Nov. 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada to commemorate so many men and women who gave up their lives to ensure we live in a safe, free country. After 100 years since the end of the First World War, we all keep this in mind and wear the red poppy to show our pride.
The red poppies grow in Flanders Fields and on other battlegrounds far away. They stand for peace, freedom and love.
Remembering the soldiers who fought for Canada is not just a one-day obligation. Their gift of peace lasts all year round.
Canada Post has released a special stamp featuring a white dove over a barbed wire. Special coins were also minted to recognize the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Watch for these special coins and stamps at post offices.
Halloween was quiet in our area. That’s much different than in our younger days. There were a lot of tricks going on. The old school yard got hit pretty well every year. It seemed to be fun to tip the outhouse over or move it a little to expose the pit beneath. Tricksters would even fill the old barn with whatever they could find.
Some farms got hit as well. It would be no surprise to see your horse buggy on top of the barn or a shed. Bale twines were cut and you might find your old milk cow decorated out in a set of horse harness. Straw bales were put in front of doors so you could not get out of the house. Windows were washed with dirty soapy water. That is only a few of the pranks played. Those were the good old days.
The first Monday in November started out with high winds and snow to bring out the snowplows and salting machines, as the streets and highways were slippery. The temperatures are now starting to fall more and more while the days keep getting shorter. So this will likely put an end to harvest. There is time now to get the bales in. Cattle herds are being moved into fields to clean up after the harvest.
There is still the odd flock of geese left. Now the ravens will take their place.