Wardsville Woods

Wardsville Woods


“Does it Pay” by John Kenneth Galbraith and Jenny Phillips

Jenny Phillips signed copies of her new John Kenneth Galbraith book, “Does It Pay?” at the council chambers in Newbury today.  She also was selling her limited edition prints of the cover art painting, “Two Farmers Chatting In The Field”.  The original painting was inspired by Horse Days on the Richmond Farms, Newbury in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s.

This book is a history treasure about leading edge farmers and farm technology in the 1920s when John Kenneth Galbraith was writing for the St. Thomas Times Journal.  Order the book at http://www.jennyphillipsdutton.ca/publishing.htm  or contact Jenny Phillips at jennyphillips@golden.net

Barn Quilt Tour: Knapp’s Farm Service

Knapp’s Farm Service on Longwoods Road east of Wardsville

Check out these tractors and Knapp’s top service.  http://www.knappsfarmservice.ca

Mahindra Tractors are one of the top three international tractor companies in the world. For over two decades, the company was the undisputed leader in the Indian tractor market, which is also the largest tractor market in the world. Over the years, Mahindra Tractors grew by leaps and bounds to become a trusted name across all six continents of the world.

The birth of Mahindra & Mahindra began when K.C. Mahindra visited the United States of America as Chairman of the India Supply Mission. He met Barney Roos, inventor of the Jeep and had a flash of inspiration: wouldn’t a vehicle that had proved its invincibility on the battlefields of World War II be ideal for India’s rugged terrain and rural roads?

Swift action followed. The Mahindra brothers joined hands with a distinguished gentleman called Ghulam Mohammed. And, on October 2nd, 1945, Mahindra & Mohammed was set up as a franchise for assembling jeeps from Willys, USA.

Two years later, India became an independent nation and Mahindra & Mohammed changed its name to Mahindra & Mahindra. Ghulam Mohammed migrated to Pakistan post-partition and became the first Finance Minister of Pakistan.

Since then, Mahindra & Mahindra has grown steadily in size and stature and evolved into a Group that occupies a premier position in almost all key sectors of the economy. Today, its total turnover is about 6.7 billion dollars.

Thanks to the Knapps for bringing these tough tractors to our community.  This is a special destination agri-business.  They’re giving Kubota a run for their money!


Posted by Mary Simpson with info from the Mahindra web-site.

The Blain Farm Land Trust

Since its inception in 2000, the mandate of the Thames Talbot Land Trust has included the protection of both natural and agricultural features.

In March 2009, both aspects of the Trust’s mandate were advanced with the securement of the Blain Farm.  The farm, located in the Municipality of West Elgin just west of Wardsville, was purchased from Wilbert and Eleanor Blain, local residents who have farmed the land for over 70 years.

The 26 hectare property features 20 ha of productive cropland as well as 1.3 km of river frontage.  Between the cropland and the river are 6 ha of riverine forest and terraced floodplain.  The Blain Farm lies within the Skunks Misery Natural Area as designated by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  It is located one kilometre south of Skunk’s Misery Forest, one of the region’s most important natural areas.

The riverine forest of the Blain Farm serves as a natural corridor connecting the Thames River to the core of the Skunk’s Misery forest complex.  The property features a variety of Carolinian species such as Hackberry, Sycamore, Bladdernut and Spicebush.  The site’s sandbars and other riverfront features are also likely breeding sites for rare turtle freshwater mussel species.

For the complete article and a fact sheet, go to the TTLT web-site.

Twin Valleys Community and School – appreciation

Mary,  my thanks to you and your cohort for the magical opportunity you gave to the former Twin Valley people to come together, especially in your beautiful town of Wardsville. I doubt that a TVS reunion would have happened again without some unusual catalyst, and it was probably George’s last opportunity to have such an experience, to be together with so many former staff and students.  I myself can say that I had the best weekend of my life.  I am so impressed with the overall organization of the event, the meal was exceptionally good and I was thrilled to see that Wardsville has grown into a beautiful village.  I always waited to see that sign change beyond 200!  I think the reunion has launched a BIG resurgence in communications amongst us, that is the special spin-off of the weekend and  on top of that, I will have beautiful memories of Wardsville forever.                             Patricia Kristie (formerly Bullied)

Dear Mary, Just wanted to send you a note of thanks to let you know how much I appreciate the fact that you sought out the old Twin Valleys people to join the Wardsville Bicentennial.  What a great thought you had and because you did and act on it, I was able to reconnect with 3 dear friends I had not seen or heard from in over 30 years.  It was life changing for me and I am forever in your debt.  Thank you so much.  Also, you and the people of Wardsville did such a nice job with the event and made us feel so welcomed.  I am humbled at your greatness! in peace,
Mary Lisa Zimmerman, Morton, Illinois, United States of America

Hal Jenner from Ottawa did an amazing job organizing the Twin Valley’s reunion!

Ottawa, May 28, 2010 – Twin Valleys School is returning to Wardsville on Saturday, June 19th, for a reunion on the occasion of the town’s 200th Anniversary Celebration.

Twin Valleys School was an alternative educational community founded in 1971 by George and Pat Bullied. It ran until 1983. Twin Valleys was an alternative to training schools and group homes for hard-to-serve teenagers. It provided them a home and community environment where they were accepted unconditionally. In addition to learning life skills and a host of job skills like basic carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing, farming, animal husbandry (the school was also a fully functional farm) and kitchen skills (try cooking three meals a day for 300 people), they learned about their own uniqueness and self-worth.

The students also received a high school education in a setting that they did not find threatening given the small classroom size. Learning was based on “the 7R’s of life”: Rules, Roles, Relationships, Responsibilities, Respect, Resources and Returning Cycles. In essence, the school prepared them for a different kind of life than the one they had known before.

One lesson that has stuck with almost everyone who heard it was one of George’s favourites. It was the story of the “empty roll of toilet paper,” that true spiritual expression was “replacing that roll of toilet paper and not leaving it empty for the next guy.”  It was all about doing what was right and what was needed in the moment. So many people who lived at Twin Valleys have told that story because it has continued to remind them to do what is right in the moment, not to wait for someone else to come along and do it.

“Those who lived there were profoundly impacted by the closeness, the challenges, the triumphs and the spirituality. Thus the community lives on!” – Ben Goerner, former student.

There will be a public multimedia presentation on the history of Twin Valleys at 2 o’clock on Saturday at the United Church, 207 Church Street, in Wardsville. Don Nisbett, Reeve of Wardsville and old friend of Twin Valleys, will introduce George Bullied, the former director of the school.

The public is invited to come learn about a special time and place in Wardsville history and perhaps to meet some of the returning residents of Twin Valleys, who love to share their experience.

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Hal Jenner, Reunion Organizer


Eat Eggs!

One dozen reasons to eat eggs:


Hard-cooked egg tricks:

* Use eggs that have been in the refrigerator the longest; the less fresh the egg, the easier it is to peel.
* If desired, the large end of the eggs can be pricked with a pin or an egg piercer prior to cooking. This step is not essential but some cooks feel it helps prevent the eggs from cracking.
* Rapid cooling after cooking helps prevent a greenish ring from forming around the yolk.
* To hard-cook an egg quickly for Egg Salad, crack it into a poacher or microwave egg cooker and cook until the yolk is cooked. Immerse in cold water for rapid cooling, if desired; drain well.
* To determine whether an egg is hard-cooked, spin it. If it spins smoothly and rapidly, it is hard-cooked. If it wobbles and spins slowly, it is raw.
* Keep hard-cooked eggs refrigerated and use them within a week.

Got an egg question?

Everything Eggs with Wendi Hiebert provides egg recipes, cooking tips and techniques,  and information about egg nutrition. This blog is about everything eggs!

Egg Farmers of Ontario

support Wardsville and area.

Our local egg farmers include Peter and Wilma Janssen, Peter and Vicky Simpson, Ross Snider, Brenda and Jeff Lambert, Nathan, Justin, and Jordan Staels, John and Annie Schaeken, and many more.

Eggs – the perfect food.

Equestrian Friends of Southwest Middlesex

Join Facebook group for Equestrian Friends of Southwest Middlesex at


The number of horse owners in Southwest Middlesex is growing, and that’s a good thing! The purpose of this group is to provide a virtual place where we can ask questions about our horses and the community we live in; buy, sell and trade tack and other services; organize community events and trail rides; coordinate shared transportation to horse shows and other equine events; and to share our love of horses and our community.

Shared by Vance Blackmore