Hello everyone on this beautiful Wednesday morning! The sun is shining so brightly. Just a few brilliant white clouds against the azure blue sky. It is a bit on the cool side today though. Right now it is 64F (18C). So you may want a sweater or jacket while joining us today for our coffee time. This morning we are off to another small, but beautiful park. This park is not well known, so tourists don’t use it. Even our local population seldom use this park, except for special occasions.
People will sometimes have an outdoor wedding in this park. It really is a beautiful location for a wedding. Or even a large group picnic would be nice here. Perhaps for celebrating an anniversary would also be great. There is a large grass area which makes it ideal for weddings or other things. It’s also a great area for kids to run around and play. There are many nice shade trees, some very large, which would be nice on a hot summer day for those who don’t like to be right in the sun.
Plus this park is located right on the shore of our beautiful Lake of the Woods. Look out there on the lake, that’s one of our boat taxi’s bringing people in to town that live on the islands during the summer months. They also have a canopy for the boat if it happens to be raining. There are several picnic tables here for us to use, and I brought a good supply of hot coffee, tea, hot chocolate and milk tea.
I try to have something for everyone. And Sheree is bringing her very delicious vegan banana cake again. I will have to see if I can talk her into bringing along some cookies next time too! And over there is a bench for anyone who would like to sit and look out over the lake. I’m not sure why there is only one bench here, would be nice to have more.
Do you hear that? A song sparrow is singing a little further down the shore. It is so quiet now that many birds are leaving, heading back south for the winter. Most are still here, but now that nesting season is finished so is the singing. But at times they will still sing a bit and…oh, look there, a mother mallard with her 4 young ones. Just swimming quickly past a little out from shore. I guess the mother saw us and wants to get her little ones out of the way as quickly as possible. Such a nice sight though. So many people wouldn’t even pay attention to that, but there is a real pleasure, whether in the country or town.
And over here by the shore is one of our more brightly colored wildflowers, the spotted touch-me-not. They are quite a common wildflower in our area and can really brighten up a shady spot. Speaking of a shady spot, over there by the edge of the grass, do you see them? Those are pearly everlastings. They are a nice bright white flower that can be found in many places, by water, on rocky areas, even growing in sandy gravel.
It really is quite nice, even with the cooler temps, but there isn’t much wind today so that helps a lot. But, alas, our coffee break is over for another week. I sure hope you enjoyed our trip to this park today, and there is still one more park to visit yet for our coffee time next week. After that, well, I’m not sure, but I will come up with something. Meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
© 2019 Steve McLeod.