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Ollie Ollie Oxen Free



Most of you may know that besides being a serious artist I have my lighter moments. At one time I was cartoonist for “Farming Today” a sister publication to the St. Thomas Times-Journal. I often see humour in everyday life.

When Dave and I go for drives in the country we always have our cameras at hand and as soon as the forest floors start greening and the wild flowers start blooming our shutters are snapping shots for consideration as paintings. I gather material in the nice weather and then after Labour Day I sort through those images and begin to paint.

This shot of the two trilliums peeking around the old tree stump reminded me of two young kids out in the woods playing hide and seek with their siblings. When you hear the cry “Ollie, Ollie Oxen Free!” you race to the home base. Last one there is the loser.

I remember when we played after supper at my cousins’ place. We often played till well after dark with only the porch and drive shed light to keep us from stumbling and then it was time to go home.

We were so worn out we could hardly stay awake as we put on our nighties and pajamas.

Those were great times. These mischievous trilliums brought back so many good memories. What about you? Did you play games like I did? - Jenny

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