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The Cran-bear-y Fest Pics

Well, I got back to my northern home in the Pacific North West late last night and as promised, I am sending you some pics from Cran-beary Fest.

Picture 1 is the cranberry bog that Farmer B made for the children.  They sure had fun chasing the cranberries around with rakes.

Picture 2 is of someone getting their face painting by an artist that came all the way from Vancouver Island.

Picture 3 is the hardworking people collecting the cranberries that are floating on the top of the flooded cranberry field.  They worked tirelessly collecting those little red nutritious gems……can you tell that I love cranberries :)?

Picture 4 is Farmer T driving the funny machine carefully though the feild. The machine jiggles all the bushes under the water and shakes the cranberries loose and then the yummy berries float to the top.

In picture 5 we see some of the over three hundred pancakes that Maggie and her friends cooked for the Cran-beary Fest visitors…….and they were delicious!  The pancakes, not the visitors.

Picture 6 is Maggie and her new friend from Langley.  I think I would like to visit Langley, “it is very historic,” says Maggie’s new friend . I am very curious about historic things, I hope we can see Historic Langley sometime this summer.

So these are my pics from Cran-bear-y Fest. I hope you liked them.

I know I said I was going to tell you about my adventure that we just got back from but I am waiting for all the pics to get here from both of my travel buddies.

In the meantime, I came across some pics of an adventure that the whole gang (Jenny, Bobby, Becky, Maggie and Brittany and I ) took in September of 2013 that I have not told you about. I will work on that post this week. This is an adventure that was a year late………..I will explain that comment next week.

Au Revoir mes amie That is french for Good Bye my friends, I just learned how to say that but I do not know if I wrote it properly.  I am thinking of studying a new language, my friends suggested I learn english better first, that might be a good idea. I think I will learn a new fancy english word every week and share it with everyone.  I will start my blog each week with a new fancy word that I have learned.

Your friend, the beary curious, adventurous traveling bear,

Patchez 🙂

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Cran-Bear-y Fest

It’s Sunday, January 19, 2014 and my weekly blog is due. I have sat on a chair for the last hour trying to decide what to do about my delema.

You see, I promised to write about Cran-bear-y Fest and, I can do that, however, I have no cran-bear-y pictures with me at the moment. Why,? you ask. Because I am on an adventure and I would love to tell you all about IT but I am not finished it yet and I have pictures to gather from my travelling companions………….what to do, to do, to do?

Ok, here it goes, a solution! I will tell you all about Cran-bear-y Fest and next week I will add adorable pics I have of it. As well, I will tell you about this beary creative, funny, silly, yummy, pretty, snory, sunny, wet, adventure I am having right now! Great Idea right? right!

Shortly before the snow was to arrive, in mid October, my friends told me that the Corn Maze celebrates Cran-Bear-y Fest. It seemed kind of funny to me, I wondered why they celebrated the berries when I thought we should be celebrating the corn, because I could only see corn out the window, no cranberries, but oh well, people seem to do the funniest things……or perhaps it really was a cran-BEAR-y festival for me!

My friends then showed me the huge field of cranberries across the road from the house. There were three huge patches of cranberries. So, it was not a festival for me after all but when I learned how much they do to take care of the fruit I knew that they should have a big festival!

We never are to run through the cranberry patch! They are treated with the utmost care. The cranberries are fertilized in the spring by helicopter! That was a very exciting day to see that.

In the fall the field is filled with water and Farmer T. drives a funny machine through the berries to loosen them from the bushes. They all float to the top and then they are swished to the side of the field by the funny machine and men wearing big boots up to the top of their tummy go in the water and swish the cranberries closer to the side. A big machine that has a vacuum on it sucks all the cranberries up, sorts out the little sticks and then spits the cranberries into crates. The crates go into BIG trucks and are taken away to the Ocean Spray Office. That is where the other people squish them down and they become cran-raisins. I never knew all this. So after learning all this, don’t you agree there should be a festival? :).

Lots of people come to the corn maze to have a big pancake and sausage breakfast. Maggie was volunteered to help and she was VERY excited to go. She got to wear a fancy apron that had a sign on the front of it. She wanted to keep the apron but they needed it. She very carefully made pancakes for about 120 hungry people. She and three other helpers worked very hard mixing big bowls of pancake mix, and heating up sausages on the bar-b-ques outside and making sure there was enough cranberry pancake syrup for everyone. It was a sticky job but they accomplished it! There were balloons and clowns there and children were getting their faces painted. Children made crafts. People came all day long to have the special cranberry treats and to see the corn maze. They even roasted marshmallows on a fire in the evening.

The farmer even made a cranberry patch for the children to go in and try to rake up cranberries. First he put wood in a square, then he covered everything in a big plastic sheet. He filled it with water, about 8 inches deep. He put some cranberries in for the children to chase around with the rakes, they had Great Fun. I am glad the Farmer put out lots and lots of gum-boots for the children to put on, otherwise their feet would have gotten very wet.

All the petting zoo animals were so very happy to have so many visitors that day. They got lots of love from the children, “big children and small children”, Maggie says and then laughs.

It was a beautiful fall day for the event. It was a day of warm sunshine on your back but the air was cool and when you walked under the trees the colourful fallen leaves danced around your feet. I have to say I think I experienced a perfect Canadian autumn event. I hope I get to go to Cranberry Fest again in 2014 :).

The next time you put a cran-raisin in your mouth you can think of its big adventure getting from our house to your mouth :).

Your Cran-bear-y Friend,
Patchez. be sure to look at the pics next week 🙂

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Piggies and Chickens and Goats, Oh My

A strange noise it was indeed that I last posted about. It was as if someone were crying for help. I was beary curious! My bear tracking sences kicked in emmediatley. With my new sketchers on my back paws helping me run faster, I scooted past the garage and I carefully peered through the cracks in the fence into the neighbours yard. The sound suddenly stopped, I stood very still and very quiet to explore the situation further. Could this be a person in distress, was it a dog howling or was it an alien from another planet?

The gate made an eerie groan as I pushed it open, the rusted hinges working for the first time after a long winter. I carefully skulked along the side of the grey building and poked my little bear nose around the corner. I took in a deep long sniff, the aroma reminded me of a happy place. It smelled of left over fried hamburgers, hot chocolate, and if I am not mistaken, butterscotch ice cream. Oh I liked the smell of this place! I made a mental note to myself to be sure to return to this wonderful smelly building later to investigate further. Once again, the sound came from the building that was just past a few picnic tables, a covered over area and from the other side of a chain linked fence

My precision bear senses told me this was not a dangerous situation after all. For there, parked beside the building was the Farmer’s truck. It was filled with big bags of something. I wandered over to see if he was about and there he was with the biggest smile on his face! Or shall I say, if the Farmer  really ever smiled, it was the biggest one I ever saw on his face. He definitely looked pleased. He greeted me with his friendliest farmer grunt and pointed to the cage. I looked in, and there it was, the most beautiful bird I had ever seen. He told me it was a peacock and as I looked closer there were more beautiful birds in the cage. Mr. Farmer told me that I had new neighbours, and there were more animals on the way. They were coming to be part of the petting zoo.

Oh I was just so delighted. Can you imagine life getting any better? Here I am, living in a house with people who look after me, a beautiful view to gaze upon, trees to play in and now a real petting zoo right next door. Oh I did the happy dance all the way back to our house to share the news with Becky and Maggie and Wayne-darling.

We went over to see our new friends often during the day and gave the miniature horses a carrot or an apple. We would talk to our new best friend Penelope. Oh, I fell in love with Penelope. She is the most adorable pink pig with a little curly tail, and her snout gave her so much personality. She told me she had been  living in a lady’s house, she had her own room and she was very careful to keep her messes out side. But one afternoon she and the lady had a long talk and they both knew she was getting too big to be living in a house.  So they called Mr. Farmer, and he invited Penelope to come stay for a while at the petting zoo. Penelope even had her own little blanket that she would move all over her pen with her cute little snout. She would curl up under it at dusk and fall fast asleep.  It was very difficult to get a picture of Penelope, she is very camera shy.

There were so many fun animals, there were goats, chickens, a rooster, some sheep, two donkeys, three miniature horses, nine ducks, a fat turkey, several rabbits, two pigs and of course the beautiful peacock and his friends. Peacock ended up being a real show-off, but none of the other animals minded him much. But the one goat we named Trouble With a Capital T, he was real mischief maker. He would start chasing all the other animals around and then hide and laugh. One day he decided to hide in the feed bin and he got stuck there. That is when all the animals laughed at him for a change.

I would go over in the evenings and have a long chat with all my animal friends. If they had any concerns they would share them with me and I would let the Farmer know what they needed. This seemed to work well because I speak animal much better than the Farmer does. For the most part the whole gang was so happy to be there. They all were people lovers and that is what is important if you want to belong to a petting zoo.

People came from miles away to see the animals when the corn maze opened at the end of August. It was such a delight! Sometimes bus loads of children would come from schools. The children would learn all about farming and animals and how corn grows. And my nose did not let me down. The Farmer’s Mom ran a little concession stand and gift store. They made wonderful hamburgers and soup and yes, there was lots of ice cream.

If Maggie and Rebecca and Wayne-darling still live here next year I think I will ask the Farmer if I can have a job at the corn maze. I will ask Jenny and Becky to help me make up a resume first though. I must tell them my best asset is that I am fond of animals.

The corn maze offered many adventures in the fall. On opening day there were about 300 people running through the maze. There was also a few weddings held in the big barn before the animals came. We were not invited to them but Maggie and I went over and spied out how they decorated the barn for each occasion. It was spectacular indeed. The best part of a wedding reception going on next door is that you can dance to their music in your back yard, that was really fun.

For my next blog I will share with you all about the cranberry fest adventure. I will show pics of how cranberries are gathered. Wait til you see the job they gave Maggie to do for cranberry fest day. I will give you a hint………it was sticky 🙂

So signing off now and sending love from all of animals at the petting zoo and me,

Patchez.

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Lets Go to the Movies! No, Lets Bring the Movie Here!!

During the month of August when it was so hot outside we enjoyed sitting in the cool shade of the back deck waiting for the sun to slowly set to give us a cool evening to comfortably fall asleep . We would lazily sit on the deck with our feet up and watch the corn grow, and you could  almost see it growing  right before your eyes on some of those hot evenings. We would quietly watch the long shadows grow and the beautiful colours that would glow on the Golden Ears Mountains as the sun would gracefully set in the west behind us.

While we were sitting enjoying a glass of lemonade and doing all we could to keep ourselves cool one evening, my friends thought it would be fun to go to the drive-in movie. Oh yes, I thought to myself, that does sound like fun.  Maggie reminisced about how much fun it was when she was a kid to go to the drive-in.  I thought it was funny that they would wear their pajamas at a drive-in.  Maggie said that when you get home from a drive-in you want to be ready for bed because it is so very late, the night dosen’t get any darker than how dark it is when you come home from the drive-in. My eyes grew as big as saucers at the thought of staying up that late!

A few evenings later our neighbours came over to enjoy some cool drinks, some snacks and some laughing on our back deck. They liked watching the corn grow and enjoyed the sunset too. As a matter of fact, the neighbour that came over that evening was indeed the farmer that actually planted the corn we were watching grow.Yup, it was Farmer Bob and his wife Debbie.  Maggie mentioned how much she enjoyed going to outdoor movies.  Debbie told us they had a movie screen we could borrow and we could have an outdoor movie right there in the back yard.  I started jumping up and down and doing flips and doing my happy dance, hoping that Maggie and Wayne would accept Bob and Debbie’s offer to lend us their movie screen and projector…….oh it could be so much fun!!!!! I guess they thought so too and next thing you know the plans were being made.

We all love movies!  My favorite movie of all time is, well, I have a few favorite movies because my owners like me to have “a well rounded exposure to all kinds of family entertainment”.  Some movies that I have seen, and I like are:  Winnie the Pooh and The Blustery Day, Pride and Predjudice, Cars, An Affair to Remember, 101 Dalmations,  Old Yellar, Treasure Island,  Planes, Swiss Family Robinson, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Centre of the Earth. There are more, but my most favorite, all time, absolute favorite movie, that I LOVE is…………… MARY POPPINS!

Much to my surprise that is the movie that my friends decided we would watch.  Maggie got on the phone and started inviting people over on the Saturday night that we knew it would not rain.  She invited over 50 people.  She asked people to bring their own lawn chairs and some snacks if they like and she would have some snacks here to enjoy as well.

For a few days before our movie night it rained and rained and I was hoping it would stop raining so we could get the yard ready for our movie night.  Never is there a dull moment of sitting around when fun is brewing around here! While it was raining it gave Maggie and I some time to prepare some surprises for everyone.  We worked hard and got the surprises ready for all the kids,” little kids and grown up kids”, Maggie called them, and then laughed.

I have put in  a picture of all our surprise bags. They covered the whole dining room table. First we put glow in the dark necklaces in the bags, so people would not bump into each other. We put whistles, corn kernels, bubbles and more bags in the bags. Oh, and a treat for the kids but there were lots of treats to eat, just look at the junk food table we had!  And for the parents Maggie made special hot chocolate with something called Baileys Irish Cream in it, everyone really liked it.  I think it was because she put real whipped cream on top.

Wayne and Bob’s son, Young Farmer Brad, worked very hard to set up the screen .  Unfortunately Brad and his new wife Rachel were not able to come for the movie. They had a “previous engagement”, dont know what that is but if you have one you can not go to a movie. Brad did pop over later after his “previous engagement” was done.  He missed the movie but was there for the visiting part. I like Young Farmer Brad and his wife Rachel, they are nice neighbours.

Lots of people came to movie night, almost fifty people. People came even before it was dark out because everyone wanted to visit first.. But the ones who did not come were very sorry that they missed out on all the fun and told us to tell them when we do it again.

When the sun had gone down and gave us just the right amount of darkness, Wayne got  the movie ready to go. Everyone ran to their seats and organized all their snacks they had and got ready for it to start, everyone was so excited, especially me :). I sat in a little chair that Maggie put on the balcony off her bedroom. She and I thought it would be better for me there in case I got stepped on in the dark. But from up there I could see EVERYTHING!!!

Just before the movie started, Maggie told everyone that if they want to sing a long to feel free, cause almost everyone would know the words. She told them that if they didn’t know the words they could whistle along, and if they could not whistle, then they could blow the whistles that were in the bags. Marco, the big kid then demonstrated how to blow the whistle. If it was a sad or borring song they could blow bubbles to make it more cheerful. I blew bubbles for the Feed the Birds song, it was long and sad sounding.   There are a few marching kind of songs in the movie so everyone put their corn kernels into  plastic containers and we had instant percussion instruments and we felt like we were part of the orchestra when we shock our instruments along to the rhythm of the music..No body got up and danced and I thought they would to the chimney sweeping song but I think they were kind of shy to and will next time because now we know better how to have fun at an outdoor movie. Ok, to be honest, Maggie did kick her heals up when no one was watching her.  giggle giggle.   But my absolute favorite part was the bags. Those were for us to blow up and pop whenever the neighbour of the Bank’s family, Admiral Boom, shot off his cannon, we popped  the bags all together at the same time.  Everyone loved doing that and the kids would laugh. It kept the coyotes away too. Some of our guests thought it was great fun to swing their glow in the dark necklaces around in the air when it was so dark outside. OH that looked so beautiful, it was almost as beautiful and the fire works at Disneyland.

There was also a trivia game that everyone played and there was a prize. You will never guess who won the prize!?!  My friends the twins from my terrific Tuesday blog, and their Mom and Dad. They now own a beautiful fancy kite that they can go out and fly and think about the fun night when they watched Mary Poppins in our back yard. Everyone that came to the movie said they had “great fun”!

When the movie was over, no one wanted to go home so we all gathered on the deck and visited and laughed and joked around. Maggie was really funny and Brad told her not to have anymore sugar because she was getting too hyper.  I like it when Maggie is funny, I did not think she was too hyper, she was just so excited that everyone was having a wonderful time.

The children all wanted to know when we were going to do a movie again and they had lots of ideas of what the next movie should be. The children also enjoyed swinging on the swing set and thought it was really great that they were outside playing and it was SO dark. At last, when the night was as dark as a night gets everyone went home.

We cleaned up all the snacks and brought them inside the house.

We received thank you cards from some of the people a few days later.  One card was very special. It was from a young married couple who are new to our area, they are originally  from Korea. They grew up in a big city and have never ever in their whole life sat beside a corn field and watched a movie and looked up at the beautiful stars all at the same time. They really appreciated us sharing our back yard with them.  We want to have them,  Alice and Andrew over again. Maggie says they are on her list for a card party.

It is now winter time and we fondly remember the event every time we pop up another bag of left over microwave popcorn.  Maggie was worried there would not be enough popcorn. But there was lots of goodies for sure and here it is 2014 and we are still popping Mary Poppins popcorn. :).

I dont know what a card party is. I can only imagine what a card party might be.  Imagining things is very fun. Finding out what things really are though, is even more fun. That is when I find out that my imagination does not know everything.  When I ask about the card party my friends look at me sweetly and say “you’ll see”.  They gave me a clue though, there is food involved.  I am good with that!

With my knees to the elbows, and stepping in time, I shall say good bye until next week’s blog when I have another adventure to share with you………..did you hear that sound?  Was that a ?…………I will investigate and get back to you.

Patchez

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