It’s the little things #4: random walks & thoughts

It isn’t all pretty flowers. I know there must be a song in there. Fortunately most of my walks have been quite pleasant over the last month. Cherry blossoms flourished, Canada geese pairs honking up a storm, birds twittering in the bushes, lilacs peeking out. May was around the corner. One interesting theme has been all the painted rocks I discover.

May first, cyclists in spandex shorts; families on their way to one of the numerous parks stop for a treat; everyone sits in the sun soaking up the rays. Me, I seek the nearest shade.

I appreciate the double meaning of the sign. Considering the fence had been knocked to the ground & numbers had still be rising in my region when this was taken neither was heeded.
An excellent spot for contemplation. One of many along Dallas Rd.
Whenever I pass this bush I stop to take in the bouquet.
This one was in a tree!
Well earned coffee and apple cake. The Nest has fabulous outdoor seating. Who needs indoor service? We are in a place of great beauty and finally, carefully pausing to enjoy it. Socially distanced of course.

It’s the little things #3: and sometimes the really big things!

As we entered April I became more aware of what is missing as well as what is emerging. What is missing seems to be bloggers I follow even if I do not comment or Like. (Sorry about that, it’s the signing in to do so that throws me when I am already reading their piece) I miss you. However, like me, we often have more important events to deal with, and we often just do not have anything to say if we are not writing about what our main passion was. Which is why I am still hoping to bring a little joy, smile, weirdness to the very few who are still reading me.

Each tiny grain of sand makes a vast beach. Very low tide on the ocean side of Esquimalt Lagoon.

Geese and ducks preparing for nesting. Pungent skunk cabbage finally within close view and olfactory. Balcony Rosemary to refresh the senses.

Getting too close can be dangerous. No nests nearby yet.
I know loving the sight of skunk cabbage is considered strange. Yet, it makes me happy.
I bought a rosemary bush for my balcony. Discovered it is already flowering. I love the scent. Best of all, it is edible!
A behemoth of rail machinery on the now defunct E & N tracks. What is it for? Why is it there? Can I sneak in a ride? These ran through my mind. Oh for the days when I can catch a train!

It’s the Little Things: #2 a little further afield

In an effort to remain somewhat balanced I try to seek out anything interesting when I have appointments, tasks or even simply going for a walk. The last two weeks I made some more little, and not so little discoveries. Spring being the most important! I wonder what April will bring other than showers.

Someone left small decorated rocks along one of the paths I walk on regularly. A sign of hope that the flowers will soon follow?
After seeing the ophthalmologist I had to keep my eyes shaded and down. Of course the sun was out that day! Loved this school of fish heading down a new to me path.
Daffodils are out. Eerie shadow just a reminder winter was not quite done with us!
Do you see him? Her? Caught a glimpse as I was walking up the stairs.
This little house has been there for years. Sometimes little gifts are left behind. I chose to let someone else decided if they wanted to take this one home.
Apple tree arch along one section off the Galloping Goose Trail.
Most of the blossoms along View St. (A well known street for great photos) have fallen. Not this section. I could not resist parking under and looking up.

It’s the Little Things: my ‘backyard’

Spring is taking her time to arrive. Everything seems to be shivering under a blanket of last fall’s leaves.

Despite being on the west coast tip of Canada, where daily walks even in the rain are not unusual, I have not been very motivated. However, I finally put in my first 6+ km walk and even discovered budding skunk cabbage! (Too far away to get a photo)

Grab a coffee, or even some lunch. Catch the rare early rays. More will soon be here.

Spring is now mere days away. More to discover, or merely revisit. It’s all about how life is approached these days.

Urban Walk: a rainy morning

Still wanting to get out for fresh air, and still allowed to, I made the decision to keep many of my walks nearby rather than driving ten minutes to one of the few trails nearby. Although we cannot travel we can enjoy our neighbourhoods.

One of those trails is tantalizing close. I have been waiting for the connector to finally open up to join two trails that will mean avoiding traffic on narrow streets without sidewalks.

Next to the defunct E&N Rail. The fence was down – an end in sight? It was the weekend which meant no work.

One bonus to walking in my neighbourhood is actually the density. There are all sorts of stores, cafes, restaurants and even a small library one can visit. Many are local businesses.

This one is closed for renovations. Waiting behind this bin for a grande or venti might be a test of patience. (For a Starbucks fix there are three more about a 10 – 15 minute walk away.

I would not be surprised if some caffeine deprived drivers tried to line up here.