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Good morning everyone –

Needing time to cool down (central air, not functioning ) I got into my car (where the air conditioning is working) deciding to run an errand that was some miles away.  I would get to travel the road along the river, towards Montreal, and enjoy the countryside, as it is reaching out and up to meet the wonderful seasons, of late spring, early summer.

I saw a faded sign, Papanack Zoo, something niggled in my mind, I come this way, time and time again, why had I not seen this sign before.  I turned off and headed down the road in the direction the arrow pointed.  I was overwhelmed by a very sad feeling as I looked over and saw an exotic cat (big one) lying on a mound of earth and weeds.  So out of place. The area looked so unkept, it was a field, like one would see in the back forty of an acreage where a broken down, old piece of farm equipment would have been left to rust.

This was a majestic animal, one that  I would see pictured on an advert for a safari somewhere in a totally different country, certainly not here in Ontario, just outside of Ottawa.  My curiosity peaked I went in search of information.  The place was closed, not inviting at all.

I was now on a dirt track, I had parked near a building, to look at what looked like donkeys, standing in open pens, a man came out of a building and I asked him if he could give me information, but he distanced himself from the place, said he knew nothing,   I should google it. (I did when I finally got home)

Meanwhile, not getting any information from this man, I turned the car, to continue along the dirt road that ran along a high fence.  I saw other animals, in enclosed areas, with very poor looking structures that would allow for “some” cover should there be high heat, or heavy rain, but not all of them had any form of shelter to speak of.

I felt the eyes on me before I saw him, he watched as my car slowly drove by.  when I came to a gate that barred my way from going further, I carefully turned the car around, the road was unkept and really meant for a truck or as I later saw, a golf cart type of vehicle.

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Here I am, visiting with my new friend.  He had a quiet dignity.  That could be my finger, because I did scratch his head, and gently lift his hair to see his eyes.  He didn’t move except to turn his head, to acknowledge me, and share the moment.  His hair was matted in places, and like the other pens, there was no where for him to go.  There were two other animals with him.  My focus and love was on him.

I wanted him to feel love, experience kindness, he was not just a curiosity, he was beautiful, he mattered. Our bonding was interrupted by a woman’s shouts to not put my hand in it was dangerous.  Too late I thought, I have already touched him with love in my heart, and spoken to him with tenderness.  Even prayed with him, for I felt his energy, his patience and his gracious acceptance of my attempt at friendship.

Honestly, when I read the negative and awful reports on the internet about the cruelty that was reported a couple of years back, I felt sick, and still today, I hurt for my friend and his other companions.  Please offer a prayer for these animals.

I have read reviews,  one reviewer who went said it was nice to see animals in a natural setting unlike commercial zoos.  There were  positives and negatives.  I guess one needs to go when it is open and actually speak to staff.

For me, I give thanks for the time I got to spent with my silent friend.  His strength, his ability to communicate by just BEING helped me, in my moment of need.

PL calendar day 21 – Let’s be thankful for everything we have right now.  Now is an accumulation of every moment leading up to it, and everything that continues to progress and develop to become NOW.  Be thankful for everything.

Oyashikiri

Friendships can last a moment or a life time – love is forever

 

 

Thursday doors

Thursday doors, today the flavour is from Perth, Ontario.  A quiet, picturesque little town about an hours drive from Ottawa.

PL calendar day 6    Past,, present or future, always remember to be sincere and honest.  At any time, the place where you  are standing at that moment is the stage upon which you must express yourself.  At each moment in time there is sure to be a way to express yourself in relation your your position or status.

Oyashikiri

 

Wednesday 8th

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Day 8 of the PL calendar

First accept Everything

Life is filled with moments, sometimes happy and at times inconvenient.  It is important to first accept every situation as it occurs and try to accept and understand it for what it is.

Bom dia!! Greetings on another bright sunny morning.  Mid week already, where doe the time go.

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It was  fantastic day yesterday to travel the roads, the trees along the highway are starting to bud, I could feel the anticipation in every direction.  The water levels were still very high as we approached the West Island (heading into Montreal).  We observed that the water was still half way up the trees that would usually be above the water line on dry land.

Please take time to remember that tho’ the weather is currently dry, there are thousands who have suffered severe water damage over the last weeks, and need our prayers.  Not just a few, but many people have lost year of memories and accumulated treasures, and are finding themselves in a place of sadness with weeks and months of rebuilding and hard work just to regain a sense of “normal”

Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oyashikiri

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Ompah

 

Sometimes when I need to remember a destination that still evokes the spirit of open country, freedom to roam, with an abundance of natural landscapes, I dig out my trips to Ompah.  We would find what some would call a road, but in fact would be perhaps a skidoo trail sitting idle till the winter season descended allowing the snow vehicles to travel into the inviting dense woodlands.  We ruined many a muffler till we got the truck.  Such were our wanderings.  The winter season would not call us back, the snow machines are too noisy.   Although I’m sure that had the mood struck, we would have unearthed our snowshoes and tramped our way somewhere into the waiting arms of Mother Nature.

That is the advantage of the snow machines, they traverse land that is unseen during the spring, summer and fall months.  There is a season for everyone. It is finding that bit of paradise.  Each and every one of us, will describe our personal wonderland with a reverent awe, yet to another, they can’t imagine it at all.

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PL Calendar day 26   Maintain a positive attitude and wisdom will come to you

Worrying will prevent you from having good ideas.  Stay positive and you will find a solution.

Oyashikiri

 

note. 2019 calendars are in, (English) they are $2. ea.  Contact me if you would like one put aside or get yours at the church.

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Cranberry delight

 

IMG_1206I felt like I was walking in my own wonderland.  Given permission to wander and enjoy, I took full advantage and drove down towards the fields of now harvested cranberries.

 

The light drizzle and clouds over head, did nothing to dampen the thrill of the experience.

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There was a calm, the ducks, and birds were nesting and peaceful, the waters drifted lazily along, enjoying the pull of the breezes.

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I had wanted to visit the Cranberry fields for a very long time.  The other day, I slowed down, and took the winding country lane down to the farm.   Upper Canada Cranberries, Ottawa’s only cranberry grower.  Greely, Ontario.  613-798-6232, or the other number shown, 613-720-6232.

It is of course off season, the harvesting had been down, workers were gone, it was just me and whatever wild life  called the farm home.

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I was happy, my spirits were soaring with the high of being alive and able to be there at that moment in time. For me, it was a blessings, pure  intoxicating love for all that IS.

The owner was busy when I was driving out,  I hope he knows how content I was.  He lives and works in this environment all year.  WOW…  He has a small store front, for days he is open.  You can get fresh cranberries, and pure cranberry juice, no sugar.  That my dears is a find.  If you are in the area, please look the place up.

IMG_1302This was a very special blessing, I followed through on my desire to visit the farm, there was no distraction.  My reward was the intense feelings of being ONE with the environment I was in.

I wish this for each and every one of you. Have a joy filled day… now and always.

Oyashikiri

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October 1st

pomegranate paintOctober has arrived… Outubro 1… Bom dia

Yesterday I went in search of a colour of paint that would mix well with what I had to enhance the suggestion of blood.  Dried blood.  Luckily where I shop there is always someone to help and with my cohort  Little Piglet, we spent a happy hour browsing and shopping.  I know it is not often someone comes in looking for blood, but Isabelle, at Scrap En Mass (Alfred, Ontario) was up to the task.  When you shop with a goal in mind, you are more easily able to describe what you want.

The ambience of the place is also a factor, the display of merchandise, the overall sense of creativity and fun that is generated by other customers.  The time spent searching out, then playing with the items later, is always an interlude, that passes quickly, it is refreshing.

PL Calendar – day 1

Harmony leads to world peace – A Paz Mundial comeca pela harmonia

It is important to live in harmony with our surroundings.  The basis of a peaceful society is to maintain harmonious relationship.

Oyashikri

 

Scrap en Masse is on the main street* of Alfred, Ontario please check their website for hours.  http://www.scrapenmasse.com

269 rue St Philippe    1-866-218-3704

 

Thursday doors

Bom dia a todos! Happy Thursday 27th.

I was very glad to hear that this farm and the house that I on the land has been given heritage standing,  Developers cannot tear it down.  This parcel of land, will be a loss of green space, but the buildings will stay.

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This was all farm land.  I may not speak about these changes, but I am aware of them. Progress will happen.  I give special thanks here to the people in the community that fought as long a they have to slow the progress in order to preserve the buildings.  It is important that future generations remember what was.

So many industrial parks have vacant, concrete lots, older buildings that new companies don’t want, and no one want to undertake reusing that space. Concrete wastelands.  Sad, very sad.  Meanwhile rich fertile soil gets sacrificed to yet another shopping centre or ……… ……..

This will be a happy productive day.  Mild weather here. Sun is out. Let’s get out and seize the day.

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Put all your effort into the “now”

You can only do your absolute best right this moment; not in the past, not in the future but now.

Empenhe-se ao maximo no agora

Oyashikiri

 

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