Mystery Photo #126

I think it’s really happening!!  With cautious optimism I can say that I believe Spring has finally put on her boxing gloves and is giving Winter a sound beating to put him out of commission until next year.  Now, I’m not saying that we have buds on trees or flowers poking their heads out from under the soil because there is still too much snow for that to happen.  However, I have shed my heavy down-filled winter coat for a lighter version and have vowed to not wear my boots again no matter what.  The temperatures are above zero for the first time in months and are slowly climbing.

The most exciting sign to me is that the Canada Geese have finally returned to Southern Ontario.  Yayyy!!!!  Every morning when I drive to work, I see them flying overhead and landing in little ponds created by the melting snow.  I know you’ll think I’m crazy, but I put down my window every time and yell out, “Hello geese!  Welcome back.  I have missed you so much!!”  Trust me, after a winter like we have had, you would do the same thing if you saw such a sure sign of Spring :).

With things definitely looking up in the weather department, let’s celebrate with some fun and games.  It’s time for the mystery photo.  Give me your best guesses.  Ok, ready, set, go…

Mystery Photo #126

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51 Responses to Mystery Photo #126

  1. Jeff Sinon says:

    Just a guess mind you, but it looks like a very large cleat like what a large boat or ship would be tied off to while in port.

  2. grahamatlinc says:

    It’s popeye’s pipe. Yach ack ack. 🙄

  3. TBM says:

    I’m trying to think of something clever, but I’m failing completely. Where’s LouAnn? I need help!

    Happy spring!

  4. seriously I have no idea–am having trouble even imagining what this is–TBM I am going to be of no help at all–unless it is a huge spigot from a beer barrel–yeah–that is what it is–now TBM it is time for you to name that beer!

  5. btw–I have been up since 5 a.m. but forgot that this is Friday and the day of mystery pic–where is my mind?

  6. it is a cleat–I really have no idea but that is what someone said on your facebook page

  7. grahamatlinc says:

    It’s cleat. One winds a rope around it in a figure of eight (there’s another spigot on the near side.

    That’s not daft enough. It’s the spring switch. You forgot to fllp it. Flip it, flip it. 🙂 Or, you have some very hardy plants up north. Or, it’s an upside down fondue set for dockers. I need a lie down 😀

  8. dorannrule says:

    An antique version of a fire hydrant now found in a dump.
    By the way, say hi again to the Geese and the Geeze.
    🙂 Welcome Spring!

  9. M & D says:

    Of course your Dad knows what it is but we’re not saying, just to keep it a mystery!!!

  10. So glad your weather is improving, I’m guessing that it’s a rusty cleat on a dock to tie a boat to

  11. Hooray for Spring. And I will say IT’S ABOUT TIME!!! Ok no that I got that out of my system on to the mystery photo. That looks like (sorry I don’t know the proper name for it) what you tie your boat to that sits on the dock or pier.

    • My friend and I have been power walking at lunchtime because I am trying to get in shape for a trip to Europe this summer (yayyyyy), and I actually went for my walk without a coat on today for the first time in months. It felt extremely liberating :).

  12. HoaiPhai says:

    Definitely a nautical flotboggle, 1960s vintage I believe.

    • grahamatlinc says:

      At last a person of intelligence. Of course in the UK (where we drive on the wrong side of the road and river) we calll it a boggleflot. But who cares, as long as doesn’t come to life. 😀

      • HoaiPhai says:

        Yes, I’ve heard it called that too but probably your version is the standard because I originally hail (can a hail be anything but original?) from the Canadian province of Quebec where French is the official language and English is not, so being an anglophone I was a minority. French and English leech into one another producing two weird dialects… English- and French-based Franglais (I speak the former) but maybe the whole French noun/adjective switcheroo converted boggleflot to flotboggle in my mind. Pardon.

    • If a flotboggle is the same as a bollard (like a cleat) to tie a boat/ship up to, then you are correct :).

      • HoaiPhai says:

        Yup, that’s what it is. If you really like those things—regardless of what you like to call them—head south from Toronto (going west first or your car will get really wet) and visit us here at The Welland Canal where we have more of them than you can shake a stick at, if you’re into that sort of thing.

      • HoaiPhai says:

        Change the word “east” to “west” in my previous comment, please.

      • Yay!! A fellow Ontarian. I spent my childhood sailing with my family, so I have seen lots of your flotboggles :).

  13. love the word flotboggle–even if it is not right Hoai wins!

    • HoaiPhai says:

      I’d like to thank you for that… I always stood by the idea that correct answers should be thought of as more than just the right words (I developed this philosophy right around the time the results from my French exams came back). Also, in the past six weeks I’ve watched all the Harry Potter movies except the last one (or two, depending on how you count it) so that might be a factor, too.

  14. beckyday6 says:

    My guess: An upside down very rusty saucepan left in the rubble. I believe it may actually be the famous saucepan that Rowena the Brave used to slay the last killer bumble bee which threatened the future of her dystopian world!

  15. benzeknees says:

    This looks like one of those poles they use at parks to hang chains between or put at the entrances so people can’t drive right into a park.

  16. krikitarts says:

    All of your other contributors are, with all due respect, full of hooey. It’s quite obviously the gun turret from one of those primitive watercraft that duked it out in your, um, civil war days–er, you surely must have had one of those too, with appropriate salvaged derelicts, right? Like the Monitor and the Merrimac, eh? I’m really not all that clear on my Canadian history, but Daniel Day Lewis did help a lot to fill that partial gap…

  17. Well, I must say I am very impressed with my followers this week because quite a few of you guessed correctly and the ones who didn’t still had a lot of fun with it which is the best part about Mystery Photo Friday :). Many of you called it a cleat, which is what I would have called it to until my sailor daddy told me the correct term. The smaller anvil shaped ones are called cleats, but this is actually called a bollard, and it is a short vertical post to tie a boat up to. Great work everyone!!

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