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Monday 10th

new growth on the forest floor

New beginnings… a walk along the pathway showed me so much new growth, I was encouraged, after a long cold winter, the ground is thawing, photographers are showing us the wonderful blooms that are showing up all across the city. Coming out of church yesterday, the tulips were showing their happiness, looking up into the sunshine.

For the sake of others, society and world peace. Always live keeping in mind everything you do is for the sake of others, society and World Peace

Perfect Liberty 2021.10

Have a great start to a new week. Tomorrow Tuesday 11th. 10 a.m. service Ancestors’ Day.. for those who can join in at the church, please let us know if you plan to attend at the church itself. We are still practicing social distancing.

we are in this together!

Happy Mother’s Day

PL Precept #15 All is a mirror
show appreciation
Keepers pups are 7 years old today!
Love is unconditional
be kind to yourself.!.

PL Precept #1 Life is Art

today’s walk

Today began in a very uninteresting place. It was such a dismal day, I actually went back to bed. Something I never do, the rain was not hard, but constant and the skies a multitude of shades of gray and bleak. Rather than face the negative thoughts and dismal attitude, I went back to bed. Keeper (my faithful whippet) obviously thought it was a good choice, she joined me (something she does not do, once she is up she usually prefers to stay up and nap in my office or sun room)… Velcro in his wisdom decided to stay in the living room where he could keep track of the comings and goings on the street. In other words, security watch.

I feel my whole body relax as soon as i enter the woodlands

You can freely express yourself within the rules. Consider rules as a canvas on which to express your specialty artistically

Perfect Liberty 2021.9

Brian and I used to go to another trail off Leitrum, the parking lot was there, little else except the remains and debris that accumulates in an uncultivated area over the years. It was used mostly in winter by skiers who wanted to do winter trails. I think its called P19 now. What a difference 8 -10 years make. I walked down the winter trail, it was very muddy, I spent a bit of time collecting wood to make a trail over the mud. When I got home, I cleaned my Bogs (boots) in water, so they will be ready to go again next outing. That was my excitement … I came home feeling refreshed, altho’ going out in the afternoon is very foreign to me, mornings are my time to hike/walk/explore. On the bright side, … it will soon be bed time..

sigh, everyone’s a critic

Be creative in your efforts. If something is not going well, take a step back and look at how you are tackling the problem. There is sure to be something you can improve on.

Perfect Liberty 2014.16
Till soon

Mooned

I’ve nick named her Moonie

Today I met and saw another first, a muskrat. No didn’t get a picture .. he swam up and under where I was standing, then later came out and swam away. The couple I was chatting with think he/she was/ is perhaps building a nest under the viewing dock where we were.

What is it with my fascination of the goose’s rear end, I have no idea.. but.. gosh I think what she /he does is soooo cute. What can I say, its been a long 14 months!

I did however get a picture with the Canon of a cardinal.

no more no less!

PS. those who know me, know I’ve never been a fan of the Canada Goose. .Here I am this year, enamored with this one goose and her rear end. Life happens!

PL Precept #16 All things progress and develop.

PL Precept #18 Each moment is a turning point

Fiddle heads

What I came away with was a HUGE craving for steak med. rare with a side dish of fresh fiddle heads. So much so, I cut my “walk” short and headed for the local fresh fresh grocers (Farm Boy) Came home, seared a steak, tossed a salad of greens and shrimps, with a side dish of steamed fiddle heads with melted butter..

I found this woodlands to be more like a park, not so much the rugged, wilderness of other trails. the paths are well worn and the width of a rural road, I’ll have to go back another time and really wander further into and down trails that lead further in. Today I was always hearing the traffic going down Anderson. Even tho’ I was early, shortly after 8, there were other visitors, so a lot of meeting up with other hikers/walkers.

Take the first step with determination. A wishy washy attitude will not help you get a good start on things. The minute you make up your mind to do something, things will start moving forward.

Perfect Liberty 2015.6

Sauteed fiddlehead ferns (Molly Watson)

https://www.thespruceeats.com/sauteed-fiddlehead-ferns-2217487

forever- always

Doors in the woods

Don’t think “I can’t” from the start. Begin by taking the first step, then you’ll be able to see what comes next and a path will open.

Perfect Liberty 2021.6
lots of log walking, and wet muddy bog

Today being Thursday, fellow door lovers can see more doors by visiting Dan’s No facilities site, for todays door offerings https://nofacilities.com/2021/05/06/march-april-leftover-doors/

The boardwalk above, was the one at Old Quarry Trail, if you have not been on that trail, it hooks up with the Trans Canada trail, which I discovered when I took a turn to the right instead of to the left. ( gave me many extra Km, to walk to get back on track to find my way back to the parking lot off Eagleson)

Also note.. the trails I’ve been on, the two yesterday were very VERY wet, muddy, and the boardwalks were slippery and in some places in need of repair, be careful, and wear your gum boots or good hiking boots!

my reward he visited with me while I was on the boardwalk! Yes this is on the same trail where I met the porcupine.
no zoom, he was that close to me.
just wanna hug

no cropping in the making of this blog =^_^=

no porcupine

I watched the little beggar cross my path, and waddle over to the tree and begin to climb it. I had my Canon with me and not the Nikon. By the time I got the camera out and tried to find him.. zip.. finally I did see him sitting calmly on a very high branch looking down at me and now a couple of other hikers.

he was not a figment of my imagination

I’ve never seen a porcupine up close, never had one within my space, this was a big deal. I knew to give him/her space, I was very taken with every detail of his/her person. Talk about a slow and deliberate mover… even so, I have to find another way to carry the Canon or not use it and stick to my Nikon. Both of the cameras tho’ are not really good at getting close ups of birds /animals that are not within easy reach.

The little guy was not as clean and his colours were not as bright, but he had yellow shading, his latin name is Erethizon dorsatum.

taken from wikimedia

Not going to say he/she was pretty, but it was exciting for me =^_^=. I came across this critter at Old Quarry Trail off Eagleson in Kanata. It was my third stop of the day, I was a busy bee this morning.

Earlier I had retraced my steps to where I had seen the Egret (bird) yesterday, nothing, it was cloudy overcast, and very damp, you would think perfect for ducks, geese and fowl, but nope… I saw few there or at the Hope Side Road location.

My fascination today, was watching the porcupine climb high into a tree.

PL Precept #1 Life is Art

my first

Listen carefully and speak clearly. A good relationship starts from truly understanding each other.

Perfect Liberty 2021.5

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else will affect its successful outcome.

William James

I was beyond happy at sighting this bird.. I so didn’t expect it. I had stopped to check a small area of water off a road, saw lots of geese, and was turning to go back to my car, when I saw a spot of white in what looked like a run off, that ran under the road. Its times like this I think I need a better camera.. thankfully the moment passed.

these were only some of the geese in this location, it obviously was a happy place for them

brooding silence

Some evenings I sit in silence – my thoughts travel the distant shores

Often it is a brooding silence that haunts me, clinging to me, shouting for recognition

In far off lands, I walk a shoreline where the wind howls and the seas lash the rugged coast

there my spirit roams, the salty air wraps itself around me

the mist gathers me in, and I am free to simply BE -Q

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

Perfect Liberty 2021.4

A smile is something we feel inside, a smile plastered on your face, doesn’t mean you are happy – it is the simplicity of smiling from within that radiates from your eyes and your whole demeaner – being happy is an art.

Energy springs from your smile, when that smile is sincere ..

Be happy, it is a gift we give ourselves.

PL Precept # 11 Always be with God.

Dewberry

 Another area to explore here is the east end of Dolman Ridge Road, now gated farther west than before, where you can park and walk the old roadbed and trail heading east. WARNING: There is a warning sign here to beware unexploded Second World War bombs. It was an airforce practice area then. So you enter at your own risk. But since hundreds of people walk the trail itself, as long as you don’t wander off the beaten path, you should be okay. This trail eventually crosses Mer Bleue. Many good birds have been seen here, especially in winter. Among them Northern Hawk Owl (Dec. 2, 1990 to Feb. 23, 1991) and Gray Jay (Dec. 9, 1990).

info taken from NCC site on Dewberry Nature Trail

The dogs had me walking at a steady pace, we walked without really taking a break, there is no place to really sit and rest along the way… I would have liked an area to sit to catch my breath, a dog/waste receptacle mid way, and at the end, since this road is the one area where dogs are allowed on leash. Many other areas in and around the nature trails are forbidden to dogs. Our outing was almost two hours, out and back, steady pace.

I heard a lot of geese, only saw two making their way across the bog area. Heard a few woodpeckers, saw one dove on a high wire, aside from that, until we returned to the parking area, the dogs and I were on our own. Good hiking or walking shoes recommended.

Stay tuned..

You betcha we (all 3 of us) are resting.

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