Your Backyard Holiday

Hail Brave Hearts

Survive we must! In this blistering heat of summer with the quiet lakes to ourselves. The calm, the serene, the peace, the solitude. An unusual turn of the times. In this fine scenario of beach, less is more. Fewer beach goers to take over the sand, fewer families to splash and play in the water, fewer pets to avoid. Instead, it’s all for us. The Canadian holiday tourist is the new normal.

During a season which is constantly full of international guests filling every room for rent in the community, the chance for a Canadian summer holiday has been hard to come by for some. Last minute cancellations are rare.

The highways are quiet, we own the road. Drive to those scenic locations, there’s no one in sight. Easily find a table at the restaurant, there’s room for us. It has it’s beauty. We have our own special places to explore, unhindered. It has it’s beast. Finance.  It has another beast.  The bustling, busy beach scene is anything but quiet.  Our thoughts that this is for us is true, but so many of us!  

The quiet, the solitude, the peaceful Canadian get away, so special, so serene, so back to nature, so much to ourselves.  The jam packed tourist industry is all us.  All us!  The rush to save our relaxing and serene holidaying selves drives us to vacation madness on Canadian beaches.  Every inch is claimed.  Save us almighty dollar.  Spend your money at home this year.  The economic crisis of a pandemic virus has curtailed all of our luxurious international travel.  The resort haven of an idylic tropical getaway, forsaken for the vast remoteness of our own Canadian dreamland.  

https://www.parklandcounty.com/en/index.aspx

The food is divine.  Culinary delights abound.  There are endless opportunities for the sports enthusiast.  We meet and exceed international standards in so many ways.  Run  the trails, climb those mountains, paddle the lakes.  This year has been a pasttime of recreation and leisure, for those who were able to go out.  The great Canadian get away has been a pleasure, right outside your own back door.

A drive along a remote country road to a surprising little shop in nowhere.  A clean, immaculate hamlet way off the beaten path with surprising prosperity.  The endless recreation of lakes, parks and adventure.  The thrill of discovery of the history of this land, of who we are, who settled this place, who comes here.  The discovery of diversity, a mixture of agriculture beside industry, of recreation beside a bustling city, of unique culture  and diverse peoples all occupying the same land. The mixture of wilderness and sport, of wildlands and human populations.  This is us.  We planned it this way.  We planned this fun and enjoyment, we planned for the relaxation, we planned this unusual adventure.  A drive along a dusty gravel road to a restaurant in an unheard of village.  The pleasure of the local cuisine and the local people.  There are so many places to go, so many roads to travel, rails to ride, people to visit.  To spend our hard earned dollars in this magnificent country that has so many delightful treats for us to find.  

The pandemic has given many of us time.  Time to explore.  Discover it for yourselves.

Written by Dr. Louise Hayes

September 26, 2020

 

 

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day

This was celebrated on May 11 – 12, 2013.

Congratulations to all of you for hearing the call of the wild.  The eerie Loon with his penetrating, wild call.  The raucous goose, the melodious song bird, the clever crow with his squawks and caws, the buzzing hummingbird and the peeps, tweets, chirps, and coos of the thousands of migrating birds.

A day set aside for our feathered friends as they take to the sky on journeys sometimes so long and strenuous it’s almost unimaginable that they could make a distance as far and varied as the ones they choose.  Distances that span continents and sometimes the globe.  Please visit http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/  for more information about bird migration and http://friendsofpointpelee.com/festivalofbirds-home for our national parks, located at the southern most point of the province and an landing site for migratory birds.

The song of the bird is a restful joy.  The penetrating quiet is filled with joyous outbursts of the language of bird song.  The calling to follow, the calling to mate, the calling to protect, the calling to communicate.  The bird is an intrusive visitor, without whom our natural world is too quiet.  The welcome sound of a chirping bird adds a curious dimension to our daily life.  Without the sounds of birds, the world misses the connection to life  outside ourselves.  The bird connects us to nature, in the midst of the city, as they fly past our vehicles, as we drive our roads and walk our busy sidewalks.  They enter our lives by visiting feeders, resting on power lines, nesting in trees and shrubbery and singing their songs of gladness.

Happy to be alive!

The joyous sounds of birds call us.  Come to nature!, they sing to mankind.  Protect our environments they call to us.  Plant a tree for us to nest in, build a birdhouse, fill a feeder, fill a birdbath, protect a marsh.  Hear us, almighty human, we are the voices of the natural world.  We are the ones who speak to you, mankind.  Protect our forests, save our lakes, keep our environments clean, unpolluted air to fly in, unpolluted water to drink,  more trees for our nests, more flowers for insects.  Hear us mankind, we sing to you!  We are the voices of the natural world and we sing with great joy.  You, almighty human, will  listen to us!

The gregarious hopeful chatter of  a being so necessary .

The flight of birds has always inspired us.  How to fly?  It’s such a feat of achievement.  The inspiring birds fill the sky and fly and fly and fly.  Up in the air currants where the passing winds help them to sail along on jets of wind that push them onward to their destination.  The inspiring travel fill us with wistful awe.  The path of a creature that we cannot copy.

The Earth needs it singing creation.  The call of the wild of the friendly creature invades our lives.  Hear us, great human, they sing from their perches.  Listen to us almighty mankind.  Their call captures us and we look for the singer.  Bold and melodious the spokesman of the natural world greets us with candor and persuasion.  Save us mankind, we know you will.

Hear us great human, we sing many songs.  Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL4Z9d9oObY for an example of some of the hundreds of songs of birds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGmAxN8rZMI for your bird song tranquility message.

Written by Dr Louise Hayes

May 14, 2013

http://www.bbcanada.com/10895.html

: http://www.empowernetwork.com/almostasecret.php?id=louisehayes