I pine fir you and balsam


If you sing it with a drawl, it almost sounds like a country song doesn’t it? If it was, it would be my ode to the large pine tree in our front yard which has only recently stopped shedding its 7,874,241 pine needles all over our yard. Right now I know what you are doing dear readers…

1) You are asking yourself, “He actually COUNTED each needle he picked up? How bad is this guy’s OCD?!

2) Why can’t I get that country song out of my head?! (C’mon you know you’re singing it).

Seriously though beautiful people, when we bought our palace here in Shangri-la last year I loved the old crooked pine tree on the corner. I even put a sign up on it that said ‘Crooked Tree Corner’ since it was the focal point of the property. I should have known…. Remember that kid’s book ‘Everybody poops?’ Well it’s true. Everyone and everything including my crooked pine tree. Pine cones in the spring, small pine buds in the summer that come off in the wind and pepper the roof on the side of the house sounding like the world’s largest and angriest squirrel; and then in the fall, the pièce-de-résistance, a biblical showering of needles that hide in the grass and stubbornly refuse to get sucked up in the mower or caught up in the rake. I filled 11 large paper yard bags with just them. I wonder if crooked pine trees make good kindling?....

BTW dear readers, I am absolutely not clever enough to have thought of the play on words that make up the title of this week’s column on my own. I leave the big words and smart sentences to my benevolent editor. I actually remember that quote from an old Archie comic. That is where I did my high-brow reading when I was young. It’s also where I learned my first riddle: ‘What gets wetter the more it dries?’ The answer in next week’s column. Stay tuned for the exciting finale of, ‘Too much time on his hands!’

In other news…

The Durham County Poets have just released their latest album ‘Hand me down blues’ (the follow-up to the fantastic ‘Grimshaw Road’) and are having their album launch party at Salle Jean-Pierre Houde in the Vanier Cultural Centre, 15 Maple Boulevard on Friday, October 25 in Châteauguay. The Poets’ music is an eclectic blend of blues and folk, with tinges of gospel and swing tossed in for good measure. They are five seasoned musicians, all of whom are songwriters, who work together individually and collaboratively in composing their music. They are worth seeing if you are a fan of the genre. The show is at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at www.ovation.qc.ca

Feel like coming down to Hudson’s Auberge Willow Inn this Thursday? Their fall decorations are gorgeous and there is still a bit of colour in the trees. I’ll be singing and playing with the beautiful and talented Jennifer Arditi in the pub area starting at 6:30 p.m. If you haven’t yet picked up the new Gallagher Ford Thompson album ‘A Simple Plan’ I will have some on hand (Jennifer also sang on the album). I know – that was a totally shameless plug but my wise editor will probably pull it and replace it with an ad for a fall lawn clean-up service.

As always, make sure you check out the ‘Things to See and Do’ section of The Journal for upcoming 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.


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