Nature, Walking

Return of the Pelicans…Right on Time!

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!

Nature, Walking

Climb every mountain! Or failing that, a small hill will do.

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.

Gardening, kindness, Mental Health

Grateful for My Garden

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

Gardening, kindness, Walking

“Exposed to the Public” Gardens

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

kindness, Walking

Separating Neighbours for Years!

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!

humans behaving beautifully, kindness, Nature, Walking

Public Bird Feeders

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

humans behaving beautifully, kindness, Nature, Walking

A Most Exquisite Tree

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