Good morning on this very wet Saturday! This is the beginning of our May long weekend here in Canada. Monday is Victoria Day in honor of our former Queen Victoria of England. Usually this is a very busy weekend around here, the official start of our summer tourist season. This year there are no tourists flooding the area with everything still locked down here due to a certain virus I’m sure you have heard about. We had some big thunderstorms come through here last night, lots of lightning, thunder, and rain. Poor Muffin. She does not like thunderstorms at all. So she stayed cuddled close to me all night. My poor flowers. First Bert steps on them and even sits on some.
I salvaged most of them but now we have been getting so much rain half of them won’t stand up any longer. They lay flat, half covered with soil. Sigh. I’m sure that they will survive once it dries out again. That might take a while however. The forecast for the next 7 days is rain, showers and thunderstorms. I’m thinking this could be a wet year. On the plus side, that will bring out lots of different mushrooms. Last year was too dry for mushrooms. On the minus side, there may be lots of mushrooms, but how do I get pictures of them with that bear around? Two years ago there was a lot of mushrooms along the path to the river.
Remembering the solitude of 2 years ago…
I used to walk much further than I do now, going upriver to a nice quiet spot on a granite hill overlooking the river. Not a high hill at that point, but it was so nice and quiet there with a lot of different places to sit and enjoy the solitude. My favorite spot was under a nice big pine, there was a perfect rock for sitting on, covered with a layer of pine needles which was a nice cushion. You could see the dam across the river from there and the river was quite wide along there before going through a narrow channel which kept going and opened up again to a wider part of the river at the location that I sit now on the bench. No benches at this spot, though that would certainly be nice.
There was always a lot of pelicans over by the dam, and lots of ducks too. I imagine the fishing was good over there. It was a nice sheltered location too even though quite open, but the wind was seldom a problem there. The only wind that would get me was one from the north. And I would just stay away when the north wind blew. Ducks with their families would often be around that spot as well. I guess they liked the sheltered area too. It was just a nice place to sit and think. Enjoying nature all around me. A great place to be if you have a lot of stress.
And really, stress affects all of us from time to time. It was a great place to relax. I haven’t been back there since my accident nearly 2 years ago. It requires climbing up two very steep parts of the path, not very good footing on those hills so I have stayed away from them. But this year I managed to climb the first one. I did it first during the winter, then after all snow and ice was gone. Still haven’t tried the second hill. But then, I’m not even going to the river right now. But I will get back at it once the weather gets nice again. It’s starting to get lighter again. It was so dark for a while as another storm moved through. Poor Muffin, she is not enjoying this. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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