While I'm waiting for the rain to end so I can get out and take more pictures, let me share another favourite walk. Every morning at the old house the dog and I used to walk to the end of the cul-de-sac and head into the woods. It was a beautiful, short and varied walk which we did in the winter (usually on snowshoes) as well as the summer. This time I was looking for signs of green a lot. These photos are from the last few days of April, so about now, but 8 years ago.
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Thursday, April 27, 2023
In April the real hiking season begins, with the snow gone and (slightly) warmer weather. I often muse back on hikes I took at this time of year, or in the fall, so today I will take you back to a hike a friend and I did from Pinnacle Rock to and beyond Mill Creek. It's one of the favourite hikes in my memories. Having my photos and better yet my blog posts helps me a great deal.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Hikers along the Bruce Trail and elsewhere in the Beaver Valley will be delighted to find that Beth Gilhespy has written a guide to "Exploring Niagara Escarpment Geology in the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Section". Beth is a former Executive Director of the Bruce Trail Conservancy but trained as a geologist. She has led geology hikes on the trail for 10 years or more, so her writing is grounded in actual observations along the trail itself, and many hikers here know her personally.
All in all this is a great little book, and even for someone who can't get out there and hike the trails anymore, it has added a great deal to my memories of the trail, since I can still hike the trail in my mind.. If you live locally I urge you to order a copy and make use of it in your hikes this summer. Kudos to Beth for her book; I've written books myself so I know how much work it takes!
Saturday, April 22, 2023
If you've been with me a few years, you'll remember that I often enjoyed a long walk in the woods. Even from my childhood, a walk in the woods has been special to me, I think because it was one of my mother's favourite things to do. But there's one place where I see two nice spring wildflowers at this time of year.
Friday, April 21, 2023
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
It's Daffodil season here, brought on by the unseasonably hot temperatures of last week. In spite of the cold this week, they are still looking great. They're one of my favourite spring garden flowers, their bright yellow blooms providing the welcome for another growing season. Here are a few pictures of them, to help you welcome spring.
I'm surprised that more homeowners haven't planted Daffodils. This is the one around the corner that inspired me to suggest it to Mrs. F,G. We need a lot more to equal this, and I've been promised we'll plant more in the fall.
Monday, April 17, 2023
The garden has just exploded with new green shoots emerging from the ground, and a few of them are in bloom already. Mrs. F.G. planted quite a few small Primrose outside the window to amuse me, but I also got out onto the patio a couple of times, it was so sunny and warm. In fact it got actually hot for a few days, summer in April!
Thursday, April 13, 2023
It's an early taste of hot summer weather here, so out I went yesterday (and again today). It's just sweltering. I headed downtown on my favourite ride, stopping at the library to return a book, and heading on to McGinty's for a quick cup of coffee. I drove the one block down to the harbour and got my first look of the summer before heading home.