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, 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

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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

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More Little Free Libraries

Came across another Little Free Library yesterday. The trunk beneath opens up to reveal a treasure trove of children's books! I love this so much. I can only imagine the joy of children passing by, lifting that lid and finding all those books inside just for them. What a genius design. Our snow is pretty… Continue reading More Little Free Libraries

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Little Free Libraries

Nothing sends me scurrying across the street faster than spotting A Little Free Library. I'm like a squirrel on steroids chasing down a nut. We had a couple in my old town which I frequented often - both to make deposits and withdrawals - but living in a such a big city means I am… Continue reading Little Free Libraries

humans behaving beautifully, kindness, Mental Health, Walking

Peace Rocks

We were walking through an adjacent neighbourhood yesterday when we came across some Peace Rocks in support of Ukraine sprinkled here and there over a few city blocks. This one was tucked against a tree. The one below was cleverly inserted in a hole in the sidewalk. Something about this choice of placement spoke of… Continue reading Peace Rocks