There are several large parks and a historic cemetery nearby with acres of trees.
Tree lined boulevards were planted years ago by a city arborist with a vision and a passion for flowering plums and chestnuts. These large heritage trees stand today and create a leafy canopy overhead.
In a city that has so many green spaces and trees we also have wildlife.
Deer have taken to munching the plants in our gardens and raccoons have been upending our garbage cans and raiding our berries and fruit trees.
These animals have no predators in the city other than man, so a healthy population survives and thrives.
Occasionally a cougar will show up looking for a meal of venison but when sighted, officers are quick to sedate the cat and take it to a remote forested area miles away.
We often find raccoons in our yard as they seem to like our garden quite a lot!
One year I had a mother raccoon and 4 babies living under the sundeck.
They are adorable to look at but can be very aggressive and you would not want to tangle with one.
Pepper had a close encounter with one the other evening...
fortunately she was inside separated by a pane of glass.
An unexpected visitor...
a captive audience!
Look at her back...
the hair is standing on end and her tail was swollen like a bottle brush!
She chirruped and meowed
at the little raccoon
who stayed around for 15 minutes or so trying to raid the birds' nest under the eaves.
A mess of straw
was left on the window ledge
in the morning
and the birds have been back
so I do not know if any were taken or not.
Speaking of wild life
I am taking a walk on the wild side...
Black Flip Flops studded with sparkly crystals!
I love dense rose petal formations
The Rose Grower of Choice
The Humble Bungalow Garden
Jude the Obscure
Charles Rennie MacIntosh
the faithful frothy filler
a lime lady indeed!
the perfume of these all blended and wafting together
is heady and intoxicating
weeding watering fertilizing and dead heading is all worth it!
This weekend try something new
kick it up a notch...
try a new recipe
eat at an ethnic cafe
browse in a thrift shop
stroll through a designer boutique
read something not normally on your radar
try a new shade of lipstick
sample a new scent
walk somewhere different and new
and above all
push that comfortable envelope
just a wee bit farther
is a very good thing!