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We went out on our first walk “in nature” today. This time we headed over to Lowville Park which is on Guelph Line in Burlington, just north of Britannia Road. Bronte Creek meanders through the park which has lots of picnic areas, trails, a playground for the kids and lots of grass and trees. Today many families were out and the smell of barbecue was everywhere. No complaints! 🙂 The best part – free parking!

There are a few woodchip trails throughout the park and several bridges that cross over the creek.

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We saw a few people fishing in the creek. And we came across these pretties out of nowhere:

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Woodchip trail:

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The weather was nice enough to go out in capris, a tank top and no jacket. Finally!!

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This weekend had us heading out to explore another of Halton’s Conservation areas: Mountsberg. This one has a raptor centre which houses birds of prey that you can learn about and see up close including falcons, hawks, eagles and owls. There are also hiking trails and a lake. It was nice to walk around and see the birds.

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After the park, we headed over to Springridge Farm to have some lunch and pick up some fresh-baked goods and fruit. We brought home a strawberry rhubarb pie, 6 tarts (2 each of: wild blueberry, cherry, butter tart) and some blueberries. It had a really nice market and gift shop plus a whole area for kids (which we didn’t partake in). In the shop, we bought a few additional items: cranberry fig port sauce, maple balsamic vinaigrette, peach jam and strawberry rhubarb jam. They had LOTS of yummy things to choose from. Lunch was delicious as well and we enjoyed it on a nearby picnic table. My sandwich was a ham and brie with apple and red pepper jelly sandwich – fabulous. 🙂

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We headed out to explore one of the several parks in the conservation area located about 20 minutes North of where we live. Crawford Lake is special in that it’s a meromictic lake:

A 1971 study revealed Crawford Lake to be meromictic –  because the lake’s basin is deeper than it’s surface area, the lowest levels of water are very rarely, if ever, disturbed by wind or temperature changes. Without an annual turnover of water, there is little oxygen present in its depths and minimal bacterial breakdown, which preserves the layers of sediment that have built up over time. This build up provides an accurate record of the human and natural history of the lake and its surroundings. Studies of this sediment revealed the agricultural history of the Iroquoian people, and the presence of a pre-contact village.  – Excerpt from the Conservation Halton web site

Based on those findings, there is also a reconstructed Iroquois village on site which made us choose this area as the first to explore. The village is laid out with informative signs throughout that provided a really good glimpse into the day to day life of the Iroquois.

The reconstructed15th century Iroquoian village, is well worth an exploratory visit before you head home. From 1973 to 1987, excavations uncovered 11 longhouses on the site and various artefacts of the settlers day-to-day lives. Three of these longhouses have been reconstructed on the exact footprints of the archaeological findings. Peaceful flute music plays softly, encouraging you to wander the village and delve deeper into the history and culture of these original settlers. Learn about their daily lives through Interpretive programs, including simulated digs and presentations on life in the 15th century.  Excerpt from the Conservation Halton web site

We spent about 45 minutes exploring the village then chose to hike the shortest of the trails available (weren’t sure when the rain would start) Lake Crawford Trail (1.4 km). This trail has a boardwalk that goes all the way around the lake. Beautiful day at Crawford Lake.

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On the trail….

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On a related note – that last pic with the red berries reminded me of something I learned as a child about the dangers of eating berries in the wild: If the birds or other wildlife haven’t eaten the berries, it’s probably safe to assume that they’re not safe for human consumption either… Leave them alone.

 

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Now that we’re all settled in after the move, we’ve begun to explore our new surroundings. 🙂 Today, we spent a couple of hours exploring the nearby Bronte Creek Provincial Park. We followed two of the trails in the day-use area of the park (Trillium Trail and Half Moon Valley Trail) and took some nice pics along the way. Nice Thanksgiving afternoon – now I’m off to prepare the feast!!!

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Old Victorian House (was closed to visitors today)

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This guy was flapping around in the puddle. 🙂

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Moo.

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Look up 🙂 Great view.

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Beautiful tree! You can see a piggy in the pen on the right as well. Chris nicknamed him “Stinky”. I’m sure you know why. 🙂

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These were growing off the path – at first I thought they were giant wild blueberry bushes but they look more like grapes.

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Green frame for a peek of red leaves in the distance 🙂

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Today, we headed down to High Park to enjoy some nature and get some exercise. We just walked, but it was pretty hilly so it counts. 🙂

It’s a very large park by Grenadier pond, with ducks and geese. There’s also a zoo, tons of trails and paths, gardens, picnic areas, sporting activities/facilities, etc.

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Parks R Us

I had another flash today (maybe it was due to the earthquake and seeing my life flashing before my eyes)… But back to the memory.

When we were kids, on weekends my mom would get out the map of our city and my sister and I would pick a park  (or maybe it was my mom – not sure who picked). We would then pack a lunch/snacks, the map, and then my mom, my sister and I would hop on our bikes and go find the park.

Biking our way across the city to find it was all part of the fun. Once there, we would play, have a picnic lunch and enjoy the day. We’d keep note of the “good” parks which were those that had the best playgrounds, etc.

Looking back, through those excursions I really learned the city and was familiar with all the different neighborhoods.

One thing we haven’t done enough of here since we moved was go exploring in the various neighborhoods… Maybe we should take the time. I still love a good swing. 🙂

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After surviving Saturday with the girls with a big sigh of relief, we were on to Sunday. The Plan was to prepare and eat Thanksgiving lunch, then we’d head over to the park to burn off some energy (well, the kids’ anyway).

The meal turned out yummy: Turkey, mashed potatoes, maple carrots, peas, the 2007 Ravine Merlot we picked up during our wine tour, and pumpkin spice bars for dessert. MmmMmm. I’m happy to report, the meal was really good.  Must have been the new fancy shmancy meat thermometer we got. 🙂

Meal cooking on the stove and the turkey's in the oven!

Meal cooking on the stove and the turkey's in the oven!

Pumpkin spice bars

Pumpkin spice bars

After lunch, we walked over to the park where the kids played on the slides and swings with seemingless tireless energy.

Sienna getting ready to go down the slide

Sienna getting ready to go down the slide

After the park, we swung by Walmart tp pick up some more snacks, then back home for play time, chocolate chip cookies, then kids to bed, I did some blogging and watched Big Bang Theory.

Sienna and Madison waiting for the cookies to be done. Longest 15 minutes of their lives.

Sienna and Madison waiting for the cookies to be done. Longest 15 minutes of their lives.

It was a nice weekend. 🙂 Just got back from dropping them off at the airport and already planning their next visit in December.

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