There is a whole world of living, thriving life that is so easily missed unless we pause and pay attention. These snow drops were peaking up among last Fall’s discarded and dying leaves. It was only when I got closer to take a photo that I noticed the bees on the petals of the tiny flower.
Did you know that our bee population is declining? According to an article in the Globe and Mail and information shared from the David Suzuki Foundation, almost one-third of the food we eat is pollinated exclusively by bees including apples, peaches, cucumbers and coffee. If the bee population continues to decline, this will have a significant impact on agriculture and ultimately, world food production. Scientists remain unclear as to the reason for the decline although there are some theories that pesticide use is a contributing factor.
Canadian Gardening described some strategies that scientist and environmentalists are adopting to address this issue including filling our gardens with pollinator friendly plants. Personally, I like the guerrilla gardening strategy that a friend recently shared with me – she and her partner plan to, under the cover of night, secretly scatter pollinator friendly wildflower seeds throughout the city. (You go girls!!!). So folks, save the bees, take up seeds and scatter.
a sorrowful, messy, ugly day,
a joyful, sunny, pretty day,
an instant in time
the only moment.
what we have,
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Over the summer, we visited MOO’s cousins J & J for a family BBQ. J & J have a lovely ten-acre property in the Niagara Peninsula. Actually, we really went to see J’s new family members, Rusty and Scooter, two donkeys that J bought after they were retired from a local horse racer.
While we were visiting with the donkeys in the stable, J pointed out the bird’s nest in the rafter’s of the small stable, just above the window opening. I stood on a stool to see if I could catch a glimpse inside the nest. I couldn’t get high enough to make out what was inside but all of a sudden the tiniest head popped up, mouth open expecting its mama to come with food. There were three birds in the nest and each time I made a clucking sound, their little heads popped up expectantly, their beaks wide open.
I wanted to stay and watch these little babies but I kept expecting mama bird and papa bird to swoop in à la Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and do a number on my head so I stepped off my stool and quietly left the stable to rejoin the cousins and Rusty and Scooter in the fields.
Anyone have any idea what kind of birds these are?
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During a recent trip to Newfoundland, we visited Cape Spear – a hauntingly beautiful spot on the most easterly point of North America.
As I stood high up on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, I was in awe of the power and beauty. It was a cold summer afternoon, the sun hidden by large grey clouds. The brisk ocean breeze carried just a hint of wetness. And as I stood at the base of the lonely lighthouse, lulled by the rhythmic sound of the waves moving across the rocks and the seagulls in the distance calling out to each other, I experienced a sense of peace and stillness. It was only when I walked along the cliff edge footpaths, closer to the ocean and watched the thunderous waves crash against the rocks that I felt the power and danger of the sea. It was both mesmerizing and terrifying.
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Local artists in the city have created a number of humorous road signs as part of an outdoor art project. I love these two!
This first sign, “Duck” is by a friend, Hitoko Okada, a fashion artist. In this piece, she uses Kaomoji, the Japanese smileys and emoticons. Hitoko describes that by pairing “duck” on a caution sign, it is a “humorous traffic warning for overhead hazards like falling glass from poorly constructed condos” and other poorly constructed projects. “In general a warning for oncoming hazards on life’s unpredictable path when the city and corporation keep passing up the response-ability.” For more on Hitoko’s art, visit her website, Hitokoo.com.
For more on this project, visit The Road Sign Project.
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