This is not about being brilliant, or extraordinary, it's not about wanting to be famous, or making headlines, or trying to impress...this about sharing a 'gift' each day with the world...to lift the spirit of people when they read this blog, to show them the beauty in the ordinary.
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Raold Dahl
It was a rather overcast morning, wet after the storms that raged through the night, but warm and the light and air were soft.
Always my favourite place...I began in the woods.
I guess childhood memories of spending all day in places like this with my sister Victoria draw me to vistas like these. Nothing quite smells like the wet earth of southern England, but still this pleases my soul.
On now to the water's edge...
and the vineyards...
I hear tell the mild winter, followed by early spring, has played havoc with the vines.
I don't think this is going to be a stellar year for wine,
but the vinyards look beautiful none the less.
As I meandered my way along, these darling little wildflowers framed the edges of my journey.
Heading across the Common, I stopped at these memorials to lives and events gone by...
"on the railroad here...I remember the day they loaded to go away...those tracks are gone now...These were our loyal boys, going off to make their contribution...I don't think I realized at the time how long he would be gone, or any of them would be gone...
...He was overseas for about four and a half years. We got married in 1946." Mrs. Kay Toye, NOTL, Ontario
"These pillars recognize their contributions and courage."
On my way back into town, I stopped to photograph some of the exotic-looking (to me) garden flowers that grow in abundance here.
So, wildflowers or garden flowers? Which is your preference?
I know where my heart lies.
I don't know if you have heard, but this year is the bi-centennial anniversary of The War Of 1812.
A very big thing in our little town, as a lot of the fighting went on here.
Town has numerous events planned to celebrate the anniversary and there are a lot of shopfront 'decorations' up too. Some good, some not so good!
the local variety store...
the local bakery...
the Scottish Shop
(not sure what the baseball caps have to do with anything!)
our celebratory flag...a little disney-esque for me.
We even have 1812 wines...
and things are only just getting started!
Oh yes...and this Friday, Nik Wallenda is set to cross Niagara Falls on a high wire!