Sunday, November 13, 2016

Canadian Auction Goers Eh! A story from Nov. 6, 2012.

No fidget and no reformer, just
A calm observer of ought and must.
                       Bliss Carmen



It is early Saturday morning. I am huddled in the old pickup truck with four layers of clothing on, under a fleece blanket that I had the forethought to bring. I have just walked around and photographed everything that interested me in this biting cold North wind. I now realize it is November, and denial of the upcoming winter is no longer possible. I think to myself, at least it is not snowing, but we still would have come regardless.

I sit here watching the brave, hardy Canadian auction goers walking by with those familiar toques pulled low over their ears. I brought the one I had picked up in a Home Hardware in Horne Payne Ontario, way up in the middle of the Northern Ontario bush during a one hour scheduled stop while riding the Train to Vancouver. I did know I would certainly use it again and really needed it then. My memories drift back to March of 2012, and that trip of a lifetime riding the rails with my daughter M. I will never forget that trip, and the timing turned out to be more important than I ever could have known at the time.



My thoughts are interrupted by the sound of a car alarm. I look up to watch people fumbling in their pockets hoping it was not their vehicle; another car alarm starts going off. The duet of loud piercing noise would be very distracting to the funny auctioneer. For one brief moment, I wished I was standing outside in the cold biting wind among the shivering crowd just to hear what he had to say. He always makes me laugh; he has a quick wit.

The alarms now stop and I pull that fleece blanket tighter around myself, I am fine with sitting here. I pull out a homemade muffin I baked yesterday, and I think about that leftover homemade soup and warm fire waiting at home. I can see My Hero and his smile, he is happy, so I am happy. There are a few things here that he is interested in, and I love that we had gotten a parking spot so close that I can watch the auction action in relative comfort.





A woman walks past me with a beautiful old crock, and then a man parked in front of me places an old Coca Cola sign in the back of his truck. Then we all smile at each other; they look cold. From here I can see the old World Globe sitting on top of an old dresser, and dream of somewhere warm and sunny.



I watch as the evergreen trees bend and sway in this cold wind as I watch a woman quickly clasp her gloved hands over her exposed ears when a big gust blows. There is a swing hanging from a bare old Maple tree where it blows back and forth in the strong gusts of wind, as though there is an invisible child swinging.

I cannot believe there is a Pinball Machine here, I had not seen one of those in years and to see two, in two weeks is very funny. Something is certainly pulling out all those stored memories of my childhood.



My Hero pops into the truck to warm-up, I pass him a muffin. His face and ears are red and he pulls off his toque, his hair is standing on end from the static electricity and I laugh. We sit and watch the auction with all the bundled up and toque wearing Canadians, all standing and bidding on things from the relative comfort of our old pickup.



The auctioneer moves closer to the table, covered with an assortment of air tools. My Hero pulls his toque back on zips up his coat and hops out of the truck to join the other brave hardy Canadian auction goers. I pick my pen back up and start to write. I love auctions.

Later

45 comments:

  1. It's amazing how much cold you can endure when you are doing something you love!

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  2. I'm almost shivering reading your description, while I sit here in T-shirt and shorts on a nice warm evening.
    Did your Hero buy anything?

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  3. Another pinball machine! You're on a winning streak ;-)

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  4. Oh it must be cold there.
    Warm here which is hard to realize we are on opposite side of the world.
    Sounds like you had a lovely time once again at your beloved auctions :) hugs M xoxox

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  5. I believe you...you are a die-hard auction go-er! I'm glad you and your Hero enjoy doing this together. I also think that maybe you really ought to buy one of those pin ball machines! Wouldn't that be fun? :)

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  6. Looks like you found the very best location for auction goers...the comfort of your vehicle. I like auctions as well, but there is always an under current of sadness that keeps poking its head above the fun.

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  7. A mechanical pinball machine.

    That is once upon a time.

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  8. Oh what a wonderful way to spend a rather nippy day!! I love the line "he is happy and so I am happy" How true!
    Hope your next Auction is a bit warmer:)

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  9. It sounds like fun despite the cold north winds.

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  10. I remember sitting out a football game in the car because of the cold. But I didn't have the advantage of seeing the action...

    Muffins sound good!

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  11. The cabinet in the second photo really caught my eye; what is the one on top?Can't figure out what the three knobs are all about.
    Sounds like you had the best seat in the house! We are working an auction on the 17th, I'm so glad it's an indoor one.

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  12. You got some good captures this time!!
    I know what you mean about the cold, though. It is 10 AM, and there is still frost visible! I have laundry on the line anyway. Must not waste the sun!!

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  13. happy you had a nice warm place to sit and watch the auction from!

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  14. i love the shot of the swing with the auction in the background. brrr...

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  15. I just love to read your writing. Oh how I wish I had that talent. But I don't. You make me feel like I was right there with you. As I sit here sipping my hot coffee. And its not even cold here.

    Hugs~

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  16. We are the same way , bundle up and go out and do what we love to do . Great post, it really is a Canadian thing to do isn't it ? brave the cold for what you love to do . Have a lovely day !

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  17. The North Wind Doth Blow, and we shall have snow....

    I haven't been to an auction in years. You make me miss them.

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  18. Although cold, sounds like a great day and you made the most of it. Love the shot of the wooden swing. Stay warm and have a wonderful day.

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  19. I always buy stuff at auctions. I just get carried away with it.

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  20. I wandered over from Delores' blog. Glad I did, too. You paint a very descriptive picture of your day at the auction. I was practically sitting right there beside you, shivering. Anyhow, nice to meetcha. Count me in as your newest groupie.

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  21. I'm getting cold just reading that! Brrr! That black trunk is really cool; love it.

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  22. i could never describe this experience in the same way that you did!!

    i would have swung on the swing ;))

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  23. Your words bring me right to the action! Love your descriptions of the people and the place. Looks like you had the best seat in the house. I, too, love the photo of the empty swing. Hope your hero found something nice to take home. xx

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  24. Lots of neat stuff this week! I'm glad you were able to enjoy the relative warmth of the truck. Brrrr!!!

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  25. It sounds like a great time, even though it was freezing! lol

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  26. You know, I am in South Florida, where people wear boots when the thermometer drops to 75 degrees...some go as far as taking out leather! I really don't know how you can handle that. I guess all the wonderful items sure help, even though you might have to fight the hardy auction people ;-)

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  27. I would like the highboy type cabinet. Oh, too far away....better luck closer. Enjoy you auctions.

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  28. Thank you for visiting my blog. I got so cold reading this, I had to get my old dressing gown on. If I'd been there, I would have stayed in the car too! I don't think we have auctions such as this here in Australia, none that I know about anyway.

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  29. You Canadians are some hardy souls that is for sure! Living in Arizona has certainly made me a wimp when it comes to the cold.

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  30. I own 3 toques and wore one this week... :p

    And i think your auctions and our auctions around here is almost like inheriting the neighbors things - I have only been to one auction this year and afterwards the owner came up and gave me some things for free to go along with the dresser I won ( a story in itself as I dont know how to do the bidding thing and people were helping me LOL while laughing at me - mr foresterman was way out in the field with the other ranchers and would have been embarassed for sure !) these things werent listed in the auction, but they gave them to me because they were "glad it was going to a good home" LOL

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  31. There was something very cozy about the scene you painted - in spite of the cold.

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  32. Lovely.
    We have over the years had some success stories from auctions where the weather was inclement. Cold discourages auction goers here. And rain/sleet even more so.
    Love your foresight in bringing a rug and muffin and hope your Hero got the items he was interested in.

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  33. Always good to linger in bed on a very cold morning.
    Hugs..M xoxox

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  34. You can find some very interesting things at auctions Each photo you show would make a story.

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  35. I like the idea of an invisible child swinging and watching the proceedings.

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  36. Auctions are so sad...I go and, sometimes, buy but all those hopes and dreams weigh heavy on me.

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  37. yup, i thought i remembered this one. :) the muffin, the globe... :)

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  38. The globe! I'd love to have one. I wonder what happened to my grandfather's. Probably an auction... :-/.

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  39. Miss B,
    The "treasures" found at auction sales. Even if you don't buy, it's fun to look and dig. I wish we had more opportunities to go to sales like this.

    J's Great Gpa's house is still standing. We use it for storage and there is still some of Great Gpa's stuff in it. I've been going over there to look for the window frames I'm crafting with. I spy a couple neat hutch, buffet type pieces that would be fun to refurbish!

    Sounds like more "normal" November weather is headed our way late this week, maybe a snow storm. I can handle cooler temps, but I'm not ready for snow!

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  40. Thanks to you, we get to love them, too!

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  41. Always so proud of myself when I walk away from an auction with nothing in my arms.

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  42. 2012 was a long time ago! I have never actually been to an auction!

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  43. It is taking some getting used to now. We've had such a mild November, but my walk today was frigid. I couldn't wait to get home and have a cup of tea. Love that first photo!
    Enjoy your week,
    Andrea

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  44. The mention of the pinball machine made me remember childhood. I have never been to an auction before and this sounds very interesting.

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  45. It sounds like you had a great time going to the auction... I too am trying to get to the understanding it is November... We have had a little warmer weather but I know that cold weather is just around the corner. Thank you for dropping by and commenting on my blog, I really needed a break but I am happy to be back xox

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