Tuesday, April 23, 2024

A Sunny Ride Around Town

Monday afternoon it was warm(ish) and sunny, so I headed out for a ride.  There was a cold breeze off the bay, so I avoided going all the way downtown, and headed to a favourite quiet corner, the dead end of  Berry Street.  This is one of several streets that is interrupted by the steep bluff of the ancient Nipissing glacial shoreline here in Meaford.

As I turned onto Berry Street, this enormous Forsythia stood not far from the corner.  It was brilliantly yellow and fully in bloom.

When you get to the end of the one-block street, you are blocked by the forested slope in front of you, looping around to the right.  You might be able to pick out the roofline of a tiny corner of our local hospital on top of the slope on the right.

Straight ahead looks like this, a right of way cleared for hydro lines, but there was never a road here.  A one-block stretch of the street where I often ride continues above.

And if you go up there, which I did, and look back down, this is the view you get - a tangle of branches above a guardrail.  You can see the street below and one driveway, but not much else, the branches are so thick.

Going back toward downtown you can make out the town's water tower through the trees up above the slope.  It's just behind the helipad outside the hospital.

As I got back to the corner I got a good view of this low stone wall I've always admired.

Way back on top of the hill myself and headed home, I came to an abrupt stop when I saw this pattern of shadows from a big Sugar Maple on the road in front of me.  Neat pattern!

And on our own street we have a tiny library, built by one of the neighbours and erected right beside the mailboxes.  I heard he was careful to build it at wheelchair height, and I've used it several times.


  1. ooooh i left a comment, now it's gone...

    1. i really love when the forsythia has a natural shape. some people shape them, they look like lollipops and it is such an unnatural look!! those libraries are wonderful, how nice that your neighbor built it at a height where you can use it!! i see them all over this area!!

  2. A fine sunny ride, indeed. I do like that your neighbor thought of you when constructing the library. :-)

  3. Beautiful forsythia; that's quite a steep hill, it's easy to see why the street stops on both top and bottom. It's rather surprising that they put the helipad next to the water tower, especially since there would be occasional night flights. Looks like you had a beautiful day for a ride.

  4. You're a travelin man. It's so good that you can get out on your own.

  5. Beautiful pictures, but you're making me jealous because we never saw the Sun all day.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  6. A beautiful day for a ride. Nice to have considerate neighbors.

  7. Forsooth! the forsythia looks stunning.

  8. The Forsythia blooms are incredible - that yellow makes me smile. Sounds like a great ride.

  9. That Forsythia is truly in full bloom. Impressive stone wall and that tiny well well-thought-out Library looks well-constructed. That's good that you were able to get out and about.

  10. What lovely forsythia, and I do like that stone wall.

    All the best Jan

  11. Forsythia is so gorgeous. I don't know why we didn't plant one years ago ( there's no room for one now :(
    We used to have a little library much like that in the park nearby and so many folks used it. Then some idiots lit it on fire and it hasn't been the same since.

  12. I love these little libraries and even more so because it is wheelchair height. It was made for you!!

  13. The Forsythia are just beautiful! How wonderful to have a little library nearby, your neighbor was thoughtful when he built it!