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The Orchard Way

Postby Diane Arthurs » Sat Jun 18, 2005 7:50 am

Does anyone remember the orchard way? That's what we used to call it. It was along Delrex Blvd towards Maple Ave. It was still all orchards when I was in high school (late 60's/early 70's) and Cedarvale still had the huge hill (was that called Killer Mountain??) When we were allowed to go downtown we had to decide whether to take the highway or the orchard way. I remember my sister & I got stuck on the side of the hill at Cedarvale until a bunch of bees came along. Yup, that pretty much got our butts back up to the top!! <p></p><i></i>
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Postby John Bailey » Sat Jun 18, 2005 9:09 am

I have some Orchard story's but I have to go and get my car washed by my Special friends.Type at ya later. <p></p><i></i>
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Postby Margaret Landry » Sat Jun 18, 2005 4:49 pm

We lived on Shelly Street so that was where we all went to play. I remember all the apple trees, great for climbing, the pond and millions of little toads. We moved to the 6th line near Limehouse when I was 6 so my memories are very different from John's...lol<br>Cheers All...Margaret <p></p><i></i>
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Postby John Bailey » Sat Jun 18, 2005 7:22 pm

I see people these days getting all uptight about kids doing damage and so on so I'll try and explain this the best I can.<br><br>Not to long after they put the road through the Orchard we discovered sling shots. It was fascinating to tie a bunch of elastics together hook them on a coat hanger and fire away.<br>One day we found a jar of fence post staples (I say found my dad may have said stoled) anyway we also learned if we put the coat hanger on a piece of 1x3 about 2' long it extended our arms and we had a real weapon.<br>Being hunters and gathers by nature we now had to find something to hunt. We came upon some big shiny creatures traveling along the Orchard road, from our cover in the bushes we fire quite a few rounds (staples) at these creatures to no avail, then along came one for some reason it had it's armor down and we winged it in the head.<br>This only slowed the creature down for a few seconds and seemed to make it angry but it left so we waited again.<br>A little while past then a different type of creature showed up, it was black and white unlike the other multi coloured ones.<br>This creature made me nervous so I told my friend to hold his fire but it was to late, he fired and wounded the creature,it turned on us and started to howl, we took off running that creature couldn't keep up through the bush.<br>Needless to say we never hunted creatures again. <p></p><i></i>
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Postby JudyCottrell » Sun Jun 19, 2005 7:04 am

The orchard for us kids was like a huge natural playground. We climbed trees and ate green apples til we got sick. I'm not sure if we were "allowed" in there or not but we spent quite a bit of time there. I also remember following my older brother with his friends on their bikes, trying to keep up, not able to and taking a header over my handlebars going down a hill. I got the wind knocked out of me and woke up to a group of boys standing over me with worried looks on their faces. I was too embarrassed for words.<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :o --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/embarassed.gif ALT=":o"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> Once they knew I was okay, they basically told me that's what happens when a "little girl" tries to follow them. They then took off and left me to pick the stones out of my body and make my own way home. Sounds kind of mean now but I don't think following them was ever an option for me again.<br>By the way John, those black and white creatures you were referring to? Did Georgetown have a period of time when they were yellow? Seems to me we called them "banana boats". Am I mistaken?<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START ;) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/wink.gif ALT=";)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <p></p><i></i>
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Postby John Bailey » Sun Jun 19, 2005 7:45 am

The ones I remember most were plain unmarked I think 64 Pontiac's. That's what they used when they tried to catch us when we started to drive.<br>My brain keeps trying to tell me at one time they had a yellow car, maybe just the power of suggestion though. <p></p><i></i>
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Postby John Bailey » Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:58 pm

I don't know if it was the same pond that Margaret is talking about but just past Edward street on the left there was a pond. We had a raft in it one year, that same year after the pond had frozen over we went by in a car and Dave Shepard was bouncing up and down on the ice. You could see the ice moving like a water bed. Later I went over to Dave's and his Mother said he was in bed seems he came home all wet and cold. <p></p><i></i>
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Postby websie » Sat Jun 25, 2005 11:29 pm

"The Orchard" brings back so many memories. But one I can't get out of my mind. Was it always level, where Delrex eventually went in? I don't remember it that way. Seems to me there was a dip and they had to fill it all in before they put the road through.<br><br>I know that there was a hill down to the gravel pit from the orchard. Lots of steep hills to run down and climb up!!<br><br>We had a lot of fun in those trees and in the whole area. What great playgrounds!!! Maybe not as safe as the ones of today but probably a lot more fun!!!!<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <br><br>Jane Anne <p></p><i></i>
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Postby John Bailey » Sun Jun 26, 2005 12:58 am

Safe is a state of mind and we have lost our minds.<br>Well maybe not us but certainly the government of the day. <p></p><i></i>
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Postby Al Darby » Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:15 am

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Postby dolbz » Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:56 am

My mother has told me countless stories of her and all the kids from Normandy Blvd (the wartime) playing in the orchard and in the gully where Maple Ave. now runs. A lot of them involve injuries of some sort. I think the funniest is her story of all the kids from the neighbourhood piling into a ditch culvert and rolling down the hill. Lots of bumps and bruises and bloody noses after that trip.<br><br>Laura <p></p><i></i>
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Postby patsy » Sat Jul 09, 2005 2:55 am

....and my kids aren't allowed to slide down the hill at their school because of liability issues...good grief... <p></p><i></i>
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Postby patsy » Sat Jul 09, 2005 2:56 am

Call me crazy, but that culvert thing sounded like a lot of fun...you game, Diane? <p></p><i></i>
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Postby Diane Arthurs » Sat Jul 09, 2005 6:05 am

I'll be there with bells on........well at least if I can move like the "Falling Lady"!!!!! <p></p><i></i>
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Postby patsy » Sat Jul 09, 2005 2:02 pm

Seems to me that we had a day at Kelso where I pretty much ended up like that falling lady Al showed us...what a blast... <p></p><i></i>
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Postby Diane Arthurs » Sat Jul 09, 2005 10:15 pm

I think you were just as relaxed!! <p></p><i></i>
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Postby patsy » Sun Jul 10, 2005 11:31 pm

As relaxed as a piece of boneless chicken.... <p></p><i></i>
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Postby RichardDBurns » Thu Oct 27, 2005 6:34 pm

Great to remember people and places of the past. Richard Burns <p></p><i></i>
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