps. Clean and sober, she's going to meetings religiously. Comes with a little copy of The Big Book and a six-pack of Diet Coke.
11. Post-Menopausal Barbie. This Barbie wets her pants when she sneezes, forgets where she puts things, and cries a lot. She is sick and tired of Ken sitting on the couch watching the tube, clicking through the channels. Comes with Depends and Kleenex. As a bonus this year, the book "Getting In Touch with Your Inner Self" is included.
Thanks Barb C.

A Worthy Cause

Hi Marston

Would you be so kind as to put this on the blog again?

I/we are in the final stretch and trying to raise as much as we can for such a worthy cause. It is less than two weeks away and I am nearly at
the $5,000 mark. My daughter Holly is almost at $3,000.

Thanks for your help with this. Are you attending the RG Reunion in Port Elgin in Sept?

Beth (Robins) Freeman

Hello everybody,

The big event is almost here, we're on the home stretch, only two weeks to go. I may have sent you an email previously but I am doing the last minute
final request and reminder to ask you to consider making a donation if you have not done so already for this very special cause. We would like to reach a total goal of $8,000 between my daughter Holly and I,we are presently at $7,250. So I need your help. Would you please consider making a donation of $50? Use the link at the bottom of this email, and go visit
my site - and please take the time to lend your support.

On September 8-10, 2006 I'll be participating in a very special event called The Weekend to End Breast Cancer with my daughter Holly. We have a team name, it is "Kindred Spirits". .

We'll walk 60 kilometres over the course of one weekend with thousands of other women and men. The net proceeds will support breast cancer research, treatment, and services through the Princess Margaret Hospital.

According to the National Cancer Institute of Canada, approximately
20,500 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and about 5,400 will die from the disease. That's why I'm walking so far. To do something bold about breast cancer. I hope that you'll share this incredible adventure with me - by supporting me in my fundraising efforts.
Together we can do amazing things. If you know of friends or family that would like to support this cause, please feel free to pass along this message to them. I would appreciate it very much.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and have an awesome day!
Together we can accomplish amazing things!

Click here to visit my personal page.
If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:

Thanks Beth


Many of us "Old Folks" (those over 50, WAY over 50,
or hovering near 50)are quite confused about how we should
present ourselves.

We are unsure about the kind of
image we are projecting and whether or not we are
correct as we try to Conform to current fashions.

Despite what you may have seen on the streets,the
following combinations DO NOT go together And should be avoided:

1. A nose ring and bifocals
2. Spiked hair and bald spots
3. A pierced tongue and dentures
4. Miniskirts and support hose
5. Ankle bracelets and corn pads
6. Speedo's and cellulite
7. A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar
8. Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor
9. Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge
10. Bikinis and liver spots
11. Short shorts and varicose veins
12. Inline skates and a walker
And last, but not least
13. Thongs and Depends

Thanks Bob H.

Today's animal

Thanks for the pics John G.
Another cute puppy...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Boys Will be Boys

Thanks Bob H.

What's this Bird (Answered)

This one was taken at Algonquin Park earlier this summer.

He/she was sitting on the telephone wire near Highway 60. He let us
Take a few pictures, then got annoyed with us and flew away. The one of him taking off is actually one of my favorite pictures from our trip.

I think I only have one more bird that people might not know and the
Rest are easily recognized.


I think Ed will nail this one....

We have recreational property near the park and see most of the same birds. I'm thinking this might be the Northern Harrier but as usual I will await her confirmation.

Ed B.

He is a Red Tailed Hawk. Birds of prey are my favorites and I hope to be lucky enough to spot an owl one day.


Thanks Folks for the fun these guessing games provide


What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure.
~Gene Perret

My grandkids believe I'm the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too.

An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly.
~Welsh Proverb

Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.
~Gore Vidal

Never have children, only grandchildren.
~Ogden Nash

When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.
~Marcy DeMaree

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.
~Lois Wyse

If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I'd have had them first.
~Henry Youngman

Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old.

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.
~Dave Barry

The best baby-sitters, of course, are the baby's grandparents. You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida.

~Alex Haley

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.
~Joy Hargrove

One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather.
~G. Norman Collie

Grandchildren don't make a man feel old; it's the knowledge that he's married to a grandmother.

~Authors Unknown:

Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple.
Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.

Grandparents are similar to a piece of string - handy to have around and easily wrapped around the fingers of their grandchildren.

Grandmothers are just antique little girls.

It's amazing how grandparents seem so young once you become one.

A grandparent is old on the outside but young on the inside.

Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.

Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever

Thanks Win S.

What's this flower?? (Answered)

Keep the book out for this one.....

Hi Marston,Your red flowers of the day look like the "Bottle Brush".

The Wildfire is another of the bottlebrush shrubs of the callistemon species and is brilliant outside my window.

Bob G.

Thanks folks for the fun...I thinks we have a few champion guessers on vacation

Bev's Flowers

GOOD NEWS....well for me it's good news. After seeing I had harmed the tops of my young sun flower plants by spraying weed killer near them, my sun flowers came back giving me another chance.

My little group of holly hocks also survived the weed killing spray. I think also there is a large sunflower head yet to open. Many as they walk by say, " What a welcoming little alley garden."

Boy!!! I'm one "Happy Gardner" to be given another chance as this wasthe first and last time I use weed killer. stung by a bee yesterday on my finger while trying to pat abee out of my car, what a smarting pain. Now I’m sporting a swollenfinger.

Thanks Bev V.

Airport Parking

Thanks Bob H.

Booze at Work

1. It's an incentive to show up.
2. It leads to more honest communications.
3. It reduces complaints about low pay.
4. Employees tell management what they think, not what they want to Hear.
5. It encourages car pooling.
6. Increase job satisfaction because if you have a bad job, you don't Care.
7. It eliminates vacations because people would rather come to work.
8. It makes fellow employees look better.
9. It makes the cafeteria food taste better.
10. Bosses are more likely to hand out raises when they are wasted.
11. Salary negotiations are a lot more profitable.
12. Employees work later since there's no longer a need to relax at The Bar.
13. It makes everyone more open with their ideas.
14. Eliminates the need for employees to get drunk on their lunch Break.
15. Employees no longer need coffee to sober up.
16. Sitting "Bare Butt" on the copy machine will no longer be seen as Gross.Have a glass and send the truck to all of your friends.
Thanks Bob H.

Today's Animal


Reprint of The History of Greenfield Park Book

We have taken John Riley's book back to the publishers with a number of corrections and will be making a decision sometime in early Sept. as to how many copies we will be ordering for the reprint. To help us make the right decision I would appreciate it if you could run the jpeg of the cover along with the notice of the reprint to determine how many people might be interested in ordering a copy. They can place their order either with me 613-831-0626 or John Riley 450-466-2992.
Thanks. JMcC


Marty N.

From Harold Rye mail

From: Harold Rye [] Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 18:30 PMTo: Rye HaroldSubject: Up date of RGHS Reunion of 1988 address and emails current

Hi Guys and Gals
By now you have already probably heard about the possible home coming to celebrate the 100 birthday of Greenfield Park in 2011. The Historical Society has asked me to provide them with an up dated listing of those whom we contacted in 1988. I hope you all can get aboard and help us with this enormous task. If your name appears as a recipient I would like some more information regarding yourself and partner. The email addresses that I have compiled have come from many sources and this is the only way to verify the correctness of the information I have. The address will remain confidential with me unless you have no objection to sharing it with others. Please send your current home address, telephone number and email address for yourself and anyone you are still in contact with today. The Bcc used insures confidentiality of the list, don’t be concerned about duplication as we will compile an up dated list from all sources. Below is a format that would be very helpful in compiling such a list:-

School Name _______________________________

Married Name _______________________________

Partners Name ______________________________

Address ____________________________________

City ________________________________________

Postal Code _________________________________

Telephone Number (O) _________________ Ext ______(H) ___________________________

E-mail _________________

Please help me with the correct spelling of all persons.

N.B due to size of files I have split them as shown Alpha (A-B) etc and will send this same message to the rest.

Thanks for your help and support Harold Rye

NB This is the secondattempt to reach out to everyone that was listed for the 1988 RGHS Reunion. So far the response has been great and I have added many contacts to the list which is the reason for this message. There could have been typo's errors in the first batch and I have made some correction to the first list. If you already have received this email and responded as per instructions I thank you. Please forgive me for having contacted you a third time if you have already responded to the first and second inquiries. I could easily have made a mistake on this one as I am using an individual selection from Contacts List.

P.S. The response has been terrific and very encouraging so keep up with the challenge ahead, remembering every little bit helps and each of you can do your part making it a much simpler task.

Thanks Harold Rye.

Please sign up....

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The last of the Mike Reid softball tourney pics

1214 The MVP Trophy

1215 Raymond Lee, Bernie Constantini, Kathy Reid, Ben Fagan (former principal of the MacKay Centre) and Jacques Monsette

1217 Kathy Reid, Gary McLarnon, Linda Bremner, Raymond Lee, Wade Wilson, Ben Fagan, Jacques Monsette, Frank Reid, Mirielle Carriere and Bernie Constantini

1218 Three members of the A group champions from Candiac with their trophy.

Thanks John R.

Home Pics from around the Park


480 390 Murray The home of the Boswell family in 1950 and Doug MacGregor in 1960.

495 367 Empire The home of Elspeth Millar.

Thanks John R.

Boys Will be Boys

Thanks Bob H.

What's This Flower??? (Answered)

You might have to get the book out for this one....

Yikes Marston, I'm done! At first glance it looked like White Lilac, but probably not. Maybe some variety of Lilac? The leaves which are hard to see don't seem right for it. The flowers almost look like our Choke Cherry bushes in bloom.
I should ask Richard,

The Snow-in-summer is one of the melaleucas and is a mass of very small white bottlebrushes when it blooms. It is swarming with bees today.

Bob G

I don't play fair eh!!!

News from Campbellford Ont.


Sharing the view....A look at a few boats I see on my walks with Daisy along each side of the Trent River that flows through the middle of Campbellford, Ont.

P6090149...FIRST...Yes, Campbellford is the home of the two dollar

Local, Wild Life artist Brent Townsend design the $2.00
Polar Bear coin.
We the ladies from the Campbellford chapter of (Good Bears
Of the World)donated the money to put a garden around it for all to

P6090150...After the visitors hook up many stay for a few days, they Can cook and eat on the tables supplied in
Old Mill Park. Many also stretch their legs and hike on the
300-foot Ranney Gorge Suspension bridge.

P6090162...Future boat captains dreaming.
One can take a public cruise from Peterborough,
where you can experience the world's highest hydraulic lift
lock. You can travel from Like Ontario to Georgian Bay on the
Trent-Severn Waterway.
So many towns to visit, also many community family events to

P6120186...Many boats from the USA passed through Campbellford this
year, one as far as Pensacola, Florida.

P6120189...OK, lets get on with the walk.

P6120194...Nice benches along the walkway on the other side of Trent River. (Don't look at me!!!! I'm sick of waiting. Hate!!! picture takes time away from my walk.)

P6200007...Visitor from Halifax.

P6250028...Dream on.

P6250032...A little dog lives in this big boat from Mississauga.

P6250035...Meet the little dog. I think about every other boat had a Dog or two.

P7070157...Very nice young couple.

P7090005...To my great surprise...Peachtree, Georgia. (Yes, Love that Georgia and it's on my mind.)

P7090018...So big!!! How many would like to travel like this???

Bev, from Campbellford.

Thanks Bev. V.

A son's Letter

A father passing by his son's bedroom was astonished to see the bed
nicely made up and everything neat and tidy. Then he saw an
Envelope propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed, "Dad"
With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the letter
with trembling hands:

Dear Dad,
It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with
You and Mom.
I've been finding real passion with Joan and she is so nice. I knew
you would not approve of her because of all her piercing, tattoos,
Her tight motorcycle clothes and because she is so much older than I am
But it's not only the passion, Dad, she's pregnant.

Joan says that we are going to be very happy. She owns a trailer in
the woods and has a stack of firewood, enough for the whole winter.
We share a dream of having many more children.

Joan has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really
hurt anyone. We'll be growing it and trading it with the other
people in the commune for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want.
In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS
So Joan can get better; she sure deserves it!
Don't worry Dad, I'm 15 years old now and I know how to take care
Of myself. Someday, I'm sure we'll be back to visit so you can get to
know your grandchildren.

Your son,

P.S. Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at Tommy's house. I
just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than
The report card that's in my desk drawer. I love you! Call when it is
Safe for me to come home.

Thanks Barb C.

Today's Animal

Miss Daisy...