Tuesday, August 26, 2014

rivers know this...

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
A.A. Milne
Whinnie the Pooh

Fish Creek Park, Calgary, Alberta

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

the ending of summer

...or so it would seem. School hasn't even started yet, but there are yellow leaves upon the ground.
I know the reason... but I can't help but be slightly excited at the sight. Our overly hot Summer and lack of rain caused most of these leaves to turn and fall to the ground. These big poplars do this sometimes. They are the only trees turning so soon.
But I know Fall is just around the corner... I can feel it.
However, there is still a little bit of Summer to go.
The cherry trees are bursting with ripened cherries, a sure sign that Summer is coming to a close. These sour cherries will make tasty jam preserves, and maybe even a crumble of sorts.

And the garden is still growing, providing us with delicious herbs and veggies.
The Basil has grown crazy this year.  
And there are still many Summer walks to take... and picnics to have.
So we must not wish Summer away too soon.

But the sound of those crinkly leaves under my feet did make me smile. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

like a bee

“In the village, a sage should go about
Like a bee, which, not harming
Flower, colour or scent,
Flies off with the nectar.”
The Dhammapada
 This year, I have a bee hive under my deck. If left to their own,
the bees will fly in and fly out, bringing back wonders from their travels.
They do not bother us. We do not bother them. A sweet Summer friendship, enjoyed from a far.

did i tell you guys...

...that I got to hold a baby kangaroo while I was on holiday?

At this adorable little place, just off the highway between Vernon and Kelowna.

 And he loved me. And I loved him. And all was perfect in the world. 

Well... at least he loved my necklace and my earring.

If you are ever in or around Lake Country, BC you should definitely go to the little kangaroo farm there.
It was one of the best parts of our trip. 

And... baby kangaroos!! 

But beware of the ducks that steal the chips while you try to feed the kangaroos

 And the birds that fly onto your head and nibble your ear. 

It was like non stop cuteness everywhere.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

the journey

We just got back from a short holiday in British Columbia. We spent some time in Revelstoke and then Kelowna. It was hot and sunny and absolutely gorgeous the entire time. But I have to admit, I think my favourite part was the journey there and back. There is so much beauty in the journey... so much time to reflect and take in what is around you. 
Somewhere in BC or Alberta. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

just standing and staring

“That quotation about not having time to stand and stare has never applied to me.
I seem to have spent a good part of my life - probably too much -
in just standing and staring and I was at it again this morning.”
James Herriot 

It's a little hazy these days, due to some forest fires in British Columbia.
But it's still breath taking.
Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation area west of Calgary.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

summer afternoon

"Summer afternoon -- Summer afternoon.
To me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
Henry James

Well... maybe not the two most beautiful words... but definitely among the top ten. :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

little help

We made some new little friends today.

These little baby hawks were huddled under a large pine tree this morning... too young to fly yet. They had been there for quite some time, but mama hawk was no where to be seen. After observing the situation for a few hours, we decided to contact the wildlife specialists. These poor little guys were at risk being on the ground, and one of their siblings had already died. :( So now they are being cared for by the wildlife experts, and will soon be released in this same area. I hope to see them flying around here soon.

PS... Turning comments back on. I haven't had them on since April. I miss chatting with you guys.:)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

going to the mountains is going home

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out
going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...”
John Muir

Banff National Park

We were blessed enough to spend another beautiful weekend in Banff. What a great way to start the Summer. Our Spring was so very busy with baseball, end of school activities, and work. So it was nice to let all of that go and head out of town, if even for a couple of days. Just to breathe in some of that glorious mountain air.
A revival of sorts, I suppose.