Picnic Table with a Creative Touch

My husband – a leader –  is taking part at a Scouting camp this weekend in a beautiful park called Wesley Clover Park in Nepean, Ontario.

He needed my help today, as he had left something important back at home.  Texted me in the afternoon.

It’s only about a half hour drive away, so I decided to combine the delivery to the camp with a couple of other stops as well.

When we met up near the front entrance to the park, he showed me this unusual picnic table.  Not only quite large, compared to usual picnic tables, but this one is made of big log pieces, made nice ‘n smooth and comfortable for sitting.  Plus, at both ends are charming animal carvings for that added artistic touch.

 

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Here, a well-textured bear…

 

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And at the other end, a busy woodpecker!

 

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A view of the woodpecker’s back….

 

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And finally, a full view of the whole picnic table, complete with roof…..

 

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Honeysuckle – a Hint of Sweetness

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A cascade of pink!

Delicacy in design,

Sweetness in the air.

 

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The honeysuckle in the front yard looks to be bursting at the seams with colour!

Such a dramatic change within the past two days….from leaves and buds to….this!

And when walking along the path, one’s nose is treated to a light tantalizing sweet sensation.

Every year I grow to love this spring wonder more and more.

Here is a fuller view of the shrub.

 

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Six Word Story #16

 

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Old Classic Lines Get a Make-over

 

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Yesterday I was out for a lunch date with a girlfriend, and afterwards we walked up the street for a bit.

I noticed this old-style beauty and spent a few minutes admiring it.  All sides.

 

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Including a personalized license plate name….

 

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“Will you share with me?”

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Completely at ease;

Perched on my purse; treat in hand,

You don’t mind, do you?

 

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Hahaha!

I can only be filled with admiration at the audacity, charm, and cuteness of this little furry friend I saw a couple of days ago.

I was almost done my work at the cottage I was cleaning and had already brought supplies onto the porch, along with my water bottle and purse.  The last thing to do was finish mopping the floor.

It wasn’t long before I heard the distinctive sounds of my chipmunk friend coming to check me out.

I learned something new that day.  And I shouldn’t be surprised….really.  My chipmunk friend has a tremendously keen nose. After coming up the stairs and investigating a bit, it crawled up on my purse which I had left open by about four inches, leaned in, tore off some pieces from my apple inside, sat on top of my purse, and munched quite happily on it. Did this a few times.

 

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It could smell the tempting scent of my fresh apple – which was intended to be my after-work snack – from a good distance away.

Funny thing was,  I’d forgotten that I had put an apple into my purse when I left for work, and the way the chipmunk was holding its hands together while eating, it looked more like it was eating nuts. Which puzzled me, because I definitely remembered not having any nuts in my purse!

It wasn’t until after the chipmunk continued on its purposeful way, that I looked inside my purse and found the food source!

Feels good to have shared with my little furry friend.  And yes, I DID finish eating the apple.  Haha!

Hmm….I’m thinking claw scrape marks?  As the munching was done while sitting on its haunches outside and on my purse, keeping a steady eye on me.

 

 

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And a few more photos….of its arrival and just hanging out…..

 

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And then on its merry way again….

 

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Until next time, Chippy!  ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Let there be purple!

Happy News!

Referring to my recent post regarding the photography assignment on the topic of “Moving Water,”  my photo of the fountain frog spouting water was picked to be displayed on the group’s page banner.  That’s for the duration of a week.  So exciting!

And now this week’s assignment is called, “Purple.

So, here are my four submissions with purple in them.

 

Purple #1 – (Taken two days ago) One of my HUGE favourites in terms of colour and scent – after all, purple in spring! – Lilacs in my garden.

I like the combination of open blooms alongside unopened buds, both in two tones of purple.

 

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Purple #2 – (Archived Dec. 2015) When a girlfriend and I went to see a concert at the NAC (National Arts Centre) in Ottawa. This is the view before the show started, and I loved all the purple accents via the lights to be seen on stage.

 

Photography; Dec. 12, 2015 my original to copy to FB

 

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Purple #3 – (Archived; July 2016) After a wedding catering job, there were table centre-pieces that were left behind, so I had an opportunity to snap some shots of the purple orchids set off so prettily among the white hydrangea blooms.

 

Photography; July 10, 2016 my original to copy for FB

 

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Purple #4 – (Archived; July 2015) Some raspberry and blackberry plants went a bit wild in one corner of our backyard. Took the picture first….and THEN gobbled up some delectable berries! 🙂

 

Photography; July 22, 2015 my original to copy to FB

 

 

Sun Sparkle!

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Clouds jostling for space,

Glimpses of blue sky behind,

And then….Flash!  Sparkle!

 

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On a warm afternoon about a week ago – and it was a gorgeous view in the sky –  an abundance of white clouds, hanging out in comfortable togetherness.  The blue sky adding a bit of colour to the white.

Then the sun added its sparkle!

It felt like a kind smile shining down on me.  ❤

I took several photos….and fast!  Before the sun disappeared again….. 🙂

 

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A Forest Encounter

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Mottled appearance;

Complement to rocks and wood,

The silent runner.

 

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The common lizard.  Or so my research tells me.

My uncle first said it’s a salamander, as salamanders are native to Germany.

We also bandied about gecko and lizard.

Either way, a sleek-looking and fascinating creature!

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We – my uncle, my husband, and I – spied this little lizard on our extensive hike up towards Schloß Staufenberg in the Black Forest during our recent visit.  The first part of the hike was on a good-sized trail through a forested area, followed by a road along hilly fields, covered in rows upon rows of wine grape plants.

This lizard had been coming along the edge of the trail and then decided we were such big creatures and it was better to hide away in among the sticks and old wood.

Scrambled away quickly!

So cute!