Water, Water Everywhere ….#72 …The Etobicoke Creek

….thanks to Jez for hosting Water, Water Everywhere https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2021/04/05/the-tall-ship-water-water-everywhere-72/

Our weekly walk took us on a path along the Etobicoke Creek close to our home. The mouth of the creek opens up to Lake Ontario and we started our walk from there. We drove to Marie Curtis Park and headed up along the paved path. We had no idea how far we were going to go but after 2.7 k we were forced to turn around because the path was closed for repairs.

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As you can see from the sign we have a lot more exploring to do when the trail opens up again. Looking forward to a much longer hike next time.

An Unexpected Collection of Birdhouses

….on our walk this past week we came across this colourful collection hanging from the trees along the edge of the creek

Early into our walk I notice a flash of colour up ahead and as we got closer we noticed dozens of brightly painted birdhouses hanging from some of the smaller trees next to the creek. You could tell that a few were done by adults but the majority had to be done by children. I figured that some enterprising class from one of the neighbourhood schools did this as a spring project to beautify the neighbourhood and provide nesting areas for some of the smaller birds.

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I was so impressed with these tiny feeders and birdhouses that I promptly went to the dollar store to buy some for my granddaughter. I also bought some small clear containers which I filled with craft paint and a variety of paint brushes. At home I put a prime coat of white paint on two of the houses and then packed everything into a gift bag. On Saturday we did a drive by visit in Hamilton to drop off our Easter candy and this special bag. Winnie was so excited that she wanted to start painting right away. When we got home her mom sent us photos of the ‘finished’ projects. I’m not sure if she’s going to add more detail but she’s pretty pleased with the way they’ve turned out.

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A New Gnome to Brighten My Day

….I secretly love gnomes

Thanks to Becky B for hosting Bright Square. Every day this month we are encouraged to take square photos of anything bright. Here is my newest addition to my gnome collection and it is certainly the brightest one I have. I suspect after one summer in the sun it will fade like the others but that will just add to his character. https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/04/04/bright-square-4/

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A Bright Idea in the Park

….thanks to Becky B for hosting BrightSquare this month https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/04/03/bright-square-3/

Since I missed yesterday I have two for today.

Camping in the local parks is prohibited but these girls were merely sheltering themselves from the cold wind coming off the lake. I knew there were girls in the tent from from all the chatter and giggles I heard as I walked by with my dog.

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Seeing this swarm of seagulls over that bright blue water of Lake Ontario was a bright spot in my day.

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