Daily Quote: June 7

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Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second.
Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!
~ Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – May 9, 1903)


Like a turtle sitting on a log in the Old Ausable Channel.
Sitting in the sun,
feeling the breeze,
drifting in thought,
being deafened by the silence….
Being alone in the quiet forest rejuvenates the soul.

Pinery Provincial Park in June

Kayaking at Pinery Provincial Park is always an adventure.  June is an ideal time to go before schools are out for the summer and the campgrounds are full.  I’m always amazed to see so many turtles sunning themselves on logs in the Old Ausable Channel.

I had lunch on Beach 1.  Lake Huron is still very cold.  The water is high, but there is still a lot of beach to enjoy.

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Daily Quote: June 5

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What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health,
out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
~ Adam Smith (June 5, 1723 – July 17, 1790)


 

Pictured above are the flowers of a Pawpaw tree.

Found in Southwestern Ontario there is active discussion as to whether the Pawpaw tree is a true native species or not.

On tour of the Cuddy Gardens our guide said:

Although probably not a native tree in this area it is common in Southwestern Ontario at various Underground Railroad terminals.  Possibly from discarded  seeds of people seeking freedom, who took fruit that was readily available in the Southern United States and left behind to grow as people continued their journey to freedom.

According to Why an Ontario naturalist wants to Make Pawpaws Great Again

Once cultivated by First Nations, the pawpaw remained popular in the years after colonization but faded into obscurity in the 20th century. The fruits are easily bruised, have a short shelf life, and refuse to ripen simultaneously at harvest time — not ideal for large-scale agriculture.

Daily Quote: May 24

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I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists
as it is very seductive and a little dangerous.
 ~ Queen Victoria (May 24, 1819 – January 22, 1901)


Still celebrated, Queen Victoria is now recorded as the 2nd longest reigning Monarch (Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest).  Canadians look forward to the Victoria Day long weekend in May.

Often referred to as the “May 24 Weekend” or the unofficial start of summer.  Gardeners rejoice as it is deemed to be the “safe” time to plant tender annuals as the risk of frost is past in Southern Ontario.  Campers usually celebrate in one of the Provincial or National Parks.  Families embrace the time together with BBQ’s and picnics.

And as my mother used to say:

The 24th of May is the Queen’s birthday
if you don’t give us a holiday
we’ll all run away.

Daily Quote: May 23

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If a tree dies, plant another in its place.
~Carolus Linnaeus (May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778)


During my recent tour of the 2019 Canadian Tulip Festival we saw that several trees had been destroyed by storms in the last year with nothing by large stumps left as a reminder of their greatness.  This oak tree stood tall with branches outstretched, not yet starting to sprout leaves.

Plant trees as an investment in the future.