Dear, dear Hildegaard,
I headed out for a walk today, thinking about how weird it is that in a couple of months, I will be spending most of my day, everyday, walking. Even the short time that I was out today was a little upsetting for my muscles, reminding me that this may be more of a challenge than I would like. I think I will be moving out of my comfort zone with this. I am planning on walking 20 kms a day, minimum, and hopefully, I will be able to do more after the first week.
I am wondering how I am going to document this. Colin and I have been brainstorming around the table coming up with ideas, and there have been some good ones, but things have to get moving on soooo many levels for this walk to be as successful as I would like.
I had what I think was a fantastic idea yesterday while I was at work, about coming up with patterns that have to do with the Maitland Valley watershed, and selling them to help support the costs of the walk. I will be off work for almost 3 weeks while doing this walk, and it is important for me to also be looking at how I can be supporting my family while doing this.
So many wonderful things to do!
Anyway, I wanted to tell you about the walk. While walking I was passing by the Listowel Community Garden, and there was a man working in the garden. We had a wonderful little chat about how great the garden was, and how important we felt it was to the community.
Over behind the garden, I saw an animal move. It was a groundhog coming out of his home to enjoy the sunshine. After we finished our talk, I went over to see if I could get any closer to this ground hog. I was able to get about 15 feet away from his home, and he stayed very still looking at me. The man from the garden began to speak:
“Oh, are you an animal lover?’
“Yes, I am.”
“Well, I better not take him out in front of you then. They eat food from the garden, you know”.
“Well”, I said, “they have to eat to, you know”.
I said goodbye to the man, and then wished my ground hog friend good luck, wondering if there was something more that I could do, and hoping that the man left the ground hog alone.
I have since commented on the Community Garden Facebook group letting them know that I think it would be a good idea to create a guideline about how we can share the space with the animals in the best way possible. Who knows, maybe the community will decide that it is the best to ‘take them out’, it isn’t for me to decide. But I know what my vote is!
Lovely connecting with you again,