• Brian Gallagher

It’s too hard to say goodbye

One of summer’s annoying chores has come to an end for another year, dear readers. I just cut the grass for what I believe is the last time this year. I say I believe because the weather has been so nice in September I am holding dearly on to the whimsical notion that maybe old man winter will mistake us for some Floridian outpost and decide to pass us by completely, dumping our allotment of snow on Repentigny instead (nothing personal folks – but it was either you or us). Remember Woodstock? If we all concentrate real hard, then maybe we can make the snow go away…

Again I digress. The title of this week’s column refers to my faithful lawn companion of over 20 years. Back in the day he was a glorious shiny eager Craftsman 5 hp mulching cutting lawn warrior chomping at the bit to get out there and work the fields mowing down any grass, leaf, twig, Tim Hortons cup or one blue glove with ease.

But alas, ‘Ol Yeller’ isn’t chomping at the bit as much to get out there on the range. Lately we had an incident where he coughed, sputtered and then threw up a random piece of rusted metal from his underbelly that zinged across the patio and bounced off the garage wall. Poor little fella. Lord knows he’s trying his best. And he’s going through oil like I race through a bottle of marinated olives at cocktail hour. Last week it took over an hour of coaxing to get him started and then he complained noisily from one side of the yard to the other for an hour. Couldn’t wait to get back in the paddock.

It is with great sadness, beautiful people, that I find myself going through the weekly newspapers looking at end-of-season specials on mowers searching for my faithful partner’s inevitable replacement. But just as I shamefully skulk though the door of my local lawn and gardening retailer I realize that I’m not emotionally ready, nor do I have the heart, to buy one of these shiny new young pups. Instead I leave with the only purchase being a case of SAE 30 motor oil and some WD40. End-of-season ‘thank you’ gifts for my old faithful companion to keep him company throughout the long winter sleep. Maybe the rest will do us both good and we will be refreshed and ready for another ride on the range together next spring. “Hi-ho Silver, away!”

So let’s get to it shall we?

I’m feeling very suave and cosmopolitan today because I’m privileged to inform you dear readers about the following sophisticated musical events coming to our area:

At St. James Church in Hudson on Sunday, October 6 there will be a concert by the Hudson Chamber Music Society featuring Paul Marleyn (Cello) and Mauro Bertolli (Piano) playing works from Chopin, Grieg and Piazzolla. Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors and $15 for students). More info at www.hudsonchambermusic.ca


The Lakeshore Chamber Music society opens its 59th season on October 11 at Union Church in St. Anne de Bellevue with works from Clarke, Hindemith and Bloch performed by Marcus Thompson (Viola) and Tomoko Inui (Piano). You can see there entire 2019/2020 lineup of performances at www.lakeshorechambermusic,org.



Wyman Memorial United Church presents the Montreal Welsh Male Choir in concert on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is part of the choir’s 50th Anniversary series and will include traditional Welsh hymns and a classic reading from Dylan Thomas’ ‘The Outing.’ Tickets are $20 and are available from the church office Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and also at the door.


As always, make sure you check out the ‘Things to See and Do’ section of The Journal for community events in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area and if you have some music, art or other cool event you think I should be checking out, please hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca.