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Week 5

"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something." - Henry D. Thoreau

October 27, 2000

Weather: 14C - Partly Cloudy - Breezy


What a beautiful day today! I woke up this morning to warm sunhine and a bright blue sky. Most of the leaves are off the trees now, so it's hard to pretend these warm temperatures will last, but it is nice to have a day or two...

Walking along the street, I stop to say hi to a lot of my neighbours, their dogs and a few cats - everyone is out enjoying the day! As I get closer to the lakeshore, I can already hear the ducks on the bay. I wonder how much longer they'll be around for?

The lakeshore is no exception, there are people everywhere - couples walking slowly together, cyclists, artists, people who are people-watching... All these people have brought out all the gulls as well. They circle overhead as they watch closely for any morsel of food that may fall to the ground. Even my rat is out today, sitting at the bottom of his drainage ditch.

With almost all the leaves down, the arbouretum looks much different - tall grey and brown trunks reaching towards the sky mixed with the dark greens of hemlock, pine and spruce. The ground is a beautiful carpet of browns, oranges, reds and yellows. What makes this small wood seem a little unusual is the wide diversity of the trees, there is usually only one or two of each species.

A black labrador plays in the leaves between the trees - pushing his nose through the piles and then flinging the leaves into the air to watch them fall again. It reminds me of the labrador I had as a kid, she used to do the same thing with snow. I return home, taking time to talk to all my neighbours - it has been a wonderful walk!