Daily Quote: February 22, 2021

All of my work comes out of a deep concern
for human expansion into the landscape.

~ Edward Burtynsky (Canadian – Photographer Born: February 22, 1955

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

I’m celebrating World Thinking Day by wondering about urban sprawl. The picture for today’s quote is an open field covered in snow. This privately owned field is part of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc’s development plan. Within a few years this open field adjacent to the St. Clair Conservation Area will be filled with roads and about 200 houses for a new subdivision. The animals that pass through here will probably continue to do so, but people will be offended that the animals dare to trespass on their yards. I’ve seen deer, turkeys, killdeer, ducks, pileated woodpeckers, geese, squirrels, red-tailed hawks, and many other animals in the area adjacent to this field (deer and turkeys in the field & signs of coyote). So I will be taking pictures over the next while to document what the field looks like before, during and after “development”.

Ironically today is also World Wildlife Day. A day set aside to take note about endangered species throughout the world. Often we think of these issues being somewhere far away and not in our own backyards. I know that we need more affordable housing, but what is the cost of using up all the open fields in the name of progress? Should we be creating a green-belt in Strathroy-Caradoc?

I guess the best way for me to celebrate Walking the Dog Day, is to take Rickie for a walk along the open field portion of the trails and enjoy the open field while we still can.

Celebrating National Margarita Day sounds like an excellent way to end a Monday. A little lime and tequila with salt is always good.

Daily Quote: September 4, 2020

Money buys many things…
The best of which is freedom.

Mary Renault (English – NovelistSeptember 4, 1905 – December 13, 1983)

Celebrations: September 4

National Wildlife Day – USA

National Food Bank Day
First Friday in September – USA

National Lazy Mom’s Day 
First Friday in September – USA

Friday before Labour Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. Traditionally students in Ontario return to School the Tuesday after the long weekend. But due to COVID-19 the beginning of the new school year is delayed 2 weeks. Teachers are preparing to teach those who choose on-line and those who choose in person. Parents are wondering how social distancing will be enforced and making back-up plans for childcare if there is an outbreak in their child’s classroom.