Posted in Uncategorized, tagged animal life, animals, BBC, David Attenborough, environment, extinction, fauna, flora, global destruction, love of nature, natural world, naturalist, nature on April 25, 2013 |
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David Attenborough 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Defunct – definition: having finished the course of life or existence : dead, extinct
I was brought up to enjoy the natural world around me. My parents would take us on long walks pointing out and naming the trees, grasses, plants and the animals and birds we encountered. I have passed down to my children this love of nature. My daughter in particular is an animal whisperer – no matter what the living organism is, it becomes calm and peaceful with her touch. Many a time she has picked up a squirming bug, which has almost instantaneously become still. I have no idea why it happens but for all of her 17 years she has been this way. As a baby crawling on the lawn she would pick up beetles and spiders. I would cringe thinking it would be crushed but she never killed any of these little creatures. She most surely has the touch!
There have been, and are, numerous naturalists and presenters with shows on TV. Each have their own particular style and interest but for me the most endearing and informative is David Attenborough. I have grown up listening to him describe a multitude of animals and plants. His dulcet tones whispering over the images we view with complete wonder, are something that will stay with me forever. He is a hero of mine.
David Attenborough 60 years http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2223147/David-Attenborough-celebrates-Diamond-Jubilee-new-BBC-series-60-Years-In-The-Wild.html
It was with sadness that I realized after watching Sir David’s celebration broadcast, that in his 60 years, a great many flora and fauna have become extinct. That is unforgivable when in millennia without human destruction, the numbers were nominal.
This link gives us an idea of the losses: http://www.endangeredspeciesinternational.org/overview1.html
Destroying our environment and that of our fellow animals will have only one result – no where to go! We don’t have another Earth to inhabit.
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Posted in Uncategorized, Writing, tagged Bucklebury, Canada, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, childhood, cottage, Duchess of Cambridge, hamlet, nature, new home., outdoors, Sunday Snippets, thatched roof, Upper Bucklebury, Vernham Dean, Village, wordpress on April 21, 2013 |
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Hamlet – definition: a small village
As a child I grew up in a village called Upper Bucklebury and yes it is part of the collection of hamlet’s called Bucklebury, where the Duchess of Cambridge lived. The house we moved into was in a new development and I can remember playing in the construction sites (not something children do now a days!) as the other homes were being built. Eventually young families moved in, giving us lots of friends to play with. With a forestry commission tree planation at the bottom of the road and common land to play in, which was not far on our bikes, we were very happy. This beautiful church was actually in Bucklebury village down the hill from where I lived.
This pub was along the road from my old house. I have visited the village in recent years unfortunately it has been built up with fancy houses, which is a real shame. I will always picture the village as it was in my childhood though. Hours playing in the woods and racing bikes and go-carts down the hill.
Before coming to Canada I lived in another delightful village called Vernham Dean. With a small village school, a pub and a small shop we were surrounded by fields. The school had a massive upgrade, which was sorely needed. Here are a couple of photos.
The oldest part of the village was along the valley road. Here are some of the cottages along it. The middle one is the pub.
My new surroundings and country has different aspects and terrain. I am gradually becoming accustomed to it. Including the snow fall…!
But once summer arrives :
No Sunday Snippets from me today but please pop over to the other writers sites.
Please enjoy everyone’s snippets – here is the list.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Alberta, butterflies, canyon, Christmas, cycle of seasons., decorations, festival, freezing temperatures, heat, hiking, humming-birds, Hummingbird, lizards, moose, Palm Springs, Palm Springs California, palm trees, poolside, seasons, Snow, summer, summer heat, Swimming pool, Temperature, wildlife, winter on December 12, 2012 |
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My recent escape from the Albertan cold to the heat of Palm Springs was a real delight in many ways. Of course the first pleasure was to experience summer warmth again, after weeks of freezing temperatures and snow fall. It amazed me how quickly a person can become accustomed to a black and white world. The brilliance of lush greenery was a real shock to my senses, making me consider how little time had really past since I had enjoyed summer and its abundance. Is the cycle of seasons so ingrained our seasonal memory can be replaced so quickly?
In no time I was back to ‘summer’ mode, lying poolside, walking in T-shirt & shorts and drinking cooling drinks. Hiking along the canyon listening to the burbling water, I wanted to splash through it to ease my over heated skin, far removed from the news from home of heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.
The most jarring spectacle was seeing Christmas decorations emblazoned on palm trees and their shimmering light bouncing off lawns glistening with water. Homes were festooned with white and coloured lights, Christmas trees stood in living room windows but their reflections came from swimming pools and green lawns. It just didn’t ‘feel’ like Christmas, somehow it wasn’t right.
I soon became accustomed to the sound of automated irrigation sprays the means by which, this oasis of green maintains its lushness, albeit ‘fake’. It is only a short drive before the arid and seemingly barren landscape is found surrounding the city. However, if you walk slowly and quietly you will find treasurers, such as tiny lizards, multi-coloured butterflies and iridescent humming-birds populating the sharp twisted bushes and cacti. There is beauty in any landscape you just have to look.
On my return to Alberta I experienced +20 degrees on take-off and -20 degrees on arrival after a short three hour flight – now that’s an unwelcome shock to the system! Obviously at that moment I longed for the heat but for a proper Christmas, home does have the snowy wonderland look as well as some awesome winter visitors.
Do you prefer the winter wonderland or the tropical escape for your festival?
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A sadness that will stay in my broken heart for a long time. Our darling Twinkle went to sleep peacefully on Friday morning. She always lived up to her name – she was a star. Twelve years of loyal loving companionship. Twinkle was a gift to our family – we were lucky to have found her at the rescue center all those years ago. She had been handed in at six weeks unwanted…but we truly wanted and loved her from the day we saw her.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged assistance, Canada, community, demographics, divorced, elderly, emotion, family, finances, Health, married, people, problems, resources, Sherwood Park, single, Strathcona Connect, Strathcona County Alberta, support, teens on October 13, 2012 |
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As the old saying goes ‘nothing stays the same’ – children grow up and leave home, relationships alter or falter, younger children may have issues with peer groups or school and the elderly have to adjust to new circumstances and lessened abilities. Life can throw us curve balls at any time and how we cope depends on our personality and family situation. Each event affects us in many ways, emotionally, physically or financially and it is our ability to deal with the transformation these events bring that can make us stronger with help. Our capability to adjust has many variants – it might be our age or how we relate to others or how well we know ourselves. No matter what life throws at us we can seek help – there is no stigma in using professionals to help clarify, support or assist us in coping or adjusting. We do not have to struggle alone and it is certainly not a sign of weakness to reach out.
One look at the demographics of Sherwood Park gives us a real insight into our fellow residents – married couples hold 60% and single persons 27% of the population, leaving 9% for divorced and 5% for widowed. Within these figures the age groups are fairly evenly spread – 0 – 4yrs 20%, 15 – 24 yrs 14%, 25 – 34 yrs 11%, 35 – 44 yrs 16%, 45 – 54 yrs 17%, 55 – 64 yrs 13% and 64 plus yrs 10%. (www.zoocasa.com) Within these groups there is the potential for a diverse range of difficulties, which can be influenced by the ethnicities of the population. The top ethnicities are 42% British, 17% Canadian, 14% Ukrainian and 11% French (www.zoocasa.com) This makes Sherwood a real melting pot of diversity giving its inhabitants a uniqueness all its own, which makes for a interesting range of problems to overcome.
There are a multitude of resources we can access through the Internet, our own practitioner or the local library as well as community services. Whatever your situation and cultural background there is a local community service that can help with any circumstances we find ourselves facing. That one local resource is Family & Community Services (http://www.strathcona.ca/departments/family-community-services.aspx) This Strathcona County service covers a variety of social programs for a wide range of family problems from teens to the elderly and everything in-between, giving answers and support to best effect. You may be surprised how diverse the service is once you browse their web site and there is always a friendly voice on the other end of the phone.
In times of strife the ‘virtual’ options for social connections are not enough – face to face conversations and understanding means so much more and in the end leads to better resolution. So don’t feel isolated, there is help available within a stone’s throw.
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