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a Trans Alpine Trip by train from Christchurch NZ to Greymouth. – Photos Shirley Keen

Everything here is soooo green, lush and over grown, when I saw Shirley’s photos from her trip she was just on, I asked to share a few with you. Isn’t the world a wonderful place, the geography is so different .. depending on where you are on the “globe”

Life is what we make it.

Don’t think overly about people. Instead of being excessively concerned about others, focus on what you should do.

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I had wonderful “ladies day” outing, we had lunch at a cafe/restaurant on the canal, ate out by the water. I didn’t intend for it to happen but I have a golden glow that wasn’t there earlier. The sun was out, there was a breeze, company was exceptional, food was good.. hey.. Life is Good!

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Traffic stops

when these darlings decide its time to cross the road (photo NumOttawa)

I was driving along drinking in the wonderful greenery on all side of me … when I spied two turkeys’ casually standing by the side of the road. I slowed down to a crawl waiting to see what they would do… as I was doing so, I saw two cars coming in the other direction… they did likewise. We sat, waited while the two divas took their time walking across to the other side of the road, disappearing into the woods. ,On a busy city street, when traffic is just a blur, I don’t know that I’d be so patient. There is something very calming about being in “the country”… we (the drivers) who frequent these roads that lead to trails and greenspaces, are in a different zone when we turn off the main roads, into our tranquil zones.

Do things joyfully instead of taking it easy. Enthusiastically engage with what’s in front of you. You’ll enjoy it more.

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Come on.. they grow on you. =^_^=

Photos are all by NumOttawa (Instagram)

Till soon

Now

The past leads to NOW and NOW leads to the future. Life is an accumulation of moments Cherish each one.

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Found a dreamy little stretch of river that runs through the town of Plantagenet, Ontario.

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Mer Bleue

Improve yourself to have a kinder heart. Do what you can to be caring and considerate to make others happy.

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I started out with the intention of walking around the bog at a very slow pace. I wanted to concentrate on how quietly I could walk. As often happens, the bird calls, the textures of the various plants were distracting for me. I found myself taking pictures (what’s new!!). As I slowly made my way around the trail, I met a couple who were also out for a morning stroll. I think one of the greatest joys is meeting new people who share the love of the land.

In PL, we believe that PL #18 Each moment is a turning point.. how true, the pleasant visit, the exchange of ideas and information left me with lots of possibilities to put on my “to do” list. Places I have not been to in a long time, they reminded me of in telling me of their experiences. I feel a happy anticipation, a couple of the places they brought to my attention, I used to visit when my husband and I traveled the backroads.

We are heading into a new week – lets in following the teachings of PL, remember that .. PL # 15 All is a Mirror We should try to start each day with a smile .. PL Precept # 2 To live is to express One’s Self. If we are smiling and happy, people around us, will feel the positive energy…

Energy Springs from your smile. A smile makes you and others cheerful and energetic.

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To all my American readers.. have a wonderful celebration today.. enjoy, make memories.. stay safe..

I want to also thank each and everyone of you who drop in and visit, share your comments, thoughts, visit with me along the trails, and in all areas in my life.. I love the energy you bring into my life.. you all contribute, by being YOU. Thank YOU.

Till Soon!

Oyashikiri

Sunday

Multitasking reduces your joy by half. when doing something give it your all. There is joy in everything.

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Watching the ducks lazily bob along yesterday, was a reminder that there is no need to always “be busy”. They took their time, they would drift along, letting the current take them, then shift slightly to grab another little wave, they were focused like the families of geese on land, on just enjoying the day.

A good reminder to me, I need not rush around doing, I can just take my time and enjoy the day/afternoon/evening.

Love is unconditional

Being and end each day with a prayer and love in your heart

Happiness

You’re happy, I’m happy. have the mindset of “good for you, good for me” Express yourself in a way that makes others happy.

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Happiness is something that is subjective. My Mother who would have been 100 this past May 1, did a lot of volunteering, and was very involved in working with and for the sake of others. She would sit nights making blankets, baby sets, and whatever else was needed for the “causes” she was committed to. There was always knitting needles or a crochet hook in hands .. She was when I think back seldom idle. She was constantly looking for material(s) that she could put aside for one project or another. She had three children to feed and raise, My Father having passed away when I was only 10, my sisters were much younger, maybe 6 and the youngest 2.5… it wasn’t easy, but she did what she had to keep the family together.

Happiness is fleeting at best, when it comes from an outside source. Happiness isn’t what someone else can give you, it is how you live and appreciate YOUR blessings.

I visited a nursery yesterday, I needed a few pavers for the backyard, it is something I’ve neglected doing over the years since my husband passed away, many “to do” chores/tasks simply just disappeared from “view”. A nursery was once one of my happy places, I would comb the nurseries for miles around for just the right plant. Today when I walk outside and see my “young charges” they are no longer young, some are old and ailing, over grown and a few I noted the other day, have serious health issues. They need serious pruning and … sigh… some will just stand like sculptures .. they will no longer produce life..

When I’m out in the woodlands, I see so many fallen branches, and remains of trees that have lived their cycle, and are now returning to the earth. Currently these once stately trees are surrounded by new life, fresh minty greens, soft pale pastel and delicate buds are bursting forth from the damp ground that is swollen with the moisture from the winter blanket of snow. Every season has its purpose. Every moment of the day/night there are new beginnings.

Lose your attachments to money and things. Money and things don’t have value unless you actually use them. don’t be stingy nor overly attached to your resources and utilize them to their fullest potential.

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Happiness is – PL Precept #11 – Always be with God.
love is forever

a little treasure

Weak tired and weary, I took to my bed early. The activities of yesterday had drained me physically, and left me wanting to do nothing but take myself to bed. I was almost settled in, when I heard my phone ping. Usually I have it turned off, or down but I hadn’t done it yet. I checked my Instagram since that was the last app I’d used. Walloping kadoodle.. Num had posted these pictures of an ermine he’s spotted in the woods. I was so excited I got up and came into my office to see them on the big screen. I had to write him and congratulate him on his captures. I’ve seen them now a couple of times, they are fast, they move with the speed of light and are so agile and graceful… that he was able to capture this little one with three good pictures .. I was delighted, couldn’t wait to send him a message. Thank you Num you are amazing.

Isn’t she/he just the most darling of creatures. The one I’ve seen has been at Dewberry in the east end, if I recall he found this darling in the west end. I had been heading for Sarsaparilla trail on my way to church but had gotten sidetracked, and ended up at Beaver Trail. Ottawa is a delight for nature & wildlife photographers, we have dozens of woodlands, forests and green spaces within and all around the city.

It’s Okay! God is watching over you. things turn out for the best. Don’t be captured by momentary troubles but continue doing everything with sincerity.

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you can see more of Num’s captures on Instagram – NumOttawa

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succulent you say!

photo Shirley Keen, NZ

Succulents, I remember when they were a passion and I scoured every nursery around for miles to acquire another variety for my indoor garden. Where I live in Canada, they were an indoor plant, could be put out in the summer months but for sure had to come back in come fall and winter. Eventually I moved on, but I still stop and admire them when I see them being offered in the plant section of a shop I’m in.

Interests, hobbies, change over the years, at least for me they have. I always said, I don’t have time for hobbies, but I am sure that friends who have been around me for years, will rolls their eyes and simply give a snort, should I be heard giving voice to such a statement now. Of course I don’t see all my creative interests as a “hobby” I see them as simply a part of my every day .. a way of expressing a thought, expression or to make “statement”. Words, can be so ambiguous. Mean one thing to one person, and something else entirely to someone else.

I think I am a visual person, I like to create with my “tools” for the visual results. Yet someone will argue, you are a writer, you love words and use words to create and tell “stories”. hmmmm that is true, I do that. Still I think I lean more towards being a visual person. Any thoughts on this? Are words not visual?

Today is Sunday, we have service at 10 a.m. with LIMITED capacity. I know Rev. Eugene sent out a notice earlier in the week, for those of you who will not be attending physically due to the limited physical seating, please join us in prayers this morning, from the comfort of your homes. If you are able to connect to the service in Brazil, use the link provided by the church Hokyoshi and enjoy!

Do everything willingly and joyfully. Your upbeat attitude will make things more cheerful and enjoyable.

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normal

endless hours of work

What is “normal” is different for each individual. Everyone has a different way of thinking and doing. It’s important to understand others feelings.

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acrylic doodle
a fun card from the past
must be Friday..

the road ahead

We’ve all been on such a road, it goes somewhere, but we don’t know where. It is not open to traffic, you want to see what is at the end, you have to hoof it (walk) or bicycle. Fortunately for me, a young man and his charge came along on bikes, because my feet were draggin.. I flagged him down, did he know this road, and yes he did. “how far do I have to go till I reach the end?” “See up ahead, around the curve?”

he pointed up to where the above road barriers were .. you can just make them out in the first picture.

“When you get to the bend, the road will change from pavement to gravel, you will be about half way” Wow, I was going to be late for my 10:30 – 11 a.m appointment, I would have to turn back. No way could I manage to do the whole walk and get back in time.. besides my legs were telling me I’d already been doing enough walking for the day.

obviously at one time, this was a well travelled road. but no more. It is all part of the NCC green space now.
you can see remnants of old fences now.. once all the growth starts to happen, this may not be so visible.

As I walked back to my car, I wondered how it must have been, likely there had been animals out in the pastures that are now slowly being over taken with vegetation again. I saw a lot of creeks and water beds.. it will be fun to explore on another day.

This area, where the blocked off road is, is not the part of Dewberry where most of the hiking, snowshoeing, X-cross country is done. But I’m told the rewards are worth the walk, especially in another few weeks when there will be flowers a lot of interesting vegetation at another observation deck that has been built out over the water.. Trick is you got to get there, and it is a hike. Hiking through the trails is walking on trampled earth, the terrain is very different, this walk along the road, is just that.. you are walking on a paved road. I’ll tell you about the unpaved part when I actually get to do it.

Thanks for sharing this part of the journey with me.

We are all wonderful in our own way… Although results are important, your effort is what is truly precious.

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he was a long way from me.. but I did manage to get a picture before he took off on me.

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