Blog Post #83
A walk in the park (or the forest) soothes my soul and rejuvenates my being. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the city — it’s vibrancy, bright lights — the sounds, smells and tastes. I love living in the city.
But I also love exploring the beach when the tide is out and getting close to nature by wandering through a forest or a wooded park. I appreciate the cool greenness of the foliage, the grass and the chirps, squeaks and small sounds of the woods. The delight I feel when I get a glimpse of a rabbit, mouse, eagle or hawk. These places make me feel connected to the life around me.
This morning Bruce and I headed out for a short walk around the Surrey Nature Centre in Green Timbers Urban Forest. The Centre is a place where people of all ages can discover the wonders of a forest in the city. It offers many programs for kids and their families to experience forest life in a natural, fun and interactive setting.
Green Timbers, a second growth forest that sprawls across more than 452 acres, is one of Surrey’s largest parks. Known as the birthplace of reforestation in BC, Green Timbers Urban Forest also has grassland meadows, lakes and wetlands, and is home to a variety of wildlife. There is a 5km nature trail around the park that takes about 2 hours to walk. Learn more about this urban forest through the Green Timbers Heritage Society.
We enjoyed a lovely walk among the trees, inhaling serenity, exhaling stress — the leaves rustling in the breeze sounding like mystic voices whispering in the branches.
I’ve done a little more thinking about the game and how I’m going to easily de-clutter my life. At first, I thought that it would work if I randomly selected things here and there, but I now see that won’t work for long so I decided to go through my things room by room. My first stop is the kitchen and you never know — there might be 495 pieces of clutter that I can get rid of right in this one room! It wouldn’t surprise me!
My two items for this day are both serving dishes. One is a large platter with sections for different veggies(?), crackers(?), and a part in the middle for holding dip, or something similar. The other is a serving dish with a lid that is in the shape of a potato.
The potato dish has a bit of a story — it was a Christmas gift from an uncle of mine, maybe he had a strange sense of humour or maybe he really liked potatoes (or thought I did!). For years, I used the dish at family dinners — Christmas, Easter, you know, festive dinners. I would use the “potato” to hold side dishes of vegetables — cauliflower, broccoli, even brussel sprouts — but never potatoes! It became quite the tradition and a bit of a joke. I haven’t used it in many years, so I am now giving it away. But don’t worry, it is staying in the family — one of my daughters wants it! (I think she is planning on keeping her rock collection in it!!)
30 Days of Donating/Selling/Trashing
Day 1 – One jacket (donated)
Day 2 – Two serving dishes (donated)
Total: Three items