“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” Kahlil Gibran
I went for a walk in Assiniboine Park with my long time friend Esther on Friday morning. We went early to avoid the heat and strolled through the English Gardens. I took a couple of photos of the dew on the flowers. Esther and I had a lovely visit and on my bike ride home I thought there was a quote by Kahlil Gibran that might describe our morning. Gibran was hugely popular in the seventies but I have given away the volumes of his poetry I once owned. I was able to find the quote above online.
As Esther and I walked down to Portage Avenue to get a coffee we saw all these little painted rocks lined up artistically down the whole length of the footbridge in Assiniboine Park. Some enterprising children must have created a sort of pop up gallery of artwork. I loved this one with its cryptic message to ‘be happy.’ This sparkly bright pink one provided a lively contrast to the leaves around it. Check out this contemporary design. This one reflects a message especially relevant for our current circumstances.
With my parents and my sister in Assiniboine Park in the 1950s
It seems that every time I go to Assiniboine Park I discover some little treasure to remember or I tuck away some new memory. My parents got engaged in Assiniboine Park.
Here are just a few photos from the many I have that were taken in Assiniboine Park. How grateful I am especially during this time when being indoors with people can be dangerous to have beautiful outdoor spaces like Assiniboine Park where we can meet friends and family in a safe way.
This photo was taken with good friends in Assiniboine Park 2015
I took this photo of my friend Meena with the Winnie the Pooh statue in Assiniboine Park in 2014
Our grandson checks out the polar bears swimming at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in 2018
Clouds reflected in the water in a pond in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park. I took this photo in 2016
Posing with Lady With the Book statue in the Assiniboine Park English Gardens 2018
Dave and me on a bench in Assiniboine Park 2012
Posing with my friend Beena by a statue of Moses in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in 2014
Go to the Park
A Quick Visit to Assiniboine Park
The Qualico Family Centre- Assiniboine Park
And then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils -William Wordsworth
The magic is inside you. There ain’t no crystal ball. -Dolly Parton
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change. – Buddha
Elephants walk as if they have music being piped into their ears that no one else hears. -Jodi Picoult
The earth laughs in flowers. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
If there is a single lesson that life teaches us it is that wishing doesn’t make it so. Lev Grossman
Are not flowers the stars of the earth? -Clara Lucas Balfour
Just like hopes springing high… still I rise. -Maya Angelou
If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul. ― MohammadA kind heart is a fountain of gladness. -Washington IrvingConsider the lilies….. how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. -Matthew 6: 28-29