A Beautiful Day For Coffee!

Hello everyone on this beautiful autumn day!Β  The sun is shining so nicely.Β  It is warm, well, for us it is anyway.Β  The temp is already a nice 79F (26C) out there this afternoon.🌞  The birds and chipmunks were here early this morning for their breakfast.Β  It was nice to go outside without needing a jacket.πŸ˜ƒIMG_8585Β  So I stayed out there for a while talking to the chipmunks.Β  They all heard when I dropped the peanuts on the deck.Β  All these little heads pop up over the edge of the deck.πŸ˜„πŸΏπŸΏπŸΏπŸΏΒ  Rusty and Skamper are still fighting for top chipmunk spot. While they chase each other, Checker and Chester get their peanuts.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸΏπŸΏIMG_8602

I thought that today we would wait and have our coffee in the afternoon so it would be a bit warmer.Β  And today we will head back to Norman Park for our coffee chat.β˜•πŸŒ³πŸŒ²Β  We were here back in the spring, but things look a little different now that autumn is here.Β  Although down here by the lake the leaves are not changing color quite as fast as elsewhere around town. IMG_8589

We have a couple picnic tables here under this little shelter and more close by under the pine trees.Β  And if you bring any kids along, there is a nice little area for them to play, plus a nice grassy area to run around.This is also a great park for bird life in spring and summer.Β  Even in the fall many species can be found here as they migrate south to warmer places for the winter.IMG_8590Β 

It’s a great spot for smaller ground loving birds to stop for a day or two and pick up some food to give extra energy for their journey.Β  See over there?Β  In the brown grass.Β  It’s a beautiful little junco.Β  Okay, they are maybe not a colorful bird, but they are cute and very friendly. Oh, and look there.Β  Not far from the junco.Β  It’s a clay colored sparrow.Β  We usually only see them during spring migration and occasionally in the autumn.Β  So it really is a treat to see one.

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A nice little junco.

And then we have the clay colored sparrow.IMG_2563

Even though this is a popular park all summer, it is still possible to find wildflowers.Β  Like the yellow avens over there.Β  A very pretty little flower.Β  And obviously liked by that small bee as well.IMG_4726

And with all the pine trees it just makes sense that there would also be red squirrels around too.Β  And sure enough.Β  There are 3 of them here today.Β  All of them busy gathering the pine cones that they had previously cut down.Β  They don’t often leave any behind.Β  They store them around in different safe locations where they will find them to eat throughout the winter.

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A red squirrel looking for pine cones he had cut down.

Well look at that.Β  Right over here by that picnic table.Β  One of my favorite little flowers, a maiden pink.Β  Normally they grow in bunches of many flowers.Β  This one is all alone, but it is a bit late for them anyway, guess that’s why.Β  Sometimes wildflowers just don’t want to give up.

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Maiden pink.

I suppose it’s time to say good bye once again.Β  It was just such a beautiful time here by the lake today.

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Heading back up to the parking lot.

Β  I knew this would be a good park for a warm autumn day.Β  I hope you also enjoyed it here as well.Β  Until next time, enjoy your day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β© 2019 Steve McLeod.

 

 

 

47 Comments on “A Beautiful Day For Coffee!

  1. Nice day to enjoy coffee on a lovely Autumn day. Awesome photos, the squirrel posed nicely for you. 16 degrees Celsius here in Brisbane today…Spring time. πŸŒ»πŸŒΊπŸ¦‹πŸŒΎπŸ¦œ

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  2. Oh, that was a great walk ! It gave me β€œenergy” to go and sit outside for awhile and enjoy our birds and squirrels…beautiful pics again , especially the maiden pink !

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  3. After driving all around town todayβ€”it is so nice to just sit down and relax…
    Wonderful pictures and descriptions. The angle of the sun this time of year makes for great lightβ€”perfect for an afternoon walk. Thank you so much for sharing some coffee time! I really look forward it! πŸπŸ‚πŸ„πŸŒ»πŸ˜ΊπŸŒžβ˜•οΈ

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    • Thank you so much for reading today Nina and for such a great comment too!!
      I went for a walk today down to the river. Oh the pain. What would normally take an hour and a half took me nearly 3 hours. I was beginning to think I wouldn’t make it back. Guess I overdid it a bit, but it was such a nice day, 82F and sunny all day. Lots more mushrooms out today. Tomorrow is supposed to be just as nice. Another walk I hope.πŸ˜πŸŒžπŸ˜ΈπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸπŸ‚πŸ„Thanks again, have a great evening, I’m signing off and heading to bed.😴

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      • Oh, Steve you have my sympathies! Pain is no fun when you want to get out and walk. No fun at all! Yesterday I picked up for my husband (who has some hip pain) Epsom salts to soak in a bath.
        82F is so nice this time of year. It’s 55F here and rainy. But it’s great to see snow on our mountains! So important for next summer. So we bundle up.
        Your pictures are so prettyβ€”especially the pink maiden! And I love the little juncos too…and the chipmunks….
        Ok, off to my choresβ€”I’ll stop by later for a visit and a cup of coffee…I really do look forward to it! πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ƒπŸ˜ŠπŸ™ƒπŸ˜Š

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      • Hi Nina, so nice of you to stop by today, always nice to have you here!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Ί Right now I wish I could soak in a tub of hot water, I’m sure it would feel good.πŸ™‚ I just wouldn’t be able to get in and out of the tub.πŸ˜‚πŸ™„ 79F today and humid, so odd for us. We go from way below normal to way above normal. I’m enjoying this break though, I’m sure it’s helping me with this pain so I was able to go for my walk yesterday and today. Although I didn’t do the whole walk. Found more different mushrooms. Wish I could identify all these mushrooms.πŸ€”πŸ„πŸ˜€ Found one yesterday and another today that are a very distinct light green. But because they are in the shade the color doesn’t show up in the pictures.πŸ˜•πŸ„πŸ“· Sigh. Clouds are moving in, thunderstorms are coming later today and tonight. Poor Muffin, she is in for a rough night.πŸ™€β›ˆβ›ˆWe will be back to those chilly temps by the weekend.😬πŸ₯ΆI hope you are having a great day!!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸŒžπŸπŸ‚

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  4. Hello Steve, i just had mine, i like golden autumn with all these beautiful leavesπŸ€—, when i was a kid i use to pick them and bring them home, keeping in the books, i think still have some left if i check an old book, finally you got some better wheaten here was 28 yesterday, i barely had power to do things. Nice table with a bunch, to sit and to talk by having some hot coffee, also i like, that there is a playground in the middle of the forest, here you wont find such a thing, we have special places for it.
    Sounds like great place to be at the momentπŸ€—as always i enjoyed pictures, i started to take pictures of animals, but they keep moving, not easy😁

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    • Hi Ilona! Thank you so much for joining our coffee time in the park.πŸ˜€β˜• I used to do that as a kid too,πŸ‚ leaves would keep a long time doing that. Hey, we had the same temp, it was 28 here as well🌞 and it felt quite hot after all our cold weather we had. Should be the same temp today as well. It really is a nice place to sit, have coffee and enjoy the beautiful scenery.πŸ˜β˜•πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ
      Thanks Ilona! Yes, animals can be hard at times.πŸ˜‚ A little food helps, or just talk softly to them. I hope you have a wonderful day!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸŒžπŸπŸ‚

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      • I do have a nice day so far a bit late with work, but it will be okay, i can always stay longerπŸ€—πŸ’›, i already had my second coffee, i felt like i really neededπŸ’šπŸ€—, thats great, that sunny days came back to your cold Canada☺, i will try next time to take some food, talking softly didnt helped last time🀣

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      • Sounds good,🌞😺 yes, get your work done. Second cup already,πŸ˜€β˜• maybe you stayed up too late last night? The bear was just around again but it’s still dark so couldn’t get a picture.πŸ˜•πŸ“·πŸŒ™πŸ»This is our last hot day, then back to normal temps for the rest of the week. So I must get out and πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸ“·πŸŒžπŸ˜Ž

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      • Just barely starting to get light, the moon is shining bright,πŸŒ™ though smaller than last night, I’m sure my walk will be just right.πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸ“·πŸŒž Though it won’t be for another 4 hours yet. I need more coffee!πŸ˜‚β˜•

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