A couple weeks ago I woke up to sunshine blasting through the bedroom blinds and said to my husband, “It never rains in this city.” The words had scarcely left my lips before the city thunder-rumbled in reply, “Oh, you silly newcomer. You have no idea what I am capable of. Hold my beer.” I… Continue reading Never Say Never
We moved into our house a year ago this week. We unpacked for a few days before venturing outside to check out the walking trails. We were gobsmacked to come across a pair of pelicans on the river. We had never seen any in real life before. A couple of people came by and casually… Continue reading Return of the Pelicans…Right on Time!
Today I climbed a steep hill onto a ridge that overlooks part of the Bow River valley that cuts through Calgary. I eyed the hill up several times over the winter, but always chickened out. I kept picturing myself losing my footing on an icy patch and rolling down the embankment, my sorry carcass coming… Continue reading Climb every mountain! Or failing that, a small hill will do.
Today I am feeling grateful for my garden; and pea seed to be specific. For over 50 years I have marched the wrinkled orbs down a double row on either side of a trellis, the same as I did this morning. When I was small my mother would get me to walk down the line… Continue reading Grateful for My Garden
Yesterday the grass was greening up, crocuses were blooming and leaf buds were swelling. Then this morning we awoke to this… I had planned on a long walk across the park to meet up with my husband and catch a ride back to our house in the early afternoon. You can’t blame me for hesitating,… Continue reading Spring Snow!
It is my humble opinion that people who have “exposed to the public” gardens are usually very kind people. They enjoy sharing their beauty and efforts with passersby. I came across this little crocus growing near a sidewalk in a front yard garden yesterday and it brightened my day. We are new to the city,… Continue reading “Exposed to the Public” Gardens
Came across a beautiful new fence with this advertising sign nailed on the sidewalk side (obviously!). The quote at the bottom made me laugh. I don’t know the contractor or the fence owner, so this isn’t a recommendation (though the fence looked great) but I so appreciate the contractor’s sense of humour. Anything you can… Continue reading Separating Neighbours for Years!
Last spring Calgary was named as an official Bird Friendly City, complete with certification from Nature Canada. There is no doubt that Calgarians love their birds. And birds love Calgary. Last winter I came across some baskets of seed in Sandy Beach Park, that were wired to tree branches and continuously replenished by an anonymous… Continue reading Public Bird Feeders
For the last three April fool days no one in our family has even attempted a joke. So much of what we used to tell each other centred around disasters – small and large. For years I was catapulted out of bed by my husband yelling that something was on fire, flooded or in immediate… Continue reading April Kindness
Whenever my father was presented with a gift and he wasn’t quite sure of its purpose, he would jokingly exclaim, “Most exquisite! What in the dickens is it?” This catchphrase comes to mind every time I come across a small dead tree heavily decorated with socks and ornaments. I am not sure what it symbolizes… Continue reading A Most Exquisite Tree
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