Friday, January 25, 2013
A few days ago, on my daily walk … I was standing at the edge of the path, watching one of the resident eagles who was perched in a nearby Oak tree. A guy came walking fast up towards me and asked if I’d seen a white dog. A Staffordshire dog …named ..well, his name doesn’t matter. I hadn’t seen him and promised that I would look for him.
I continued with my walk and met a group of birders .. asked if they had seen this dog. Sure enough, he had been following them and then he exited the Sanctuary (yes, at the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary again!) So I took the same path and began asking all that I met .. if they had seen the dog. No … but .. looking ahead . .I could see this dog .. he’d just crossed a busy road and was walking along the wooden bridge. So I started to run .. .yelling “stop that dog”.
And you know what! A lovely young man did just exactly that! I gave him my scarf and asked him to loop it under the dog’s collar .. which he did! Scarves come in handy!
So now .. I’m feeling so happy that I’ve found the lost dog .. and start walking where I think the owner might be.
After a few minutes of walking around .. I see the owner and yell out to him that I’d found his dog! Whew … turns out the dog is a Houdini and is able to open windows and escapes to explore the neighbourhood. The owner has paid high fines and says that I’ve just saved him hundreds of dollars. Well .. I’m just glad that the two are together again.
So I said goodbye .. and continued on my way. Certain to have burned off a few calories in this little adventure …bye little dog .. glad that all is right in your world now …
Walking towards Tuesday Pond, I encountered a small flock of Canada Geese … these birds get very defensive some times .. so I proceeded slowly…
They moved .. just as slowly .. into a side marsh ..
Farther along .. I saw the reason for the Mallards to make their quick and noisy departure from the pond … there was a hawk high up in the tree ..
So relaxing to look at .. and cheerful ..These wonderful walks are invigorating. I just cannot imagine how my days would be without them. I wouldn’t meet some very lovely dogs. Have little adventures like finding a lost dog. How wonderful is that.
And the places my lovely muddy walking shoes take me! Along very long and winding streets. Up and down hill. Through lovely local parks. To the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary .. where there are lots of knowledgeable birders I can talk with and learn.
Such lovely quiet periods of time .. to stop, reflect on nature. Have the opportunity to watch birds living in the wild. As in this grouping of Double-Crested Cormorants .. relaxing on a float near the main walkway that spans Swan Lake.
So every day is different and every day the walks are long! I think that I need to get up real early in order to have these wonderful walks and then have enough time left over to spend lots of time in the garden!
I’m still carefully removing the heavy mulched layer from the garlic beds. Every day, more and more of the leafy growth is emerging. Oh, I can hardly wait to dig up the large elephant garlic .. this is going to be the best crop yet.
And my lovely chopped oak leaf mulch is waiting to be used. Along with the lovely batch of seaweed that D and I collected last week. Marvelous magic for the garden.
Well .. end of the day .. time to close off .. it’s been a great week – all told!