This morning, I had the great privilege of being outdoors just after the sun had risen. A golden ball hung suspended just above the horizon over the lake outside my apt building, and as I stood, mesmerised by the colours shimmering over the rippling water, it suddenly struck me: This sun was the same sun that people all over the world were looking at... here was I in Mimico, a tiny corner of
Simon's green thumb, supplemented with a friend's watering while we were in PEI (and a little luck when she didn't water for two weeks!) resulted in the eventual blossoming of the Morning Glory he planted way back in June.
In the midst of a concrete jungle, against a backdrop of metal balcony rails, parking lot and cars, the morning glory blooms each morning, closing up her delicate blue and purple flowers around noon, until the next morning.
"Hoerst Du die Grillen Zirpen?" ("Do you hear the crickets?") It was a question often asked of me as a child, as we took an evening stroll along the water's edge at the newly opend "Landfill Park" (Humber Bay East ), or camped at one of Ontario's many campgrounds. My mother and Omi, both being rather heavily into the nature of things, were keenly aware of the natural world around them, and would frequently comment on the growth of some plant, or the sound of some creature great or small in the vicintiy, or marvel aloud at the cloud formations or the colour of the sky or the sound of the wind in the trees.
To me, such observations were not remarkable. These audio tracks played constantly in the background of my daily life. And yet, as an adult, I am suddenly aware of their impact on me as an observer of the world around me. My family's accuity with nature is reflected in my own interactions with my surroundings.
Last night we biked home along the Lake, past some tall grasses and noisy, chirping crickets. And in my mind, I heard my mother's voice: "Hoerst Du die Grillen Zirpen?"
There is something quite charmingly simple about small babies, especially the soft, tiny, fluffy variety... this morning's walk by the lake included the discovery of a family of 9 little ducklings with their mommy, and another family with slightly older "twins". Click on the first image to see larger versions of each photo:
Stumbled across some neat rock creations while biking down by the lake...
These days the weather is gauged by me in terms of suitability for flying. Although I’ve always enjoyed the emotional medicinal effects of sunshine and clear skies, my love of calm winds and generally good visibility has increased dramatically since learning to fly. I couldn’t help but notice, therefore, when I was out walking the dog at 6:30 a.m., what utter
So... we have crabs! Who knew? This evening when Trevor was out walking the dog with Simon, the latter noticed this crab in the water.
"Daddy, there's a blue crab here," called Simon, and at first Trevor didn't believe him, but sure enough, there he was, hanging out under a rock near the shore.
Simon was so fascinated by this little bit of nature, describing the colours, size and so on... after taking this photo and returning home with the dog, Simon insisted on a second visit.
Concerned that other curious onlookers might disturb and scare away the crab, Simon wanted to keep his discovery a secret. So, don't tell anyone! :)
I have often been asked about why I choose to live in Mimico, sleepy little west-end fifedom, one Go train stop west of Exhibition... This morning's event at Mimico Baptist Church at the corner of Hillside and George provides a perfect illustration:
As of 7 a.m., early morning commuters and their children began trickling into the church, greeting neighbours, and stopping briefly for a home made muffin and some fruit before heading over to a table in the corner to sign a petition, and then grabbing their kids to head back out and on to the daycare, work, etc.
Nicole and her daughter Renata have been with us here in Canada for some time....
After writing for several teacher and multiple birth publications, including ETFO's Voice Magazine, Multiple Moments, and the Bulletwin, Vera now focuses most of her written attention to prolific blogging, including BiB, "Learn to Fly with Vera!" and, more recently, SMARTbansho and Homeschooling 4. Contact Vera by clicking the photo above.
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