Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday … the end of the work week .. and another day of activity. A real mix of weather, ranging from brilliant sunshine to pouring rain.
What to do .. what to do … what to do…
Shopping of course .. made a list, actually brought it with me and then left it in the car! Groceries first .. went to a few supermarkets to take advantage of sales. Found some good deals and soon the back of my car was loaded up. Also purchased the most beautiful umbrella at the bank, proceeds go to Children’s Hospital. It’s just the loveliest umbrella I’ve ever had. There are two coverings. The outer (top) is black and the inner cover is a cheerful blue sky dotted with white puffy clouds. How appropriate for one who loves the sky so much! And I actually had the opportunity to use this in the afternoon when I went for a little walk! I had my blue skies with me, even though it was pouring rain!
Decided to just make a “little” visit to Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. When I got there, the little parking lot was jammed full .. so decided to leave unless a spot happened to open up. Just as I made this decision, I noticed someone preparing to get into their car and leave. Hmmm.. what can I say? So I waited a few minutes and then parked in the now vacant spot.
Pulled on my gumboots and started walking. Sauntered along the pathway to Tuesday Pond … went to the side area .. which is now nicely covered in mulch . This mulch looks just like the pine chippings that I scooped up a few days ago, from “free” in Used Victoria ads. I’m getting to know my mulch. And glad that I still have 6 large Rubbermaid containers full at home .. plan to use this on my back pathway. Pine mulch is not good for gardens, but perfect for pathways.
Anyway .. onwards I went .. and saw no ducks at the side area .. so I retraced my steps, planning to take the shortcut to the little bridge which spans the Tuesday Pond area. Oops .. there is a large Canada Goose along the shores .. so I decided to go the long way around. The Geese can be a bit territorial and I didn’t want any confrontations.
I walked along the pathway for a while, tempted to walk the full circuit around the Sanctuary, but decided on a shorter version, it’s too easy to spend hours and hours here and I have things to do at home.
Eventually I turned back and made my way to the main observatory. Noticed many cleared areas, invasive plant growth removed, lots of sunshine now entering the cleared areas. Lovely ..lots of volunteers have helped to open up these side wooded areas.
Spoke with other people looking out for birds and feeding the ducks. Saw the Cormorants were still settled on the wooden platform which is tethered to the shore. Separate from the main walkway and inaccessible to the public, a safe haven for the birds.
Noticed a Great Blue Heron stalking prey for lunch, very stealthy. Then, ta da, he swiftly gathered up a rodent, and just as swiftly, in one gulp, it was gone. Nature at work.
Stopped and watched some Red Winged Blackbirds as they sang away. These are quite beautiful birds and the females have the most beautiful songs to sing.
Finally I tear myself away and go to the Nature House to see if my place on the Native Plant workshop has changed .. I’m currently Number 3 on the wait list. Nope, unchanged. And no phone calls as of this morning, so I didn’t make the cut. Boo hoo .. that will teach me to procrastinate! If I’d contacted them when I first saw the ad, I’d be there right now. Oh, well, there will be other workshops, I know.
Homeward bound …noticed that the sunny morning skies have changed and now were overcast. Groceries brought in and put away. Time for tea!
Played around in my garden room. Sorting seeds. Found some packages that were either purchased by me or given to me as gifts. Boxed herb seeds. A package of Korean pine tree seeds, complete with compostable plant pot and saucer. I followed the instructions given on the enclosed sheet and now the seeds are sitting in the moistened potting mix and awaiting germination. If they sprout, then I’ll keep them in pots. Perhaps I’ll plant them on our future property, but time will tell if they will indeed sprout.
Then, the herb package, sweet little clay pots, 4 labelled aluminum plant stakes and 4 envelopes of seeds. I’ll put them in plant pots and see if they will germinate. If they do, then I’ll have lots of basil, parsley, thyme and cilantro for the summer. You just never know.
Finding (and using) these hidden treasures gives me incentive to continue on with my clearing away the clutter in my garden room.
I also found time to look through some watercolour instruction books. Looking for ideas that I can use to paint some white rectangular tiles. I’ll take the painting ideas and use them on a variety of things for the garden. It would be fun to paint some leftover boards and try to make signage for the garden. Another fun project for a sunny day.
Went outside for a few minutes, in between the rainy showers and checked out the garlic, growing quite strongly now. Looked up in the sky .. no eagles flying around. Heard the rapid taps at the bird feeder as a little chickadee pecked away at the acrylic sides of the feeder – to remind me to add more sunflower seeds to the feeder! Ha ha ha .. went inside to fetch the sunflower seed container and then added a cup full to the various feeders. The birds only tap at this feeder when it’s empty, smart little guys, aren’t they?
Rains began, so inside I went. And on with my day.