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Bearbrook, trails off

At first I was disappointed, my first stop was where the big hill is for tobogganing. (winter activity).. when I explored the possibilities along the trails close to the hill, I found them more suitable to “bikers”.. not the first time I’ve considered the idea of a trail bike, the kind with the big tires. ….. don’t worry the thought came, and went.. =^_^=

some sections today were very steep, I needed to craft a walking stick to help me balance when I started the upward climb.
found a carpet of dandelions – the bees love them

The sun stayed out for me .. it was a beautiful day, got my exercise, now I get to sit back and just relax.

If I can exercise every day, so can you !!

PL Precept #20 Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter.

Perfect Liberty

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

new growth

new growth is carpeting the forest landscapes

Tell yourself “things happen” Even if something is inconvenient, once you accept it you’ll be able to move on to the next step

Perfect Liberty 2021.8

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

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

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.

busy grooming

I had already realized that my Nikon was no longer going to perform having received the battery tired message. These were taken with my cell phone. I tried to capture him with his face towards me, but he just wouldn’t stop his grooming.

This duck was another one who visited, he actually started to come up to me, then the squirrel intruded. I possibly insulted him calling him a bird, and not recognizing he was a duck. I’ve never had occasion to call or converse with a duck before !!

The birds/ducks were all over the place today, I should have gotten there earlier, I would have had more time, as it was I only got to explore on the other side of the road, not the part of Mud Lake I had been on before.

This side of the road the walking is more difficult, a good pair of hiking boots would have been best.
paths were rugged, rocky and wound up and down the landscape. I’lll add it was cold today, there were other photographers everywhere.
notes on this Saturday’s adventure from Mud lake.

PL Precept #1 Life is Art…. Life is also an adventure… live it to the fullest.

Sand Dunes

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

Perfect Liberty 2021.30

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle

How fragile must our own beliefs be, if we resist even listening to opposing ideas. I have schooled myself that when I am ready to totally dismiss another person’s ideas our of hand, I stop myself and try to listen to what the person has to say. I still may not agree, but I will know something more about them – and of my own thinking. In the past year I have listened to another “perspective” on life .. as it is seen and lived in another part of the world. I have learned a lot, in some areas, my personal belief has strengthened, and to my surprise, I gained insight in ways I would not have guessed about myself.

PL Principle # 6, I will not be stubborn, being captured by my own thoughts

Friday everyone, the start of another week-end….

It is raining here today, I heard the forecast yesterday that it was to rain most of the week-end, I have wanted to return the wonderful fragrance of lilac to the backyard. When we bought here many many years ago, the neighbour in the back had a patch of lilacs all along the back fence. In the spring we would step outside to be greeted by their wonderful presence. When new owners came along, they ripped out an ancient old oak, some of you may recall my lamenting that from years back and most of the lilac. They left one .. that was old and weak, it soon died.

It wont happen over night, the plant I brought home is perhaps 3.5 foot high, but it is healthy and from a well established nursery.. I got it into the ground as soon as I got home, then surrounded it with wooden pieces from my various trips these past weeks and months. this will protect it, for its settling in period, Today’s rain, which will continue for the next couple of days, will help it to gently settle in. (Monge Lilac)

Tomorrow May 1. Service at 10: a.m. Day of Peace ceremony

Sunday Service 10:a.m. regular Sunday service.

the reward

Agility not being on my side today, I did make noise as I determinedly made my way through the brush along the shoreline to try to make my way to the end of the peninsula.

I climbed over fallen branches, dead trees, slipped down the embankment into the mud, even crossed a car length of water on a tree limb and a make shift stepping stone with a wooden plank to get to more of the peninsula. I was tired and getting weary, but I was determined to get to the end of the bit of land I was exploring.

My reward was that as I went the last few steps, I saw a Canada Goose out in the water, using my zoom I tried to bring him in focus, while keeping my balance on the uneven terrain. I was having a bit of a time, it was very uneven and full of overgrown brush and vegetation. Something made me aware that I was not alone, I cautiously looked to either side of me, but didn’t see anything… then I saw that the Goose was heading back towards me, and I looked down, just a few feet away from me, sat his partner.. staring up at me.

The queen herself, watching me, wondering what this silly human was doing in her space.

I know I like to explore, and I like being in places where I’m not likely to meet any other person on a walk, I suspect that they had chosen this place because it was far from human traffic, for sure, it was not an easy journey through the overgrown vegetation and dead wood that was everywhere. but, this crazy lady came to visit. They were both actually very calm about it all. You can see, when he got closer and saw that I wasn’t a threat, he stopped to primp himself. Needless to say, I was thrilled to the bone. I felt like I had just won the lottery.

Happiness is, a day out in the world, being ONE with nature, yes, I had to scramble over logs, deep holes in the ground, watch for branches that reached out to block my path, stumbled over dead roots reaching up out of the debris that littered the ground, but I was alive, and I was focused on every moment of my experience. The memory of that moment where her eyes looked into mine, will stay with me forever. She was so close, so near, and so unruffled … her serenity in the moment, was a gift//blessing.

Oyashikiri

Tuesday 27

It’s okay to think “this is where it starts” There is always a turning point. It’s important what you do from now .

Perfect Liberty 2021.27

Humility is also inherent in the capacity to make do…..

The Power of Kindness – Piero Ferrucci

Oyashikiri

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