Bookmark and Share   Jan. 6, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 2 Issue 600

bayfield yacht club looks forward to future sailing 


After what has proven to be a year filled with new experiences and protocols, the Bayfield Yacht Club (BYC) is pleased to say farewell to 2020 and to wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2021!

The BYC recognizes that the 2020 Boating Season held a significant amount of adjustment in how both the BYC functioned as well as how local Marinas and beaches were utilized.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our past and present members as well as all of the stellar individuals at Bayfield Marina, Harbour Lights Marina and Bayfield Marine Services for making the very best of a less than favorable situation this past year. The amount of time, work and cooperation that was selflessly invested in maintaining as ‘normal’ a season as possible for our boating community was greatly appreciated,” said Jayne Dietrich, BYC commodore, representing the BYC Executive Team.

“We are confident that in the twenty weeks between now and the 2021 Spring Launch that the restrictions and hurdles we faced over the past year will begin to ease and in turn allow the BYC to have a more active and involved 2021 Season,” she added.

The BYC Executive Team will continue to monitor the ever-changing protocols and work to create events and activities that fall within the allowable guidelines for 2021.

For those members who paid their Membership Dues for the 2020 Season, their 2020 Membership has been extended to cover the 2021 Season. For anyone wishing to join or renew for 2021, they can do so by

“May everyone have a safe and enjoyable winter; we look forward to seeing you in the spring!” concluded Dietrich.

Tote Bags can be customized for a donation to Hospice 


The Huron Hospice Designer Tote Bags proved to be a very popular Christmas gift idea. So popular in fact, that they are still on sale at The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.

“In the pre–Christmas rush we did not have the opportunity to tell you Anne’s story,” said Christopher Walker, manager, Fund Development for Huron Hospice. “When Anne’s mother passed away, she had not had a chance to sew an outfit from the gorgeous batik fabric she had purchased in the far east while traveling. Upon noticing the handmade tote bag project in support of Huron Hospice, Anne got an idea. After making some enquiries, she was put in touch with the volunteer and asked for a custom order of tote bags, made from her mother’s fabric. She was delighted to end up with nine gorgeous bags, some of which were gifted to her sisters as Christmas presents. Thank you, Anne for supporting Huron Hospice!”

Anyone who has some fabric with special memories or sentiments that they would like to have sewn into personal tote bags in exchange for $25 each (which is a donation to Huron Hospice) is asked to contact Suzanne Simpson at Huron Hospice by calling 519 606-9676.

As of Dec. 31, the tote bag sales have raised $1,825 with all proceeds going toward patient care at Huron Hospice.

“Huron Hospice is delighted with this figure. Thank you for your support,” said Walker. “We have heard many wonderful comments from those who received one of these bags for Christmas. And a huge thank you to The Village Bookshop in Bayfield who will continue to sell the bags.”

These up-cycled tote bags will keep unwanted fabric, as well as plastic shopping bags out of the landfill, while supporting a wonderful cause. A win-win for the whole community.

The Dutch House a compelling and well-written read 

During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?

In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers.
For January, the featured novel is “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett. It was reviewed by Phillip Keightley.


“A richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.”

Written through the eyes of Danny, the book opens with the introduction of Sandy, the housekeeper who came with The Dutch House, Danny’s sister Maeve, and the arrival of a visitor that Danny’s father wishes them to meet. “As for the visitor, it was a mystery. Our father didn’t have friends, at least not the kind who came to the house late on a Saturday afternoon.” From the beginning this book pulls you in and, like the peeling of an onion, uncovers layer by layer an evocative, complex and multi-layered story of a family centered around two siblings, their ties to a house, their unshakable bonds and a tortured relationship.

So why The Dutch House?

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and judgement to build a successful real estate empire propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. He buys a property known locally as The Dutch House as a surprise for his wife, and unwittingly sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

The Dutch House refers not to the house’s architecture but to its inhabitants; ‘where those Dutch people with the unpronounceable name lived.’ ‘Seen from certain vantage points of distance, it appeared to float several inches above the hill it sat on. The panes of glass that surrounded the glass front door were as big as storefront windows and held in place by wrought iron vines. The windows both took in the sun and reflected it back across the wide lawn... While it was not Dutch, the blue delft mantels in the drawing room, library, and master bedroom were said to have been pried out of a castle in Utrecht sold to the VanHoebeeks to pay a prince’s gambling debts. The house, complete with mantels, had been finished in 1922. “They had seven good years before the bankers started jumping out of windows,” Maeve said, giving our predecessors their place in history.’

Danny and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, exiled by their stepmother from the house where they grew up, are thrown back into the poverty that their parents had escaped and find that all they have to count on is each other. Set over the course of five decades the story is both compelling and heartwarming. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they are together and throughout their lives return to the well-worn narrative of what they have lost with both humor and rage.

A compelling and well written read and one that you will not put down until the last page.

Planned Bayfield seeks online public consultation 


Are you interested in the future development of Bayfield? A Secondary Plan is being developed for the Village.  

Community input is currently being sought through

Who is involved? This project was initiated by the Council of the Municipality of Bluewater. A Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), made up of individuals from the community, are advising on the development of the Plan. The members of the CAC include: Councilor Bill Whetstone, Chair; Leanne Kavanaugh, Vice Chair; Abby Armstrong, Andre Mech, Councilor George Irving, Dave Gillians, Dave MacLaren, Elaine Coombs, Gary Davidson, Gayle Waters, Jean Anne Hamilton, Jeff Graham, John Van Ogtrop, Kim Loebach and Roger Lewington.

What will this project result in? Planned Bayfield will have two main deliverables:
1) A high-level, conceptual plan showing the preferred location of future residential and commercial development, infrastructure, general street configurations, parks and trails, natural areas and connections. The Plan will include a discussion of cultural heritage features and other community assets such as public art, gateways, treescapes, vistas, etc.

2) A document which outlines the community’s vision and proposed amendments to existing planning tools to implement the vision within future decision making. The document will also include urban design and architectural direction. The tools to be amendment will include but not be limited to the Bluewater Official Plan, Zoning By-law and Site Plan Control By-law.

How will this project be completed? The Plan will be developed over the next six months and will include multiple rounds of public consultation through the online platform as well as consultation with stakeholders, such as local community groups, and agencies, such as the Ministry of Transportation. The process has been adapted to respond to current public health protocols.

The initial round of consultation is live now and is designed for broad visioning. Subsequent rounds will ask more pointed questions on a range of thematic areas which will be based on the initial round of input. Draft policy shifts and implementation tools will be posted for the community’s review and input.

How can I get involved? Visit and register as a participant in Planned Bayfield. There are different ways to give input such as surveys, dropping pins onto a map to identify key locations, telling stories, etc. For example, in the first round, aerial imagery of Bayfield in 1955, 1978 and 2015 allows for reflection on how the Village has changed over the past 65 years and how it might change moving into the future. What is the community vision for Bayfield in 20 years and beyond?

Why develop a Secondary Plan now? With increased capacity at the wastewater treatment plant, Bayfield will have the infrastructure required to accommodate new growth. The purpose of the Secondary Plan is to ensure that change and growth, such as new residential and highway commercial developments, are designed to meet the community's long term vision.

 tito featured cat of the week 

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BFF has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting. 

Tito is the Adopt-A-BFF featured cat of the week.

This young male is about three months old and is a little shy at first meeting. He arrived at the shelter all alone and immediately bonded with a Teddy bear and still keeps quite close to it. His faithful stuffed companion will travel with him when he finds his forever home. He had some health concerns when he initially arrived at the Rescue but is now a very healthy, happy boy. He is quite curious and loves to play and would make a welcome addition to any family.

Anyone interested in adopting TIto is asked to reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

Donations are always welcome as the cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, a lot more for cats with special needs. Any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.


farmers' market 

49518362936_295f7f7852People may not be aware but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market didn’t close up shop at the end of Thanksgiving – the online store is still operating with bi-weekly pickups or contactless delivery.
The next market pick-up day is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15.

People can place their orders by visiting
from Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8 a.m. to Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on Jan. 15 sometime between 3-5 p.m. at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield’s Main Street. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.

Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout. 

Anyone who would like to receive a reminder to shop the market when it opens is invited to join the Bayfield Farmers’ Market email list. People can do so by visiting:


Are you interested in a hiking buddy? If you are a new resident or hiker, single hiker, don’t want to hike alone, or would love to meet new people through hiking the Bayfield River Vallery Trail Association (BRVTA) trails, you can now take advantage of the Hiking Buddy Program they have in place. This new program will enable hikers to connect with others on the trails and is available to all BRVTA members. If interested, or for more information, please send an email to

Especially during a lockdown, spending time outdoors maintains mental health and well-being. The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is committed to doing our part to help families and friends enjoy the nature that surrounds us. They will continue to offer guided hikes every Saturday at 10 a.m. from Jan. 2nd through Feb. 27th at the Varna Nature Trails.

Participants are asked to meet at the Stanley Community Complex, Mill Road (Ontario Rt 3), just west of Varna.

The BRVTA will follow Provincial regulations by keeping the hike groups to not more than 10 people, including the hike leader. If necessary, they will run more than one group. Because indoor gatherings are not currently allowed, meeting and sign-in will be outdoors at the trail head. (Sorry, no washrooms will be available).

Hike leaders will guide a one-hour hike (2.5km) on the Mavis/Taylor nature trails. All are welcome, including dogs on leash. Participants will follow social distancing protocols, so please bring a mask. During the hike, hikers may remove their mask as long as they keep 2Ms (6 ft) distance from other hikers. Hikes will be held in any weather as long as the trail is safe, so please dress appropriately.

If the hike is cancelled, organizers will post that information by 8 a.m. on the day of the hike on the BRVTA Facebook page “Bayfield Trails” and website For questions or more information, contact BRVTA Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at or call 519 525-3205.

The Trail maintenance crew will work hard to keep the trails open all winter.

Anyone who enjoys walking the trails but has never got around to joining the Association, might consider that with an affordable $30 annual family membership, they would be making a valuable contribution toward the maintenance of our seven trails, ensuring their viability for the future. Membership funds are also needed for programming and insurance. Special thanks to all of you who have supported the BRVTA through membership; they’ve seen record numbers this past year.

If you already are a member, the BRVTA would love you to refer them to your friends! For a limited time – during January and February – they have a special offer. If you refer three new members during this period, please send the BRVTA an email with the details and you will receive “For the love of Bayfield”, a gorgeous and informative book, written by local historian and one of the founders of the BRVTA, Dave Gillians.

Memberships for 2021 are available through the BRVTA website, Save the receipt, which will give you shopping privileges at the Columbia Sportswear discount store as well as to several other events and programs.

Anyone who would prefer to write a cheque, is asked to please mail it to P.O. Box 531, Bayfield N0M 1G0.

Anglican Church

Trinity St. James Anglican Church has now suspended their in-church Wednesday morning, Communion Services. 

Sunday services will continue at 11 a.m. and are provided virtually over ZOOM. All are welcome. The congregation would also like to invite people to join in their relaxed Coffee and Conversation hour also held over ZOOM every Thursday and Friday starting at 11 a.m. To join any of these ZOOM sessions please contact Rev’d Mary Farmer at

Food Bank

The generosity of the community continues to brighten the lives of the people who look to the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) for support.

Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.

For anyone wanting to drop off a non-perishable food donation, the outdoor bin located at Trinity St. James Church on Keith Crescent, has been moved to the north entrance of the parish hall. This red bin is sitting next to the recycling container at that doorway facing the parking lot, and is emptied frequently, especially with the freezing temperatures to come.

Please note, monetary donations are always a very welcome gift as well, as this allows BAFB to purchase needed items that aren’t otherwise available.

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. A collection container for cash donations is located at The Bayfield Garage at the corner of Hwy. 21 and Jane St. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: or a donation can be received on-line through the website.

All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.

It's cookie season

Bayfield Guiding is pleased to announce that it is Chocolatey Mint Cookie season. For the first time ever, people can order their cookies online and have them shipped right to their door anywhere in Canada! Please note there is a minimum cookie order and a shipping fee.

Here is the link: online cookie portal.

A limited number of cookies have been distributed to the Bayfield membership for in person selling at $5 a box. They will be following COVID-19 protocols. So don’t miss out on supporting Bayfield Guiding directly by emailing to make arrangements for cookie delivery.

Centre for the arts 

In anticipation of brighter days ahead, the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is hard at work envisioning a safe environment for community members and area residents to engage in creative activity.

"The BCA had plans to operate Create Together Open Studio at the Bayfield Community Centre once a week starting in January," said BCA President Leslee Squirrell. "Due to the new provincial lockdown regulations going into effect on Dec 26 for 28 days, the BCA is delaying the start of this program until we have further direction from the province.

"The Bayfield Centre For The Arts remains committed to offering creative opportunities for the general public in a safe manner and will open the Create Together series as soon as is possible."

The BCA is planning a future fundraiser by paying homage to their temporary location – The Barn at 24 Main Street North in the village, the former home of Kryart Studio behind The Village Bookshop.

Artists are invited to donate an original 12” X 12” art piece depicting an Ontario barn in any medium and captured from any angle. These donated barn paintings will be hung and displayed for sale in The Barn in the Spring of 2021. All proceeds will go toward education and appreciation of the arts.

Please email to let organizers know of intent to participate and to receive an information package.




calling all back alley artists

Central Huron and the Central Huron Business Improvement Area (BIA) invites everyone to take part in their “Back Alley Artist Extravaganza” - a fun and free community activity open to all Huron County residents.

The Back Alley Artist Extravaganza is open to all ages and abilities. Free plywood to paint on, in either 4’x 8’ or 4’x4’ sizes, will be given to anyone that wants to take part and participants can paint whatever they would like as there is no theme. From now until Jan. 22, there will be a sign-up form at the lumber desk at Langford Lumber in Clinton. Once registered Langford’s will supply the plywood and then people can take it home and create a masterpiece. There is lots of plywood, but it is available on a first come, first served basis.

Once their project is complete, deadline Apr. 1, participants are asked to contact Central Huron’s Community Improvement Coordinator, Angela Smith, via email at or by calling 519 476-5922.

High school construction students will then add a 2’ x 4’ frame to the back for stability. The art pieces will be installed using stakes (like a billboard) and finished pieces will resemble Barn Quilts.

“We hope to receive mural quality artwork from our more experienced artists and exciting finger -painting style exhibits from our youngest artists. Whether it’s a landscape of our town, a graffiti style submission, abstract art or portraiture… all submissions combined will create a kaleidoscope of color for the community,” said Smith. “We are calling all residents, visitors, business owners, seniors and children alike, to paint for us. Participants will be encouraged to gather with their household to create a masterpiece or to go online with friends who are also partaking.”

In the spring, completed projects will be installed in Clinton to create “The Back Alley Art Extravaganza”. This will brighten up areas of the downtown and create an Artists Alley where everyone can show off their talents.

“We have a local business, Miniature Masterpieces, which teaches painting lessons to all ages. They will offer interactive online painting classes to participants that want help to get started. Each week there will be another painting lesson offered online… a ‘Huron County Community Paint Night’,” said Smith. “The paint night will be a mini series that folks can tune-in to weekly. Each episode will include some instruction, question and answer time, as well as a show-and-tell portion so people can be inspired by what others in the community are doing. This way we are engaging each other weekly throughout the winter, facilitating new friendships by connecting socially with others in the community …all while staying safe at home.”

Public art adds tremendous value to a communities’ cultural and economic existence, creating a sense of place, and creates a sense of community pride, noted Smith.

“Please help us engage our entire community in the Art Extravaganza… supporting social engagement and positive mental health while contributing to a unique public art installation. Together (virtually) let’s fill our personal space with light and color, and brighten winter for all, while creating beautiful public art installations,” said Smith.

The Back Alley Art Extravaganza is generously sponsored by Central Huron and Bruce Power.


River Road Cleanup All Done December 22 2020Members of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend were busy on Dec. 22, with a little help from a jolly old elf, cleaning up the debris from the harbor area on River Road in Grand Bend. There was concern that the multitude of small pieces of plastic mixed in with the debris would be washed back into the lake in the next big storm and the membership wanted to prevent this from happening. (Photos submitted by John Smits)

River Road Cleanup Before photo December 22 2020jpgAn example of the storm debris that was cleaned up by members of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend recently.


public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit:

summer jobs funding 

Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, Ben Lobb advises local businesses and organizations that the application period for Canada Summer Jobs funding for 2021 has changed this year. Applications are open from now until Jan. 29, 2021.

Those interested will be able to apply online through Service Canada

In 2020, over 140 organizations in Huron-Bruce were approved for funding 

Source Protection Committee 

A local committee, working to protect drinking water sources, has released a second video in a planned series. The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (SPC) released the new video recently, about how Goderich marine industries help to protect the Great Lakes drinking water source in Goderich.

“We are pleased to release the second in this video series created to engage economic sectors and local residents,” said Matt Pearson, SPC chair.

According to Pearson, the members of the SPC are using videos as one way to reach the people they represent and inform the public. They help to show some of the ways people and businesses are protecting their local drinking water sources.

The new video shares ways industry members of the Goderich Port Management Corporation (GPMC) prevent contaminants from reaching Lake Huron in order to protect drinking water sources, tourism and recreation, and the local marine economy.

The lake drinking water intake is the only source of raw water for the Goderich water treatment plant. An intake protection zone (IPZ) shows where, within two hours, the water is entering the intake pipe located 500 metres offshore. In Goderich, this IPZ includes the harbor.

Rowland Howe is an industry representative on the SPC and he is President of GPMC. In the new video he shares some ways these marine industries prevent impacts on water in the IPZ. This includes spills prevention plans and Green Marine certification, an environmental certification program for the North American marine industry.

“The town and the port and all the users of the port are working hard to maintain the quality of the water, the drinking water, the recreation, and the aquatic environment in general,” said Howe in the video.
The video also describes the environmental assessment process which took place for the Goderich harbor expansion. New wharfage and an expanded loading area were created and drinking water source protection was considered to ensure there were no negative impacts to drinking water sources during or after the work.

The first video in this series was about water treatment and featured a virtual tour of the Seaforth water treatment facility and water tower. It was released in October 2020. Links to the new video, and the previous video, are on the local drinking water source protection website at and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation YouTube channel. Here are the links to the videos and the channel:
• Protecting drinking water sources near the Goderich intake:
• A tour of the Seaforth water treatment facility:
• Ausable Bayfield YouTube channel:

The committee invites people to stay tuned for more videos the committee plans to release, featuring their members on other drinking water source protection topics, in the coming months.
To learn more ways business can protect drinking water sources read this best management practices fact sheet at




Bookmark and Share Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol 

rEmember this


The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich (currently closed to the public). But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

This week we step into the New Year by walking in someone else's shoes...

Airman's flight boot

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This is the right boot of a pair of airman's flight boots from the 1940s. The upper part is coarse, black suede lined with white sheepskin, with a strap and buckle closure near the top outerside and metal zipper running lengthwise on the outer side near the front. The lower part resembles a conventional dress shoe with five eyelets and a black shoe lace; the lace ties through another pair of eyelets in the front of the suede upper. The soles are thick leather; the heels are leather with heavy nails around the outer edge. The number "12" is stamped on the right sole near the heel. The interior of the shoe is also lined with sheepskin.

This military item belonged to Robert John Snell. He was born Feb. 19, 1921) and lived in Goderich before moving to Londesboro at the age of 15. He married Marion Ada Nethery on March 9, 1944 just hours before he flew out. Snell was a sergeant in the R.C.A.F.


ladies boots

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This is a pair of Ladies Boots circa 1902. They were part of the stock from Mr. Oesch's store, in Zurich, ON, when he retired in September 1983 


steel toedboots 

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This is a pair of leather-upper workboots with steel soles. Stamped on the steel sole reads "Steel Shoe Co., Toronto, Ont. / Pat'd Feb. 2, 1909". 








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Village of bayfield             

stepping into the new year LEAVING snowy footprints  

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On the morning of Jan. 2, the community woke up to a glorious sight – snow! But not just any snow, the picture-perfect variety. The kind that sticks to branches and buildings changing the villages parks and streets into a wonderfilled snowscape.

Judging from the plethora of human tracks in these photos the snow drew a lot people out for a transformative walk – perhaps to bid the old year adieu and embrace the clean slate that is 2021.

For our readers who were unable to experience this delightful change in the weather first hand we offer this photo essay with great thanks to two intrepid local photographers, Dianne Brandon and Gary Lloyd-Rees. Happy New Year all!

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PIXILATED — image of the week

Bannockburn on a Winter Morning

Bannockburn on a Winter Morning...By Conrad Kuiper

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued








I’m not really one to make New Year's resolutions. But this year I have decided to get outside more. I have always looked at January as a time to recharge, read a book, do a puzzle, finish a scrapbook or purge a closet but I haven’t always put forth the effort to put on the snow boots and layer on the warm clothing and just head out the door. However, once I do I quite enjoy it.

Take yesterday for example, it was a mild day with very little wind – the lack of wind is kind of a rarity here at the farm and should be celebrated. I went out along a path that I take regularly in the three other seasons. In spring it is bursting forth with blossoms and possibilities. Summer is definitely the busiest time, there is a symphony of sounds from an abundance of insects, while birds swoop overhead and grasshoppers dodge your footsteps. In fall, vibrant colors and sweet smells overwhelm the senses. In winter there is silence - except for the swish of my coat and the sound of my footsteps breaking through the icy crust on the snow. In the quiet there are hints of life everywhere. My tracks in the snow are not alone, evidence that coyote, rabbit, raccoon, deer, domestic cats and birds also follow this same path can be seen as I walk.

No matter the season I stop regularly, always looking and listening, wondering who is watching me from the sanctuary of low-lying scrub or from up in the trees. I am glad that they allow me to share this space with them and resolve to visit again soon for you can always pick up a book, a scrapbook or a puzzle where you left it – it is harder to recapture such pleasant moments of solitude spent out of doors. – Melody







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