Well, we made it this year! After about an hour in line with our three year old (and thank goodness, Grandma!), we made our way into the butterfly exhibit that is held annually at Carleton University. Check it out if you can!
There’s a beautiful public garden not far from us, surrounded by a stone wall. I have no idea why in all of my 30 years, I’ve never walked through it. It’s a beautiful property on the edge of Westboro, attached to an old stone house (built in the 1830’s) that is now an upscale restaurant. The garden itself is manicured in a traditional European style, with symmetrical pathways around lush, wild beds of classic flowers: peonies, roses, poppies. It is definitely worth a visit- you might even see a bunny rabbit nibbling on the greenery!
This is a glorious time of year for a few of my favourite flowers. Peonies are definitely one of them, and now is the time to enjoy them! The Experimental Farm has a “Peony Circle” and a long wide row featuring several luscious varieties. Single-petal, ruffled, jewel-toned, blush… sally forth before it’s too late!
Before all of the snow had melted (there was still quite a bit, actually) we went down to Mud Lake for a walk. I spotted this funny-looking Canada Goose:
The white face and patchy colouring stand out the most, but then I realized his feet and beak are orange instead of black! I have looked it up but I am still not certain if this is a natural colour mutation or a hybrid between a Canada Goose and a Greylag. As usual there seem to be a lot of theories on the internet. You can see a Canada Goose with normal colouring in the background of this photo:
I have seen a goose like this twice before, just further down the river in years past. I can’t be certain if it’s the same one, returning to the same area. I know I took photos of it but I can’t find them. Must organize photos…
Check out some of these amazing photographs from Mud Lake that CPAWS posted recently on their facebook page. I can’t believe there are owls nesting there! How come I never see these things?