Water, water everywhere

Maybe you’ve seen the photo I posted not long after moving here, but if you haven’t here it is again (bear with me, there’s a reason for this).

A view from the balcony, early August

That was taken a little over 2 weeks ago, but we’ve been experiencing a much cooler summer this year, with a lot of rain. Today it’s been pouring and here is a drastically different view:

Wetlands, after all the rain – at least the water fowl will be happy

I was shocked to see that green space awash in water when I got home from work today. It’s amazing what nature can do. The winds are also high today and we’ve received a weather alert with a forecast of heavy rains.

I think I will go read a good book and “weather out the storm”. Nothing like a rainy day and a good book. Also, I am still recovering from the move. So rest and relaxation will be the order of the day.

How’s the weather where you live? Are you enjoying a warm, sunny day?

Wild flowers

have absolutely no idea what kind of flower this is but it’s very tiny and delicate
All together now, let’s entice the bees and butterflies

Before we moved from the last house I got to enjoy a few wildflowers I had planted. I am so glad they bloomed in time for me to see them. I hope whoever buys the place appreciates them and will allow them to stay to feed the bees and butterflies.

Looking out over the city, a view from the balcony

We have moved! I am still working on getting rid of boxes and totes and finding places for everything but the worst is over (I hope). Moving is never easy and my muscles continue to remind me I am not as young as I once was. But we are here and I thought you’d like to see a view from the balcony – one of the perks of this place is being able to enjoy watching ducks in the pond and looking out over the city. It will be a while yet before I can get back to reading your posts and writing my own but I am getting there. Have a wonderful week and until next time…cheers!

It is nice to watch the ducks in the pond and to look out over the city. As the thunder rumbled and lightening flashed we were safely ensconced in our new home.

Another shot of the view from the balcony

Green shoots and dandelions

It was such a beautiful day here today. I went for a little walk and enjoyed the spring sunshine. In the park people were busy picking up trash and cleaning up. It was nice to see whole families working together. One of the first signs of spring are the little green shoots – that lifted my spirits considerably.

Green shoots on the crab apple tree, looking forward to the beautiful blossoms to come

Of course many people hate dandelions, but they are an early food source for honey bees, and their bright yellow flower cheers me up.

I don’t completely understand the hatred for dandelions. they are actually pretty

There were also flocks of red-winged blackbirds, robins, sparrows, and grackles near the pond. It was heavenly to hear their songs.

A red-winged blackbird takes flight

A pair of mallard ducks made an appearance as well. There were likely other water fowl, but I could only hear them, nestled amongst the bulrushes and high grasses that surround the waters of the little pond. I love spring. And I hope winter has had its last fling in our part of the world. Happy Spring to you!

Adventures in Edmonton

These are a few photos I took with my cell phone while hubby was hospitalized at the University of Alberta Hospital. It is a huge hospital covering about three city blocks. There was a lot of walking involved to get from my room to his! Here is a short photographic essay of his stay there.

I will always be grateful for the kindness and compassion displayed by EMTs as my husband was flown from our community aboard STARS, the Alberta air ambulance service.

We arrived in Edmonton shortly before midnight and spent the night in the emergency department waiting for a hospital bed. In the early morning hours he was finally taken to his first room – this is a view from his window.
I couldn’t resist taking a few shots of the architecture inside the five-story building that houses the University of Alberta Hospital

U of A Hospital
Looking down on the lower floors of the hospital
Pedways cross the busy streets below, connecting hospital buildings and allowing staff, patients, and visitors to forego freezing winter temperatures or inclement weather
There are several pedways, here is a shot of another one
There is even a wonderfully serene spot, the healing gardens, for all to enjoy

This peace lily is one of hundreds of plants that make up the healing gardens
This wonderful sculpture that welcomes visitors at the entrance, as well as still ponds and waterfalls add to the tranquility of the healing gardens
The U of A Hospital boasts some of the most state of the art equipment as well as world renowned heart surgery, and organ transplants. It also houses the Stollery Children’s Hospital
Brightly colored fish decorate one of the bridges leading to Stollery Children’s Hospital

This red air plane hangs over another bridge leading to Stollery Children’s hospital
While the hospital is an extremely busy place, it is not so much in the small hours of the morning when I was heading anxiously to my husband’s room
It was pleasant to see artwork decorating the many walls
This my thank you to the ambulance attendants, doctors and nurses who cared for my husband during his stay. You are all ” STARS” in my book.

A Photographic Salute to Earth

As many of you know, one of my hobbies is amateur photography. I love photography, I also love being out and about on the trails, beaches, mountains, valleys, and plains that make up our beautiful country. Since today is a day set aside to celebrate the planet a.k.a. Earth Day, I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite photographs I’ve taken over the years.

Winter in the woods, and everywhere
First blooms of Spring
A fiery sunset in Stephenville, NL, Canada
One of the first signs of Spring is when the American Robin returns. Last year a pair of robins made a nest in my neighbor’s flower box – it was wonderful to watch them raise their young. May 2018
In our area fog is a frequent weather condition in spring
Banff, AB, Canada in May 2016
Summer in Newfoundland & Labrador is simply beautiful. This is the tiny hamlet of Felix Cove located on the Port au Port
Peninsula , NL, Canada
Overlooking Port Harmon and Stephenville International Airport, NL, Canada
Mists hang over the ponds in the wee hours of a summer morning – Noel’s Pond, Stephenville, NL, Canada
Gravel’s Nature Trail, Port au Port West, NL, Canada: a view from inside one the caves looking out on Port au Port Bay
Is there anything more awe inspiring than a rainbow on a summer’s day? Yes, TWO rainbows – Fort McMurray, AB, Canada
Storms clouds gather over a mixture of old and new growth forest in Northern Alberta, Canada
Fall means spectacular color no matter where you travel in Canada. On Earth Day this is a subtle reminder that ALL life matters.
Agathuna Quarry on the Port au Port Peninsula, NL, Canada
A spectacular sunset in Port aux Basques, Nl, Canada

Pinchgut Lake, minutes from Corner Brook, NL, Canada – I couldn’t resist trying to capture the beauty of the wildflowers, the lake, and the hills

I hope you have enjoyed these photographs. and I hope you enjoy a bit of nature on this Earth Day. Please help, do your part so future generations can view and enjoy our beautiful planet.