Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Amazing Canadians

Way back in April, I was fascinated when my neighbour planted the field to the north of Skip with forage maize. The contractor used an interesting piece of machinery which plants two rows of seed, lays a strip of polythene, and covers the edges with soil to keep it in place. This pic was taken on April 25.

Six weeks later, by June 5, the young corn plants have mostly broken through their temporary greenhouse. The polythene gradually degrades in the sunlight and disappears.

This was the field today. The crop is looking good but could probably do with a bit more sunshine and less rain than we've had here in recent weeks.

Of course, there's always the possibility of doing something else. How about some crop circles, or perhaps... 'the Wamphray maze'!

Canadians have been doing it for years of course. The Edmonton corn maze is world famous. This year's theme is dedicated to curling, with a pic of Kevin Martin, and promotes the Roar of the Rings, the competitions to select that country's Olympic curling teams, December 6-13 in Edmonton. Who said Canadians don't have much of a sense of humour!

I rather like the idea of being able to wander into Kevin Martin's head, although not being very good at mazes it might take me a while to get there. There are 5 km of paths with 85 decision points. But once I got into his head - if you watched the World Championship final in April - I think you might like to ask the same question as I would, "What were you thinking?"

(Thanks to the Curling News blog for flagging this example of Canadian humour, which I've ripped off here! Imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, thanks gk.)

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