Magpies in Rossdale

The magpie sculptures are by Kevin Sehn & Chai Duncan

My building had an asbestos incident Wednesday night, so even though the initial report deemed the air ‘safe’, we were given the option to work from home on Thursday while they proceeded with clean up. Of course, all my stuff was on word docs, so I had to come in to send it to my home computer, thus defeating the purpose of ‘working from home’, or at least sleeping in. As compensation I took the long way home, through Rossdale/Louise McKinney and then downtown via the funicular. What an unexpected treat.

Walt Jr.

I took the opportunity to visit the magpie sculptures in south Rossdale. SO cool!! We should have more urban art devoted to our most populous (and my favourite) bird. Not everybody loves them, but they are wrong. There is much to love.

After Rossdale, I went under the bridge to Louise McKinney. They are proceeding with the construction of the new LRT bridge, so only half the park is accessible. I turned around after shooting a few photos and then up to downtown. Because of even more LRT-related construction downtown, I took a very circuitous walk to Oliver. All in all, 15,245 steps that day. Did I mention this was an unexpected treat? Love these ‘stolen’ days. I did work from home, but what a great start.

Hello Louise McKinney!
The LRT bridge, under construction
Wet, wet, wet

Many Stella Walks

This post, after the fact, is a collection of Stella walks. We’ve had a many over the last month. One to Terwillegar off-leash (above) and several in Whitemud Ravine. She’s a good dog. And it’s her anniversary month! Two years in her forever home! What a gift she is.

More walks!

And another walk

Rundle Park with Tom

Wow. Tom and I had a BEAUTIFUL walk on Sunday morning through Gold Bar Park and Rundle Park in northeast Edmonton, joined together by a bridge very much like my old friend, the Cloverdale Footbridge.

It was a sunny, cool morning, and we walked for 90 minutes around the parks, sidestepping many geese who loitered and slept near the paths, with apparently no fucks to give. It was so bucolic!

When I walked there a few weeks ago with Sharon, we didn’t see the fountains. They were amazing.

Adolescent goose.

Home Through the Woods

Just one of the many beautiful walks home. The daisy’s are from around campus, but the view of the river valley is from the path that runs under and adjacent Victoria Park Road – my little discovery last year. I should really try to walk it in winter. My only issue is that last winter was especially icy, and this path is quite hilly.

So glad that this path is open to me again after what seemed like more than a month of caterpillars, my June nemesis. I’m not 100% happy with my commute routes, but they are better than what I had living in south Edmonton. I still miss my Mill Creek trails.

The Pig of Glenora

Well, maybe not a pig. A javelina? A razorback boar? Whatever he is, I love him. He lives Glenora, in Tom’s neighbourhood, about two blocks from where he lives. Not sure if someone made him or if he was purchased, but as far as garden gnomage is concerned, this guy wins. I hope we get to meet the home owners at some point. They need to be thanked for bringing this charming boy (or girl?) into the ‘hood.

As always, Glenora is spectacularly beautiful. Tom has begun to walk for a couple of hours every morning, so on the weekends, I usually join him at least once. The walk goes as far as Valleyview and Ravine Drive. Very, very nice houses, but also, incredible views of the river valley, and some lovely gardens.

At one point I spotted this beautiful creature on a leaf. I found out later that he is a Hummingbird Clearwing moth! I wished I had brought my actual camera. His tail is actually quite fuzzy, but you just can’t get the closeups with a phone.

And of course, this time of year, there is nothing more beautiful than sunflowers against a blue, blue sky.

Since I am writing this after the fact, I can’t remember what the temperature was. Probably around 15C.