A Winter Walk

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We took a walk at Lemoine Point (in Kingston, ON) on a mild Sunday afternoon.

Fresh air, sunshine, and spring-like temperatures lured us outside for a walk with the kids.  Teeny chickadees and fluffy squirrels were our company.

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Thankful

I’ve never seen anything like it.
Coming from the Maritimes, I’m used to snow.  Last year at this time, it was piled higher than my kitchen window.  I’ve seen blizzards that have dropped over a Metre at once.
But yesterday was absolute insanity.
We got about 40 cm of snow in Southern Ontario, and I drove home from work in the middle of it.
The first time I got stuck was pulling out of the parking garage downtown.  Luckily, there were two men shoveling across the street who quickly pushed me out.
The second time was at the grocery store.   I’d barely gotten in my car and someone showed up to give me a push.
The third time was the challenge.  Our subdivision never got plowed because the plow itself either broke or got stuck (I heard both versions) and hadn’t budged for hours.  But two women and a man helped me for over 30 minutes, until I managed to get into the driveway of yet another helpful neighbor.
Not once did I have to ask for help.
I am amazed by the kindness of Kingston.
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A (Chilly) Walk in the Woods

black squirrel

It turned out to be a chilly walk in the woods, but one we enjoyed nonetheless.

With my children, parents, sister, and nephews, we braved the crisp fall air (and snow!) for a walk at Lemoine Point in Kingston, ON.

When my camera wasn’t tucked inside my jacket to protect it from the unexpected snowflakes, I managed a few shots – including this one of a fluffy black squirrel pausing for a snack.

 

Eagle Bridge

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This short bridge near the Royal Military College in Kingston turned out to be a great spot for photos.

This leaf, fallen from a sumac, is a beautiful fall detail against the lines of the bridge.  Once again I was drawn to the contrast of the two items, only here it was texture rather than colour that caught my eye.

It was only after reviewing my photos that I noticed the tiny print:  “Eagle Bridge.”

This is Culture

arts and writingI was lucky enough to attend not one, but two cultural events this weekend:  The Etsy Made in Canada craft fair and Kingston WritersFest.

My children and I admired the work of Etsy sellers on Saturday.  From artwork to jewellery to stitched items, each table held impressive talent and creativity.

This morning, my sister and I listened as Camilla Gibb read from her new memoir, “This is Happy” and spoke eloquently about her life to Merilyn Simonds.  I was moved by her reading, and awed by her willingness to share what so many seldom talk about.

It was a truly inspiring weekend.