Continuing With Steve’s Adventures.

Hello everyone on this very beautiful sunny day in June.  It is a nice time of year.  This would be the time when dad and I would go out looking for those elusive insulators.  So here is another of our adventures together.  Dad and I are hiking mile after mile down the tracks.  Tromp, tromp.  Mile after long mile.  Tromp, tromp.  Finally we arrive at the first hill leaving behind that long section of lowland.  That was a long stretch, I said.  Dad looked at me and said, we’re only about 500 feet from the car!  That’s all?  Seems like we have been walking for miles, I said.  Bonehead, said dad.  At least he’s enjoying this.  It is a nice warm, sunny day.  Being wasted looking for some blobs of glass.  Amazing.  Why waste time collecting something that just holds wire to a pole?  Chunks of glass with no historical significance.

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Some of these blobs of glass called insulators. The one on the left, made in USA and used here, the one in the middle, called gingerbread boy, made in France, not used here, the one on right is Russian, not used here.

We should go back and find a nice spot to dig for some old bottles, I said, certainly a nice day for it.  Dad just looked at me.  Why waste time collecting bottles, he said.  They don’t even look nice.  Just look at those beautiful insulators sparkling in the sun, he continued, now that’s something to collect, with a lot of history behind them too.  We obviously look at those chunks of glass a little differently, I thought. 

I was hoping this higher ground would last for a while.  It was not to be however.  Just a small hill.  And a curve in the tracks.  Leading to miles of swamp.  Sigh.  Look at all the swamp, I said, might as well turn around now.  That’s opportunity, said dad, that swamp is dry and there will likely be a lot of insulators laying around just waiting for us.  Well, he might have a point.  Around here we have discovered that as insulators were removed, the linemen would toss them into the water, if there was any nearby.  Just wait, said dad, we will find a lot when you go down there looking for them.  Hmm, certainly went from we to me in a hurry, said I.

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Honeysuckle bush in full bloom near where I live.

Well, the mud might be soft and you are lighter than I am, said dad.  I need to gain weight, I thought to myself.  Off I started down the embankment, which at this spot was only about 20 feet high, not as bad as some we have had to go down.  Maybe you should come along, I called back, after all, if I need help in a hurry it would be nice if you were closer.  Okay, said dad, and he started off.  Right then a train came roaring around that curve.  We didn’t hear a thing until it was right there, a common problem around here, those rock cuts always seemed to block the noise of those trains.

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A beautiful cedar waxwing, they are the last birds to return to us, always in time to eat the flower petals on the apple and cherry trees.

But it startled dad this time and he slipped.  And was he moving along down that embankment!  Right behind me.  No way I could go anywhere, there was wild rose bushes on both sides of me.  Only thing to do is run down and try to stay ahead of dad.  Right.  Suddenly, whump!  He hit me and I landed on his stomach, my backpack on dad’s face.  Ooohhhh, groaned dad.  But amazingly his glasses stayed on, usually they fall off quite easily.  As we came to the bottom I quickly rolled off dad and sploop!  Dad landed in a patch of wet, sloppy mud.  Bonehead!  Amazing that he could actually be enjoying sitting in that wet mud.

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More glass insulators, made in USA and used here.

For my new readers, dad said bonehead a lot when we were out together.  I finally figured out it must mean he was enjoying himself.  Couldn’t think of any other reason for saying it.  Anyway, back to the story.  Wait, this is getting a bit long.  I will continue next time instead.  It is a beautiful sunny day.  I hope you are all able to get out and enjoy your week, God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.

89 Comments on “Continuing With Steve’s Adventures.

      • Thank you Steve, I really appreciate it😊
        Well, I dream about site, colors and text and that stuff.. and my mind is confused and a mess…but otherwise it goes well…
        Thank you😺

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      • I look forward to your new site Lillian, I’m sure it will be great. I know how much work it can be, and mine is just a simple site, but it took me a long time to get it how I wanted it to look. I hope you still get some time to enjoy your day!😄😸🌞

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      • I love your site. It looks so profesionall.
        Thank you for being so kind and sweet Steve.
        I hope Muffin are ok and you make you a good cup of coffee and enjoy.

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      • Thank you so much Lillian!! Yes, that’s what I need, a good cup of coffee. Muffin is enjoying herself in her patch of sunshine!😂😹

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  1. Another great adventure dear Steve 😊 I’m sure you have lot of great memories of your dad, he was certainly a funny and adventurous man 😁
    These Insulators are really beautiful but still waiting for your explanation actually 🤔
    Honeysuckle near your place? It seems beautiful so the name means it’s a place for bees ?
    You should have gained some weight Steve 😂😂
    Thank you for the nice adventure and so glad it’s a beautiful sunny day 🌞🌞 enjoy it 😸😸

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    • Thank you Huguette for visiting and for such a nice comment! Yep, next post will be about the insulators! Um, correction, next post will be an award post, tomorrow will be the insulator post! Honeysuckle, a beautiful bush to have around with such nice scented flowers which the bees love, except we don’t have many bees anymore. There was many more of those bushes there at that spot, didn’t see even one bee or butterfly. Both used to be so common here, but not now. Dad and I had so much fun times together. That adventure isn’t over yet and I do get myself in…oops, can’t say yet. Yep, I was always (still am) thin and light. I definitely need this vacation coming up!! What a week! Getting late for you already, hope you had time to enjoy your day and that tomorrow will be good also!😁🌞😸🌙

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      • Oups hahha okay we’ll wait for part 2 then 😁
        It’s too bad no more bees or butterflies, they’re beautiful 😕
        Your big day is getting closer haha so finally you’ll be on vacation 🎉🎉🎊😁 yes day is over here almost 11.pm hope the rest of your day will be great as well 😸😸🌞🌞

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      • The day is getting better all the time, lots of good pictures today too! Amazing how you can stay up so late! I shouldn’t have told anyone about my vacation until I got back!! Not thinking of you though.😁😄😸

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      • Hahah I agree, not even to me! I feel bad when I tell people actually but hopefully all will be good 😊
        Can’t sleep before this time, I’ll wake up during night and it will be worse in the morning 😕
        Glad to know you got lot of pictures 🌞🌞👍 it’s great ! Enjoy the rest of your day 😸😸

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      • I know but sometimes I feel that something bad will happen when I tell people about my plans, I didn’t take it personally 😊

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      • Yes, I think I can relate to that, sometimes I think it would have been better not to say anything until I’m back home again!😂😹Except for my kitty sitter.😺🙄

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      • Yes same here!! I’m doing this nowadays just my parents because if the plane falls or something 😂 someone must claim the body haha

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      • 🤭🤭oups hahah not at all! It’s really how I think because I wish i can not tell them 😂
        Sorry for making you nervous 😟

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      • That’s okay, the only thing that makes me nervous is the stop at the Montreal airport in Quebec, no english there at all and I have to switch planes and only have 45 minutes to find out where to go. Sigh.😬😲🤔

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      • I’m sure you will manage, with the help of other tourists 😊 it’s actually weird that there’s no English in Quebec airport 🤔
        Don’t think about it now and all will go smoothly, I always ask once and twice and more haha I don’t care 😌

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      • There is no English allowed anywhere in Quebec for any reason.😲 And yet this is supposed to be an official bilingual country, that is the law in Canada, but it does not include Quebec. Yes, I will keep asking until I can find someone to help me.😁

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      • Look at this stupid regulation now 🤓 sorry Steve but this is silly! It’s or bilingual or not! Anyway best of luck and all will be good 👍👍😁

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      • Good afternoon to you Huguette! I think my laughter had some nervousness attached to it.😬😂Looks like a great morning, I slept a bit later than usual this morning, guess I was tired.😴😀 Hope your day is great!😃😺

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      • Good afternoon Steve and sorry but I had some busy day! It’s good you slept at least and had rest 😊 yes I know this nervous laugh but hopefully no stress will be involved at all 😁
        Hope your day is going smoothly 🌞😸 mine was a bit stressful but I’m about to sleep anyway so it just passed 🌞🌞

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      • Sorry your day was a stressful one, but hopefully a good night will help to relieve that for you. It has been a great day, got a lot of pictures again today, good sunny day again. But clouds are moving in, still the sun keeps shining.😁🌞🌙🌥

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      • Good morning Steve 🌞 it’s good to know yesterday was great so hope today also will be! Have a great day and weekend as well 😁

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      • Good morning Huguette! It looks like another nice day after some refreshing rain overnight. Smells so nice outside and the sun is about to peek over the hill to give us another beautiful day. I hope your day goes great as well!😄🌞😸

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  2. So because you made me smile today can I call you a bonehead? Just wondering?
    Great story!
    It’s just that it’s over right when you get to the good parts…. Did you find any insulators???

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    • Have to wait for the next part to find out what happens next!😂Hmm, I wonder if I will have time before I leave for you know where? Thanks for reading Red!😁🌞

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  3. First of all the photo of the bird is soo lovely. The bird itself is lovely. That was a fun day with your dad, and I hope no one get hurt during the muddy walk. What is the insulators for? I bet they are lovely but what for? hmm

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  4. Ha ha ha, what an adventure. Looks like you had a lots of fun. 😊 Well, anyway, I just wondering why foreign insulations are look better than American. I should check on them in hardware store, they would look good as lights in the room. 😊

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    • Unfortunately they stopped making them a long time ago, although they might still have clear ones. Here in N. America they stopped making all glass insulators back in 1967, except for a couple special orders a bit later, but they were all clear ones. Best bet would likely be antique malls or markets or flea markets, if you have those over there.😁I’m going to do a post on insulators likely tomorrow to give more info on them. Unfortunately I don’t know a lot about foreign insulators. There are lots on Ebay too but a bit more expensive.😁😺

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      • Yes, they don’t need these insulators anymore, everything has been changed to cables or underground wires so insulators are no longer needed. There are some countries that still use them, but getting fewer all the time. I hope you are having a great evening!😄😸

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  5. Great Adventure steve… Well … I do look different at these insulators.. when looking at the pic i was thinking, what he is collecting 😂 tats a lot of insulators right?, It is a nice journey with both of you.. so lovely, lively, and i hope the slip didnt hurt both of you in anyway. Be careful on such places. I feel yes your dad enjoys telling bonehead. Such a relaxed feeling i get now. Thank you so much for the post. Glad my Enthusiastic morning is back.✨🤗🥰✍️👍

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    • Thank you so much for reading and for your great comment Simon! A lot of people get that thought about insulators.😂I’m glad you are enjoying the adventure with my dad and I and there is another part to that adventure yet. A lot of these little accidents happened to us both but we never got really hurt and we always had a good laugh about them. I hope your day continues to be great!😃🌞

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  6. Looking forward to hearing more about those gorgeous insulators and I loved the photos, particularly of the honeysuckle. You could smell it from here.

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    • They usually only come while the apple and cherry trees are blooming, they love those flower petals, must be healthy. Probably make good tea. Then they come back when the berries come out on the other bushes. I got some nice pictures of them this year.😁📷

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      • I love that picture that you posted. When they were by me I couldn’t really get any good pictures they were high up in the trees. We don’t have apple blossoms or cherry blossoms in the backyard so they may have been eating something else. I saw them also flocking to one of my neighbours pine trees.

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      • My deck is 6 feet off the ground which makes it good for these 2 trees, they are not too tall yet. They will eat the pollen pods on the pine trees, supposed to be somewhat sweet. Also where new growth starts there is usually a bit of sap comes out which they will eat as well. They love berries of all kinds and insects. They are really a very beautiful bird.😁

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      • They are beautiful birds—inside and out. I also did a bit of reading about them and it said they were quite peaceable and orderly in the way they feed. They each take a turn, leaving some for another.

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      • Yes, that is true, they always seem to be a peaceful type of bird with each other, don’t think I have ever seen them fighting one another.

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