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The Lady With A Book

On Monday I was waiting to meet a friend at Assiniboine Park for a walk when I discovered this intriguing statue of a woman sitting on a bench reading a book. She was dressed as someone might have been in the 1950s.lady with a book statue The sign on her park bench said her statue had resided for many years at a home on Wellington Crescent owned by Israel and Babs Asper. Israel or “Izzy” Asper was the founder of Can West Global Communications. He was also the former leader of the Liberal Party of Manitoba and was instrumental in the establishment of the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg.  “Babs” or Ruth was the co-founder and chair of the Asper Foundation which supported philanthropic activities in the areas of health, education, culture and human rights.  Now that both Izzy and Babs have died their statue of a reading lady has been donated to Assiniboine Park in their memory.  It sits just inside the gate to the English Gardens. The quote beside the reading woman is from Cicero. “If you have a library and a garden you have everything you need.”

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I’m Happy My Taxes Are Paying For This

red flower in the parkMy friend Esther and I were sketching in the English gardens in Assiniboine Park last week.  It was a gorgeous day and the gardens were alive with stunning flowers but what made me so happy were all the people in the park.  So many folks were out enjoying the lovely Manitoba morning.

water lilies and cloud reflectionWe chatted with an elderly couple walking their dog. They stopped to point out the hawk in the tree above our heads. “We come here everyday,” they said, “and that hawk is always perched right there. It’s his favorite tree.”  A Dad was reading the names of all the flowers on the little signs to his three young children.  Several people in wheelchairs were being pushed through the walkways and people with walkers and canes made their way slowly amongst the statues and plants. leo mol sculpture garden I was so fascinated with all the folks walking by I didn’t get much sketching done.  There was the teenager covered in tattoos in earnest conversation with her white-haired grandmother, a large extended family all dressed in pale green shirts in the park to have their photos taken by a professional photographer, a quartet of female friends out for a power walk and people who were clearly visitors to Winnipeg from other countries.family-leo-molI know people often complain about paying taxes but Monday morning in the park I said to myself, “I’m so glad I can contribute my tax dollars for the maintenance of this beautiful sanctuary that so many of my fellow citizens get to enjoy.” gate sketch

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