Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.  Hope you have a great day.

It is Manitoba Marathon Day here today.  Several thousand people run for 26.2 km around the city – some in relay races, some running a 1/2 marathon, some racing in wheelchairs and some just doing little fun runs.  I have never had any interest in doing this, but when not working, I have often walked to the end of my street to cheer the runners on.

Today is the first time I haven’t been working on marathon day in years – but I didn’t go to cheer them on.  Instead, Chester and I went out to Birds Hill Park for our walk in the hopes of seeing deer again.  We drove around twice and did not see a single deer.  😦   There was much more traffic out there than there has been other days though.

Last time we went out there, I noticed a spot called overlook.  I kind of wondered about that and decided that this time we would have our walk there to see whatever we would be able to see at the overlook.  I wasn’t expecting much, because its pretty flat there, but if nothing else, maybe I would see some wildlife.  I didn’t see any wildlife and the view was ok, but nothing to get too excited about.  🙂

View from the Overlook
View from the Overlook

There is a paved bicycle path that goes right by the overlook though, so we walked along that for awhile.  It was a nice walk – it got us away from the road (where most of the bicyclists ride).  There are a lot of rollerbladers on the road too, but this path would have been much nicer to be on.   Chester and I were the only ones on the path.  🙂

I figured I needed more pictures than just the overlook – so I decided to check out the flowers in my yard.

Impatience
Impatience
Mystery Flower
Mystery Flower

No idea what this flower is – something else that just appeared, I guess.  Here are the leaves, in case you can help identify it.

Thanks for a couple of Africam friends (Ceri and Geschu), I now know this is Bittersweet Nightshade: Solanum dulcamara

Mystery Flower Leaves
Mystery Flower Leaves
Peony Bud
Peony Bud

When I first bought this house, there were peonies everywhere – must have been about 2 dozen of them.   Peonies are not my favourite plant.  They have beautiful flowers – but they don’t last for long.  I dug up and gave lots of them away.  Then when we were going to dig a basement and add the sunroom, I knew they wouldn’t survive, so I found home for almost all the rest of them.  After the work was all done and the yard leveled out and new grass planted, this one came up in the middle of the lawn.   It survived all the construction and was obviously moved and buried again with the bulldozer.  I left it where it was growing and made a small flower bed around it.

On Africam today, we have seen Baboon, Warthogs,  Elephants, Impalas, Vervet Monkeys, and more.  Click here to see today’s pictures so far.