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I like looking at clouds any time of the day, but my favourite time of the day is Sunrise and Sunset.

My Grandmother once told me that the rays of light you see are the souls going up to Heaven. It is a nice thought and comforting to see as well.
In this picture which is the end of my driveway, well to be exact it is across the road from the end of my driveway and a great source of contentment for me as well.

I give this image to the world so you may see one of my views, thus preserving in our minds a shared image of such natural beauty.
Dedicated to R & D across the world from Zelda and I, so enjoy a little Canadian Sunshine from us to you.

CHEERS to all.

sunset showing streams of light and a light pinkish colour along the cloud edges

Sunset time with the souls returning to whence they came.

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I feel therefore I am

The old adage, I think therefore I am!

Why do Humans think that they are the only ones who think, that they are the only ones who are self-aware? My Dog loves, my dog thinks, my dog can have her feelings hurt, she loves to give hugs and kisses, just like Human kids do.

Fur Kids have souls/spirits the same as people do !

135cWhy else would she bring her little baby toy out to greet people she likes and loves, to share and to say I like you and trust you. Sounds very Humane if you ask me!

young chimp holds a wild cat close in a hug

nothing more needs to be said about this one

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I love

I love driving early in the morning before the masses head out in their cars.

I love soft golden hue of the morning light, lightly touching the freshly dew’ed up long grasses and bulrushes.

I love the soft golden light as it plays along the freshly mowed hay, light dancing in and around the swells in the fields, the rolls and bales awaiting passage to the farm.

I love the smell of freshly mowed hay in the morning.

I love the sight of golden kissed ripples gently roll across the pond, or the still reflection of the still waters show the glory of the heavens above,

for all who venture forth early and are lucky enough to view the new day before the earth heats up and the sun passes that mystical line, from golden to yellow.

and

I love you for following along with my blog, taking time from your day to read this adventure as it unfolds!
Thank you

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Survival is for the Birds

Survival is for the Birds as well as you;

As I sat in my van checking Facebook, looking at others live their lives, I Observed the Dance of Life, a dance that is repeated every second of every day somewhere, somehow.

Two birds came thundering in, started rolling and dancing, bouncing at the edge of the property in between the fence posts in the middle of the gravel and dirt passageway on the property were I live.

At first I thought it was a mating dance as the two bodies, gyrated, bounced and thrashed with wings spread wide to gain balance and the upper position. Soon though my eyes narrowed as I watched for clues to what was going on in this Bird spectacle before my eyes. This Dance of bodies; one smaller and one larger, feathers flying was not what I had thought just a moment before.

The small brown bird on the bottom was soon trapped, held in place and dispatched by the larger Bird of Prey. This bird whom I am not sure of the breed, perhaps a small Hawk or Falcon. Standing like a wee Eagle perched on top of its prey, dispatching the now lifeless smaller immobile brown feathered body.

The Bird of Prey, was keeping watch on its surroundings, head swivelling around searching. Now my interest shifted form the two on the ground to other black birds with red arm bands, along with others, solid black bodied birds who appeared from directions unknown. These others swooped close to the Larger Bird of Preys head. These other birds were trying to distract or perhaps dislodge the Larger Bird of Prey as it perched on the body of it’s soon to be meal.

Watching and fending off the swoops of the black birds, the Bird of Prey ensured the smaller bird under its talons was never to move, small quick dispatching nips of the sharp curved beak tore at the throat, talons gripping and pinning tightly, while the eyes and head darted back up to watch the carrion birds in irritation.

Seeing the Bird of Prey was attentive to their presence as well as willing to fight them off from the standing position not giving up the meal, these other smaller black carrion birds, soon perched nearby waiting for a slip up or something to distract the Larger Bird of Prey. Then they could swoop in for a bite or two from the prize, true Carrion Birds ever watchful, waiting.

The majestic bird of prey, though not large was in fact quite lovely with its posture, colouring of feathers and look about him or her, gripped its talons tighter, launched into the air with the prized meal to disappear from sight as quick as the appearance had been.

The lesson from this little scene was not lost on me, the many lessons in survival to be sure;

The life and death dance so like the mating dance of other times though with a vastly different ending, bodies locked in gyrations, positionings of bodies, talons and beaks in a Dance of Survival
Observe your surroundings no matter what the task is at hand for you may be the larger combatant, there are always others hovering nearby, waiting, watching, observing.

To lose your grip, literally in this case would mean losing the prize.

There are always Birds of Carrion in the surrounding area, be them Birds of Prey, Carrion Birds or Two or Four Legged creatures ready to pounce to take what is yours.

One of the last observances was also one of the first, the lone bird is often times vulnerable to attack and taking since it is easy pickings. Watch your surroundings, keep your eyes ever vigilant, when you fly or leave your nest there will always be predators of all ilk out there, ready to pounce, be Vigilant Survive.

Lone Birds or Humans stand no chance at Survival.

Small groups may band together to fight off or drive off larger predators, including government forces if they coordinate. These were separate Carrion feeders who did not band together to go after their coveted prize, so they perched nearby calling out their frustrations, unfruitful, unfulfilled aspirations shrieked into the wind, the uncaring wind who could care less about you on its journey across the land.

Survival is for the Birds, as well as for any other living creature.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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Island

I am never as alone as when surrounded by Family and Strangers
~Wild_E 2013

Island in a Sea of People

Lonely, said I was lonely to someone recently;

Was told to look inside;
always felt like an outsider
always felt alone unless with someone special, Male or Female, special is special
when sick
when injured
always alone when out in the world of Man
with Relatives who are excluding
judging – cause problems

Never Alone
in the Bush
in the wilds
observing nature
camping
hiking
exploring
or with a real friend
or hanging out and playing with my Dog, my Fur Child

Perhaps,

Alone, alienated, outcast, set apart, apart sometimes rejected;  would be better words to use than Lonely. Either way you look at it, it is not like most people feel I dare say. Since I have been living on my own for over 3 years now, perhaps 4 years, it is safe to say that: Yes I do get Lonely sometimes,  Yes I do feel Alone.

This happens when I am near others, like a City or Town though put me in the Bush and for months I am not Alone or even Lonely unless I want to show someone something particularly nice or interesting.  

odd person out

it is time to shut the door!

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Prepper & Self Reliance meet, Wild Edibles Talk Feb16

Durham GTA Edible Food Walk Talk Feb 16th

edit : Since the turn out is struggling, there will be a much reduced price, no handouts unless the original price is paid, so please sign up, pay at location if you would like or need too! 

Karen emailed with the following info;

I am on a very tight schedule right now. If you want to announce to everyone that if they want to show up … but no Fields of Nutrition, no anything….. $10. I did this for one group already and again on the 2nd of February for another group. If they want the extras… $20… no extras… $10.

One emailed me (from North and West of North Bay who is coming)… I’ll send him a message back …. its fine if people pay there. Please let them know that!! Thanks so much Ed!

Howdy GTA & Durham Region Peeps, Feb 16th, backup 23 following weekend in event of Winter Storms .. see new details just below.

Date change, to get more interest…
Ok.. 16th it is and the 23rd as a back up in the event of a storm/ice.

Karen the Edibles experts info to follow!

* Cost – $20 – this includes a hard copy of Fields of Nutrition, a free PDF copy of Free Food from Foraging, and a (homemade) sample of vinegar because I like to show everyone just how easy it is to make things at home.
* Anyone who comes on this walk and wants to return for a spring/summer walk will pay $15 and at that time will get a free copy of an ebook I am working on now about the pine tree (won’t be ready for about 2 weeks).
* If there is a third walk later in the year, for those who come on the first 2 tours, cost will be $15 and there will be free samples.
* February 9th.
* Location Secord Forest and Wildlife Area:

Secord Drive…. east side of Concession 3 just south of Goodwood Road.

 

* Time… 1pm start until 3 or so… perhaps 4 if there are lots of questions and the weather cooperates.

– In the event of inclement weather the date will be February 23rd. Wild_E and I will determine no later than 11am on February 16 if we need to postpone to the 16th. So please check the forum! before you leave!!!!

I ask for payment in advance. Interac e-bank transfer or PayPal (they offer many forms of payment options). NO REFUNDS. In the event someone does not show up they have automatically reserved themself a spot for the second walk.

If you choose to pay by Interac e-bank transfer then please send payment to my email: k.stephenson@ediblewildfood.com . For the secret question please use… “What is Charlie?” with the answer being “ground ivy” (all lower case). If you use PayPal my account there is karenanne24  (at) hotmail.com.

Thank-you so much and I look forward to meeting everyone!
(scouting two different locations this coming weekend, for Durham Region locations, nice walking areas with loads of Wild Edibles showing in winter time)
(will be creating a Hamilton Edibles Tour with JAB at the helm, soon, stay posted)
Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/EdibleWildFoodcom/255985697755345
Website
http://www.ediblewildfood.com/
look for this in winter!

Plantain seeds in winter

If we have more than 20, the following weekend will be a second wild edibles tour and walk. If we have more than 20 and some can not go on the Saturday, perhaps we can arrange the second tour on the Sunday?
Let me know who is in…

Location will be North of Whitby near one of the ski hill areas, close to the spring water location, will update after this weekend,

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Durham GTA Edible Food Walk Talk Feb 16th

see newer updated post for newer updated information https://wildernessreturn.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/wildfood/

Karen the Edibles experts info to follow!

* Cost – $20 – this includes a hard copy of Fields of Nutrition, a free PDF copy of Free Food from Foraging, and a (homemade) sample of vinegar because I like to show everyone just how easy it is to make things at home.
* Anyone who comes on this walk and wants to return for a spring/summer walk will pay $15 and at that time will get a free copy of an ebook I am working on now about the pine tree (won’t be ready for about 2 weeks).
* If there is a third walk later in the year, for those who come on the first 2 tours, cost will be $15 and there will be free samples.
* February 9th.
* Location Secord Forest and Wildlife Area:

Secord Drive…. east side of Concession 3 just south of Goodwood Road.

 

* Time… 1pm start until 3 or so… perhaps 4 if there are lots of questions and the weather cooperates.

– In the event of inclement weather the date will be February 23rd. Wild_E and I will determine no later than 11am on February 16 if we need to postpone to the 16th. So please check the forum! before you leave!!!!

I ask for payment in advance. Interac e-bank transfer or PayPal (they offer many forms of payment options). NO REFUNDS. In the event someone does not show up they have automatically reserved themself a spot for the second walk.

If you choose to pay by Interac e-bank transfer then please send payment to my email: k.stephenson(at)ediblewildfood.com . For the secret question please use… “What is Charlie?” with the answer being “ground ivy” (all lower case). If you use PayPal my account there is karenanne24(at)hotmail.com.

Thank-you so much and I look forward to meeting everyone!
(scouting two different locations this coming weekend, for Durham Region locations, nice walking areas with loads of Wild Edibles showing in winter time)
(will be creating a Hamilton Edibles Tour with JAB at the helm, soon, stay posted)
Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/EdibleWildFoodcom/255985697755345
Website
http://www.ediblewildfood.com/
look for this in winter!

Plantain seeds in winter

If we have more than 20, the following weekend will be a second wild edibles tour and walk. If we have more than 20 and some can not go on the Saturday, perhaps we can arrange the second tour on the Sunday?
Let me know who is in…

Location will be North of Whitby near one of the ski hill areas, close to the spring water location, will update after this weekend, see note above as to why, location is tentative. Best for all …
cheers and look forward to seeing confirmation on this 😀

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