Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Is Finally Here!

It's really amazing what a little sunshine and warmer weather can do for my mood. Things started to look up earlier last week when I caught my first sight of a DVP groundhog (if you live in Toronto you likely know what I'm talking about - they live on/under a grassy median along this urban highway). Then there were 3 robins on my lawn, followed the next day by a pair of house finch in my pussy willow tree.

male and female house finch
I think Spring has finally arrived!

With the sun shining brightly, and a temperature approaching 20 degrees Celsius, yesterday was all about the outdoors. Some of that outdoors time was less than fun (read - cleaning up a winter's worth of dog poop in the yard), but it was all really good for the soul.

Boo and I did some tidying up in the garden and were delighted to find life poking up out of the soil. There are lots of bulbs coming through, and the peonies are just peeking above the ground. Chives are doing great and can be clipped already. And I am estimating that my rhubarb is about 2 weeks away from harvest! I simply couldn't stop smiling.

Naturally we couldn't let this day go by without a nice nature walk with the dog. For a bit of variety we headed to Sunnybrook Park, on Leslie St. The park is huge and beautiful, with 9 parking lots and 2 picnic areas. And it was packed. Seriously packed.  We ventured along a wooded trail for a while, and Boo collected a series of sticks. Nothing new there. Maxi made friends with everyone we met - both human and canine. Most of our walk was along the road and through the picnic areas, so not exactly what we were after, but we really weren't familiar with where to park. A few years ago Boo and I went there on a weekday morning, and we had an amazing walk through the woods, checking out streams and wildlife and cool bridges.  I just have to figure out where the heck I parked that time.
What is it with boys and sticks??
Maxi was crazy excited to see all the people and smell all the smells.
Sunnybrook Park is a great spot for hiking, biking, chilling, sports, picnics, and more. You can apply for a permit to use one of the fire pits in the picnic areas. And I noted a few geocaches as well - we'll be going back to look for those without the dog. So many families had clearly settled in there for the day. Portable BBQs, water and snacks and full meals, bikes and games for the kids. You could feel the excitement as everyone dove headfirst into the best day we've had so far this year. Yay Spring!

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