Mute Swan Couple Persists; 2015-2019

“All up”: Queen Elizabeth’s swans checked and counted:

We Wish You All a Happy New Year

The Aragon Road is not always a quiet and best kept secret of rural tranquility, especially the fall hunting season brought several duck hunters to our area; their shots could be heard echoing across the lake in the early mornings, including Sundays. Ah well, that is the price we pay for living in a rich and diverse natural environment.

Towards the end of 2015 we also witnessed a concentration of police activity at the conservation area which ended in the tragic death of a person.  Our community came together and our thoughts are with the victim and his family.

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We hope that 2016 will bring good tidings to our road and that it will be a year of conservation and preservation of what we have, thanks to the actions of some of our neighbours past. The Cecil and Wilma Graham Park is included in Waterfront Master Plan of the city but any modification to the park will be simple and conform to the wishes of the donors that the area is “for the enjoyment of the public”. Whatever the preliminary design shows, such as a parking area and footpaths plus a boat ramp for small watercraft is scheduled at least ten years in the future. By then the Waterfront Master Plan is out of date and local government and citizens will come up with something different.

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We will have to wait and see what happens with the 50 acres for sale just west of the Fitzpatrick Road and, separately, the potential sale of the Graham Farm, including the 10 acres at the end of the Graham land where the angel stone bungalow sits unoccupied.

The end of 2015 was also unusual for the weather that seems to be affected by El Nino, a huge boiling hot body of water off the Pacific coast of the Americas, it is big enough that it affects our local weather; as late as Saturday, January 2 of the new year, we observed geese, ducks and two white Mute Swans happily floating just beyond the frozen shallow Draper Bay in front of our house. The lake and the canal where wide open water and the birds obviously did not see the need to migrate a little south to open water around Front Road in Lake Ontario. Now they are all gone.

As soon as the Rural Advisory  Committee meets and has relevant issues to report we will bring you up to date via our posts. In the meantime we wish everybody the very best for 2016.

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Portia Ball visited the Aragon Road to launch her kayak in Colonel By  Lake on a blistering late November morning to take photographs of the changing elements: air, water and ice.

The perspective low from the water level gives us a unique view through the eyes of a nature lover. I use the word “nature lover” because what else would one be to brave the cold lake, with water temperatures just hovering around zero degrees, a mist hanging over Draper Bay to create a mysterious backdrop. Have a look, enjoy, and thanks to Portia Ball and her shore assistant.

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Draper Bay at the north-west end of Colonel By Lake. By Portia Ball.

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Ice, water, the shore and sky from the middle of Draper Bay. looking north towards the Aragon Road. Photo by Portia Ball.

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Portia Ball just before “take off” at the Aragon Boat ramp.