Monday, June 3, 2013

A Good Walk On The Sabbath . . .

While Sherwin and his brother went for a drive in the country to visit their ancestral home, my sister and I went for a long walk in the local Zoo.

As children we loved to go there when we came into Calgary and I probably have not been back here for about 40 years.

Great improvements have been made and the animals enjoy large enclosures with lots of privacy.  Almost too much privacy, for photographers looking for a great photo, but I am very happy for the animals.  They come before my photo file!

These Bengal Babes are gorgeous...very charming and handsome, mostly because there are two fences between them and me.

Here and there, wooden sculptures are placed to make the photographer's job easier!

Hmmm...we did love to ride the train back in the day.

After checking out the Dancing Ganesh Stone Statue (they especially liked the belly button) these little fellows sat down to have their photos taken.

If you are interested in having a copy of this statute for your garden, click here.  It will only cost you a mere $25,000.

Some animals have a more difficult time staying slick and polished ...something to do with the coat they wear.

Lots of good memories of the Bow River that wends its way through Calgary and is joined by the Elbow River just west of the Zoo.

This young man came along just as I was trying to figure out how I was going to capture this 'bear'.  He was most interested in the teeth...

He turned to his patiently waiting father and said, "He moved, I know he moved.  He did, Dad!!"

I didn't mention to this fellow that we had just enjoyed Bison Chilli the evening before for dinner...wasn't about to make him nervous.

And then on to the Dancing Birds...

Isn't he extraordinary?

There were many more animals, asleep in one dusky corner or another, that I could not get close enough to successfully capture.  But it was a great 3 hour walk and reminded me of a good golf game.  I golf for the walk and the ambience...similar reasons for doing the zoo!

At the end of our walk we enjoyed this bed of tulips...nice to see them still blooming here.

This will likely be the last blog for a month.  We know from previous experience that it is very frustrating to blog on a cruise ship but we are hoping to get a photo out on Face Book once a day as we wend our way through the Mediterranean.

God bless you all and be well.

Memorial Day Weekend . . .

Memorial Day Holiday in the USA is traditionally a time when the Goerlitz, Jr. family make their way north to visit the grandparents (us)!

Early Sabbath morning while Maizy and Lucy and I were in the hottub waking up together, Maizy mentioned that she would like to build a fort...a little house in the woods.  Great...but then I promptly forgot and made breakfast and we went on with the day.  It was a beautiful day!

Sherwin and Shelby had a great lazy day until part way through the afternoon they both came alive and said, "Let's go out and do something..."  Aha! here was Maizy's opening.  After presenting her idea to the men they all went at it with great zeal and by the time I got out there to see how things were shaping up they had made great progress.

When those men decide to tackle a project they both go at it...

And they had a great supervisor!

While we stood about watching them work so hard, Maizy and I compared shoes...

And I admired her t-shirt message...

Before the afternoon disappeared Maizy had a house of her own...

In the finished framed up house you can see a door and windows, even side walls!

Thanks, Kim, for this photo...I missed the chance to get a photo of the nesting process...little rugs, chairs, 'curtains', wooden boxes were added to make this a dear little nest.  When Maizy and Lucy come back we will be awake to grab the opportunities for photos.

"A girl should be two things...classy and fabulous."
-Coco Chanel

"A girl should be two things...who and what she wants."
-Coco Chanel

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Leaving Home...

Before I left home this week for points east, I spent some time working in my gardens and taking snaps of flowers and points of interest to me...

This most unusual peony was moved last fall and seems to love its new location.  My camera did not capture the colour accurately...have to figure out how to do that but it is rather variegated and different from other peonies I have grown in the past.

We left early Friday morning on the first ferry out, under grey, pregnant skies!

We resolved to travel more lightly than in the past so we each have one carryon and one small check-in bag hoping to be able to move around more easily and still look respectable.

We are two people who are always happy to be at home but we love this opportunity to get out and go. 

The view from 22F...

And so we are off and flying away.  You all have a great month while we wander the face of the earth.   As often as possible I will post and let you know where we are at the time.

In the meantime, be in touch via emails and be well.