Good morning everyone! What a wonderful day, overcast, rain, clouds, now is a prefect time to get out before the rain starts to come down in earnest. First I would like to share with you this wonderful collection of doors taken by one of my very best friends who surprised me this past year by asking me if she could show me her doors. Have known her for decades (yes plural) never knew she loved doors.!!! She had been catching up with my blogs and saw our Thursday Door feature. She told me “hey I have doors too, I love doors, can I share them with you?” You all know my response to that.. and I asked permission of her to share them all with you. =^_^=
This s today’s quote from the PL Calendar..
Tell yourself “Things happen” Even if something is inconvenient, once you accept it you will be able to move onto the next step.
Perfect Liberty 2021.8
This is an example of how wonderful life is, to know someone over the years who has become special and part of your “family” then discover that >once again, you have found another common interest< and you realize that even when we think we know it all, or assume “we know”…. we don’t. Every body around us is a multi faceted diamond. More to love and appreciate when we live with an open mind and heart!!
Doors lead us to new discoveries, about the world around us.. and in turn, about ourSELVES.
I was heart broken today when I went to visit a wonderful old “lady”.. a charming homestead on a back road that I drove by many many times. I met a young man while I* was waiting for my car the other day.. surprise we had common interests and memories.. He told me how a home he’d known for years had been vandalized, because it had stood vacant, and a blogger wrote about it .. giving its location.. This brought unwanted attention, windows were broken beautiful old doors were smashed, anything that could be taken was stolen. I felt a shudder when he told me about it, and wondered if we were talking about the same “grand lady”… Today I found out we were.
All around there are new houses going in.. I took pictures around the grounds, even tho’ the house has suffered the disrespect of looters, the family home and out buildings still hold the charm of yesteryear. It was quiet, I could imagine what it would have been like when children ran and played on the spacious lawns. Animals would have been lingering and enjoying the wonderful country sounds. Farm workers would have been tending the fields (in the back of the house) I could even imagine the smell of fresh baking wafting from the open kitchen windows.
The reality of the moment came crashing down around me when I heard a car driving down a road that was not too far from the driveway to the farm. Change is evident, we can’t stop progress, but I hope that a time will come when respect for the world around us, will eliminate the kind of unnecessary damages that were done to this fine old home. Not to mention the heartache to the family who have had this homestead in their lives for years.
Each person’s peace leads to world peace. First of all you have to be happy. That happiness will spread and be the foundation of World Peace.
Perfect Liberty 2021.1
If you are in Canada, this is Canada Day… (July 1.) have a great day of celebration, smile and spread the joy.
This restaurant is one I pass almost every day.. They have had been closed for most of the year, like other restaurants, they have had take out, but little else. The owner(s) decided to build a patio all along the side of the building. The truck has been its mascot since the new owners took over. It has been patiently waiting for the patio to be done and the business going again. It is at a somewhat busy intersection, hard to just stop and take photos, but the other day, I managed to pull in .. the workman who had been working on the patio were no longer all parked outside.. I was able to stop and get out.. Isn’t she a beauty.
Two places of worship. Although very different in architecture, the doors to the buildings are used regularly, and the ambiance and feeling of sanctuary and peace is ever present. The paved meditation/walking circle is at t he United church. The cross is part of their gardens in the front of the church. For now during Covid the door being used to enter the building is kept locked, but one can ring the bell for assistance at the side door.
When I first visited Beaver Trail, I had no idea what it was like or what I’d find there. It was very early spring when I actually got out of the car and walked into the area. Previously I had only been in the parking lot. Maybe a couple of times, I’d gone in to snap a picture at the entrance, but I had not been tempted to go beyond the parking lot. Then late winter, early spring, I rediscovered the place.. and actually went in to explore. It was still very early, there was no snow that I recall, but the ground was still wet, and for sure there was no new growth.
Today was a different story. Lots of growth, and I need not go into detail, but you know the whole place was buzzing with insect activity.
There are two trails, one is called Beaver trail, and the other pathway (trail) is called Chipmunk trail. I didn’t get to do all the pathways (trails) but I did manage to put in almost the same number of steps as when I do the bog at Mer Bleue.
For those of you who live in Ontario, the rules have changed somewhat. In my area, the stay home order was lifted. Not that it made much of a difference, nothing else was opened or relaxed.
OK.. my door for Thursday doors.. is one that I felt tells a story of its own. It also reflects how in some ways, it represents our current state of “living during the pandemic”.
Doors are closed all over the city, not just in Ottawa, but in small towns, villages and along the highways .. where friends would meet and enjoy the social activity of sharing and engaging with a friend(s).
Where ever you are, you are coping with the changes happening around us, some places life is returning to some form of normal, but that is not everywhere. We are being subjected to to a lot of change, discontent, anxieties, frustrations..
Some restaurants are getting by with take out, and home deliveries. BUT, that is only some restaurants, and often it means they are barely getting by. One observation has been that to many eating out, going to a restaurant, just for a coffee was the highlight of the day, a gathering place, and a place to touch base with others who like you were /are just passing through.
It’s okay to think “this is where it starts” There is always a turning point, It’s important what you do from now on.
Have a wonderful Thursday everyone… enjoy all the fantastic and wonderful doors you will visit today!
Your surroundings are a reflection of you. a person who constantly worries will always find things to worry about. an optimistic person will attract happiness. A kind person will always be blessed with kindness in return.
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!
TAOIST Life is Art (Perfect Liberty precept #1)
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The only constant in life is change. I am grounded in the reality of Living.
This is true, in all worlds. RL or virtual. I am me and only me.