Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pride Is A Great Thing!!

This past Saturday Ron and I were off to Halifax to see the Gay Pride Parade. Sophie was spending the day at Doggie Day Care with her friends.

We got there early and found a couple of spots in the shade across from The Lord Nelson Hotel.

Ron getting ready for parade to begin!

O.K., let's get this parade started with a  CLICK  on the clip!!!

Here we go:

As the local headline states, this year's 'pride' parade was the 25th for Halifax!!

And of course there was lots of colour:

Dogs everywhere:

Churches were represented:

The police were having a great time along with two of their horses:

The female police officer knew Ron and they had a chat.....

Speaking about the police, here is a very short 'clip' of the RCMP, the Royal Canadian Mounted (mind you, 'walking' today) Police.

OK. A Pride Parade is NOT a pride parade without some flamboyance and 'other gay stuff':

We had a BLAST along with the thousands that were there. This parade draws more people than the 'Natal Day Parade'!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Contemplative Monday


"When we cling to thoughts and memories,

we are clinging to what cannot be grasped.

When we touch those phantoms and let them go,

we may discover a space, a break in the chatter, a glimpse of open sky.

This is our birthright-----the wisdom with which we were born,

the vast unfolding display of primordial richness,

primordial openness, primordial wisdom itself.

When one thought has ended and another has not yet begun,

we can rest in that space."

The above excerpt is from 'Heart Advice: Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'.

Photos were taken last weekend at the 'beach marsh' along the end of the trail at Lawrencetown Beach.
I was 'stopped' in my tracks by the different shades of green and textures.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Eclectic Tastes

This past week has been busy for us. We were helping friends deal with an emergency health crises in which they had to leave their province and come to Nova Scotia to get the treatment required.

They left for home yesterday and are 'on the mend'.

A few years ago they taught me a lot about friendship when they were there for me after my mother died. 

Let's celebrate our friends and have a great Sunday.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Summer Saturday

The Cultivated


       Harebell/Scottish Bluebell

The Wild

                                Found these amongst the rocks at Peggy's Cove last week.

        If anyone knows what it is, please let us know.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Typha Latifolia

Or as we call them here in the Northern Hemisphere....The Bullrush (click here).

These Bullrushes are 'coming into their own' down at the beach trail.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thinking Out Loud About Satellite Imagery

Ever wonder about the accuracy of 'satellite' imagery?

Well I have.
Do you really think that scientists' observations from such distances

can be trusted?

I have had my doubts lately,

especially when it has to do with 

 the population density

of the Periwinkle!!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nova Scotian Fishing Boat

When I was about 11 or 12 years old a neighbour down the street took my friend and myself fishing on his boat.

A couple of times a week during the summer we would go way out into the mouth of Halifax Harbour and fish for Haddock and Cod.

It was always a 'highlight' of the summer for us and he taught us about small craft safety.

His boat was called a 'Cape Islander'. It was a popular boat for 'inshore fisherman' because of it's stability and wasn't too big.

I saw one of these boats the other day going up the Northwest Arm in Halifax. It brought back those wonderful summer days spent fishing.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

It's About Time

While on a walk at the park on the weekend, these three people walked by us.

We don't often see two guys holding hands in public in Halifax. This is a very small city and change comes slowly here.

But it was so refreshing to see that we have come a long way. And it is about time.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Contemplative Monday


" 'Fruition' implies that at some future time you will feel good.

One of the most powerful Buddhist teachings is

that as long as you are wishing for things to change, they never will.

As long as you are wanting yourself to get better, you won't.

As long as you are oriented towards the future,

Picasa 'Heat Map' 

you can never just relax into what you already have or already are."

Above title and quote are taken from: Heart Advice--Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Eclectic Tastes

Debra from She Who Seeks (click here to view her blog) posted this last week and it really hit a note with me in more ways than one!

This song is universal in it's nature and could be applied to any country in the world.

Time to consider to whom our countries really belong.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Summer Saturday

No matter how much we try to replicate what 'nature' does with no effort at all,

I think we could just sit back and 'take notes'.

These photos were taken at the boardwalk last week.

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