Thanks to my sister, I had a great walk on the Quebec side of the river today, Yes it rained off and on, but it didn’t deter us from our mission. For her it was “must” stop at Tim Horton’s for toast and coffee. When you drive everywhere, it was a nice change to do this little “hike” from my Mother’s to the Timmy’s down the way. Walking I found that there was a little creek that runs along the sidewalk. AND, that we were actually walking uphill and that by car, it is much easier =^_^=.
The first part of our walk had us in a big box store shopping center. However the walk home was through one of the trails in the Gatineau Parkway. The Gatineau Park lands extend for miles and miles, it was nice to see so many runners, walkers, and bikers out enjoying the day. For me I was thrilled at being in the woodlands, hearing last year’s fallen leaves crunch under foot when I trekked off trail to inspect a tree that caught my fancy. Seeing my first butterfly of the season!
In the summer once the leaves are full, and the ground cover has risen to its full height, many of the treasures being discovered today will be hidden from view. The skies were mostly overcast, so the pictures are showing you the day as it was. It was beautiful, quiet,the earth had just enough moisture in it to give us that earthy smell that can be so intoxicating.
I could spend hours marveling at the way the decay in this tree is unfolding into a work of natural beauty. The insects, bugs,birds,worms, and of course the elements all have had a go at putting their imprint on the tree.
These ducks were swimming about in the pond till we came along. I stopped to take pictures and the casually swam towards us and walked up to the walk where we were standing.
How cool was that. The whole day was perfect…. I got to spent time with my sister who is here for a visit.. walking, talking and just enjoying the day. Something we have not done in years. It didn’t matter the forecast was for cloudy skies and rain, being together was sunshine and the rainbow in my day. I hope you all had a great day too.