The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

What Do They Know That We Don’t?

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After a great visit  with our friends, the Bartlett’s, this afternoon we headed back home and could see the drizzly, foggy sky looming in front of us while we drove down Soddom Road. We knew the forecast was gloomy – icy rain and light snow flurries for tonight, and this was later confirmed when the sanders were up and down the main roads while we were watching the news. The closer we got to town the small droplets of snow flurries could be seen on the hood of the van. We knew it was going to be a stay-at-home day tomorrow.

As usual, we had a nice visit with our friends, including a great cup of tea and got caught up on who was doing what and how we all spent the holidays. After saying our “toodle oos”, we headed down the road, stopped for gas in Niagara Falls (where Nat was thinking the prices hadn’t jumped yet, but he got fooled) and then homeward bound. As we were driving down Soddom Road we noticed a huge “grouping” of Canada geese flying above and headed east. These “groupings” contained, on average, 10 to 15 V-formations. Kind of hard to explain, but picture about 1,000 geese flying in a “V” formation and then split that one big V up into little groups of 5 to 10 each. Long story short, there were thousands and thousands of them.

We continued down the road and coming from the west we could see thousands more. The further down the road we went, the more we could see, and in those little “V” groups all huddled together. Flapping their wings in unison while soaring over the snow-covered corn fields and side roads, they were flying straight east and headed for the Canada/U.S. border. So we’re thinking. What do they know that we don’t? Is there something ominous in the wind we hadn’t heard about. We didn’t have the radio on, so no info there. Were they really dumb and a little late in flying south?  Was there some major snow storm brewing and they were headed for cover in the turrets at Old Fort Erie? Or, was Alfred Hitchcock really alive and making another version of The Birds? If that was the case I was leaving town immediately ’cause that’s the only Alfred Hitchcock film I’ve seen as a teenager and it scared the beejesus out of me!!!!

 I suppose we’ll never know, or perhaps we’ll take a drive down to Fort Erie tomorrow and see nothing but geese huddled from shore to shore along the Niagara River trying to keep warm, either from body heat, or from the gas and smoke emissions spewing out of the smoke stacks of Buffalo!! It’s anyone’s call!!!

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Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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